Last Monday I went on a different kind of trip in Manila. I am no tourist on this city but I went to some of the tourist spots, along with some CouchSurfers, on what is called a Rizal Discovery tour. We spent walking along the walled city of Intramuros. I have been to Intramuros a couple of times already but I haven’t really seen the whole of it. And now I can really say it is one of the best sights in Manila, and could probably be the only one that preserved a real sense of history in this city. It witnessed the plight of Jose Rizal and the many colonizers of the country. But now the whole place is open for the public with several schools, churches, and offices residing inside. Guwardiya Sibil still roam the area (well sort of) and are friendlier now.

Monday was a really rainy day but everyone in the group was more than willing to get wet to have those tour stamps from the designated sites. We walked passed Manila Cathedral, Collegio de San Juan de Letran, Casa Manila, then on to Fort Santiago. Fort Santiago is a must when in Intramuros. The place is amazing and it gave me the feeling of Royalty with my own palace. Stone walls, prison cells, baluartes and guard posts. And if you got change to spare you can also ride a kalesa around Fort Santiago or the whole Intramuros itself. There is an entrance fee in Fort Santiago (P75) but walking inside the walled city is for free. Other must see stops are Manila Cathedral, San Agustin Church which is the oldest church in The Philippines, Casa Manila, and Bagumbayan Light and Sound Museum.

So why should Intramuros be on your next itinerary? To witness the remains of a fortress that experienced the hard hitting battles and colonizers of The Philippines.


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