Last May, I had an appointment for my US Visa (which I’ll be posting about soon), and I arrived in Manila a day early. I arrived at my cousin’s pad and when I realised there’s none much to do, I set off for an adventure by my lone self.
I braved the LRT (Light Rail Transit) lines and just found myself wanting to go to Intramuros.
Walking around the busy and artsy streets of Old Manila with my Keds sneakers.
Before I forget, this is a rather short post. I didn’t do much and didn’t visit much except for the Fort Santiago, hahaha!
The Manila Cathedral
I was supposed to go inside of the Manila Cathedral but there was a wedding on going and I couldn’t just gate crash so…maybe another post?
The magnificent architecture of the Manila Cathedral.
Yes, as you know (and for all who doesn’t) the Spaniards came to colonize us some years ago and we’ve adapted to their culture, as well as Americans too. So this part of Manila called Intramuros is a walled city and it was built by the Spaniards, and what’s amazing is, it’s still standing to this day!
It’s a must see when visiting Manila!
The Palacio del Gobernador
See? Even the names are in Spanish! Not that I complain. I also don’t know if it’s the governor who lives here, hehehe.
The ticket to Fort Santiago.
You have to pay a good amount of 75 PHP to get into Fort Santiago.
The entrance to Fort Santiago.
This is where the Spaniards held our national hero, Dr. Jose Protacio Rizal Mercado y Alonzo Realonda, captive before they executed him in Bagumbayan or most commonly known as Lunteta Park today.
Dr. Jose Protacio Rizal Mercado y Alonzo Realondo being executed.
This tunnel leads to a church where I saw some French backpackers. Too bad I don’t speak French…ughhh!
This was the exterior of Fort Santiago from the back.
Noli Me Tangere
This was a copy of Dr. Rizal’s novel, Noli Me Tangere.
Another novel of Dr. Rizal, El Filibusterismo, displayed inside of the museum.
Some paintings from the museum.
This painting was one of my favourites from the museum. It shows Dr. Rizal checking his mother’s eye. He studied Ophthalmology in Madrid (please do correct me I’m wrong, hehehe) so he could perform an eye operation for her mother, Doña Teodora, who’s slowly getting blind.
Now this is why I like self portraits. I got it from Rizal. Hahaha!
This one is a special piece for me too! I live 45 minutes away from Malolos and it’s in my province, plus women’s right! Woohoo!
This was a bridge that leads to a patio in the back of Fort Santiago.
The gardens of Fort Santiago.
Of course I wouldn’t let a selfie opportunity slip!
You can see the top of the Manila Cathedral from here!
Classic red bricked walls of Fort Santiago.
It was the street children of Old Manila who are painting the roads. It’s nice to see children getting into art. We’re never too young to venture into art!
It’s getting darker and darker. I’m on my way back to my cousin’s pad but the street lights captivated me. They’re beautiful. Sometimes I wonder what it’s like to live some time in the past. I guess that’s why I love museums and old places, it’s because at least there’s a part of the past that we get to see and enjoy and study now.
I wonder if in the future, people would think of the same way as I do. I wonder if people from the future would love to live in our time too.
Since my cousin’s pad is near Luneta Park, Dr. Rizal’s execution site, I thought I might as well see it again.
It’s a free park for people who wants to unwind, jog or just sit on the grass. Plus there’s a free music and water (fountain) show!
Pilipinas kong mahal…
I just love my country so much. There’s so much to see and there’s so much delicious food to eat! Next time I’ll post about the oldest Chinatown in the world, Manila Chinatown!
Hope everyone is having a great week! x
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance.”
Psalm 33:12 NIV