Intramuros

P. Burgos St., Manila, Metro Manila

Intramuros
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Sopia S.
5.0 Stars

My friends and I decided to join this ghost tour to actually tour intramuros. It was their first time. I've been here for a few times but I've never known its ghost history. Yeah, creepy ghost stories!

We were very excited! We paid at around 500php, some of it will be given to a charity! Okay, so here it goes.

The stories were really creepy. There were times that I was having goosebumps because of how our tour guide narrated. She was of course an expert and has been featured in different media outlets.

I have never experienced any paranormal stuff whole my life. Manhid ba! Anyway, it was an amazing tour and very educational! I like the idea of touring at night. :)

After the tour, one of our friends told us that he sees a man on our last site where our tour guide said someone were with us. It was very creepy! But he didnt tell us to avoid panic. Lol!

I suggest you guys should try this atleast once! Good for family and barkada bonding!

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Marilyn W.
5.0 Stars

beautiful place in the heart of the city.

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Pat D.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Lexi M.
4.0 Stars

Finally had the chance to visit this famous tourist attraction where Philippine history is given breath to tell its story.

Kudos to the tour guides who passionately deliver the historical experience of this place.

Just a tip, always have with you a bottle of water and umbrella. It's going to be really quite hot outside.

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Ron S.
5.0 Stars
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Ayuntamiento de Manila now houses the Bureau of Treasury after its several destructions. I usually pass this building every time I go to work and I never thought that it's interior could be so stunning. Thanks to my officemate who invited me to go with him to tour our OJTs there.

When I entered the Marble Hall, I really felt like royalty. All I can say is wow. The Marble Hall was the venue of several historic events in the Phillippines.

The Sala de Sesiones is used for meetings and business talks of diplomats and high ranking officers of the Phillippines and foreign diplomats. This was also used by dignitaries and world leaders during the APEC meeting last year.

I forgot to ask if this is open for the public. #AyuntamientoDeManila #Intramuros

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Mary Love S.
4.0 Stars

Turista day once again on Maundy Thursday. Since J wanted to check Manila, D and I decided to bring J to Intramuros. There was no traffic so we managed to go there (from Kalayaan, Makati) in less than 30 minutes.

First stop was Manila Cathedral Basilica.

It was quite packed since a lot were doing their visita iglesia. There were also a lot of street food stalls outside selling grilled squid, corn, and samalamig (cold drinks). I'm not sure with how clean the street food and drinks are but if you are really hungry, it might be better to go to Mini Stop (across the church). There were also a lot of men offering kalesa tours but we didn’t bother to ask the price since we have no plans of checking the whole place since we had a tight schedule.
However, I regretted not riding one after seeing these pretty carriages.

Off to the next and last stop... Fort Santiago.

There’s an entrance fee of P75 for adults and P50 for students. There are some old bombs and canons near the souvenir shop and a really pretty fountain on the other side (which is perfect for dates… well, if you are on a budget). There is also a trolley which is good for photo ops.

We then entered the “fort” and the first thing we saw were gold footprints of Jose Rizal. If you try to follow his steps, you’d find yourself walking like a penguin. I wonder if Rizal really walked like that.

The highlight of our short tour was checking the dungeon. Before, people were not allowed to go in but management finally decided to make it open to the public. We got a special tour from one of the guards who opened the gate for us (before it should be open for the public). The place was really creepy. It was cold and dark. The guard shared how our soldiers suffered (and the life-size statues helped depict it). The fear we had was instantly replaced by sadness after the short dungeon tour.

After the dungeon, we went up to the top of the fort overseeing the Manila Bay. It was a pretty site but be prepared to hold your breath as the breeze there isn't the pleasant type.

We then saw a group with a tour guide and decided to tag along and pretended that we were part of the group. We even picked up some interesting info!

I will definitely go back and tour the other places such as San Agustin Church, Bahay Tsinoy, Casa Manila and a lot more. 128513

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Lyn F.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Franz D.
5.0 Stars

This will always be my favorite place. I even requested my parents for us to go here on my 18th birthday. The places holds so many history, and I will always love to walk around the area and learn.

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Muffy T.
4.0 Stars

Great tourist destination. Get a tourguide to explain the history and culture especially if it is your first time.

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JR Y.
5.0 Stars

THE. BEST. PLACE. EVER.

