Quiapo Fiesta

by Alex Felipe January. 21, 2008 4614 views

The above are pics from 9 Jan 08, the Quiapo Fiesta in Manila. They are mostly family photos from my maternal side.

There is a part of Quiapo where my family members make up a big number of the street vendors (they sell simple electronic devices and accessories).

After the holidays the new(ish) mayor of Manila decided to crack down on “illegal” street vendors (again). So for about a week they had to run whenever cops came (a daunting task considering how massive their stand was).

This lasted a week as a crackdown on vendors, meant no vendors for cops to collect “protection” money from. Soon a compromise was made: vendors could stay as long as their stands were on the sidewalk (cutting down most in size dramatically) AND as long as they paid cops protection (from themselves).

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