Ermita, Manila
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Ermita (novel)
Ermita: A Filipino Novel is a novel by the known Filipino author F. Sionil Jose written in the English language.-Scenes:F. Sionil José brings the reader to a story to a time in Philippine history before the declaration of Martial Law by Ferdinand Marcos during the 1950s. José also brings his...


Ermita is a district of Manila
Manila is the capital of the Philippines. It is one of the sixteen cities forming Metro Manila.Manila is located on the eastern shores of Manila Bay and is bordered by Navotas and Caloocan to the north, Quezon City to the northeast, San Juan and Mandaluyong to the east, Makati on the southeast,...

, Philippines located halfway between Intramuros
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 (the old walled city) and Malate
Malate, Manila
Malate is an old district of the city of Manila in Metro Manila, the Philippines. The district is located at the southern end of the city of Manila, bordered by Pasay City to the south, by Manila Bay to the west, by the district of Ermita to the north and by the districts of Paco and San Andres to...



Ermita was founded in the late 16th century. The name was taken from La Hermita, the Spanish
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 word for "hermitage", after the fact that on this site was built a hermitage housing an image of the Virgin Mary
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 known as the Nuestra Señora de Guia (Our Lady of Guidance). The hermitage has since evolved into Ermita Church, which has been rebuilt several times since the early 17th century.

Ermita gained renewed prominence during the American colonial period
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. It became known as the university district, containing the campuses of the University of the Philippines
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, the Ateneo de Manila
Ateneo de Manila University
The Ateneo de Manila University is a private teaching and research university run by the Society of Jesus in the Philippines. It began in 1859 when the City of Manila handed control of the Escuela Municipal de Manila in Intramuros, Manila, to the Jesuits...

, the Assumption College
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 and the St. Paul College for girls. Dormitories for students also flourished in the area. The residential portion of Ermita was populated by American residents, who set up such establishments as the Army and Navy Club, and the University Club.

During the 1945 Battle of Manila, Ermita was the scene of some of the most horrific massacres that occurred during the month of February, 1945. The wife and four children of future President
President of the Philippines
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 Elpidio Quirino
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 were murdered in Ermita, as was Supreme Court Associate Justice
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 Anacleto Diaz
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. Between 68% to 85% of Ermita was destroyed during the Battle of Manila, with an estimated total of 100,000 Filipino civilians killed in the city itself.

Ermita was rebuilt after the devastation of the war. University life remained vibrant therein. However, as decades passed, Ermita started earning a reputation as the red-light district
Red-light district
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 of Manila. During the term of Mayor Alfredo Lim
Alfredo Lim
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, an effort was made to "clean up" Ermita, helping improve its reputation since then. However, a local city ordinance prohibiting the establishment, on grounds of public morality, of motels, lodging houses and other similar establishments, was later declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court
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. As a result of the clean-up efforts, nightlife in the area dwindled though it has picked up of late with the help of the emergence of the nearby Malate district and the Roxas Blvd. Baywalk area in the nightlife scene.

Ermiteño was a Spanish-creole that was spoken in Ermita, and lingua franca in the neighbourhood until the end of WWII. It is believed to be extinct today.

Sites of interest

Several government institutions are housed in Ermita, including the
  • Supreme Court of the Philippines
    Supreme Court of the Philippines
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  • Court of Appeals
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  • Manila City Hall
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  • Manila Central Post Office
    Manila Central Post Office
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and other offices found along the old government center designed during the American era by architect and urban planner Daniel Burnham
Daniel Burnham
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, such as the
  • Department of Tourism
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     and the
  • National Museum of the Philippines
    National Museum of the Philippines
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     (including the Museum of the Filipino People)
  • Rizal Park
    Rizal Park
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    , the widest open urban public park in the country and location of the monument to the national hero José Rizal
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    , is a prominent feature of Ermita. This was the original site for Burnham's planned government center and capitol building.

Other sites of interest in Ermita include:
  • United States Embassy
  • National Library of the Philippines
    National Library of the Philippines
    The National Library of the Philippines is the official national library of the Philippines. The complex is located in Ermita on a portion of Rizal Park facing T.M. Kalaw Avenue, neighboring culturally significant buildings such as the Museum of Philippine Political History and the National...

  • Quirino Grandstand
  • Manila Ocean Park
    Manila Ocean Park
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  • Bonifacio's Wall
  • Metropolitan Theater
  • Manila Hotel
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  • Masonic Temple
  • National Cathedral of the Philippine Independent Church
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  • San Vicente de Paul Church
  • Philippine General Hospital
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    , the country's largest hospital.
  • China Airlines
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     Philippines Branch Office

A number of educational institutions are also found in Ermita, including:
  • University of the Philippines Manila
  • Adamson University
    Adamson University
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  • Emilio Aguinaldo College
    Emilio Aguinaldo College
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  • Santa Isabel College
  • Philippine Normal University
  • Technological University of the Philippines
    Technological University of the Philippines
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  • Universidad de Manila
    Universidad de Manila
    The Universidad de Manila is a public university in Manila, Philippines...

     (formerly the City College of Manila)
  • Manila Science High School
    Manila Science High School
    Manila Science High School is the Pilot Science High School in the Philippines. It is located on Taft Avenue at the corner of Padre Faura Street in Ermita, Manila, and was established on October 1, 1963.- History :...

    , which leads the city in offering specialized science and technology oriented curricula for secondary education

Ermita also hosts a number of coin shops and antique shops.


Zone 71: 659, 659-A, 660, 660-A, 661, 663, 663-A, 664

Zone 72: 666, 667, 668, 669, 670
Barangays of Ermita
Name Population
Barangay 659 499
Barangay 659-A 369
Barangay 660 682
Barangay 660-A 691
Barangay 661 220
Barangay 663 477
Barangay 663-A 377
Barangay 664 292
Barangay 666 191
Barangay 667 1,160
Barangay 668 702
Barangay 669 290
Barangay 670 255
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