I live in Quiapo for 27 years now and I could say that this place is very dear to my heart. Although many heard of not so good thing about Quiapo I still see this place as my own home. Quiapo is the heart of Manila and many Manilenyo would agree.
So how will I describe Quiapo? In Quiapo you will find the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene or more known as the Quiapo church. The Quiapo church is one of the famous churches in the Philippines because this is the place where Nazareno devotees go during Quiapo feast, every Friday and Holy week.
There are many schools, colleges and Universities in Quiapo such The National Teachers College, MLQU, Feati, TIP and many more. Quiapo is also known for DVD market, although this is not a good story due to piracy issue. In addition, Quiapo is also known for selling many products and merchandises such as fashionable clothes, Ukay-ukay, fruits, vegetables, electronics equipment, medicines, etc.
The description above will justify why Quiapo is the heart of Manila.