Sunday, 18 September 2011

Plaza Miranda



 By: Paolo M. Bustamante


In the maze of cars and brightly colored Sarao jeepneys, is the Plaza Miranda. This is a place that is littered with Filipino vendors, peddlers and money-seeking fortune-tellers who tell the story about the life in the Philippines in its most naked truth –which is usually a tale about constant survival and struggle.

The Plaza Miranda is nestled just in front of the Quiapo Church. It has been the eyes and ears to every prayer, novena, and heartfelt plea offered by distraught Filipinos, who are in search for some miracle inside the spacious halls of the church. Mobs of people flock to this area to have their palms read, their futures foretold, their prayers heard and their sins confessed. This is a venue for spiritual renewal, be it the Catholic way, or the Pagan way.


Other than spiritual renewal, people come here for the cheap buys. The merchandise sold in this place range from pirated DVD’s to China-made gadgets, and strangely crafted herbal products to scrumptious Filipino street food. This is the Mecca of pirated goods and trapped vehicle byproducts, and somehow Plaza Miranda has become famous because for that.

On August 21, 1971, a bomb exploded in Plaza Miranda during the time when the Liberal Party was conducting their Miting de Avance. This bombing killed 9 people and injured 100 civilians –in that instant, the place and the name “Plaza Miranda” has always been associated with that horrific moment in history.

The place Plaza Miranda was named after Jose Sandino y Miranda who served as the secretary of the treasury of the Philippines for 10 years beginning in 1853. This venue stands until this day –it remains raw and carved in every heart of a true Filipino.

4 comments:

  1. that f&c tower, which is former Picache Building, is historically significant as well for it is one of the truly first tall skyscrapers in Manila. It is designed by Angel Nakpil, a modernist architect, and built sometime in 50's.

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  2. I notice that many prominent people circa 1800's bears a kapampangan surname like Nakpil and Miranda? Why?

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  3. I notice that many prominent people circa 1800's bears a kapampangan surname like Nakpil and Miranda? Why?

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  4. Maybe because Kapampangans are the favorite tribe of the spanish regine.

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