Hospicio de San Jose | Things to do in City of Manila-Metro Manila

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Hospicio de San Jose is a home for the homeless, and a home for visitors who'd like to travel for a cause. Hospicio sits on Isla de Convalencia, a lone islet in the middle of Pasig River. It comprises a spacious compound with buildings each housing a different age bracket: for infants, children, teenagers, disabled persons, and the elderly. A separate building is reserved for travelers who'd like to volunteer in this tiny community. For about P700/day, travelers get to have a room of their own on this islet. They may choose the time of their volunteer work, be it in the morning or afternoon, and use the rest of the time exploring the big city. Hospicio de San Jose was founded in 1782 and built on the islet in 1810. It has earned the distinction of being the oldest charitable institution in the Philippines.
Open: Daily, 8am - 5pm
Address: Ayala Bridge, Quiapo, City of Manila, Metro Manila
Fee: Free, reservation required
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Nearby attractions

Casa Roces
0.57 km away

Located in front of the Malacañang Palace, Casa Roces is an ancestral home turned into a full-service restaurant serving Filipino-Spanish cuisine. Built in the 1930s, the two-storey restaurant has a quaint vintage feel, with the hum of a fancy cafe, and the comforts of a grandmother’s house. The ground floor features an outdoor wooden deck, a dessert bar, and a memorabilia and accessories shop. At night, patrons are served liquor, wine, beer, and cocktails. Further at the back is a gallery displaying Joaquin “Chino” Roces’ memorabilia and his life as a dedicated publisher of The Manila Times. The second floor houses an art and heirloom gallery, and private dining rooms named after the family’s newspaper chains--La Vanguardia, The Manila Times, Liwayway, The Tribune, and Daily Mirror. 

Manila Golden Mosque and Cultural Center
0.67 km away

Also known as Masjid Al-Dahab, the Manila Golden Mosque and Cultural Center is the largest mosque in Metro Manila. Its name comes from its gold-painted dome, topped with a crescent moon, a symbol of the Islamic faith. The mosque is faithful to Islamic architecture—its elaborate mosaics, pointed arches, and multi-columned interior design. Unlike the typical Christian church, it doesn't have benches and pews. Instead, it only has spaces to capture the simplicity of worship: by either standing, prostrating, kneeling, bowing, or sitting. Non-Muslim visitors who wish to enter the mosque are advised to adapt to Islamic customs of worship. You'll find a washroom at the left of the mosque, where you'd have to wash your face, neck, hands, arms, and feet. Afterwhich you may enter the mosque, leaving your shoes outside.

St Vincent de Paul Parish
0.69 km away

The concrete church was built in 1912 in honor of the Vincentian Sisters of Charity's 50th anniversary in the country, replacing the chapel that was constructed in the same site in 1883. Japanese soldiers wreaked havoc to its interiors in 1945, just before the end of the war. In 2010, St. Vincent de Paul Church underwent a full renovation to become the architectural icon that it is today. The church is named after St. Vincent de Paul, who founded the Congregation of the Mission in 1625, a community of priests and brothers whose end is "to preach the good news to the poor" and the Daughters of Charity (1633).

Things to do nearby

Quiapo Market Tour by Don't Skip Manila

  • Revisit Quiapo being the old downtown of Manila. 
  • Discover this colorful and vibrant district that is usually misunderstood. Quiapo is the melting pot of different religions, cultures, and people. 
  • Uncover the mystical, exotic, exciting and spiritual Quiapo. 

National Museum Tour

  • Explore Philippine history through impressive collections of artifacts that date back from the prehistoric times up to the modern days.
  • Spend the day touring the three building of the National Museum complex (National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of  Fine Arts, and the National Museum of Anthropology)
  • See ancient artifacts like the famous 'Manunggul jars', Anito carvings, and weapons that shaped the Filipino culture to what it is today.
  • Marvel at the masterpieces by Juan Luna like the famous Spoliarium and the controversial The Parisian Life.
  • Witness the taxidermied body of Lolong, the 20-feet freshwater crocodile that used to be the largest in captivity.

Quiapo Muslim Town Tour
Art and culture
1.04 km away

  • Learn about the history of the Islam Faith in the Philippines  
  • Visit the Golden Mosque and learn from their religious leaders about the Islam faith and practices
  • Learn about the history of the Quiapo community
  • Visit the local places to eat. Learn about Halal food
  • Discover  & taste local dishes delicacies such as Palapa and local sweets

Where to stay

Manila Prince Hotel
Hotels and homes
0.72 km away

A city hotel situated in the heart of Manila’s business district where we offer value for money and stylish comfort in our 300 well-appointed rooms. Strategically located in close proximity to Manila’s historical tourist spots, as well as, to main transportation hubs, such as, Light Rail Transit (LRT 1), buses, and the Philippines’ popular local ride, jeepneys. The hotel is a convenient walking distance to malls, amusement centers, museums, theme parks, historic The Manila Hotel, and the Philippines’ kilometer zero, Luneta Park. These and more, make Manila Prince Hotel, a top choice among leisure and business travelers.Manila Prince by The Manila Hotel aims to provide exceptional customer service to all guests. Our goal is to be the preferred hotel choice of the most discriminating guests. At Manila Prince Hotel, our guests are our top priority, providing excellent and luxurious hospitality service, from the heart.Be an unforgettable host when you hold small or big events in Manila. Choose from a wide range of spacious and well-equipped venues, to suit your needs.The hotel’s outdoor pool offers utmost enjoyment for in-house guests.For guests’ business needs, the 24-hour business centre located at the lobby level, is fully-equipped, including Wi-Fi, to ensure guests a most efficient and seamless service.Manila Prince Hotel extends its warm welcome, that embodies the Filipinos’ heart and soul.The Manila Prince Hotel is connected to UN Square.

Hotels and homes
0.87 km away

8 Hostel Quiapo Manila located at Unit 102,105,614 & 921 at Isabelle de hidalgo Condominium. The place is situated nearby Tourist spot, School University and other transaction within in metro manila.8 Hostel is highly recommended for backpackers, Board examiners, Travelers and others who want to get an affordable budget stay and comfortable at the same time.Travelers who wish to travel comfortably on a low budget and enjoy the new upgrade modern space capsule rooms from japan, 8 Hostel is the smartest choice and perfect place to stay that provides decent facilities as well as great services.24-hours front desk is available to serve you, from check-in to check-out, or any assistance you need. Wi-Fi is available within public areas of the property to help you to stay connected with family and friends. All access door equip by secured electronic key card system include metal cabinet. Should you desire more, do not hesitate to ask the front desk, we are always ready to accommodate you.

Go Hotels Otis - Manila
Hotels and homes
0.87 km away

The essential service hotel chain’s second branch in Manila, it is conveniently located near schools, parks, hospitals, churches and much more. Work by day and relax by night in the comforts of our Windsor beds. The 6th branch overall, this budget hotel is around 45 minutes away from the airport.

Getting there and around

Ayala Bridge, Quiapo, City of Manila, Metro Manila

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