Intramuros (Latin, "within the walls") is the oldest district and historic core of Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Also called the Walled City, it was the original city of Manila and was the seat of government when the Philippines was a component realm of the Spanish Empire. Districts beyond the walls were referred as the extramuros of Manila, meaning "outside the walls".
nstruction of the defensive walls was started by Spanish colonial government in the late 16th century to protect the city from foreign invasions. The 0.67-square-kilometre (0.26 sq mi) walled city was originally located along the shores of the Manila Bay, south of the entrance to Pasig River. Guarding the old city is Fort Santiago, its citadel located at the mouth of the river. Land reclamations during the early 20th-century subsequently obscured the walls and fort from the bay.
Intramuros was heavily damaged during the battle to recapture the city from the Japanese Imperial Army during the Second World War. Reconstruction of the walls was started in 1951 when Intramuros was declared a National Historical Monument, which is continued to this day by the Intramuros Administration (IA).
The Global Heritage Fund identified Intramuros as one of the 12 worldwide sites "on the verge" of irreparable loss and destruction on its 2010 report titled Saving Our Vanishing Heritage, citing its insufficient management and development pressures.
Our adventure today takes us to one of Manila's historical districts where one can see remnants of the Spanish colonial era Philippines. Join me as we go around Intramuros to check out what it has to offer.
I believe it is imperative for a citizen of any country to know about their rich historical past. As well as the heroes (both men and women) who fought valiantly (either through the power of the pen or the mighty sword) for them to enjoy their rights as a freedom loving population of a democratic nation.
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A total of 10 tourist-friendly pedicabs were unveiled at the Fort Santiago in Intramuros, Manila, Sunday.
"Theres a new way to explore the Walled City after the Intramuros Administration officially unveiled 10 spruced-up and tourist-friendly pedicabs," the Department of Tourism (DOT) said in a statement.
As part of the 2017 #DesignWeekPH initiave, the Department of Trade and Industrys Design Center of the Philippines dressed up the pedicabs with tarp roofs that were inspired by the Walled Citys Seven Gates.
The pedicabs were also painted using the colors of the Intramuros Administrati ...
With the centuries old of history that lies within its walls, theres no doubt that the beauty of the Walled City of Intramuros is a timeless one. Even in the 21st century where most people love taking selfies and snaps of their kittens and caramel macchiatos, this good, old-fashioned historical destination will never disappoint regardless whether its seen through your naked eyes or your latest cameras lens.
Today, we visited Rizal Park, a place from my childhood, and one of my favorite places in Manila, Intramuros. There's so much to do in these places. One day is not enough.
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