Intramuros Open House 2019

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.


La Pieta


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.


columbary units



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 РDon 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.


second floor

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




kitchen area




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.


life-size mannequin


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.

Filipino-Chinese Friendship Week at SM Manila

SM Manila Activity Area, A. Villegas Street, Manila-Philippines

Master Chua Hu Hua together with students of La Consolacion ( Caloocan) admiring his calligraphy

SM Manila Department Store , SM Manila , Bahay Tsinoy , Saint Stephen High School Alumni Association, Philippine Cultural High School presented to the public a week long event starting on June 22 until June 26, 2015 .

Eng Bee Tin a popular Chinese deli is among the participants of the FOOD Festival

The week long event started with an exhibition of old photos of the district of Binondo, Santa Cruz and San Nicolas which comprises most of Manila ‘s Chinatown.

Binondo church 18th cenutry

Manila’s Chinatown is the oldest and the largest Chinese enclave is located. The centerpiece is the old Basilica Minore del San Lorenzo Ruiz .

Chef Rene- deboned- pork lechon

There is also a food fest , where some of the best Filipino -Chinese food outlets were an added treat to the visitors of the event.

visitors to the photo exhibit

Some of the programs , like Chinese  music orchestra  June 22 , Chinese cultural dance held last June 23 , Wushu Performance June 25 and Chinese Calligraphy Session June 26 were attended by Chinese association members, student organizations among others.

Master Chua Hu Hua conducted a FREE Chinese calligraphy session at around past 2:00PM , It was attended by different Filipino- Chinese association led by the principal of Saint Stephen High School, Philippine Cultural High School , Saint Stephen High School, Yuklin Caloocan High School ,La Consolacion College , Adamson University .

for SM Advantage , SM Prestige , BDO privilage card holders, there is an ongoing SM Manila Department store promo of minimum single -receipt purchase of Php 3,000 to avail of a special voyager travel luggage worth Php 888 Only.

The promo is until June 28, 2015 at SM Manila Department Store. So hurry to get the great deal !

Note : I would like to ” Thank” Ms. Marian Dy Tan , Ms.¬†Larisa S. Bacarro
Branch Marketing Manager  and  SM Manila management for the invitation

70th anniversary of the end of second world war exhibit at Bahay Tsinoy

Benito Cu Uy Gam Hall – Bahay Tsinoy, Intramuros , Manila – Philippines


In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of the second world war, Bahay Tsinoy , Wha Chi Veterans Association with special participation of Mr. John Tewell, Mr. Terry Sy , Lopez Museum and Library and the descendants of the Wha Chi 48th squadron .


The exhibit was open to the public last May 25, 2015 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the second world war in this side of the world. The exhibit theme ” REMEMBERING history, HONORING heroes

paintings, vintage bicycles

It showcases various photos , memorabilias, photos and anecdotes  which showed the extend of the destruction caused by the Japanese from rape of Nanjing , China,  massacre of innocent children and destruction of Manila.

It also showed the Filipinos and Chinese forces helping each other during the second world war with countless of Fil- Chinese joining guerrilla movements like Wha CHi .

 Exhibit runs from May 25 to June 28, 2015.

Note : There is a small entrance fees of Php 100 general public and Php 60 for students with valid ID’s

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