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Intramuros and Fort Santiago in Manila

If you want to understand the Philippines as a country, visit Intramuros and Fort Santiago in Manila. Buildings of colonial architecture are well-preserved, neat and well-maintained. I’d recommend you to join the two-hour tour to better yourself in understanding the Philippines’ history, its culture and people. The tour is interactive and well-presented that you’d never look at museums and old forts and old walls the same way ever again.

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Intramuros and Fort Santiago in Manila, Philippines.

Intramuros and Fort Santiago in Manila, Philippines.

Intramuros and Fort Santiago in Manila is an old Spanish fortification that had been attacked, occupied by the Spanish, British, American, Japanese and Filipino forces.

Intramuros and Fort Santiago in Manila

Intramuros and Fort Santiago in Manila, Philippines.

Sorry. There are no cabs inside. Take this kalesa, instead. You’ll be Cinderella for the whole tour! 😉

Intramuros and Fort Santiago in Manila

Intramuros and Fort Santiago in Manila, Philippines.

If only these things could talk, what stories could they tell?

Intramuros and Fort Santiago in Manila

Intramuros and Fort Santiago in Manila, Philippines.

The gardens inside are well-manicured.

Intramuros and Fort Santiago in Manila

Intramuros and Fort Santiago in Manila, Philippines.

The lawns are kept clean.

Intramuros and Fort Santiago in Manila, Philippines

Intramuros and Fort Santiago in Manila, Philippines.

Check out every houses / museums inside and feel the grandiosity of the place during Spanish era.

Intramuros and Fort Santiago in Manila, Philippines

Intramuros and Fort Santiago in Manila, Philippines

After the tour, if you have time, go around, discover more and be on your own.

Intramuros and Fort Santiago in Manila, Philippines

Fort Santiago in Manila, Philippines.

Fort Santiago is right next to the Pasig River, a dying river that Manila is still trying to save until today.

Fort Santiago in Manila, Philippines.

Fort Santiago in Manila, Philippines.

Sit, relax and enjoy the view.

Fort Santiago in Manila, Philippines.

Fort Santiago in Manila, Philippines.

Aside from the fact that this was once a stronghold of military forces, Fort Santiago was also a prison.

Fort Santiago in Manila, Philippines.

Fort Santiago in Manila, Philippines.

Fort Santiago’s famous prisoner is the country’s national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal.

Intramuros and Fort Santiago in Manila, Philippines.

Intramuros and Fort Santiago in Manila, Philippines.

He spent his last night here writing his farewell poem to his countrymen, “Mi Ultimo Adios,” in Spanish.

Intramuros and Fort Santiago in Manila, Philippines.

Intramuros and Fort Santiago in Manila, Philippines.

While you’re here, find and follow Jose Rizal’s last footsteps emblazoned in brass, on the way to his excution mark in Rizal / Luneta Park.

Intramuros and Fort Santiago in Manila, Philippines.

Intramuros and Fort Santiago in Manila, Philippines.

“To foretell the destiny of a nation, it is necessary to open the book that tells of her past.” – Jose Rizal.

Intramuros and Fort Santiago in Manila, Philippines.

Intramuros and Fort Santiago in Manila, Philippines.

On your way outside Fort Santiago, go around Intamuros on foot.

Intramuros and Fort Santiago in Manila, Philippines.

Intramuros and Fort Santiago in Manila, Philippines.

Imagine you’re in Spain. 😉

Intramuros and Fort Santiago in Manila

Intramuros and Fort Santiago in Manila, Philippines.

Or just sit in one of those cafes there and relieve the colonial past. 😉

TIPS:

Don’t go on weekends. It’s the time when schools do their field trips for students to brush up their knowledge on Philippine history. It’s going to be noisy and crowded. But, if you don’t mind that, have fun!

 

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