When Alex arrived at home from work yesterday, he told me that we’re going to Intramuros with Vincen (yes without “t”) because he is leaving next week. And then he also mentioned that he has never been to the place too.I laughed and stared at him giving that you-have- committed-a- national-sin look.hehe
We went to Fort Santiago, one of the best-preserved medieval cities in the world. Stepping in the area made me feel like being transported back to the Philippines during its Spanish colonial era. Fort Santiago (Fuerza de Santiago) was a defense fortress established by Spanish conquistador, Miguel López de Legazpi.
|The arch entrance to Fort Santiago is 40 meters high.
Its architecture is a reflection of the history and heritage of the country.
The Fort is the citadel of the walled city of Intramuros.
Upon entering the narrow arch is an expansive lawn where Rizal’s Shrine is. Kyle enjoyed skipping, hopping, running and playing at the beautiful garden.
|The garden was in lush greens.
|There were a lot of tourists in the area.
We also went to Rizal Shrine where our national hero spent his last night and where his family later found the famous poem Mi último adiós (My Last Farewell) concealed in an oil lamp. The shrine is home to various memorabilia, books, manuscripts and artworks belonging to Dr. Jose Rizal.
|Vincen and Gilbert taking a photo of the famous book.
|The original copy of Mi último adiós.
|Writings inside the Contemplation Room .
|The prison cell of Jose Rizal .
|Kyle met our national hero.
|These brass -covered footprints show the path taken by Jose Rizal from his dungeon to
his final execution place at Bagumbayan in Rizal Park.
Our next stop was Manila Cathedral also known as the Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. The cathedral served both as the Prime Basilica of the Philippines and highest seat of the archbishop in the country.
|You can have a tour in Intramuros for 300 pesos per 30 minutes riding in this kalesa.