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

Hospicio de San Jose in Manila | Photo by Vic Montes Hospicio de San Jose in Manila | Photo by Vic Montes Hospicio de San Jose in Manila | Photo by Vic Montes
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
Attraction
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
Attraction
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.

Presidential Museum and Library
Attraction
0.80 km away

What the White House is to Americans, the Malacañang Palace is to the Filipinos. The Malacañang Palace houses the Presidential Museum and Library in San Miguel, Manila. Previously called the Malacañang Museum, the Presidential Museum and Library is an impressive walkthrough of the stunning building itself and the memorabilia of the greatest leaders in Philippine governance. Built in 1920, the museum building, called the Kalayaan Hall, is an elegant and elaborate palace, designed after Renaissance-revivalist architecture. It is the oldest and most historical structure in the Malacañang complex, and bore witness to major historical events, including landmark speeches, reforms, and revolutionary movements. The museum’s nine galleries, each named after a past president, hold numerous memorabilia, including the print and souvenir materials from their presidential campaigns, their clothing, accessories, as well as publications, documents, and little things that suggest the personality quirks and differences beneath each tough character.

Things to do nearby

Quiapo Market Tour by Don't Skip Manila
₱2400.00

  • 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
₱950.00

  • 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.

Intramuros Walking Tour by Don't Skip Manila
₱1900.00
Experience
Cultural experiences
1.25 km away

  • Revisit your history lessons as you stroll along the Manila's streets from past to present
  • Discover the Philippines' tragedies, tolerance, and triumphant recoveries from colonial influences
  • Visit some of Manila's oldest structures in Escolta 
  • Indulge in authentic Filipino dishes at Seascape Village for lunch, Manila's Seafood Paluto Market.
  • Make your own miniature Intramuros (cut and build) while you learn about its story. 

Where to stay

Manila Prince Hotel
₱3203.00
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.

Hotel 99 Quiapo
₱1214.00
Hotels and homes
0.90 km away

Safety, convenience and comfort – these are just but some of the service potentials is devoted to encapsulate as a true one-of-a-kind hotel experience in its class.Hotel 99 branches are situated in significant areas of Metro Manila that are within easy reach to available transportation such as the LRT and MRT. Hotel guests are being cheerfully greeted and accommodated by our friendly, highly trained staff.Our cozy, fully air-conditioned front office provides sufficient seating, cable TV, computer kiosks, and snacks and refreshments – a perfect place to receive guests and visitors. Wifi access is standard for easy access to the internet anywhere in the hotel. Not only one but two elevators provide faster access to and from the hotel floors. Exciting medley of rooms are available that suit every guests’ preferences and budget.

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.

The Bayleaf Intramuros
₱3320.00
Hotels and homes
1.07 km away

The Bayleaf Intramuros is a boutique hotel in Manila, Philippines that promises contemporary luxuries and conveniences. Set within the walls of the oldest district and historic core of Manila, this iconic landmark in the metro offers a high-class city abode for any traveler. It presents 57 guestrooms that blend style and comfort to encourage relaxation. Each one has five-star beddings, a 32-inch LCD TV, Wi-Fi Internet, and spacious bath with rain shower. The hotel also affords ace facilities for leisure and business. This includes a ballroom, 5 meeting rooms, and 4 dining venues.

Getting there and around

Ayala Bridge, Quiapo, City of Manila, Metro Manila

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