Fort Santiago , July 2006
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While waiting for my hubby's visa extension approval, we went to visit Fort Santiago. Just a few minutes walk from Bureau of Immigration, and along the way you can also see one of the beautiful mini-Basilica in Manila ~ Manila Cathedral. I just love its architecture.
It took us around an hour and a half to tour the Fort, which is a perfect timing for us as we have to wait two hours for the processing of the visa. If i remember correctly, there was an entrance fee of 40 pesos. Upon entering, the place will give you an impression that there was nothing much inside but a beautiful garden. You have the option to ride the kalesa around the garden but it was more interesting to just walk.
Entering the Fort, David was overwhelmed with the massive stone structure. He just love seeing old structures...which makes me ask if that's the reason he got attracted to me in the first place? Hehehehe. Inside you will see a small church that was used as an armory storage by the spaniards, Jose Rizal's shrine (which i think is the heart of the Fort), and other small interesting features like the the gwardya sibil.
The experience was good for both me and David. He got a dose of philippine history and I got a dose of recalling historical things which I almost forgot! Shame on me....