manila revisited | intramuros in a new light

My heart used to enter the gates of a state university that is housed in the place that is built by blood and stone. It stole silent kisses in the nooks and crannies of the famed walled-city known for its marriage to history. It walked the cobblestone streets of faith translated into edifices.

And then, it was no more; and Intramuros that used to hold memories bled out together with the years passing.

Only recently did it come to a new light. The Manila Hotel that parallels the famed fortress of Intramuros traced back its history and is now celebrating it’s centennial anniversary. It calls to re-member the broken pieces of the past to give it a new light.

The Taproom, Manila Hotel

Manila Hotel’s past gave it a rich back story that can level up with historic accommodations around the world. Staying here is comparable to checking-in Waldorf-Astoria while you are on vacation to New York or Kapsaliana on your holidays to crete  With newly refurbished rooms that have been graced by men who actually had a hand in changing the face of the Philippines, history becomes  closer by a hand-span distance.

Horse-drawn carriage, otherwise known as Kalesa

Certified guides and age-old kalesas from Castillian Carriage and Tour Services have transported me back in time where the guys would take off their capes to cover a puddle so that ladies, in their immaculate baro’t saya, can walk without mud staining their skirts and where heroes who actually did something for the country walk amongst people.

Fort Santiago, 16th century citadel that protects the Spanish seat from the British, Dutch, and Chinese

Jose Rizal, contrary to popular belief that it is Imelda Marcos’ shoes or Manny Pacquiao, the Philippines’ National Hero

The cobblestone walk beside San Agustin Church built in 1607 (the church, not the cobblestones).

Inside Casa Manila Museum.

Casa Manila’s courtyard.

Rizal Monument, Rizal Park.

They say the sun sets it most beautiful by the bay of Manila. God knows the heart tries to escape the past. But we all know how the past resurfaces together with the morrow. Bask in it.

Manila  Hotel | Manila Revisited Room Packages
Superior  Deluxe Single Occupancy PhP 7,500.00 NET
Double Occupancy PhP 8,500.00 NET
Sunset/Sunrise  Suite Single Occupancy PhP 15,500.00 NET
Double Occupancy PhP 16,500.00 NET
*For inquiries and reservations, please call 527 0011 local 1100

*The ravishing blogger, Marky Ramone Go of borrowed my camera and took these photos. Pretty awesome, huh?!

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  • Doc Wends

    August 4, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    I love this post Ron, super. You woven every detail of your revisiting from Manila hotel back to her glory and just passes through great sites where history were made, and which until today, matters.

    Impressive! 🙂

  • flip'n travels

    August 4, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    LOL doc wends… so ron and i have same voice now… tsk tsk…

  • Al

    September 26, 2012 at 6:07 am

    It is nice to see that Intramuros is still being kept as a historical landmark in Manila. It is full of history and beautiful buildings that are not seen in most places anymore.

  • Galwin | Intrepid Wanderer

    October 12, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    It’s been a while since I last visited Intramuros. I go there almost everyday throughout my college years. Thanks for sharing!

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