Intramuros is a walled city located in Manila, and is the most visible remnant of the Spanish domination in the Philippines. Bbuilt by the Spaniards during the 16th century, it features a spacious borough of wide streets, leafy plazas and lovely colonial houses, the old walled city of Intramuros was the centrepiece of Spanish Manila. The Spanish replaced the original wooden fort with stone in 1590, and these walls stand almost as much as they were 400 years ago. Although most of the structures were destroyed during World War II, restoration was done in the 1980’s. The word “Intramuros” means “walled city” in Spanish and for many years, this location has become the silent witness of the Spanish Administration in the Philippines. Within Intramuros reside two of the most prominent churches in the country, the Manila Cathedral and the San Agustin Continue reading
Plaza San Luis is named after one of the old barrios of Intramuros. This is a cultural-cum-commercial complex currently composed of five houses – Casa Manila, Casa Urdaneta, Casa Blanca, Los Hidalgos and El Hogar Filipino. Plaza San Luis will eventually consist of 9 houses representing different areas in Filipino/Hispanic architecture. Aside from gift and specialty shops, the complex has a museum at Casa Manila, containing the 19th century and early 20th century furnitures found in a typical Filipino illustrado or the privileged class home.
Within the protective three mile-long circuit of massive stone walls rose a city of churches, palaces, museums, fine courtyards and finally, The Bayleaf Intramuros. Launched in November 2011, this boutique hotel promises a restful experience for its guests given its 5 star quality beddings, room amenities and a spacious bathroom.
Three dining options inside the hotel will certainly add up to the beautiful experience: Continue reading
The Bahay Tsinoy is a museum located in the Intramuros area of Manila. Housed within the Kaisa-Angelo King Heritage Center building, the museum documents the history, lives and contributions of the Chinese in the Philippines.
The Kaisa Heritage Center, that houses the museum, was conceptualized by the late anthropologist, scholar and expert on the Chinese overseas, Professor Chinben See. Continue reading