So before I go for another 6-month sea travel, Kring and I decided to make a short rounds at different churches around Metro Manila for good luck and mainly because it has become part of our tradition to pray at churches as a couple. After that whole day of church-capades we decided to walk around Intramuros, also known as the Old Manila.
Intramuros is one of the tourist hotspot that you must visit #wheninManila to make sure you experience the rich history of the Philippines’ major city. Aside from white sand beaches, hospitable people and tropical weather, you are in for an amazing #throwback if you decide to take a detour and explore the city behind the walls.
We arrived at almost sun down so we just decided to walk around the place until we reached the San Agustin Church.
Founded in 1720, this church structure is made of adobe stones and is one of the four Philippine churches constructed during the spanish colonial period. It is designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and was named a National Historical Landmark by the Philippine government in 1976.
After that we continued our tour with the help of our photographer/driver/tourguide “Kuya J”
I call him “kuya J” for being a juan-funny, kind and warm fellow. Kuya J was the one who toured us around the walls of Intramuros or “Walled City”. He is a tour guide and a “kutsero” all in one, jolly and all-knowing about almost everything about the history behind these walls.
Most of the structures were ruined and vanished because of war. And time and again the government tried to preserve whatever it is left of this fallen city, all in memorandum or landmarked for the present generation to witness.
From the location of prison cells to the debris and dents of the cannon shots, designated military bases to the combat training grounds, and of course a bit of history from the names of Rizal to the Presidents of the Republic, Kuya J didn’t miss an insightful trivia about the history of Manila’s Intramuros.
Every stop of the carriage we alighted and smiled at every new information Kuya J told us about our old history.
Make sure you enjoy every single minute and live to #siezetheday.
The universities are still standing and so are the walls. Intramuros also serves as the hub of academic institutions such as Colegio de San Juan de Letran, University of Sto. Tomas, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Manila, Lyceum of the Philippines University Mapua Institute of Technology to name a few.
Most of the structures were ruined and vanished because of war. And time and again the government tried to preserve whatever it is left of this fallen city, all in memorandum or landmarked for the present generation to witness. Our big thanks to those who worked on restoration of one of Philippines’ treasure city.
There are still so much more to explore in this city behind the walls, too bad the 30- minute ride ended briefly.
Our last stop was in front of historical Manila Cathedral, and there we took our mandatory selfie for the night.
After that 350-Php tour, I realized that fun with new experiences could be inexpensive especially if spent with somebody special (cheesy mode on).
Take a detour at Intramuros during your visit to the Philippines. I hope that when you do, you tour with a love one. Make sure you enjoy every single minute and live to #siezetheday. Visiting historical places like Intramuros made me appreciate Philippines’ resilient history, all the more that I get to spend time learning new things from old facts about my country together with my Kring.