Information about Plaza Miranda
Plaza Miranda is a public square which is located in front of the Quiapo Church, which is considered as the center of Quiapo.
Plaza Miranda has an area of almost 6000 square meters, bordered on the north by Quiapo Church, on the east by Quezon Boulevard, on the south by Hidalgo Street and on the west by Evangelista Street.
The plaza itself, which has a design capacity of almost 20,000 people, is paved with granite tiles and is surrounded by Neo-Gothic architectural details is inspired by the architecture of the Church of Quiapo, particularly on the western side, with two large entrance arches with Manila's coat of arms. The two large arches are separated by several smaller arches forming a covered colonnade, incorporating the sea lion found in the coat of arms into their design.
There are historical markers in two of the four corners of the plaza. A plaque remembering the 1971 Plaza Miranda bombing is placed at the southwest corner, unveiled on August 21, 2002 by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, while the southeast corner, facing Quezon Boulevard, has a 35-foot high marble obelisk topped by a statue of a woman whose outstretched arms bear a torch representing freedom. The obelisk is flanked by two columns on each side, surmounted by urns made of cast iron alloy and bronze, which also serve as gas-fired chambers that can be lit for special occasions.
How to get there
You can use the LRT-2 line to the Recto stop or take a jeepney bound for Quiapo. Once you arrive at Evangelista St. South, you'll arrive near Quiapo. Walk until you reach Plaza Miranda.
Best time to visit
This is an all-year-round destination that can be visited anytime of day.