I was transported back in time as I stepped on the embedded bronze footsteps of the great man Dr. Jose Rizal. I noticed how cute his footprints were. Fort Santiago is a part of the walled city in Intramuros where our national hero spent the last days of his life. The place will take you back to the Spanish rule, World War II and memorabilla of Gat Jose Rizal.
The Fort Santiago is a cultural heritage that plays a significant role in the Philippine History. It also reminds us how heroes fought for our freedom. The Museum of Rizal reminds me of how great he was and although he didn’t use any weapon against the Spaniards; his pen is much mightier than any sword. I always admire not just the writings of Rizal but as well as the places he travelled, the languages he spoke, his intelligence and by simply being the best doctor of his own mother. In the Shrine, clothes of Rizal were also displayed. I can tell he was a fashionable man too, I bet in his time he is hell of a catch. I felt the emotions of the writings imprinted on the walls.
I imagined how it was like living during the Spanish era. I can picture how hundreds or maybe thousands of Filipinos were tortured during those times. The underground chambers were used to imprison the Filipinos back then. Perhaps it was nice to live during those days [Spanish regime omitted] wherein one can wear the Filipiniana outfit and wander in the gardens while flipping the abanicos, where one has her own Cochero ready to take you to a Calesa ride.
The Fort Santiago is not just a haven for Photographers but something to be proud of. The walled city is an essential place to keep the Philippine history alive. It’s a great hide-away from the modern Manila. Being there made me appreciate our history. Such part of history is something to teach our future children how interesting our history and how amazing our heroes were.
Happy Independence Day!
How to get there?
THere are numerous ways of going to Intramuros but I chose the ist route. You can choose routes below:
From Buendia Lrt Station, Fx going to Divisoria can bring you to Intramuros. Just inform the driver to drop you off at Manila Catheral. Travel time approximately 20-30 mins. Fare is PHP25.00
You can take Lrt from Gil puyat to Carriedo Station. Ride a jeepney to pier. Drop off at Palacio del Gobernador.
From Carriedo you can also take a jeepney to Lawton/SMC City/Manila City Hall drop off at City Hall. Cross the street using the underpass going to Intramuros.
Entrance Fee: PHP75.00 (Adults)/PHP50.00 (Children)
Open Hours: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM Daily