I Visited Intramuros Manila and Here’s What I've Learned

Intramuros walk tour with Biore Philippines

Lovely horse carriage, right?

Hello Ladies and I hope that you have a fantastic weekend with your family and friends!

I had a very busy weekends finishing my drafts and proposals and I could say that it was a fruitful weekend. I honestly thought I couldn’t make it again, but hey I’m so glad I did – while sipping my favourite brewed coffee (oh I need that strong kick!) and listening to Charlotte’s rant on the Sex and the City’s rerun.

About two weekend ago, I was humbly invited by Biore Philippines and Digify  along with fellow beauty bloggers to visit the Old Manila. I was so excited that finally, I will have a chance to have a walk tour inside the old walled city, which was once invaded for many many years.

This post might be loads of photos so please bear with me. I’ll be sharing my personal thoughts and experience and not to literature-nazi because I know that if I do, you’ll be skipping this post and not reading it all throughout until end, LOL.

For some literature-facts, I will let you explore it by yourself through online research or better have a walk tour too!

So where will we start?


Intramuros walk tour with Biore Philippines

So from the urbanite Makati City going to the old walled city of Intramuros, our group battled the gloomy weather and happily hopped our ass for our walk tour. We left the urbanite city at around 9:52AM and arrived on our destination at 10:25AM even though it’s a gloomy Saturday morning, but thank heavens because there is no traffic on the road.

When we arrived at the Intramuros gate, I couldn’t help but admire this old building in front. Not so sure what it is now, but the structure is still impressive.

Silently, I was so excited like a kid along the way – I don’t know why, but during that day I was a lady with a few words – just observing my surroundings.

Intramuros walk tour with Biore Philippines


Yes, it is gloomy and have a shower of rain (gladly I have my umbrella with me) but surprisingly there are many guest coming in. Not minding about this depressing weather, both local and foreign guest have all that excitement on their faces – visiting the walled city that was once one of the “urbanite” then housing with the IT and powerful people of Manila.


Intramuros walk tour with Biore Philippines
Built in 1662 as part of the seafront defense line of Intramuros. Original rampart extended as curtain wall after a section was destroyed in the 1645 earthquake. Reducto built in 1773 by military engineer Dionisio O' Kelly. Also called Reducto de Santiago and finished in 1775. Used as storage chambers and became part of the Manila Arsenal of the US Army.

It was severely damaged in the Battle of Manila in 1945. The Baluartillo restored in 1950s and Reducto in 1983.


Intramuros walk tour with Biore Philippines


Once we entered the Baluartillo, that eerie feeling started to cover me. And every steps that I made into this walled city, I kept myself so silent. Words can’t come out in my mouth and just absorbing that strange power that this place has welcomed me. A power that is so unexpected and a kind of power that I wouldn’t want to carry along.

While our tour guide was patiently sharing the story back then, there I was contented shooting with using my reliable Huawei P9, and capturing the remains of the old city.


Intramuros walk tour with Biore Philippines


It was lovely that the new era of caretakers have installed these benches and wooden tables so that guest can have a place to have a rest, and probably have a little snacks with them (just pray that they won’t litter). And before I continued my walk tour, I’ve brought along my sunscreen lotion – the newest Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel Sunscreen Lotion to protect my skin from any sun damages – even in this kind of gloomy weather.


Intramuros walk tour with Biore Philippines

Intramuros walk tour with Biore Philippines


We continued our walk tour inside and I am truly amazed how this walled city is still standing proud for many years, though yes some part of it are already restored, most are not. Which made me wish that someone, or a group of philanthropist hopefully adopt the restoration of this city, because it will cost millions.


Intramuros walk tour with Biore Philippines


The architecture of the entrance gate is so impressive, with all those carvings influenced by the Spanish era, and how proud the community was before.


Intramuros walk tour with Biore Philippines


Though the walls are now covered with the molds of centuries old, which I think are now protecting its structure, you could still see and imagine the life back then.

