INTRAMUROS (the walled city)
Being the oldest district in Manila, Intramuros is one of the most visited place in the city nowadays.
Intramuros was erected on the ruins of a Malay settlement at the mouth of the Pasig River. Its strategic location attracted the attention of the conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, who took over the area in 1571 and proclaimed it as the Philippine colony’s new capital.It is a city inside a defensive wall, the wall protected the city from foreign invaders. It is also known as the Walled City, as “intramuros” is a Latin word which means “within the walls”. It was damaged during World War II, was restored and became a National Historical Monument in 1951.
June is the best time to visit Intramuros, it is very timely because June 12 is the independence day of the Philippines. Here’s our itinerary for a half day tour:
7:00 AM – ETD from pasig
8:00 AM – ETA Intramuros, Manila
8:15 AM – Manila Cathedral
8:30 AM – Palacio Del Governador
8:45 AM – Fort Santiago
10:45 AM – Luneta Park
11:00 AM – Lunch
11:30 AM – ETD Manila
12:30 AM –ETA Pasig
How to get there:
Ride bus or a jeepney going to quiapo, From quiapo ride a jeepney to Pier eight then tell the driver t drop you at Manila Cathedral.
Manila Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic basilica located in Manila, Philippines, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary as Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, the Principal Patroness of the Philippines. The present Manila Cathedral, situated at the heart of the walled city of Intramuros has gone several major reconstructions since its inception. The Neo-Romanesque-Byzantine cathedral has long been the seat of archbishop in the Philippines. And it continuous to be one of the most admired churches in the country. The Basilica is located at Plaza Roma, Which our walking tour begin, By the way Im with my sister Ann.
Few step from the Manila Cathedal is the Palacio Del Govenador that according to my research was once the site of the Royal Residence of the Governor-Generals of the Philippines from 1645 to 1863. The royal residence was transferred to malacanang after an earthquake troppled the building in 1983.
Moving on, we passed General Luna street going to fort Santiago. I spot some ancient building like Philippines National Bank among others.
8:45 were now here at Fort Santiago’s entrance, by the way the entrance ticket is 50 for student and 75 for adults.
I was amaze with the ancient spanish houses at Plaza Moriones and believe me or not there a sudden feeling that made go back to 15th century when you hear the background music.
You can ride a kalesa inside the Fort Santiago. A kalesa is horse-driven carriage. The price is ranging from P200 – P300 per ride.
If you want a ride can look for manong Jose. Actually its not his real name,I just don’t remember his name but he is cool, he told me to post this photo on facebook.
The main entrance of the Fort Santiago.
The Rizal Shrine.
Falsabraga De Media Naranja and the Pasig River
It 10:30 when we reached the last, but not the least, historical site. We saw the prison cell where Dr. Jose P. Rizal started his last walk to martyrdom. His last steps were embedded on the pathway that leads to Bagumbayan, where we was executed.
Following the steps lead us here.
Jose Rizal Park / Luneta Park
Honestly we rode a jeepney with barker that is shouting Luneta, Luneta, Luneta. Which was the last stop of our tour.
The old legislative office at Luneta Park.
A topographic map of the Philippines siting on a lagoon
We ate our Lunch in a nearby restaurant and head back home. There’s a lot more to visit but it is really a fun filled tour indeed.