Gusaling Corazon C. Aquino
INTRAMUROS, or also known as the "walled city" is the old capital of Manila, was built in 1571. It remains a monumental, ruined, relic of the Spanish period in Philippine history. It is a city within a city, separated from the rest of Manila by its stone fortress. This ancient capital had well-planned road networks, plazas, the Palacio del Gobernador and churches. However, many buildings were ruined in World War II.
Fort Santiago was declared a national shrine and Intramuros a historical monument by Republic Act (RA) 597 signed on March 6, 1951. RA 1607 signed on August 23, 1956, declared the Walled City a “commercial, residential, and educational district.
As I about to leave these beautiful and medieval old churches and old houses of this historical site, I also observed that even though that the building were too old, there are efforts about restoration of "The Historical Buildings" of this site and the restoration of its original moat and esplanade from the administration. .
As I continue roamed around, I also observed that new houses were blended with the old houses. Unfortunately, these new houses were not new in a sense of a pleasant design but they are shanties built by informal settlers.
I rented a "trisikad" or locally known as "padyak" or sidecar and I interviewed the driver about those shanties that I have spotted when cruising along the road of Cabildo Street. The driver disclosed that those shanties where already there long time ago. I did not have a chance to take photos on them because of fear from camera grabber.
I then asked myself on where was the glittering Intramuros when I visited this place in 1992? Where we could see a nice restaurants along the Cabildo Street to the Manila Cathedral. Perhaps by now, the administrators have plans to take some actions on how to settle the problem on how to deal with these informal settlers, since they were just so minimal in number. However, the place is generally safe based on my experience.
Korean Tourists on a "Calesa or Kalesa"-a horse-driven carriage- Experience the Calesa Tour
The Calesa Tour within the Walled City is just up to this section. I could say that my tour within the walled city or the Intramuros is fulfilled.
|courtesy of www.intramuros.ph for this map|
|The Walls -The Main Entrance is leading to the General Luna Street and to its end is the Manila Cathedral|
|Covered walk leading to the Luneta Park|