Try scouting optical shops lined up along Paterno Street in Quaipo, Manila where you can get a new pair of glasses for at least P 800. This includes as computerized eye-check up, followed by the manual checking for your eye grade.
Branded eyeglasses fetch as low as P 1,500 a pair. There are even glasses for athletes.
If you merely want to change the lenses, then you are charged at least P 350 to P 400, depending on your eye grade.
The church is home to the 17th century life-sized image of the Black Nazarene. Many devotees flock to the Black Nazarene especially during its feast on January. Many devotees claim to have experienced the miracles, healings and answered prayers of the Lord of the Black Nazarene.
At Hidalgo Street, you can find an array of stores selling old cameras, and new ones at a discounted price compared to department stores and commercial areas in Metro Manila.
Another street caters to sound and lights equipment. You can even buy your own videoke machine here for a few thousands of pesos.
Street hawkers line up the streets peddling vegetables, housewares, ready-to-wear clothes, toys and more.
Quiapo is also home to the first ever branch of the Shoemart in Sta. Cruz, where you can get shoes, clothes and other items at bargain prices. In the side streets, one can have souvenir photos, graduation and wedding photos or maybe diplomas framed also at cheap prices.
Quiapo is a bargain for good merchandise ranging from cameras, speakers, voice recorders to eye glasses (even contact lens), photo frames etc.
How to go to Quiapo:
For Gateway or Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City, one can take the LRT 2 line that transverses from Santolan station in Marcos Highway to Recto (Manila). The fare is about P 14/one way from Cubao to Recto station.
Upon reaching station, take a shortcut to Odeon Mall which is at the other end of the LRT2. Ride a jeepney to Sta. Cruz, tell the driver that you will get down in Quiapo area. Take note that the Quiapo is just a few meters away from the LRT-Recto station.