Plaza Miranda


Plaza Miranda has some history. This is where the common folk came to watch beauty contests, political rallies, and various events and festivities, until it was destroyed by a bloody bombing in 1971 that preceded Marcos' imposition of martial law. Later it was rebuilt in the style of a Roman square with pillars, arches and decorative urns.

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One of several ornate arches within Chinatown that distinguish the neighbourhood from its surrounds.

5. First United Building

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6. First United Community Museum

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7. Metropolitan Theater

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8. Calvo Museum

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