Soothsayers who claim to have a psychic power to unfold the future surround Quiapo Church. Patrons come by to Quiapo to consult about: love relationships, marriage, jobs, health and possibility of going aborad.
Catholic priests and ministers discourage fortune-telling; it is in fact violative to catholic teachings. Given that, many are still willing to pay 1oo pesos for a fleeting thirty minutes of tarot and palm reading. Some desperate take the word of the soothsayer as a gospel truth. Perhaps they are too vulnerable or emotionally incapable to deal with their real issues. They need an easy way to find answers to their trials and tribulations.
Reading people’s lives has already become an industry outside the church; The proliferation of these soothsayers are unstoppable, they will continue to exist as long as there is someone whose willing to be fooled. Truth is, there is really no way to peek ahead of the future. Precogs, psychics, palm reader, soothsayers, however they are called – fact is they really don’t know how things will turn out ahead of time . Simply unreliable and untrue.