Travel Mini Map: Intramuros Edition

by | Aug 1, 2017

Relive the Spanish colonial period hub of government, religion, and culture, all encompassed inside the walls that surround these edifices of European structures. Follow us as we take you “within the walls” of the famed Intramuros! Sixty-four hectares of land has never been this easy to explore!

 

1. Light and Sound Museum

 

 

Savor the Filipino pride in the light and sound museum! Experience the building and the breaking of Intramuros walls, the martyrdom of Rizal, and other revolutionary leaders like Lapu-Lapu, Rajah Soliman and Andres Bonifacio among others. The museum is divided into three parts: the pre-Hispanic civilization, the Spanish colonial era, and the life and martyrdom of Jose Rizal. It will only be a one hour tour that you must attend!

 

Address: Santa Lucia corner Victoria Street

Open Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays from 1:00pm to 6:00pm

Entrance Fees: Php150 per person

Contact Number: (02) 524 2827 or (02) 551 3945

2. National Commission for Culture and the Arts

 

 

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts or abbreviated NCCA is the government arm for culture and the arts. They are in charge of delivering assistance to the culture and arts community and the public. Inside the building you can also find a museum. Be sure to pick up their free newsletters that are displayed on the tables.

 

Address: 633 General Luna Street

Open Hours: Mondays to Thursdays from 7:00am to 8:00pm

Entrance Fees: None

Contact Number: (02) 527 2192

 

3. Silahis Arts and Artifacts

 

 

Established in 1966, the Silahis Arts and Artifacts shop has been engaged in designing, producing, wholesaling, retailing and exporting the finest of handmade Philippine products. The Silahis Arts and Artifacts is only one out of three departments of the center. The Chang Rong Antique Gallery which displays oriental ceramics, maps, textiles, and primitive art. Old and new cultural publications on Asia, the Philippines and the Pacific can be found in Tradewind Books, while Galeria De Las Islas features fine arts, prints, and sculpture. Be sure to check them all out!

 

Address: 744 General Luna Street

Open Hours: Saturdays to Sundays from 10:00am to 7:00pm

Entrance Fees: None

Contact Number: (02) 527 2111 or (02) 527 0496

 

4. Casa Manila

 

 

Take a step back in time as you enter the grand Casa Manila. The Casa Manila is a Spanish colonial home reconstructed by the then first lady Imelda Marcos. Look around the place and notice the authentic antiques that the architecture offers. You will be greeted by guardiya civil, which will help you imagine that you are really in the 1800’s time period. When exploring Casa Manila, you will need a tour guide to help you around the place. You can also find the famous Bambike here, which you can rent for Php100 an hour to tour around Intramuros! You can even opt to get a two seater bike for you and a friend! End your tour with a delicious meal at Barbara’s. Yes, it isn’t a pure heritage zone, there are restaurants that make the place functional!

 

Address: Plaza San Luis Complex, corner Real and General Luna Streets

Open Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays from 9:00am to 6:00pm

Entrance Fees: Php75 for adults

                           Php50 for students, teachers, and senior citizens

Contact Number: (02) 527 4084 or (02) 527 4088

 

5. Bahay Tsinoy

 

 

Also known as the Kaisa Angelo King Heritage Center, Bahay Tsinoy is the museum of Chinese in Philippine life. “Tsinoy” comes from the combination of the words “Chinese” and “Pinoy”. In the museum, you get to witness the saga of the Chinese in the Philippines and understand the evolution of these sojourners into Tsinoys. Over the years, the Kaisa Heritage Center has turned into a grand location that houses halls and rooms for parties, shows, concerts, seminars, and all the events you could possible think of.

 

Address: 32 Anda Street corner Cabildo Street

Open Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays from 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Entrance Fees: Php100 for adults

                           Php60 for students

Contact Number: (02) 527 6083 or (02) 526 6796

 

6. Fort Santiago

 

 

Fort Santiago is like a town inside Intramuros. Inside it, you can find the Plaza Moriones, the parade grounds of the soldiers, the martyr’s wall, which has the names of casualties and prisoners of war on it, as well as some almacénes, the royal warehouses that used to hold gunpowder and bombs. On the gate of Fort Santiago is Santiago de Matamoros, whom the Spaniards believed to be their defenders.

 

Address: Santa Clara corner General Luna Street

Open Hours: Mondays to Sundays from 8:00am to 9:00pm

Entrance Fees: Php75 per person

Contact Number: N/A

7. Rizal Shrine

 

 

You can expect to find historical pieces of information from the life of Jose Rizal that you may have never heard of before. Did you know that he planned to volunteer in Cuba as a doctor before he was shot? Or that he was an architect and a game developer? Did you know he NEVER wore a barong Tagalog? Pay a visit – for FREE – to this museum to discover more trivia like these!

 

Address: Fort Santiago, General Luna Street

Open Hours: Mondays from 1:00pm to 5:00pm

                      Tuesdays to Sundays from 9:00am to 6:00pm

Entrance Fees: None

Contact Number: (02) 263 8821

 

8. San Agustin Church and Museum

 

 

If you’re from the Philippines, chances are you’ve visited this church and museum on one of your field trips. We challenge you to revisit the place in a whole new perspective! Here are some spots and items that should be on your iSpy list next time you visit:

-Sacristy

-Sala De La Capitulacion

-3,400 kg bell

-Father Blanco’s Garden

-Biblioteca

-Porcelain Room

-Church Vestments

-Orator/Antechior/Choirloft

-Refactory

-San Pablo Hall

 

Address: General Luna Street

Open Hours: Mondays to Sundays from 8:00am to 12:00pm & 1:00pm to 6:00pm

Entrance Fees: Php100 for adults

                           Php80 for senior citizens

                           Php40 for children

Contact Number: (02) 527 2746

 

9. Manila Cathedral

 

 

You’ve probably attended a wedding or two in this cathedral, as it is one of the most popular churches that hosts weddings in Manila! Its history gives a very symbolic implication to future husbands and wives. Having survived multiple destructions and still standing today, this is the ideal basilica to get married in! Just be warned that it can be hard to get a reservation for a wedding here as plenty Filipino couples also have your same idea of tying the knot in this cathedral. If you tour around Intramuros, you are likely to see a bridal car every so often since weddings here are limited to only thirty minutes a ceremony!

 

Address: Santo Tomas Street

Mass Schedules: Mondays to Fridays at 7:30am and 12:15nn

                              Saturdays at 7:30am

                              Sundays at 7:00am, 8:30am, 10:00am, 11:30am, 6:00pm

Entrance Fees: None

Contact Number: (02) 527 3093

 

10. Palacio del Gobernador

 

 

Literally translating into the “Palace of the Governor”, it was the residence of the governor general back in the day. The building used to reside nearer to Fort Santiago before its current location because of the many trials it experienced. It was struck by two earthquakes. Today it is a 14-story building that houses the Intramuros Administration and the government offices.

 

Address: General Luna Street corner Postigo corner Soriano Street

Contact Number: (02) 527 3155

 

 

Sources: Reynel and Rozie, Spot.ph, Philippine Primer, Viator, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila, Pilgrims Knapsack, Philippines Travel Guide

Special thanks to: Johhan Ararao and Bruce Ingat

Photo credits: Jeffrey de Guzman and Kat Candelaria

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