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I have never been to Hidalgo before not until I have bought my camera. heck, I didn’t even bought my camera at Hidalgo, Quiapo. I was only able to get their buying my first pop up flash diffuser
Hidalgo Street in Quiapo
Felix R. Hidalgo Street in Quiapo is a hodge podge of knick-knack vendors, covering legitimate business establishments mostly selling photography-related items. For Filipino photographers it has long been the Mecca for photography equipment at, more often than not, lower than market prices. An assortment of accessories from on-camera flashes, studio lights, bags, tripods, lenses, batteries, CDs, DVDs, actually anything photography-related can be found there.
Hidalgo St. is intersected by Quezon Boulevard and is connected by the Lacson pedestrian underpass from the new photography haven to the original street that is of historic significance to Quiapo. The street is crowded with jeepneys and pedestrians but leads farther to a showcase of heritage architecture – cluttered through the rest of its humble boundaries.
Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quiapo,_Manila#Hidalgo_Street_in_Quiapo
So for first timers like me, I have made some research on how to get there.
But before going there, I want to make some rules.
1. Do not bring a car. It is hard to find a parking space nearby plus you might worry about how safe your car is. It is after all Quiapo (where the sly ones meet)
2. Do not dress too fancy.
3. Do not wear too much jewelry
4. If you can drag some one to along to come with you go ahead and just treat him a snack later
5. Please, don’t look too naive as if it is your first time going there. (yeah it is in fact true but we do not want them to know right?)
6. Just keep on moving when someone asks you something.
7. Be on the look out for kids offering you plastic bags or someone who is too close for comfort if you know what I mean. :p
So moving on.
I got some shots of HIdalgo from this site , thanks for the images
as you can see, the road is narrow and filled with vendors of all sort. There you can see vegetables, pirated DVD (karaoke, porno and movies), fruit stands, clothes, food carts, camera shops, candles and some more like snatchers, pick pockets and swindlers (just kidding but its true)
NOW HOW TO GET THERE?
courtesy of wikimapia.org
I got this from some sources
via LRT from Vito Cruz Station
exit Carriedo Station through Isetan
Then go down to the GF to cross the street to enter SM
Then exited at the other side, from there you can see Henry?s, then just walk around and be able to see Mayers, etc?
Travelling by car/cab:
From Pasig ? went via Sta. Mesa then Legarda. From U-belt Legarda, go straight towards Ayala bridge. Turn right on the street before reaching the bridge. That?s C. Palanca. After crossing a very small bridge and before reaching the overpass bridge, there?s a Pay Parking on your left. The shops are less than a 5-min walk. Just walk towards the overpass bridge, pass it and you?ll see them on your right.
From Roxas Blvd (from Makati/Paranaque area) ? Go straight Roxas Blvd. Take right on street of Manila Hotel (after TM Kalaw). Straight road and go past Postal Office and Old City Hall. Take McArthur Bridge then turn right after Brider and before Plaza Fair. Follow the road (it?s tight) until you see SM.
Coming from the south of Manila, you should take Roxas Boulevard northwards and head on until Intramuros. Then turn right opposite Manila Hotel until you?re on Taft Avenue. From there, you should turn to the rightmost lane which will lead you to Quiapo Bridge. As soon as the bridge ends, you should be on Hidalgo Street.
Coming from the north of Manila, you should take Quezon Avenue and head westwards. Just follow the road where it leads and stop before it crosses the Pasig River. You will find it on your right, next to a large church.
But If you ask me, since I come from Tondo you i will take any jeep route that will drop me somewhere near Isettan Recto, or at Raon. Those are the two places that I know the most. Or If you want you can start from Quiapo Church then ask the priest there if you don’t trust the people around LOLS.
There is always the taxi driver when you get lost.
You can check out the following shops:
Aperture Trading Corporation
Address: 5th Flr., Prosperity Bldg., 395 Banaue St., Quezon City
Tel: 732-8991, 731-1708
Fax: 741-9743 (telefax)
Contact: Frank Tsai
Products: Visio, Falcon Eyes, Nikon, Canon, Tamrac, Image Tank, Compact Drive,
Avenue Photo Supply
Address: 712 R. Hidalgo St., Quiapo, Manila
Tel: 733-2761, 733-5474, 734-3307
Contact: Wilson Lu
Products: Quantum, Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Slik, China brand lights, Radio receivers, Bulbs, Flash bulbs, Tamron, Tiffen, Domke, Kodak, Fuji, Ilford Film, Widest range of Lighting equiptment in Hidalgo.
Address: 713 R. Hidalgo St., Quiapo, Manila
Tel: 734-4471, 734-3304 to 05, 733-4565, 733-5531
Contact: Lety C. Uy
Products: Nikon, Canon, Fuji, Kodak, Rechargeable batteries, Lamination equiptment, Film, Dry boxes
Henry?s Photo Supply
Address: 310 P. Gomez St., Quiapo, Manila
Tel: 733-7723, 734-6198
Contact: Henry Ong
Products: Nikon, Canon, Sony, Olympus, Assorted Studio lighting and lots of batteries
Products: Nikon, Canon, Olympus, good source of 2nd hand Lenses.
Address: 1132 Pedro Gil St., Paco, Manila
Tel: 523-4396, 536-6590, 536-6591
Contact: Jerome Tan
Products: Distributes Sigma products, Cameras and Lenses for Nikon, Canon also has Flashes.
Address: 111, 113, 115 C. Palanca St., Quiapo, Manila
Tel: 733-7598, 733-7722
Look for: Ramon Ong
Products: Nikon, Canon, Sony, Olympus, good source for high end lenses.
Watson Photo Shop
Address: 312 P. Gomez St., Quiapo, Manila
Look for: Philip King Tan Tang
Products: Nikon, Canon, Sony, Fuji, Sunpak, Olympus
74 A. Roces Ave., Quezon City.
Products: Lowepro gears