Fort Santiago

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

Fort Santiago
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Yanyan A.
3.0 Stars

nice location for photo shoots.. if the crowd is few.. 9786

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Steffhanie S.
4.0 Stars
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If you want to make the most out of Metro Manila and experience it in more ways than one, you can opt to do a visit to its most checked out places given its historical points.

Luneta Park, where you can find the infamous statue of Dr. Jose Rizal is one area where you can stroll, hang-out, and learn more about the hero's history with your families and friends.

Intramuros, given its part in the country's history, is one historical place where a lot of students do field and educational trips to get to know more about how this country evolved from the time of the Spaniards, Americans etc.

Binondo is definitely my favorite place to visit in Metro Manila. With its legitimate Chinese restaurants, you'll go crazy to do a food trip in the area with your friends. Temples are present for the ones who go with the rituals and a lot of jewelry places are there for you to check out.

Amongst all these places, located at the heart of the Philippines' capital, Metro Manila, Fort Santiago is one of the tourist spots and most famous places to visit in the country and we went there two weekends ago.

Visit Fort Santiago when summer is almost over to avoid the heat that the summer can give. With its baroque structures and buildings, you'll be transported back in time when during the Spanish times.

Get to experience the sights from the past and be close to the 18th century when you see its version of Rolls Royce, the Kalesa, the country's means of transportation way back then.

Fort Santiago is one of the most beautiful historical places in the country where you can feel how it was to be at the old times with its look and feel that will certainly bring you back from where it all started.

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Lyn F.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Franz D.
5.0 Stars

So many scenic, instagrammable spots in here! Really enjoyed it.

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Dae B.
5.0 Stars

We went here last October and it was amazing. You can just sit there and watch the beautiful sunset with your friends, family or that special someone (haha #sundate)! This place is perfect for people who loves taking photos. Every corner gives you a beautiful subject. You have a choice if you want to walk or you want to rent a Bambike as you go around the place. *Bambikes are the only allowed bikes inside Fort Santiago. It costs P300 per Bambike per hour. You might want to check out their Facebook page "BambikeEcotours" for more details! :)* For my first visit, I chose to walk around the place to appreciate the place more but I promised myself to try Bambike next time! Haha. Entrance Fee in Fort Santiago is P75 for adults and P50 for students, teachers and senior citizens. Not bad! You have yourself a nice place that's part of the Philippine History! I love how quiet the place is but what I love most about Fort Santiago is the beauty of the place despite of how old it is. And I'd love to go back soon. :) #loolooexplorerpackgiveaway

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Marjorie G.
5.0 Stars

Fort Santiago was built by the Spaniards as a defense fortress in 1571. Aside from its tall walls and mysterious dungeons, Fort Santiago is also famous for being the last place where the Philippine National hero, Dr. Jose Rizal was detained before his unfortunate execution in 1896.

When we got inside, the first place that my friends and I visited was the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. It is quite small with only the windows for its source of light. Two old nuns were attending it and they were very gracious to us. We stayed for a moment to light a candle and to say our prayers.

Rizal Shrine houses the memorabilia of Rizal like old photographs, medicinal equipment, small sculptures, the clothes that he used to wear, among others. We also saw the cell where he was detained. For some reason, it is off-limits to the visitors. The last part of the shrine is the Galeriya sa Beranda where Rizal’s last poem “Mi Ultimo Adios” (My Last Farewell) is on display.

As usual it was “no camera allowed” in Rizal Shrine, not so with Rizaliana. It is a small gallery of the furniture of the Rizal family like a four-poster bed, dining set, sala set, cabinet, etc. It has a separate entrance fee of PHP10 ($0.21).

My most favorite part of the trip is checking out the prison dungeons where over 600 Americans and Filipinos were imprisoned and killed by the Japanese in 1945. They looked beautiful in a creepy kind of way, if you know what I mean. It is hard to imagine that many lives were wasted in those cells that are actually located below high tide level.

Entrance fee in Fort Santiago is only PHP75 ($1.60) for adults and PHP50 ($1.06) for students (with valid ID).