Had a lot of moments here.
First meet.
First holding hands while strolling.
First midnight walk.
First time sa sosyalin na carinderia (air conditioned with wifi! Haha!)
First time to visit church together.
First time mag chill sa 7/11 na may deck.
First time mag volunteer (yes, kung nagpunta kayo last sunmer baka nakita nyo ako dun sa arawan namimigay ng Intramuros map at sumasagot sa queries 128513)
First time mag lakad from pasay to intramuros with my supportive bae.
Dito ako natuto mag bike. Again, with bae's help.
Dito ako pumupunta kapag down kasi kapag nakikita ko yung walls and everything.. Nafifeel ko yung history.. Yung hirap ng mga tao nung time na may war. I'm sure mas malala problems nila kesa sa akin. So after awhile.. Okay na ko.

But unfortunately, everything has to come to an end.
Our story? Well, it turned out that we were not so special like in those fairy tales where the prince marries his princess.. The prince had problems and it was too late when he learned what was more important... His princess was long gone..

Anyway, it doesn't mean na titigilan ko na pagpunta. Infact, madalas ako dito hoping that one day, just one lightning fast moment.. makasalubong ko sya... And if it's not too late.. Maybe the princess could give the prince a second chance.

Intramuros still is, and will be, my only sanctuary. 128515

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Marjorie G.
5.0 Stars

In 1998, I started taking up B.S. Journalism at Lyceum of the Philippines University, one of the schools that can be found inside the Walled City, Intramuros. Because I spent practically four years of my life within its walls I never really viewed Intramuros with awe or curiosity the way a tourist would. Back then it was just regular place to me, the one where you can find my school. It's not until a decade later I'd walk Intramuros with an interest it so richly deserves.

I’d always found it amazing that through the years, Intramuros managed to remain to co-exist with modernization. The walls that the city has been known for have been well-preserved, so were the old buildings like the Palacio Del Gobernador. To maintain the Spanish-era theme, the guards that were scattered about the place wear uniforms reminiscent of the guardia civil. Even present-day establishments like restaurants, coffee shops, souvenir item stores made an effort to look like they too have been built in the old days.

Plaza San Luis Complex

In Intramuros there are five houses that are replicas of those that were built in the Spanish period. This infrastructure is named Plaza San Luis Complex. Inside this complex are five houses: Casa Manila, Los Hidalgos, Casa Urdaneta, Casa Blanca, and El Hogar Filipino.

The Papier Tole Shop

While waiting for our order to be served at Barbara's Coffee shop, my friends and I had fun checking out this small shop that sits right across the cafe; The Papier Tole Shop. This cute little store sells trinkets, decors, and souvenir items at a fairly cheap price. Most of the products were made of recycled paper like bracelets, book mark, wallet, coaster, fan, secret book, rosary, etc. There are also other items like post cards, dolls, key chains, cellphone charms, soaps, notebooks, coin purses, among others.

Casa Manila

After our lunch, we went to Casa Manila for that quick going-back-in-time tour. We walked through the cobbled stone corridors, saw old carriages, and photographed it all through to our heart's content. We wanted to check out the Casa Manila Museum but decided against it when we found out cameras are not allowed.

San Agustin Church

Back in the day, Intramuros is home to seven churches: Manila Cathedral, San Agustin Church, Santo Domingo Church, San Francisco Church, Recoletos Church, Lourdes Church, and San Ignacio Church. Out of the seven, only two can be found in Intramuros today; Manila Cathedral and San Agustin. The others were either moved to another location — as in the case of Santo Domingo Church that is now in Quezon City — or is now being used for other purposes — as in the case of Recoletos church, which is currently the office of local publication, Manila Bulletin.

San Agustin Church was built in 1570 by the Spaniards. Its façade has a touch of Baroque style characterized by the intricate carvings on its huge wooden doors and carved niche between the columns. Aside from holding masses, the church has a museum with an entrance fee of PHP100 ($2.13). Unfortunately, just like Casa Manila, they don’t allow picture-taking inside so we no longer bothered and moved on to our next subject, the much beautiful Manila Cathedral.

Manila Cathedral

Rumor has it that it is bad luck to hold your wedding at Manila Cathedral. People say that many couples who exchanged vows in this church have separated. I’m not sure where this rumor come from or if there is any truth to it. All I know is that Manila Cathedral is the most beautiful church I’ve ever seen. It was built in 1571 and was originally called the Church of Manila. It wasn't until 1579 that it would become a cathedral. Inside the church are seven (7) chapels that also function as mini galleries.

