Thursday, December 20, 2012

Quiapo Church & Random Images Around Manila

What is a visita iglesia without Quiapo Church? It's also known as the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene as well as Saint John the Baptist Parish. It enshrines the miraculous Black Nazarene which has a huge number of devotees. When the district of Quiapo was founded by Governor General Santiago de Vera in 1586, the Franciscan missionaries built a church made of bamboo and nipa materials which was decimated by fire in 1639. More than 200 years later, an earthquake destroyed it. A third church was built and completed in 1899, but this was again razed by fire. Funds were raised and Filipino architect Juan Nakpil was commissioned to rebuild the church.

These days, Quiapo Church is visited by many devotees, and a gargantuan feast day is celebrated every January.

This is the Eye in the Sky!

The iconic and miraculous Black Nazarene of Quiapo Church. This photo only courtesy of wikipedia's Constantine Augustine and flickr's blagkensiak.

A caruaje (horse-drawn carriage) in Escolta.

A colonial building that presently houses a branch of the Philippine National Bank (above and below).

Arsenio H. Lacson immortalized in this statue in Plaza Lacson established on December 2003. Lacson was an artist, athlete, journalist, a congressman and the very first elected mayor of the city of Manila in 1952. Undre his stewardship, he helped complete the stockyard, Slaughterhouse, Boystown, Girls Home, Youth Reception Center, Manila Zoo, Quiapo Underpass and the Manila General Hospital, now known as "Ospital ng Maynila".

Manila Post Office

Pasig River


NRIGirl said...

Thought you would go on to explain the statue in the first picture...

Merry Christmas @Eye!

Mom with a Dot said...

Wonderful pics EiTS! Sometimes I feel places look prettier via your lens than in real :)

eye in the sky said...

@ NRIGirl:

Unfortunately, I don't have a story about the child's statue. I've been to this church countless times, but this isn't "my" regular church. Too much people come here to pray and hear mass so it has a rather "busy" atmosphere all the time which I am not too fond of.

BUT it's the first time I saw this child statue. I think it is odd that some people fail to be as observant with their surroundings, and I am guilty of such here. I kinda like it standing there, with people just passing without much heed. There's some poetry in its loneliness. :(

eye in the sky said...

@ Mom with a Dot:

You've always been generous with your thoughts, Thank you. Here's wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas! I so love this season. :)

Twin said...

The child statue represents the project, "Pondo ng Pinoy." You donate any amount/coins---it is not a fundraising but "a way of changing the hearts and minds of people, so that they may give and share with the less fortunate, not simply out of compassion, but out of love."

Krishna said...

nice collection of street photos

happy xmas and newyear


eye in the sky said...

@ Twin:

That's great information! How'd you know that? Merry Christmas! :)

eye in the sky said...

@ Krishna:

Merry Christmas, my friend. May you and your love ones be filled with blessings this season and the coming year. :)