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    THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB

    by davidjo Written Mar 30, 2014
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    The National Press Club of the Philippines is located at 1 Magallenas Drive just at the end of Jones Bridge which leads to Chinatown. When it was formed in 1952 the members were only journalists as TV broadcasts were comparatively new. The club tries to protect press freedom and the dignity of the newspaper profession, helps journalists that face libel suits and often assassination attempts. It also promotes the journalists to adhere to a code of ethics such as the Walter William's Journalist's Creed.
    The statues of the lions by the gate were donated by a Singapore Trading Enterprise.

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    QUEEN ISABEL II STANDS BY THE GATE

    by davidjo Written Mar 29, 2014

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    FINE STATUE

    Puerta de Isabel II was the last gate to be opened at Intramuros during the Spanish rule, back in 1861, and just outside the gate stands Isabel II . The gate is situated half way along Magallenas Drive where the Immigration Department is located. Isabel was born in 1830 and died in 1904, and became the Queen Regnant of Spain when she was just 13 years old but was deposed in 1868 as the Carlists refused to recognise a female leader.
    The second largest province in the Philippines was named after the queen----Isabela, and can be found in North Luzon.

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    PUERTA DE ISABEL II

    by davidjo Written Mar 23, 2014

    Puerta de Isabel II is one of eight gates to Intramuros and one of the three that face the north. It was actually the last gate to be built in Intramuros and was opened in 1861, and became part of the route of tranvia, the streetcar that started in Manila back in the 19th century. The gate was damaged during the war in 1945 and restored in 1966.

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    A GREAT PATRIOT

    by davidjo Written Mar 23, 2014
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    Graciano Lopez Jaena (1856-96) was another hero from Iloilo who was famous for his newspaper, La Solidardad, and his birthday, December 18th is a public holiday in Iloilo. His statue can be found just outside the small Jaro Park in Intramuros.

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    STANDING OUTSIDE THE POST OFFICE

    by davidjo Written Mar 23, 2014
    UNJUST TRIAL
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    Andres Bonofacio (1863-97) stands on a pedestal outside the main Post Office near Intramuros. Often called 'The father of the revolution' , he was the supreme leader of the Katipunan movement who sought for in dependence from the Spanish. In an unjust trial he and his brother were found guilty of treason, even his own attorney acted like a prosecutor instead of defending him.

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    Intramuros and Barbaras

    by RadhikaSrinath Written Dec 12, 2013

    A very quaint place within Manila, so different from the rest of the city - a definite must visit place in Manila. The best thing is the way the heritage areas have been well preserved and maintained.

    The Manila Museum and Chinoy Museum gave very interesting insights on history. The other places to see are the Manila Cathedral (which is currently under renovation - Dec. 2013) and St Augustine Church and Museum.

    The cultural show at Barbaras was a great treat, and the icing on the cake was that they actually served me a 3-course vegetarian meal which was not on their menu, just to accomodate me. The asparagus soup was the best soup I have had in a while!

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    DEADLY DUNGEONS AT FORT SANTIAGO

    by davidjo Written Nov 4, 2013

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    In Fort Santuago, Intramouros you will find a memorial plaque which reminds us of the attrocities performed by the Japanese occupiers towards the end of WWII . 600 bodies of Filipino captives were found in the dungeons as the plaque explains. There are several statues and green areas to wander around inside the fort which offers good photographic opportunities.

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    The Carlos Celdran walk in Intramuros

    by JonasB7 Written Sep 4, 2012

    About a year ago, I took the Carlos Celdran tour around Intramuros. It is a truly refreshing view of Manila and its history. Carlos himself is a real performer and shares his feelings on the wrongs and rights in the history of Manila. It is a 2 hour walk that is wroth every peso.

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    INTRAMUROS (between the walls)

    by davidjo Written Mar 23, 2012

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    Spend an afternoon exploring the old Spanish city of Intramuros which was built as a fortress in the 16th century and eventually destroyed at the end of the 2nd world war as the Americans ended the Japanese occupation. The city was exclusively for the rich, the state buildings, churches, courts, hospitals and the cobbled streets still remain today.Walk on parts of the restored walls, several metres high and a few metres thick. Immigration office is here and the General Post Office, both near the Jones Bridge. It is surrounded by a golf course and if you are approaching from Malate you will probably enter the gate and walk down General Luna Street. Inside the walls are many attractions such as Fort Santiago, Rizal's Shrine, San Agustin Church and museum, Manila Cathedral, many small plazas and modern restaurants, most of which blend in with the surrounding buildings. You can rent a Kalesa (horse and cart) to tour around the place, or you can take a leisurely stroll. The visitors centre is just outside Fort Santiago where you can obtain a map of the old city. If you are coming by the LRT/MRT get off the train at Central and it will be a few minutes walk to the old city

