High heels are unnecessary for Our Lady of #Quiapo
, those feet are made for walking for the #BlackNazarene
Quiapo, a district of Manila, derives its name from the water cabbage (Pistia stratiotes), which is named "quiapo / kiapo" in the Tagalog language. The district is also sometimes referred to as the "Old Downtown of Manila." By the latter part of the 16th century, Quiapo had become a flourishing center of commerce, awash not merely of water lilies, but also of a profusion of crafts, trade stores, theaters, movie houses and open markets, attracting the elite, the 'illustrados' and the nouveau riche who came to build their luxurious homes and mansions.
Part of the boom and burgeoning commerce was attributed to the Black Nazarene. It is venerated by Filipino devotees every Friday. Along with the Santo Niño, (Child Jesus) it is the most popular object of devotion in the Philippines.
Time and change have ravaged Quiapo of that historical past. Now it stands transformed, a shadow of its gentrified past, its sole vestige, the Quiapo Church– razed many times by fires and earthquake, but always arising anew from those recurrent calamities– monolithic and towering over the miasma of third world commercialism that surrounds it. Most areas of Quiapo now has become a marketplace for thrift finds. Its street corners have stalls that offer herbal products, an army of fortune tellers, and shops for pirated media.
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