There might be good times I know, the glitz and glamour even without Instagram and Fashion Week, and how I wish they have rescued those tangible things of the past.

Because all I could feel in this walled city is full of braveness, and depression.

And that eerie feeling started to cover me.


Intramuros walk tour with Biore Philippines


The past and the present times. You know how I wish Manila is like Japan wherein Japanese people have incorporated the two cultures in one.


Do you know how I wish that these two eras have never have that conflicts.


Ah would that be stay as wishes?


Intramuros walk tour with Biore Philippines


Okay I tried to be cute despite of the heavy eerie feeling that I am carrying since we’ve stepped inside the old city, and I guess I didn’t pretty well here. Thanks that I have my Biore UV sunscreen for more protect from sun damage.


Intramuros walk tour with Biore Philippines


We’ve visited the cell where the late Jose Rizal was imprisoned, and also checked his other personal possessions that was save by the brave women of those days.


Intramuros walk tour with Biore Philippines


And yes I couldn’t help but admire that Jose Rizal is a genius guy! He’s a doctor, an educator, a poet, engineer, and architect, a sculptor, a painter, etc. etc. and I think that’s awesome. And no wonder he is also adored by many women. And for every places that he visited there is one woman who is next to him, unconditionally love and adorned him.


Jose Rizal have everything – the wealth, the fame his amazing talented brain and skills, and his many women – no wonder he was a target of jealously during those early years.


Intramuros walk tour with Biore Philippines


If there selfie exist during those days, I think Jose Rizal will have many fans who would die to have a selfie with him. These are some of his portraits from many years during his journey in and outside the country. A well-dressed gentleman, with his hair sleek-back, it would be a misfortune not to give him at least a glance.


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In the museum also housed the two famous books of Jose Rizal – Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo. Don’t be flattered because these are not the original books – these are just copies for museum display purpose.


Am sharing you something that most of tour guides and guests of Intramuros doesn't know.


I remember two years ago (sometime in September 2015) when I attended an exclusive auction in Salcedo. Part of the connoisseur collection, these two books are also listed in the auction.


Intramuros walk tour with Biore Philippines

During the very exclusive auction, the second edition paperback of the Noli Me Tangere features an illustrated cover of the famous scene of protagonist Crisostomo Ibarra’s attack on the villainous Father Damaso, making a powerful statement on the book’s anti-clericalism. It has uncut pages and is stamped with the mark of the Liberia de Colon of Escolta on its first page.

Intramuros walk tour with Biore Philippines


Printed in Buenos Aires: Maucci Hermanos in 1909 this second edition paperback is sold for Php40,000 (approx. US$100)


Intramuros walk tour with Biore Philippines


This book in the museum might be just a copy for museum display only – but did you know that the first edition of this book can already buy you a flat?

Here’s the details:

Jose Rizal’s El Filibusterismo is the widely lauded sequel to his first novel, Noli Me Tangere. The sequel continues the narrative of Crisostomo Ibarra, reborn as Simon. Dedicated to the memory of reformist priests Don Mariano Gomez, Don Jose Burgos and Don Jacinto Zamora – collectively known as GomBurZa – who were executed for their alleged involvement in the Cavite mutiny. El Filibusterismo aim to raise patriotic sentiment in the face of the abuse of the Spaniards and continues to be a widely deliberated work in academia.

Completed in 1891, El Filibusterismo was originally published in Ghent to save on cost. Spending all the money he had in addition to a loan from Valentin Ventura, Rizal was able to publish his second novel in the year of its completion. Apart from those given to his friends, first editions were shipped to Hong Kong with the intent of smuggling then into the Philippines, however, the copies were seized by the authorities. As a result, the remaining first edition Ghent copies continue to be a treasured and exceptionally rare find.

This hardbound first edition bears the bookplate of Isidro R. Morales of Manila on the inside cover.