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    Fort Santiago-Seat of Old Spanish Power

    by machomikemd Updated Mar 21, 2012

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    Fort Santiago (Fuerza de Santiago) is a defense fortress built for Spanish conquistador, Miguel López de Legazpi. The fort is part of the structures of the walled city of Intramuros, in Manila, Philippines. The location of Fort Santiago was also once the site of the palace and kingdom of Rajah Suliman, chieftain of Manila of pre-Spanish era. It was destroyed by the conquistadors upon arriving in 1570, encountering several bloody battles with the Muslims and native Tagalogs. The Spaniards destroyed the native settlements and erected Fuerza de Santiago in 1571.

    Marking its entrance at the northwestern tip to Intramuros, Fort Santiago is one of the oldest fortifications of Intramuros. Its construction started in 1571 and it was completed nearly 150 years later by Filipino forced labor. The pre-Spanish settlement of Rajah Sulayman, the last Filipino ruler before the coming of the Spaniards, was a wooden fort, on the ashes of which was built the Spanish fortress which was Spain's major defense position in the islands. It looked out on the sea, towards which its canons were trained to ward off pirates and invaders. It is also known as the "Shrine of Freedom," in memory of the heroic Filipinos imprisoned and killed here during the Spanish and Japanese eras. Partly rebuilt from the ruins of World War II, it is now a park and promenade housing a resident theater company, PETA, which used ramparts, an old garrison, and a small chapel as theaters for both traditional and modern plays.

    Today the fort serves as a museum which houses well-preserved legacies of the Spanish Government, Jose Rizal (which is called the Plaza de Armas), Rizal Shrine, and the prison dungeons for criminals used by the Spanish Officials. José Rizal, the country's national hero, was imprisoned here before his execution in 1896. A visit to Manila is not complete until you make you last respects to this great man.

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    reliving the past

    by asiantraveler Updated Mar 4, 2012

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    intramuros is a spanish word meaning "within the walls". This city within the city is the old manila. sadly much of it was destroyed during the war but there are still other interesting sites to see, like museums, old church- the San Agustin Church (a UNESCO world heritage site).

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    Sayaw sa Bangko - Philippine local dance

    by elhombre30 Updated Jan 19, 2012

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    See and experience the Philippines national dance at the Barbaras Restaurant in Intramuros, Manila. Barbaras restaurants' full buffet dinner is at 550.00 (including tax) per person and witness artist performing local dances.

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    Sayaw sa Bangko ("dance on bench") is a folk dance from the Pangasinan
    province of the Philippines. Performers dance on top of a narrow bench. Its fun to watch male dancers lifting the female dancers on the other edge of the bench. They wear colorful filipino designs costumes and they were smiling throughout the performance. Indeed a filipino culture.

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    Tinikling - Philippines National Dance

    by elhombre30 Updated Jan 19, 2012

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    See and experience the Philippines national dance at the Barbaras Restaurant in Intramuros, Manila. Barbaras restaurants' full buffet dinner is at 550.00 (including tax) per person and witness artist performing local dances.

    After which, they are inviting all guest to try and experience the Tinikling (teeh-NEEHK-ling). This Philippines dance will test ones cleverness. See photos above.

    Facts:
    The English equivalent of “tinikling” is “bamboo dance.” More than one oral history of the tinikling dance has been handed down through the generations.
    Smooth three-inch bamboo poles that are approximately seven to eight feet long and dancers gracefully steps and jumps between two bamboo poles.

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    Walk around the historical site

    by littleman Written Sep 7, 2011

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    This walled city is surrounded by a golf course and is one of the quiter places in Manila.Built around 1600 by the spanish but heavily bombed in WW2 ,this is a nice area to walk around one of the most historical areas in Manila.

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    Intramuros.

    by cachaseiro Updated Jun 28, 2011

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    Intramuros, Manila.

    Intramuros is the old part of Manila and probaply the nicest place to walk around in this huge city.
    There are many well restored old buildings and you also have the Manila Cathedral there aswell as many other important buildings.
    In a city that in my opinion does not have many tourist sights, this is certainly one of the biggest must sees.

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