Padilla Art Gallery (Calle R. Hidalgo cor. De Guzman St.)
Built in the 1880s, the house was renovated by the artist Manuel Padilla and opened as an art gallery in 2012.
The gallery featured artworks that reflected the culture of Quiapo and Manila.
The house is relatively well preserved but has been closed to the public since 2018.
One of Quiapo’s greatest treasures is its collection of heritage houses that date from the 19th and 20th centuries. Quiapo east of Quezon Avenue was largely spared from the destruction of the Battle of Manila, thus providing a rare glimpse into Manila’s old architecture. Sadly, this treasure is underappreciated and largely endangered due to postwar “development” and lack of state support and regulation which has led to the demolition of many heritage houses and heritage structures in the city.
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