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Sean Yves C.
5.0 Stars

Tourista feels!

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Germaine Ann I.
5.0 Stars

Historical :-)

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Anrey C.
5.0 Stars

I love history don't I?.. haha ..

eh andito na rin lang ako sa intramuros eh, edi pumasyal na din ako dito hehe..

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Stacy C.
4.0 Stars

I needed a day to think, and decided to head to the walled city. Last time I was here in Fort Santiago was ten years ago for our Philippine History class. Such a sight for sore eyes. I am pleased to know that they are putting conscious effort to maintain it, and rehabilitate what they can.

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Ralph B.
5.0 Stars

5 stars for this one. No words needed, this place is a piece of Philippine history. Love the view, love the history behind it!

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EJ B.
5.0 Stars

Fort Santiago is located at the vicinity of Intramuros, Manila. Every ruins has its own story during The Spanish Era. :)

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Russel F.
5.0 Stars

After having a short photowalk in Intramuros, we decided to go straightforward to Fort Santiago. We paid 75.00 bucks as the entrance fee to the place.

It was a Saturday so many people and kids (mainly because of their fieldtrip) were here to visit the place. 6 years have passed since the last time we visited this place, and still looks breathtaking to me. Good to know that the place was still good as it is, and keeps improving every now and then. I never tried the kalesa ride, although I really want to; but it was a bit pricey knowing that it's just a 3-minute ride.

Still worth the visit, also perfect for photowalks as well as touring your non-Filipino guests who's up for exploring and have some insight to the Philippine history. 972897289728

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Maria D.
5.0 Stars

My first time here and thoroughly enjoyed it! Didn't expect the gardens to be so manicured and well-maintained.

The life-sized statues scattered around were great for photo op! Also, those plywood with period costumes where you put your face through to make you look like you're in the attire!

We actually crossed a moat going to the Rizal shrine. I thought Rizal couldn't excite me anymore but hey, Mr Renaissance Man, this is the first time I see your art works albeit reproductions! Now I'd be looking for the originals! My hats off to the genius that is Rizal... And to those maintaining the place!

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Acielle G.
4.0 Stars

A must-visit place to brush up on your history and get to experience Intramuros. Know more about Rizal and his life by visiting where he was imprisoned before he died. Make sure that when you visit, you have a history buff friend with you to maximize your stay in this area.

Entrance fee is P75.

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Anrey C.
5.0 Stars

If you love Philippine History subject and I bet you will love to go here and would love to stay here just how much you love staying at home 128516.. To my first time here, few years ago, as part of my younger cousin's request to celebrate her birthday in luneta, we also visited here.. Even if I don't like Philippine History Subject I would still be glad to see historical places like this that would remind me of how rich our country is .. And how brave our national hero and heroes too..

Papayag ba kau na mas maunahan pa kayo ng mga foreigns na makita ang ganda nito? I dare you guys... This is one of the reason's why filipino should be proud of their nationality

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Jacque B.
5.0 Stars

Another Historical Place..

Since I've been here for countless times, I thought my knowledge is already enough to share with my son's Lakbay-aral but I was wrong, there were so much things to learn pa pala!

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Sue E.
5.0 Stars

I went here with my friend for our Philippine History class activity! I love it here, super nostalgic place. We saw Jose Rizal's former prison cell, his footprints etc. We also saw old dungeons, hiding cells where Filipino soldiers used to hide during war. Our history is indeed very interesting!!

Unfortunately, most part of Fort Santiago is still under renovation. And it kinda rained that day so the place was kinda ~maputik~ but I had fun! Come visit Fort Santiago at least twice in your lifetime. Anyway, there's an entrance fee! It costs 50 pesos per head. Ahh it's worth it, believe me!

The highlight of my day: I saw CARLOS CELDRAN say whaaaaat! He's so lively speaking, good-looking! He smiled at us and grinned back omg 128525

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Monique S.
5.0 Stars

If you want legit Philippine History, this is the place to go! And why don't you take the Carlos Celdran (Walk This Way) Tour while you're there? Sounds great, right? 128512

Check out his site for more information!
http://carlosceldran.com 128077

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