I have been dying to visit Intramuros ever since my last visit year 2011. (and) Because I knew that Fujifilm undeniably blends perfectly with colors of retro, I had to put my camera to work.
Intramuros was W-O-W. I remember walking down its streets and can’t help but appreciate everything I learned in History. I kept on imagining women from the past wearing filipiniana’s and fluttering fans, men with formal suits and waving classy hats.
So what is Intramuros?
Intramuros, known as the Walled City, is the oldest district and the historic core of Manila. It is filled with houses and buildings that date back from 1500’s. It has been continuously preserved by the Intramuros Administration since one, it is a National Historical Monument and two, it has become a major tourist spot.
What you will find:
- Old houses and churches
- Fancy calesa’s
- Souvenir and Handicraft Shops
- Fine courtyard houses
- Secret Gardens
- Monasteries and Convents
- Government buildings
- Defense structures
Those are just a few. There is a lot left to see.
Where I’ve been to:
BALUARTE DE SAN DIEGO
Built in 1586, is the oldest stone fort in Manila. This was designed by the Jesuit priest, Antonio Sedeno. It was destroyed twice, during the British invasion in 1762 and during World War II.
Fort Santiago was built in 1571, it was a palisaded structure of logs and earth. The Stone fort was built between 1589 and 1592. Became the headquarters of the British occupation and Philippine Division of the U.S Army, consequently.
A short horror story: The Japanese military were occupants in 1942 where hundreds of civilians and guerillas were imprisoned, tortured, and executed.
Urdaneta Street is probably the best place to take Instagram-able clean photos. We met a Visayan Civil Guard who gave us tips and directions around (thank you, Kuya!). He was dressed fashionably, same with every guard in Intramuros.
Here are other snaps from places I visited.
How to get around Intramuros:
Calesa – It’s nice to get a feel of the old-fashioned way going around Intramuros streets. I once overheard a calesa driver spilling historic beans while he rode his passengers. But do negotiate with the drivers first about the fare so to avoid getting ripped off.
Bambike Ecotours – Although, I haven’t tried but I like the idea of getting to ride a bamboo bike while wandering in Intramuros. You get 2.5 hours for P1,200 or 1 hour for P600. A bit expensive but I think it’s worth the price.
Walk – A little exercise would not hurt. We walked our way around Intramuros and I have no complaints. It gave me more time to appreciate every corner of the district. Unfortunately, the walking took a lot of our time.
Tricycle or rela – The tricycle drivers, aside from the fact that they know the way around Intramuros very well, they are also knowledgeable of the sites and its history. I heard they could pass as tour guides.
Intramuros is so rich in history and I feel bad for not being able to tour every inch of it. Hoping to visit Manila again and reserve myself a day’s tour of history indulgence.
Meanwhile, did I mention that all of my ootd’s for the Manila getaway were bought from Sestra Fashion?
Sestra is a store that sells branded overruns for men and women at affordable prices. But clothes aren’t the only thing they sell, they also have Colourpop Lippies (!), footwear, accessories, etc. Better you visit them! To be honest, I have been a loyal customer since 2016 and I love all my finds.
Sestra Fashion is hosting a giveaway (yay!) The winner will get a P500 Gift Cash consumable at the shop located 2nd Floor of Chowking, Tibanga Iligan City.
Just follow the mechanics below and fill-up the necessary info’s. Make sure not to miss any or this will make your entry void.
Winner will be announced Saturday, March 18, 2017. Good luck!
Have you been to Intramuros? How was it? Give me tips for my next visit!