Escolta Museum | Things to do in City of Manila-Metro Manila
|Open:||Tuesday - Sunday, 9am - 12nn, 1pm - 5pm|
|Address:||2/F Calvo Bldg., 266 Escolta St., Binondo, City of Manila, Metro Manila|
The Jesuit missionaries built the Sta. Cruz Church in 1608. It was strategically located in the outskirts of Chinatown near Binondo to cater to the Chinese converts in Manila. The initial structure of Sta. Cruz Church had been partially damaged by two earthquakes and was completely devastated by the Battle of Manila in 1945 during the Japanese occupation. The current structure of the church was erected in 1957 and bears the characteristics of Spanish Baroque architecture. Nestled on top of the facade of the church is the image of Nuestra Señora del Pilar, the church's patroness. The side chapel has an image of La Pieta, a sculpture of the dead body of Jesus Christ being cradled by His mother, Mary. Another interesting feature of the church is the wooden cross found at the center of the crypt that contains carvings depicting the Way of the Cross.
Binondo Church, or the Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz, is one of the many baroque Spanish churches that peppered the country during the 16th century. It was named after the first Filipino saint, San Lorenzo Ruiz, who was himself a sacristan in the church during his younger days. Since its establishment in 1596, Binondo Church was struck by an earthquake in 1863, and was bombed twice by Englishmen in 1762 and by Americans during the World War II. It was renovated several times, most recently in 2004, when the church was restored through the assistance of the Doña Salustiana Dee Foundation. While its architecture is Spanish, the octagonal shape of its tower was influenced by the Chinese during one of the church's renovations. Holy Mass here alternates between Tagalog and English.
Quiapo Church is home to the biggest procession in the Philippines, that of the Black Nazarene. The Black Nazarene is a dark wooden sculpture of Jesus Christ carrying the cross, and is believed to be miraculous by many Filipino Catholics. While the church itself is more than 400 years old, Quiapo Church looks modern since its renovation and expansion in 1984. The church's other features are the wood carvings on the walls depicting the Way of the Cross. This was designed by the award-winning sculptor Eduardo Castrillo in 1992. The church was originally built of bamboo and nipa palm in 1586 by Franciscan Missionaries. It was destroyed thrice: it was burnt down in 1639, was damaged by an earthquake in 1863, and was burnt down again in 1928.
Things to do nearby
Put aside three hours of non-stop culinary treat as we eat our way around the most intimate alleys of Binondo! We'll horse around the streets taking in Tsinoy history, chomping down food and gorging on specialty treats as we nibble our way down through Chinatown! Definitely a wok for your stomach and the soul!
Destileria Limtuaco, the oldest distillery in the Philippines, celebrates its 166th year with the opening of The Destileria Limtuaco Museum. Now open to the public, the museum showcases the company's fascinating legacy. The Limtuaco Legacy, straddles three centuries and three colonial eras, preserved in a quaint stone building in historical Intramuros. You are cordially invited to visit Destileria Limtuaco Museum and see this rare and unique showcase of Philippine history for yourself. Groups, student field trips, and tourist day trips are welcome.
Wander with me around the walled city of Intramuros on a theatrical ride through the years 1571 until 1945. You’ll learn about Manila’s complex history as we laze under trees, snack on candy, and marvel at some of the oldest heritage structures in the Philippine archipelago. We’ll start our journey at the Fort Santiago by the Pasig River. We’ll see Plaza Moriones, the Manila Cathedral, the Plaza Roma and end our journey in front of the UNESCO world heritage site of San Agustin Church.There will be illusions. There will be candy. There will be buggy rides and theatre. We’ll talk about Filipino society, politics, history, art, religion, along with other topics that might make you laugh, cry. or possibly take offence. It’s performance art in the guise of a “walking tour”.
Where to stay
Set in a prime location of Manila, Citystate Hotel Palanca puts everything the city has to offer just outside your doorstep. The property features a wide range of facilities to make your stay a pleasant experience. Service-minded staff will welcome and guide you at the Citystate Hotel Palanca. Some of the well-appointed guestrooms feature internet access - wireless, internet access - wireless (complimentary), non smoking rooms, air conditioning, television. The hotel offers various recreational opportunities. No matter what your reasons are for visiting Manila, Citystate Hotel Palanca will make you feel instantly at home.
Citystate Hotel Quiapo is conveniently located in the popular Quiapo area. Featuring a complete list of amenities, guests will find their stay at the property a comfortable one. 24-hour room service, Wi-Fi in public areas, valet parking, room service, restaurant are just some of the facilities on offer. Each guestroom is elegantly furnished and equipped with handy amenities. The hotel offers various recreational opportunities. No matter what your reasons are for visiting Manila, Citystate Hotel Quiapo will make you feel instantly at home.
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Quiapo is a district of Manila, Philippines. Quiapo gets it name from a floating plant named; "Kiapo" that grew abundantly around that area. shared its status as the center of the activities of Manila's social elites as well as trade, fashion, art and higher learning with its surrounding vicinity. Hotel 99 is the best place you can be amidst the busy city experience. Welcome to Hotel 99 Quiapo situated at 361 Bautista corner, Hidalgo Street, Quiapo, Manila. Be embraced by our warm and welcoming greetings as soon as you make your first step in our doors. You will then be gracefully escorted to one of our all new 82 themed and well-kept rooms. May it be for business, pleasure or travel, you can count on us to provide you value-for-money accommodation coupled with an exceptional experience and the unique hospitality we are known for.
Getting there and around
2/F Calvo Bldg., 266 Escolta St., Binondo, City of Manila, Metro ManilaGet directions