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Lorrianne Aryenz Valdecantos  • Contributor
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Quiapo is home to one of the most recognizable icons in the Catholic faith and is one misunderstood place filled with potential and beauty if people would just walk around. This is the place for thrift shopping, wet markets, and everything religious (and mysterious).

Here are eight things one should do when in Quiapo.

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The facade of the Quiapo Church

Buy potions

Who needs dating apps anyway? Love potions are common in Quiapo. They come in small and clear repurposed bottles of liniment oils. Just remember to read the instructions very carefully, chant those prayers with pride, and wait for that text message from your crush. 

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Display of potions and trinkets I Follow: @ivanfdezgmez

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Essential and healing oils I Follow: @9diopters

Make a candle offering

Stressing out for an upcoming exam? Wishing for the fast recovery of a loved one? Or just plain wishing for someone to develop a conscience? Don’t fret, Quiapo is here. Located just outside the church are candle stalls catering to your every wish. Buy in bulk, the sellers don’t judge. 

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Cheatsheet for the wishing candles I Follow: @phyllis.xodus

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Rainbow wishing candles I Follow: @dragan_palaboy

Buy a camera (or have it fixed!)

Henry’s camera begun their journey to being one of the largest camera stores in the Philippines as a quaint shop in busy Quiapo. It’s no surprise that in Hidalgo Street in Quiapo, camera stores dominated the area. From spare parts to second-hand camera, Hidalgo’s got you. 

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Camera models through the years I Follow: @unedited35film

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Cameras for sale I Follow: @agapito_007

Catch up on some tarot card reading

See those women in the middle of Plaza Miranda with small tables in front of them? They can predict the future. Sit right up, palms down, and choose a card. Disclaimer, believe at your own risk. 

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'Manghuhula' in action I Follow: @clarkbentson

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Tarot cards I Follow: @etceteraetcetera16

Ukay till you drop

Always wanted to look so fly but the budget won’t cut it? Worry not, Hidalgo Street in Quiapo is heaven for thrifters. They sell tops as low as 10 pesos, shorts at 20, and jackets for 50. Remember to bring big reusable bags, water, and a face towel. Ukay-ukay in Quiapo is a serious business.

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Inside the ukay-ukay store I Follow: @shanleybellaa

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Posing with the ukay-ukay finds I Follow: @janjanlaagan

Visit the Black Nazarene

The primary beacon for Quiapo is the image of the Black Nazarene. Every day, hundreds of people flock this minor basilica to get in line and touch the holy Nazarene. Expect long lines and limited time to touch the image as the lines get really long, no matter what. 

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A replica of the Black Nazarene I Follow: @yssabartolazo

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A touch of faith

Visit the Nakpil-Bautista Heritage House

Standing out in the residential area of Quiapo is the Nakpil-Bautista house. This Bahay na Bato was constructed in 1914 and it had the look of an urban Filipino structure. This heritage house was famous for housing Katipuneros during the war. Today, the rooms of this house are converted into galleries, commemorating the people who stayed at the house. Most notable is the wife of Andres Bonifacio, Gregoria de Jesus, fondly called as ‘Ka Oryang’, who stayed in the house after being widowed by Bonifacio and marrying Juan Nakpil.   

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The Bahay Nakpil-Bautista sala

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The Bahay Nakpil-Bautista study room

Visit the Golden Mosque

Also known as Masjid Al-Dahab, the Golden Mosque got its name from its gold-painted dome adorned with a crescent moon as a symbol of the Islamic faith. This Mosque is the biggest in Metro Manila. Non-Muslim visitors are permitted inside the Mosque but are requested to follow the customs of worship like washing of feet, face, and neck before entering the prayer room.

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The golden dome I Follow: @mituuroko10

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The Mosque

Need a more intimate afternoon in Quiapo? The Quiapo Market Tour can answer all of the questions circling around this mysterious place. 

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Join our Quiapo Market Tour here! 

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Eat your way into the neighbor of Quiapo, Binondo! Book here


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