Fort Santiago

By the time we left Manila Cathedral the sun was at its highest. There, under the scorching heat of the sun we began our walk to our ultimate destination, the Fort Santiago. It 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.

Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Entrance fee for adults is PHP75 ($1.60) and PHP50 ($1.06) for students (with valid ID). When we got inside the first place that we 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

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).

In Intramuros you will see 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.

I have almost forgotten how much I loved the place, the one that was witness to four years of self-destruction, frizzy hair days, and my seemingly campaign for all-black fashion. A place made beautiful by its cobble stones, tall walls, dungeons, and old Spanish architectures. I can’t believe it’s been 8 years since I’d left the place. I realized that its beauty has been lost in my recollection. All of a sudden, I wanted so much to remember. My return has been met by a great wave of nostalgia. It felt so nice to be able to revisit this place that has always owned a special spot in my heart.

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Larah L.
5.0 Stars

Nice glimpse of "old manila"

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Marjorie S.
5.0 Stars

Months ago, we visited Intramuros, the walled city. I recommend you join Carlos Cedran walking tour. It's a little bit expensive but I swear, it's worth it. I appreciate our country and our fellow Filipinos more. It's really frustrating to think that we're almost at the top of the world when one bomb devastated it all. Not really a history lover but during this tour I kinda wanna know more and explore Philippines for more historical places.

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Germaine Ann I.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Anrey C.
5.0 Stars

Walk around the area after visiting the cathedral .. you can still see some historical view even though there's some modernization done...
the perks of fixing documents for any legal purposes is you can able to visit places like these when it's just around it..

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Wendell L.
5.0 Stars

I never expected to find history in an urban city!

I went here for a school work. I was dragging my foot going here but I was very surprised with the sightly aesthetics of Intramuros. The standout of course is the newly renovated Manila Cathedral perfect for solemn religious activities such as weddings. (And picture taking 128514)

You can rent a kalesa that may tour you around Intramuros. (350/hr but you can bargain). You may also rent bikes. (Did not do it) I prefer walking with friends because it's more interactive. 128514 128107128108

🇵🇭 Many structures such as houses are Spanish-influenced. Also present are different museums that house Philippine and Asian history. Visit the Fort Santiagooooo! Very recommended for photographers!

I felt safe throughout my visit because guards dressed like Spanish guerrillas are everywhere. Of course, there are stores that sell souvenirs. 128516

127860 I was quite disappointed to see a portion of the place where modern fast food chains settle.(too many) These somehow ruin the 'ancient' mood. Besides, other restaurants that offer good dining experience can be found around the area.

Nevertheless, this place is perfect for those who love to travel the past! Best way to escape from technology's constraints!

As one philosopher said,
"Those who do not know their past are condemned to repeat it." 128513

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Jeanne Stephanie E.
5.0 Stars

I had my supplier from China visit manila for meetings and store visits to check our products and our competitors items. So on his last day, we have decided to bring him to Intramuros. It was also my first time to walk around here and i liked the place, there are small shops that sells souvenirs and stuff. You can also rent a bamboo bike to bike around the area for 300/hr. 128690

Feeling like a tourist in Intramuros. 128522

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Alisa B.
5.0 Stars

Intramuros is a must visit for tourists or even balikbayans. It is rich in culture and you really get to appreciate the walled city. It is full of history and it pays homage to Gat. Rizal. I appreciated it even
more when we brought our relatives from Australia there. They were so amazed. :) The photo is the exemplary Manila Cathedral.

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Glenzy C.
5.0 Stars

Intramuros is a place I always wanted my kids to go to. It's a different place I thought they would not appreciate. A far cry from the allure of Malls in the metropolis. But, I was delighted to know that they loved being here. As I tour them around this historical place, I tell them stories about our country and our national hero. Dr. Jose Rizal. The place is well-taken care of with a minimal entrance fee of 50pesos. They even enjoy riding the ala "Cinderella " calesa. Who says history is boring especially for kids? Touring around Fort Santiago is one way for them to learn and love the rich history of this country. #homeschool101 #history101forkids 128525128077

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Gwen I.
4.0 Stars

This place reminds me of Vigan's Heritage Village which is my top favorite place in the country so far. 128522

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