One of Manila’s most famous churches, Quiapo Church was built in 1899 and restored in 1935. The church gets very crowded every Friday when thousands of devotees come to light a candle in supplication to the Black Nazarene, a life-size image of Christ believed to be miraculous.

Every January 9 is the Festival of the Black Nazarene. The statue is paraded through the streets of Quiapo surrounded among crowds of people.

Around the church is a fascinating gathering of vendors selling candles and curiosities like amulets and folk cures for obscure ailments. The present cream-colored edifice was built after the original Mexican Baroque structure burned to the ground in 1928.