Travel: Revisiting Fort Santiago (Modern History Tour – Fort Santiago, Intramuros; Rizal Park, Manila; EDSA, Ortigas)

08 October 2011

 

Travel: Revisiting Fort Santiago (Modern History Tour – Fort Santiago, Intramuros; Rizal Park, Manila; EDSA, Ortigas)

 

Kids’ modern history homework nowadays include mandatory visits to historical places.

 

One cool Saturday morning, we had to go to Intramuros to complete a similar homework for Araling Panlipunan (AP)/Filipino. Our first destination – – Fort Santiago.

 

I have written about Fort Santiago 2 years ago. I seldom re-do posts, but this was definitely an exception, as I got to see more of Fort Santiago with its underground jail cells, mini shrines, and historical corners. Did it at my own pace. Did it “Carlos Celdran-less” and more “Fort Santiago-centric” this time. Read Travel: Intramuros (Within the Walls) here.

 

“Fort Santiago (Spanish: Fuerte de Santiago Tagalog: Moog ng Santiago) is a defense fortress built for Spanish conquistador, Miguel López de Legazpi. The fort is part of the structures of the walled city of Intramuros, in Manila, Philippines. José Rizal, the Philippines’ national hero, was imprisoned in the fort before his execution in 1896. the site features, embedded onto the ground in bronze, his final footsteps representing the walk from his cell to the location of the actual execution.” – wikipedia

 

Walking up the walls of Intramuros, overlooking Manila outside the walls.
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Baluartillo De San Francisco Javier
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On our way to the Rizal Shrine with WW2 artifacts all around
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Fort San Pedro Upfront
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Rizal Shrine
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Inside Rizal Shrine
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Silid ng Pagninilay or Room of Contemplation is where Rizal was detained.
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Another room was full of Rizal’s stuff – – from European clothes, to sword for fencing, to his dumbells.
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Fort Santiago also houses several underground prison cells.
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Postigo de Nuestra Senora Soledad
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Rizal’s infamous walk to Bagumbayan (Luneta)
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Fort Santiago features, embedded onto the ground in bronze, Jose Rizal’s final footsteps representing the walk from his cell to the location of the actual execution.

 

Following Rizal’s footsteps
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Casa Armas
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After 2 hours in Fort Santiago, our next stop was Rizal Park. However, upon finding a good parking space near Manila Hotel, it started raining. Hence, we opted to shoot from afar instead. Shot courtesy of Sean (7 years old).
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Quick EDSA history follows, but that’s a different (hi)story.

DETAILS
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Travel Spot: Fort Santiago in Intramuros, Rizal Park in Manila, EDSA Shrine along EDSA
Address: Philippines
Telephone Number: N/A
Website: TBD
Budget: PHP 50 — per person

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