Fort Santiago served as the detention cell for our National hero Jose Rizal during the Spanish colonization date back 1800's.
Within the fort you can find Rizal Museum wherein they have numerous collections of Jose Rizal's memorabilia's. His writings (Noli Me Tangere, El Filibusterismo etc) paintings, medical tools, clothes etc.
Across the Rizal Museum you can find the underground prison dungeons that were used by the Spaniards to detained criminals during that time.
Upon the entrance, you can see the footsteps made in brass which they said the same path that Jose Rizal took on his way to Bagumbayan (Luneta) before his execution.
Canon's and tanks can also be found within the complex which were used during the war.
Above all these, the highlight of the Fort Santiago tour is having a photo session at the entrance door of the fort towering 40meters high. (as shown in the photo)
There are kiosk and souvenir shops within the area.
Casa Manila Museum showcases the typical house of an affluent Filipino family during the 18th century.
It has a grand staircase, painted ceilings made by one of the famous painters in the Philippines, one of a kind muebles (furnitures), and the grand patio which is still being used for special functions like weddings, debut and other official activites.
The house is well maintained and well preserved. Definitely one of the must see places in Manila.
Paco Cemetery Park was originally a burial ground for some notable people including the 3 martyred priests and Jose Rizal.
Today, it is only being used for wedding venue and mass celebration although you can still see burial areas which lie against the walls.
You can find solitude amidst the hustling and bustling City life in Manila ;-)
The whole area is clean and well preserved.
Entrance fee: 10 pesos
Ayala Museum is located in Makati within Greenbelt Shopping Area.
The Museum was built by the affluent family of Ayala. They showcases different paintings, writings, art pieces and memorabilias of the Ayala's.
There are souvenir shops inside the museum.
Entrance fee: bet 150-200 pesos
Rizal Park is considered as the largest park in South East Asia. Divided into two parts : one side is allocated for the Rizal Park Grand Stadium while the other one consist of Jose Rizal's monument, gardens, Lapu-lapu's statue, Philippines map and kiosks.
The Statue of our National hero Jose Rizal stands at the other end of the park. Underneath the statue lies his body. Across the statue is the lights and sounds area wherein they have re-enactment of Rizal's execution.
The place is mostly flocked by locals during weekend for jogging, walking etc. while during weekdays it is mostly visited by students coz this place serves as their venue to practice declamation piece, school play or just a quiet place for them to review.
Piece of advice, do not try to visit the park during night time. The park is being used by beggars as their shelter at night though it is illegal. Considering it is an open park, some people uses this for prostitution, pickpocketing and other illegal activities.
Manila Zoo needs more fund from the local government to be able to have a total renovation of the whole area. The zoo is a little bit run down but it is definitely clean.
They have numerous numbers of animals like Flamingo, Hippo, Tigers, Elephants, Crocodiles, Uranggutans, Deers etc.
They also have a boating area though it really needs a little refurbish to enjoy the place more.
They have kiosk and playground within the zoo.
They give discount for Manila residents only.
Kindergaten Zoo is just adjacent to the main zoo but you have to pay additional entrance fee of 100pesos.
Compared to the main zoo wherein you can just look at the animals, here you can touch and mingle with them.
You cna have photo session with the ostrich and a close encounter with a python. WEW! it was heavy and scary too!
They have other animals like monkey and crocodile...a good friend that you can talk too! hahaha
Nonetheless, i enjoyed my time here.
National Museum showcases everything about the whole Archipelago of the Philippines. From the nomadic time upto the present time.
They have huge selection of artifacts, great paintings, dioramas, statues, memorabilias and other historical pieces.
The facade of the museum doesnt really looks nice. It needs renovation too, though inside the museum is very well maintained and its very clean.
San Agustin Church is considered as one of the oldest church in the Philippines. The church is flocked by devotees esp during Sunday mass.
Adjacent to it is the San Agustin Musuem . It has different images and statues of Saints, the Holy Family and other religious items and memorabilias.
The only draw back of visiting this place is that you might get bored looking at those numerous statues.
If you plan to have a walk, feeel the cool breeze or just plainly view the sunset, Manila Bay is the "must" or the exact place to do all these.
The city Mayor Lito Atienza made a major overhaul of the whole stratech of Roxas Blvd near Manila Bay. He refurbished the old dilapidated area and turned it into a lively, clean and entertaining place for the locals and tourists.
As the sun sets, cafe's and small bars starts to entertain the general public with their live bands, music, food and drinks.
Just take your pick and enjoy the night!
Manila American Cemetery is located South of Manila - Makati City. The burial ground is dedicated in memory of both Americans and Filipino Militaries who died during the World War II.
A chapel stands in the middle of the cemetery. On tall marble stones are the names of the missing who fought and died during the war. Their names and their US States are inscribed in the stones.
From the cemetery you can have a view of the Makati lowlands.
Japanese Garden is also located within Rizal Park. I was expecting a Japanese style Garden like the Chinese Garden we just visited but unfortunately the design is also more of Chinese hehehe though you can find Bonsai!
Nevertheless, the place is also one good spot to have a sit, rest and enjoy the cool breeze.
Entrance fee: 15pesos per person
Butterfly Garden is also located within Rizal Park. It has numerous kinds of butterflies. they ahve man-made falls and jungle. It feels like your in the middle of a forest amidst the sound of the jeepneys in the city.
Entrance fee: 100pesos per person
Chinese garden is located within Rizal Park. It was called such because of the chinese designs you can find here. The lush green trees within the garden served as shade esp when the sun starts to set in.
The place is mostly visited by locals.
Entrance fee: 15 pesos per person.
This is the only intact building left over after the bombing by American forces in the Battle of Manila in WWII. This church was originally built in 1587 and was a monastery as well as a church. Today, it is still actively used and is very popular for weddings.
Fort Santiago was built by the Spanish during the early colonial era and then used by the Americans up through WW II. It is the site where Dr. Rizal was imprisoned prior to his execution and much of the site is given over to a memorial to him.
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