Gen. Luna St., Intramuros, Manila, Metro Manila
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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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