Monday, May 3, 2010

My World#68 Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila

Plaza Miranda is the public plaza or square in front St. John the Baptist Church or more popularly known as Quiapo Church which is located in the old downtown Manila. The plaza was named after Jose Sandino y Miranda, who served as secretary of the treasury of the Philippines for 10 years beginning in 1853.

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It is a popular site not only during the Black Nazarene fiesta which is annually held every January 9 but also a popular site for political rallies which had its heydays during the Marcos regime in the 1970s.

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On August 21, 1971, while the Liberal Party during that time held their Miting de Avance in the plaza, a bombing occurred, killing 9 and injuring almost 100 civilians.

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Nowadays, aside from the unsightly election paraphernalias hanging and plastered everywhere, the plaza is now filled with ambulant vendors selling products ranging from flowers, colored candles with specific purposes (candles for love, good luck, healing the sick, pardon, etc.), fruits, healing herbs, to body massages, palm and card reading.


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7 comments:

J Bar May 3, 2010 at 7:58 PM  

Great shot.
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Sylvia K May 3, 2010 at 8:13 PM  

Ah, we find the same thing in many places here in Seattle! The unfortunate side of elections! Great post for the day, Marites! Have a lovely week! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Rajesh May 3, 2010 at 8:17 PM  

Beautiful church with lovely architecture.

Jenn May 3, 2010 at 9:04 PM  

Love the plaque about the bombing. I was too young to remember but I was aware of this -- probably from older folks or from school. Nice post.

ewok1993 May 3, 2010 at 10:23 PM  

Very timely post especially with the upcoming elections. Whenever I hear of Plaza Miranda I think of politics.

Carver May 4, 2010 at 8:54 AM  

Very interesting post and great shots.

Ebie May 5, 2010 at 5:11 AM  

I remember the Plaza bombing a long time ago. How sad.

I hope this time, we can choose the right person to lead our country.

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