Sunday, June 29, 2008

plaza miranda

Plaza Miranda is in the heart of Quiapo, named after Jose Sandino y Miranda who served as a secretary of treasury of the Philippines (1833 - 1854). A public plaza in front of the famed Quaipo church and the miraculous black nazarene, which is also a popular site of political rallies. On August 21, 1971, while the Liberal Party held their Miting de Avance in the plaza, a bomb exploded, killing 9 and injuring almost 100 civilians that hastened the declaration of martial law during the tenure of then President Ferdinand Marcos.

In recent years, the local government of Manila, spearheaded by then Mayor Lito Atienza, launched the Buhayin ang Maynila (Revive Manila) project which greatly rehabilitated Quiapo and its vicinities, most specially the Plaza Miranda.

There still a lot of vendors within the Plaza Miranda which makes the place more interesting for me, a curnocopia of things ou'll either love or hate, but makes it more unique.

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