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Private Half-Day Manila City Tour
"Commence the tour from the financial district of Makati including Fort Bonifacio and the American Cemetery then move on to the city of Manila the country’s capital. Arrive at Rizal Park named in honour of the country’s national hero Dr. Jose Rizal. After a brief picture stop proceed to the historic Walled City of Intramuros. Travel through the cobbled streets of San Agustin Church the country’s oldest stone church and view its wide collection of ecclesiastical icons
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Manila Old and New: Sightseeing Tour Including Intramuros and Fort Santiago
"After pickup from your Manila hotel at your selected departure time embark on a fully guided sightseeing tour beginning in the heart of the country’s financial center -- Makati. Travel aboard an air-conditioned vehicle and drive along Ayala Boulevard stopping briefly at Nielson Tower home to the Filipinas Heritage Library. Then drive past Forbes Park an exclusive residential enclave dubbed ‘Millionaire's Row’ on your way to visit the American Cemetery and Memorial to pay tribute to the fallen soldiers of World War II.Continue to Old Manila via the scenic Roxas Boulevard
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Private Half-Day Manila Tour by Jeepney
"Travel through the financial district of Makati passing down Ayala Avenue where gleaming skyscrapers stand cheek by jowl with less than distinguished-looking structures. As we approach the bustling metropolis of Manila drive past the cultural Center of the Philippines and on to Roxas Boulevard. Stop at Rizal Park named after the country’s nationalist hero Dr. Jose Rizal. Then proceed to the Walled City of Intramuros which was the nucleus of the old Spanish town. Venture into Fort Santiago in its strategic location overlooking the Pasig River and Manila Bay and stroll along its ramparts where once stood th Rajah Sulayman. Continue on to San Agustin Church the only church built within Intramuros that has survived the collective onslaught of numerous calamities including fire and war. Beside the church is a museum that houses a collection of manuscripts
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Intramuros

I couldn't quite get the wall to stand out even with fill in flash because the sun was just getting in the way but I guess it'll have to do...and I can look at it and say that the new shines brighter than the old?...just a thought.

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syllybabe
May 06, 2003

Manila Cathedral

Across from the fort is Manila Cathedral. The original church on this site was built in 1571 of nipa (Philippine palm). Natural disasters and fire necessitated the construction of four additional cathedrals. The latest devastation took place during the bloody Battle of Manila at the end of WWII. Italian sculptors are responsible for the front statues and the bronze doors. Plaza Roma facing the cathedral is the companion to Piazzale Manila in Rome.
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keeweechic
Dec 18, 2002

Wonderful Spanish Feel

There are horse-drawn carriages which can take visitors through streets lined with Spanish-style houses, plazas, gardens, and churches. You can explore Intramuros by foot as I did originally as the sights are close to each other.
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keeweechic
Sep 12, 2002

A more interesting place to...

A more interesting place to visit would be Fort Santiago in Intramuros, where Rizal spent his last days, writing 'Mi Ultimo Adios' (My Last Farewell). Check out the travelogue for the full text of this beautiful poem.
Fort Santiago used to be the seat of the colonial powers of both Spain and the U.S. It was also a dreaded prison under the Spanish regime and the scene of countless military police atrocities during the Japanese occupation. You can still view the dungeons, where prisoners of war were held...it is said that the Japanese let the cells fill up with seawater to drown the hapless soldiers. The rest of Fort Santiago has been developed into a beautiful park.

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Sep 02, 2002
 
 
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Intramuros, 'The Walled City.'

The walled city was laid out on a grid, with 51 blocks within an uneven pentagon, its massive walls breached by seven gates. Only Spaniards and Spanish mestizos were allowed to live inside; each night, drawbridges across the moat were raised to ensure the colonists' security. The walls contained 12 churches, plus chapels, convents, monasteries, palaces for the governorgeneral and archbishop, government buildings, schools, a university, printing press, hospital, and barracks.

The elite dwelt in elegant houses with wroughtiron balconies and tiled roofs, though the narrow streets weren't paved until the late 19th century. Not much was left of this medieval European city in the tropics after WW II, but a restoration project by the Intramuros Administration is ongoing. The gates and walls have been restored, along with five period houses.

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Sep 02, 2002

Monastery of Saint Agustin,...

