Manila Homecoming - Intramuros Visit
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October 23rd, 2007 – by: planisphere
We first visited San Agustin Church. This church is declared as World Heritage by UNESCO. The church looks so old and yet so beautiful. It is one of many baroque churches that has being built in the archipelago during the Spanish occupation.
My father was just happy to touch the tomb of Miguel Lopez De Legaspi. This guy was the one who successfully placed Manila under Spain and he was the first Governor-General of almost three hundred years of the Philippines in chain under the Spanish control.
After San Agustin, we went to Casa Manila. This house is a sample of what a typical rich household looked like hundred years ago. Everything looks stiffed, typical of those with Fiipinos with Spanish blood. Again, my mom served as my lookout everytime I took pictures inside the house where taking photo is prohibited.
After the Casa, we hailed a Callesa. This is a house driven carriage that ruled Intramuros during the Spanish time. This journey is supposed to bring one back in time of the occupation. The tour supposedly stopped at every major feature of Intramuros, but my parents were too lazy to go down. So, I ended up exploring the wall all by myself. One funny thing is, a group of teenage Filipinos thought that I am a Japanese tourist, maybe because I was wearing cargo shorts, disney shirt and sunnies and was carrying a camera. Right. I am so Filipino (I think). This reminds me of the American old lady on my AMTRAK trip from San Franscisco to Fresno where my cousin resides. She kept of saying to my face that I am a Japanese, thus not allowed to smile, to eat and even to talk while I was near her.
Anyway, during the Callesa trip, We saw the old chapel of Gomburza (the three Filipino priest that was executed by Spain), the printing house, the first Banco Central, the old locations of the oldest University and the Manila Cathedral. The Cathedral looks simple when compared to San Agustin in terms of character.
I am supposed to go to Fort Santiago where museum with Rizal's items are displayed. However my parents were just too tired or too lazy to go down the Callesa and walk.
To end our trip, the Callesa driver has dropped us to my favorite place to eat - Jollibee! It was just too good to wrap up my Intramuros trip with a nice Palabok (some thick noodles with peanut sauce) and Jollibee Hotdog! :)
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