Gen. Luna St., Intramuros, Manila, Metro Manila
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Part of our Intramuros tour is to visit the famous Casa Manila. Actually, this is my first time visiting the place which I just got curious from blogs I found online. So, I just included this on our daytrip at this walled city.
We paid P75 for the entrance fee at the ground floor. Casa Manila is situated at the second floor with an overlooking view of a patio. Upon entering, we surrendered our tickets and climb up the wooden stairs of the entrance.
I couldn't contain my excitement, the place is really beautiful in person. Casa Manila is a copy of 1800's San Nicolas house with Filipino Colonial architectural style. On the first floor, two old paintings are displayed welcoming the visitors. There are also two rooms, the Kwarto (Cuarto) and an Office (oficina) with classic display of old books and furnitures.
On the third floor, expect a grandeur entrance. The wide room depicts the beauty of a rich classy home with complete amenities. How could someone resist the huge Salas with strong wooden chairs and table set. How about the Music Area with musical instruments such as harp and piano. Even the rooms like Orotorio (Silid-Dasalan) and Cuarto Principal (Silid Tulugan ng May-ari) are so pretty that I really want to experience living in it. All of these are so mesmerizing to see, it was all like I travelled back in time for a minute.
On the other side of the room, there's the Comedor (Silid-Kainin) with complete table setting. But what really impressed me was the big manual ceiling fan known as Punkah. They said that it was a big controversial way back then as it was operated by slaves. But still, it's good to see such revelations of history.
Next room to Comedor is the Cocina (Kusina) where classic utensils and cooking wares could be found. There are also pastry molder (I don't know if I'm correct with the term) but it's basically used to put designs on cookies and breads. It was really interesting to see old cookwares that we couldn't find today.
The last rooms inside Casa Manila are the Baño (Bathroom) and Letrina (Palikuran). The Baño is actually big where big classic bathtub or Bañera can be found. All of these were from China during the Ming Dynasty. While Letrina, which is quite interesting because it has two bowls. According to the written script outside the door, these bowls could be used by two persons at the same time. Isn't it weird or something?
After touring the last room, we went out the door that connected to a veranda where we had the view of the patio. It was refreshingly good to unwind here after a tiring day. These paths lead to the house down where tour to Casa Manila ended.
I was happy seeing all the classic stuff inside this museum. I was amazed how extravagant these house during the old era which I think only the super rich people can maintain such a classy home.
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🏚 Intramuros is one of my favorite hang-out when I was in college. From my university, it would take two rides and an hour of commute just to get here. There is just something about that old charm of Old Manila that mystifies me. (Not to mention the 5 pesos iced tea they sold at one of the college carinderias near Mapua haha).
🏚 Last Sunday, I found myself in Casa Manila. It’s my third time to visit this place, but its opulence never stopped to awe me. Built at the request of Imelda Marcos, this house is patterned from the San Nicolas house also found inside Intramuros. It was meant to showcase the Spanish Bahay-na-Bato. I’d like to believe that the grandeur of this place is a bit exaggerated and theatrical for the tourists, but if it is a complete replica of the original, then wow, early Filipinos are really really wealthy, I’ve been to some ancestral houses around Luzon and Visayas, and I must say that Casa Manila is the most lavish of them all.
🏚 Like the typical bahay-na-bato, the residence is actually on the second floor, and in this casa they showcased the interior design and lifestyle of early wealthy Filipinos. But the truth is, my favorite part of the casa is the patio with the fountain at the center. It’s charming and beautiful and the first time I saw this, I knew I wanted this kind of garden when I grow up (or when I become rich haha). It’s rustic and charming.
🏚 When we went there, there were at least two prenuptial photoshoot happening at the patio. It was almost lunch time when we arrived, so poor bride and groom sweating through their makeup! Also, since they were doing photoshoots, some areas were blocked off, or atleast you have to wait for them to finish taking their shots. Will I visit again? For 75 pesos, yes it’s always worth the time to look the past.
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Vigan? Nope just intramuros
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In the 1970s, the Intramuros Administration marked out a historical district in Intramuros and called it Barrio San Luis, named after one of the original barrios of old Intramuros. At the heart of San Luis are five colonial houses: Casa Blanca, Casa Urdaneta, El Hogar Filipino, Los Hidalgos, and Casa Manila.
Casa Manila is a replica of an 1850s San Nicolas District residence that was originally located along Calle Jaboneros in Binondo. According to our tour guide, it's actually just a third of the size of the original structure, so you can just imagine how HUMONGOUS it really was as the current structure is already huge.
The construction was spearheaded in the 1980s by then First Lady, Imelda Marcos.
Conceptualized as a lifestyle museum, it showcases furniture from the colonial era, amassed from different ancestral houses, one of which was the Hidalgo house in Quiapo, which was demolished during road expansion and construction of the Nagtahan flyover.
Walking around the house gives one a glimpse of the grand and opulent lifestyle of the Filipinos at the time, brought about by new found wealth from the trading industry. It typifies the house of the Filipino Ilustrado.
To everyone who is fascinated with our past and our history, this is a must place to visit. PhP75 lang ang entrance for adults! And PhP50 for kids, seniors, and students!
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