It was a hot sunny day when our small blogger group met at Plaza Roma past 7:30 am for the one day Intramuros Open House event.
Manila Cathedral Basilica
They took a chance to explore and enjoy these museums within the walled city. Some of the bloggers are living in northern part of Metro Manila like Deparo,Novaliches, Fairview, Rodriguez, Montalban and San Mateo, Rizal did not have much time to visit the place during ordinary days.
Intramuros Open House
Old Manila Eco Market
Mr. Philip Reyes is one of the early bird at the meet-up place which was the Old Manila Eco Market in front of Manila Cathedral Basilica.
Manila Cathedral Basilica and former Manila Collectibles place
flowering Dendrobium orchids and ornamental plants for sale
Old Manila Eco Market had stalls selling environment sustainable products, flowering plants, handicrafts and food made by locals or ethnic groups.
Manila Cathedral interior
Archbishops of Manila from late 1579 up to the present
Manila Cathedral Basilica – We have waited a couple of minutes and took some time explaining a brief history of the church to the participants.
Fort Santiago entrance
Fort Santiago is our second stop, The well manicured space was a delight to photographers, we saw a lot of intagramers. However it seems hotter compared to what we have accustomed with. It was the paved concrete which gives a heat island effect.
Plaza de Armas
historical marker at the Dr. Jose Rizal’s shrine
Dr. Jose Rizal wax figure
Dr. Jose Rizal cell
lego exhibit- Manila Hotel
The Lego exhibit is one of the MUST See attractions inside the Fort Santiago. I have been there several times. Some visitors keep on touching and playing the lego buildings that some of them have missing parts.
The group met a lot of familiar faces and friends during our tour.
San Agustin church facade
Except for Philip Reyes and the author. It was the first time for the rest of the group at the museum. The last time i have entered the San Agustin museum was two months ago, when the company that i am working organized a pre-conference tour in intramuros.
At the ground floor of the San Agustin Convent and Museum, There was an ongoing Marian exhibit entitled ” Regina Caeli” which also attracted record number of people. We saw Sir Jeff Fernando ( a santo devotee and collector).
botanical prints and samples
We also saw a couple of stamp collectors and heritage advocate at the museum.
immaculate conception carved from elephant ivories – Don Luis Ma. Araneta collection
The group enjoyed the two hour or so tour inside the San Agustin convent and museum.
Casa Manila and San Luis Complex
Casa Manila is a three -story rich merchant house in the late 18th and early 19th century. According to travel brochures and some books, This merchant house was replicated from an actual house in San Nicolas district in Manila. Some materials were from demolished period houses in Manila and nearby provinces.
The collection also included furniture f rom estate and family collection acquired by Intramuros administration in the early 1980’s up to the mid-1990’s
Casa Manila central courtyard
Casa Manila central courtyard is favorite location set for films, television commercial and wedding reception venue.
Instituto Cervantes – There was an art and bazaar at the second floor of the institute.
The group took a short lunch at the nearby convenient stores, It is much cooler inside compared to the karinderia.
Bahay Tsinoy – Bahay Tsinoy is a resource center,venue and museum. The place also had an auditorium area and resource library.
terracota warrior replica from Xian- donated to the museum
We used to include the museum as part of the extended postal heritage tour.
life size mannequin
The group of Mercedes Maata left after the Bahay Tsinoy museum tour. We were able to get some postcards, books and Tulay newspapers at the lobby. They use to sell the postcards before.
Museo Destileria Limtuaco signage
We continued our Intramuros and visited the Museo Destilleria Limtuaco which opened their door in 2018. It was my 8th time in this museum and first time for the rest of the participants.
Museo Destileria Limtuaco facade
( photo courtesy of Mr. Philip Reyes)
Museo de Intramuros– We arrived past 1:30pm at the museum and fall in line to revisit the museum. It was the first time for the rest of the participants. Saw Axl Guinto and Dennis Dy Kho fellow bloggers. According to the security guards manning the museum, The museum is still FREE until the end of the year. Do not the miss the chance to visit the place.
Museo Destileria Limtuaco– This used to be an ancestral house of the Limpe family acquired in the late 1970’s. Eventually the ancestral house was converted into a museum and memorabilia center.
Destileria Limtucao company had tucked into their colorful history 5 generations of master blenders. It was established by a Chinese immigrant born of a merchant family in Amoy, China, Lim Tua Co.
Lights and Sound Museum– The museum opened past 1:00 pm. There were two other schedule held within 1 hour interval.
Boy Scout monument ( photo courtesy : Philip Reyes)
Boy Scout Monument sometimes called Laging Handa Monument beside Colegio de San Juan de Letran. The monument was featured in a local postcard in the late 1960’s. It was printed by Madonna and distributed by Goodwill Bookstore.
The three boy scout featured were the three boy scout from Colegio de San Juan de Letran.
The group also went to the Parian gate area where is an ongoing Likhaan booths. By this time, most of the participants were tired and could not take any photos.
We accompanied Ms. Darylle and her daughter at the foot of Quezon bridge, where they rode an AUV express going to Fairview and the author took an LRT line 1 Central station. Finally bid farewell after almost 8 hours of walking tour within intramuros.