And in 2015, this book was in auction and being sold for Php 2 Million (approx. US$40,000)

That’s a huge money for a book!

It is confidential who is the newest owner of this most prized possession of the history. And because of its exoticness, no wonder the price will goes up in succeeding years.


Intramuros walk tour with Biore Philippines


After we visit the museum, we went outside and checkout what’s happening beyond that wall. There was the Pasig River and on the other side is the chaotic city of reality, mixing the modern days and the depressing reality of times. Honestly, it is too depressing to bear – I was imagining during the old days where there are parties going on here with all the glitz and glamour, while on the other side of the wall, the underprivileged people are dying on hunger, fighting each other just to survive.


Intramuros walk tour with Biore Philippines


And I want to extend my apology for our tour guide for not following him around, because if I become an obeying student, I would probably missed this sweetest scene. I found this Japanese couple enjoying their walk tour, and moment is quite precious. It made me think how romantic their lives are, and actually while taking this photo, made me actually wished that hope I and my Dada could also make it.


Ahh I've felt the LOVE is in the air!


Intramuros walk tour with Biore Philippines


It was only sad that I could feel the LOVE inside Intramuros. LOVE for the country – Yes… that leads to martyrdom. Which made me think, was the sacrifices worth it?

Hope this new generation appreciates it in spite all the modernization, and globalization. It might be in the past but sometimes, it is nice to looked back and learn from the past, in order to make a right path for the future.


Intramuros walk tour with Biore Philippines


I couldn’t help but smile each time I see my group enjoying the tour, taking their selfies and photo jump and everything – and that’s good. And no matter how much I want to have that visual excitement, I couldn’t because of that peculiar feeling I had.

I mentioned about that eerie feeling…. That heavy feeling that I haven’t felt for so many years. I can’t smile peacefully, all I could feel is that depressing moment and the cries of thousands of people, and the death of the many, all engraved in these old walls. Every steps that I made, I have to hold back my tears because many wouldn’t understand. All I could do is to be silent, and feel that heavy load while snapping these photographs and mourn silently.

And I think the people who died in this place deserved that mourning silence. They’ve sacrifice their lives in the hopes of freedom, that we - the new generation are enjoying – but most of the time also the freedom being abused, which I know that these poor souls doesn’t expected us to do so.

While writing this piece and editing these photographs, I couldn’t help but have these tears running down my cheeks – the sadness…. for they have to endure those pains and death.

Also my way of expressing my respect for these poor souls, and my way of saying thank you  - for giving us your life for us. That all I could give for now. Have Respect.

After visiting the walled city, we went to San Agustin Church and Museum, which I will share on my next post. My apology for this post it quite heavy to bear.


My deepest gratitude to Biore Philippines Team and Digify Team for organizing this remarkable walk tour in Old Manila, for treating us for this amazing experience that I would never forget. This piece is quite emotional.




Molto Grazie bellas.


xoxo, Blair


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140 LOVES AND COMMENTS:

  1. thanks for sharing the pics here, know more of this.
    I no go Manila before, shall put in travel list :D

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    1. Hello Sherry,

      Thank you for visiting my page. I do hope that someday you'll visit Manila and drop by at Intramuros :)

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  2. Interesting! i have never visited Manila. and will definitely consider visiting all the sites when i'm there! thanks

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    1. Hello Gengqian,

      Ohh please you must visit! And you'll also like our beautiful beach too!

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  3. Old Manila walk tour has made you very emotional. I had a similar feeling when I had visited the famous Andaman jails(Kaalapani).
    When we think of the souks who gave up their lives so that we would have a life now ,you can only be silent. A great sunscreen is a must for Walk tours .I will be visiting Goa( a sea beach )soon and will be Beeding heavy duty sun protection.Biore seems like a great brand

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    1. Thank you Amrita.

      It was hard to have a happy smile in this place. Visiting the place were thousands of lives died (just like in Holocaust) it is very difficult to bear. Yes am a sissy like that. And yes, am speechless too.

