PHOTOGRAPHY 101 - Intramuros - Into the History and Arts

by - Friday, January 16, 2015

The way to preserve memories is through pictures.

I find it amusing doing photography. Literally, this is somewhat a bursting passion that entails a lot of emotion by giving a simple art a meaningful meaning through the eyes of our lens.

As an enthusiast traveler or what I called myself a 'Wanderer', the first thing I love to know about the place that I'm visiting are the history, culture, arts and food there is. When you venture to Manila try going straight to one of the beautiful historic area in the City --- 'Intramuros'. 

Intramuros is a walled city found at the mouth of Pasig River in Manila. It was built in the 16th century by the Spanish Conquistadores. The walls serves as a protection from moro invasions. Up until today, several Spanish structures are still standing and the government are making efforts in preserving these treasures. It was destroyed by the Japanese invasion but repaired in 1952.

You can see several churches that are located within and around Intramuros. Some of these churches are reserved all-year-round for weddings and different important occasions that needs the church's expertise.

In the late 16th century, the Spaniards started the construction of the 'defensive walls' to serve the purpose of protecting the throne of Spanish government against foreign invasions (British, Dutch and Chinese). Intramuros in Spanish literally means 'within the walls'. There are eight gates (Puertas) of Intramuros, way back American Era, and these are the following: Puerta Almacenes, Puerta de la Aduana, Puerta de San Domingo, Puerta Isable II, Puerta del Parian, Puerta Real, Puerta Santa Lucia and Puerta del Postigo.

Places to visit:

  • Metropolitan Theatre
  • Central Post Office Building
  • Memorare
  • Palacio Del Sana
  • San Agustin Church
  • The Manila Cathedral
  • Palacio Del Gubernador
  • Fort Santiago
  • Rajah Sulayman Theatre
  • Rizal Shrine
How to get there:

From NAIA: Take a Cab and tell the taxi to take you to Intramuros.

From South Harbor: You can take a cab, FX. or jeepney. Just ask the people around on what route to take. 

TIP: Bring your umbrella if you just intend to walk around the walled city, otherwise you can just have a Calesa Tour for 350 php per hour if you want to savor the moment. 

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