My friend, Eva, and I were supposed to visit the Manila Planetarium on Sunday. However, due to the volume of visitors, we were not allowed to enter the museum despite arriving there before the scheduled cutoff. We were forced to do other activities that are still available at night.
How to Get There?
If you’re not familiar on how to ride the public transportation going to Intramuros or around Metro Manila, I would suggest that you use Sakay.ph app that is available on Android and iOS devices.
It is a convenient app especially if you’re a type of person who is not fond of asking, random people on the streets, for directions. It is also to prevent PUVs from overcharging you.
Intramuros Old Street
Similar to the famous Calle Crisologo of Vigan, Intramuros boasts a colonial community, aging from the Spanish era, in the Philippines. They have preserved many houses that are now being used as commercial establishments. The streets are perfect for you glam shot depicting a colonial history. May location ka na for pre-nup photoshoot, yung pakakasalan na lang! Hahahaha!
San Agustin Church
The San Agustin Church is also known as the Archdiocesan Shrine of the Immaculate Conception under the order of St. Augustine. It was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993 as one of the Baroque Churches in the country erected during the Spanish colonization. It was also declared as a National Historical Landmark in the Philippines in 1976.
The door along Gen. Luna St. was carved with intricate design and details which is very photogenic.
The Manila Cathedral was established in 1571 under the Archdiocese of Mexico. The cathedral is also dedicated to the Immaculate Conception, similar to the San Agustin Church. It houses a replica of Pieta and the structure of the cathedral will transport you in another country.
Fort Santiago is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 8am to 9pm with an entrance fee of ₱50 for regular adults.
It’s been a long time since I have visited Fort Santiago and it wasn’t clear in my memory anymore. But I know that it wasn’t as beautiful as it is today. They have already put a fountain that accentuate and compliment the Spanish colonization design of the structures around it.
Fort Santiago and Intramuros is famous for their walls as they were used as military and concentration camps during the Spanish colonization.
Fort Santiago is where Jose P. Rizal was imprisoned before he was executed in Bagumbayan, currently known as the Luneta Park. Medyo creepy lang yung rebulto ni Rizal sa loob ng isang ruin, naorkot ako. Hahaha!
Elpidio Quirino was also imprisoned at Fort Santiago during the American colonization. Na-share ko lang, baka interested ka sa part ng history na yun. Hahahaha!
Fort Santiago has developed their Pasig River area and turned it into a beautiful park with the view of Manila Skyline similar to the view in Victoria Park of Hong Kong. Pero syempre medyo madumi pa rin yung ilog at less skyscrapers. Pero maganda na rin for Instagram posts.
Fort Santiago Dungeon
The newly opened dungeon in Fort Santiago will give you glimpse how was the life of the prisoners during the Spanish colonization. They’ve put dummies to give you more creeps of the place of how it was used to be.