Monastery of Saint Agustin, Bishop of Hippo and Father of the Church (Monasterio de San Agustin, or the San Agustin Cathedral).
One of my favorite sights in the city is San Agustin, the oldest church in the Philippines. Built from 1587 to 1607, after plans approved by the Royal Audencia of Mexico and by a Royal Cedula, the church was designed by the Spaniard Juan Macias and replaced four other churches which stood on that spot. The original structure was later added to by the Municipal Architect of Manila, Don Luciano Oliver, who renovated the façade by adding to the height of the towers on either side of the church. One of these towers was damaged by an earthquake in 1863 and was torn down and never rebuilt. The present structure that we see now has survived the fires of 1574 and 1583, the earthquakes of 1645, 1754, 1852, 1863, 1880, 1968, and 1970, as well as bombardment during fighting in Manila in February 1945.

A two story structure built in the style of High Renaissance architecture, the façade bears Tuscan orders on the first level and Corinthian capitals on the second. Consistent with the style, a small circular window occupies the face of the third level. The interior's barrel vault nave is flanked by 12 chapels. A cross-vault dome rises above the tall faux-marble columns of the main altar. The ceiling and pilasters create a Baroque impression with their trompe l'oeil, done by Italian artists Caesare Dibella and Giovanni Alberoni.

Inside, the crystal chandeliers were brought from Paris 1879 and 1880, and the choir stalls were carved by the Augustinian monks themselves.

The front double door is heavily carved with designs of Saint Augustine and Saint Monica, who are framed by Philippine flora. Inside, a 1627 narra pulpit on a side wall is also elaborately carved. The gateway, from another era, was elaborately wrought in lacy ironwork in 1866 by jewelsmiths famous for their filigreed pieces called 'Manila goldwork.'

Beyond the first cloister is a second one which housed one of the prides of the monastery: a garden (popularly known as Father Blanco's garden, and a favorite site for wedding receptions) planted and maintained by the Augustinian botanist, Manuel Blanco, the author of Flora de Filipinas.

San Agustin now houses a museum of colonial art, religious treasures, reliquaries, a chapel with the remains of Legaspi, and a crypt which contains the remains of national heroes, villains, and the rest of Manila's original 400.

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Sep 02, 2002

Intramuros is where you will...

Intramuros is where you will find the spanish influence and legacy. Lots of buildings, churches, museums that are really interesting. Not to be missed are Fort Santiago, Manila Cathedral, Casa Manila, Agustin church and its museum. I am a sucker for this type of sightseeing. So I was in heaven.

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fonares
Aug 25, 2002

Intramuros, the old Spanish...

Intramuros, the old Spanish area. It's one of the few places in Manila where remains of the Spanish times are preserved. It makes for an interesting trip back in time.

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Aug 25, 2002
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"Manila, love or hate"
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"Capital of the Philippines"
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Spend some time wandering...

Spend some time wandering through the Cathedral in Intramuros. The cloister is stunning; the altar is very much reminiscent of its conterparts in Mexico and Latin America, which, of course, were built at about the same time by the very same people.

The Altar

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Aug 24, 2002

South American Heroes in La Luneta

Besides La Luneta I found several statues devoted to South American heroes, such as José Martí, Simon Bolivar and José de San Martín.

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May 18, 2015

Meet the policemen in Intramuros

They are very friendly, could speak Spanish and proudly told me that their uniforms are from the Spanish times.
See the picture with two of them.

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Oct 16, 2014

Go to church

There are many churches in Manila as most locals are roman catholic,so there are many to view if interested. Here are two from Intramuros.

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Sep 15, 2011

Things to Do Near Intramuros

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Luneta - Rizal Park

Japanese Gardens in Luneta Park. Entrance Fee is only PhP 10 or $ 0.23 (2014). Small but nice view. The place is peaceful. Good ambiance. Lots of amazing views. Good for picture-taking. Children can...
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Museo Pambata

An enjoyable place for the young ones, as well as the young once, Museo Pambata at the north end of Roxas Blvd. is an enjoyable place that excites and stirs my kids' inquisitive minds. Combiming...
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Villa Escudero

Villa Escudero is a working coconut plantation founded in 1872, it has developed a worldwide reputation as a focal point to experience Philippine culture and history in a beautiful rural setting.A...
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Pasig River

the ferry service is now closed as of 2011 Tired of the traffic and the gridlock? Take the river. It’s faster, cheaper and yes, cooler. The ferry service, a revival of the Starcraft ferry which had...
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Chinatown

Just near the Goodwill Gate you will come across this Feng Shui Store which is a popular place for the local Chinese to buy their Feng Shui items and Yin Yang Charms. The store is packed to the...
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Malate

Malate District, together with the Ermita District, is the main tourist districts of the City of Manila and both districts have their seedier and sleazy areas as this are the main tourists areas and...
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Roxas Blvd., Manila

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