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  4. wow didnt knw manila such nice view place, n u must enjoy alot there !

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    1. Hello Leeying,

      Yes I did but not too much. Visiting a graveyard is not technically fun. I am just glad that I paid my respect to the souls of that walls.

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  5. Ah, I would love to participate in a walking tour like this one. Full of history and heritage that we should preserve as long as possible.

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    1. So true, and we should never forget what happen to the place, and make it as a lesson guide for us for the future.

      I just hope that Intramuros will receive more funds to rebuild the old city, just like in other countries.

      Thanks for visiting Emily :D

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  6. What an amazing trip. This looks fantastic

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  7. The architecture looks amazing and I like the history behind it :)
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    1. am glad that you liked it. Hope you can visit Manila one day :D

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  8. I can see how emotional this trip has made you feel. Such a lovely place to visit. I hope I get the chance to go there someday. Nice Post!

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    1. Thank you dear. It was beautiful, but you have to feel its presence and air, in order to understand and appreciate it most.

      Do visit Manila sometime and add this to your itinerary :D

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  9. Never been to Manila but this place seems to be very classy & nice to take picture! :D

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    1. Hello Jacqueline,

      Yes it was classy.

      You can also hold a pre-wedding shoot here :)

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  10. It looks like you had a marvelous visit. So much history to absorb, and your pictures are very detailed. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

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    1. Hello Jeff and Crystal,

      Thank you for appreciating! I do hope that I gave you some insights and information that you can use when you visit Intramuros :)

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  11. Intersting article. If I ever visit my friend, I'll need to add this to the list of places to see.

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    1. Hello Megan,

      Yes please do! You will enjoy it am sure :)

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  12. The entrance gate is beautiful! I love the history behind all of this! Looks like a lovely place to visit!

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    1. Yes and pay respect. Just remember don't do jump selfie jump or any kind of selfie acrobats coz its inappropriate. Remember, this place is technically a graveyard.

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  13. What a gorgeous place to visit! You're so smart to use your Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel Sunscreen Lotion even on that gloomy day - the sun don't care either way (it's gonna get ya no matter what!)

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    1. Hello Erin,

      Yes I'm glad I had my Biore sunscreen. And even in a gloomy days, you still can't avoid the sun damage on our skin. It is wise to be always be protected.

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  14. The walled city looks amazing even in its state. Looks like you had a great tour aND the overcast might have made it more bearable then high sunshine.

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    1. Hahaha thank you Rose! Next time I'll visit any graveyards, I need to be more brave to face it.

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  15. Glad you visit Old Manila with fellow bloggers. It might have been one exciting experience. All those old heritage buildings look awesome!

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    1. Thank you dear!

      Am also thankful for Biore Philippines for hosting us :)

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  16. Thank tour for Sharing. I love the photos and this beautiful place Manila is definitly a must see on my list now. It's so rich in history and culture.

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    1. Thank you Maha!

      There are many other historical sites in the Northern part of the Philippines which am eyeing to visit soon :)

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  17. I hope I get to visit Manila someday. It is a really beautiful city.

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    1. Hello Mommy! Yes please visit the Philippines!!!

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  18. Thanks for sharing all the sites and his Storico facts about Manila. This is definitely someplace I would love to visit one day.

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    1. Thank you dear! I'm happy you've enjoyed my stories :)

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  19. How exciting the scenery is beautiful

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    1. Thank you Marisa! Keep on visiting my page :)

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  20. i'm a bit overly excited seeing that horse carriage.

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    1. Me too! Am a little disappointed that I haven't got a chance to take a ride. Maybe next time :)

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  21. Wow, that's so interesting. I would love to visit Manila and this area one day. I'm sorry you had that eerie feeling the whole time. I probably would have as well.

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    1. Hello Krysten,

      It's okay. This made me realized that graveyards are not my favorite tourist spot. I might me feeling the same if I will visit the Holocaust Monument.

