First I would like to give thanks' to Sir Mark for giving me the opportunity and including me in the Intramuros Bloggers Challenge 2012. (the experience was Great ! it was a life changing event for me)
First stop was the meeting place: Starbucks Coffee Shop located in front of Bureau of Immigration of the Philippines (B.I), After all the participants arrived in the meeting place we then proceeded to the Itramuros for the day tour (for me its so funny because I had reminisce my child hood memories about intramuros)
Intramuros Administration personnel welcoming the guest in Intramuros.
After a while arriving in Intramuros, we are greeted with a warm welcome from the Intramuros Administration and had given us some key pointers, gave us a brief history about this historical place and what to expect in the Itramuros.
Welcome to Teatro
Sentry Boxes in Fort Santiago
Awesome view of the tall-mastered ships in the Pasig River, moored right off Baluarte Santa Barbara on Fort Santiago.
The city was located then along Manila Bay and south of the Pasig River entrance, before 20th-century reclamations obscured the city from the bay. Guarding the city is Fort Santiago, a citadel located at the mouth of the river. Construction of its thick defensive walls were started by the Spaniards in the late 16th century to protect the seat of the Spanish government from foreign invasions (most notably British and Dutch) and raiding Chinese sea pirates.
Manila looks like Toledo, Spain in here with the urban planning.
Manila 1851: old map of “ Walled City”
Intramuros is the oldest district and historic core of Manila. Nicknamed the "Walled City", the fortified Intramuros was the full extent of the City of Manila and the seat of government during the Spanish Colonial Period. Its name in Latin, intramuros, literally means "within the walls". Districts beyond the walls of Manila were referred to as extramuros, literally "outside the walls."
Intramuros after World War 2:
Letran College: after the second world war.
A torn piece of the intramuros wall near Letran College in intramuros.
Old Augustinian Recollect Church — Manila
"St. Domingo Church in the walled city." The remains of Manila's oldest quarter, called Intramuros, built by the Spanish in the 16th century. (I've been informed by someone living in Manila that this is actually the Old Augustinian Recollect Church.)
I would also like to acknowledge Mabuhay Tours for lending us our wonderful and informative tour guide Sir Jeff (di niya kami nilgaw he he he)
This is a Travel Write-up entry to the Intramuros Bloggers Challenge 2012 organized by IntramurosManila.Asia. IBC 2012 is fully supported by the Intramuros Administration, Barbara's Restaurant, Celdran Tours, Mabuhay Guides, Pilgrimage Pilipinas, Castillan Tours, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation, Inc., DigiEntrepreneur, DigitalFilipino, Third Team Media, Payless Pancit Shanghai, Ruthilicious, Ruthilicious Fanpage and GadgetGambit.com.
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