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  22. I've been to Intramuros many times but haven't explored what's inside the walls. Thanks for sharing your discoveries and the things you've learned. ;-)

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    1. You are welcome Joy!

      You should try to wander inside. It might be more enjoyable if you see it with your own eyes :)

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  23. The first time that I visited Intramuros was when I was still studying in a university. We had a group project. We had to visit Intramuros, take photos and write an essay about our experiences. The place is really old. It looks vibrant because of the shops that sell souvenir items and local delicacies. I do hope someone or a company will renovate this historical site.

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    1. Hello Iza,

      Intramuros have that distinct oldie beauty, and I'm also glad that I have experience visiting the place. But my mind keeps me wondering, after all these years why they haven't bother to at least cleaned-up o tidy-up the place. Now it only make you feel so sad and feel haunted because of its oldie-untidy look.

      What if the government will charge all those private companies (those companies who never pays the full and right tax) to finance the rehabilitation and reconstruction of these structure.

      Just like in Paris and Rome, fashion brands and huge companies are adopted many museums and attractions and they financed for its maintenance.

      Hope they could apply those concept here. We need to save this pieces of history.

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  24. These pictures are so clear and beautiful. This is my first time t read about Manila.

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    1. Hello Rabiu,

      Thank you for visiting my post and am glad that you like it. We haven't visited the other nearby streets inside Intramuros (like the Escolta Street). Hope when you visit Manila, you can add this to your itinerary.

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  25. YOu know what....you got me back to my first trip to Manila as a kid. I could never remember this place but always knew it in my head.I remember these images so clearly. Thanks to you, now I know!

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    1. Hello Ami,

      I am glad that I made you travel back in time. You should pay a visit next time :D

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  26. I love touring historical places especially if it's in a different country. You learn so much about the culture and the history of the place and the people in the past! It's so fascinating. This looks lovely and it's definitely worth going to.

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    1. Hello Carol,

      Yes it is lovely and very rich. We are blessed that we've got to visit this historical place, and the nature have not let this to vanish that easily.

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  27. Looks like a lovely place to visit. I really like the historical entrance gate- it's a bit mysterious! But I feel sorry for the horse on the first picture;(

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    1. Hello Kat,

      Yeah it was beautiful. During the early old days, horses are used as a means of transportation. But now there are only few horse being used, but only inside the walled city.

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  28. always love historical sites because everything has its own story

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  29. Very lovely photos I would love to visit one day. xx

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    1. Hello Anna,

      Yes please visit Manila! This is one of the oldest Spanish city in Asia :)

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  30. I believe the eerie feeling that you had was being at one with history, after all Manilla has centuries of history. The architecture is very beautiful x

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    1. I think it is. But I am glad that I felt that eerie feeling. Because if not, I may not truly understand the history of this place. Because of that eerie feelings, I had a chance to truly feel it deeply and have a proper appreciation to the place. I also got a chance to pay respect to the poor souls, and whisper prayers for them.

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  31. What a wonderful place to visit. Looks like you had such a great day. Your pictures are fabulous

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  32. A 2 million Php book.. wow. I wonder who the new owner is. I do hope the book is in good hands though.

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    1. Hello Rika,

      Definitely it is in a good hands... considering the value of that book will continue to rise up!

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  33. This is just so lovely... want to go there myself

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    1. Hello Miera, yeah you can visit this place anytime. Plus the entrance is way cheap lah :D

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  34. Looks like a cool place to visit full of history and culture. Richard B

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    1. It is fantastic with a bit of a chill. You'll enjoy it too!

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  35. Beautiful photos!!! Manila Ian one place I have never been! Hopefully my travels take me there one day!

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    1. Manila is a place where you can easily get used to. And houses many cultures that combined well.

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  36. Never been Manila. It looks so interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Oh must visit Manila Venny! You're missing a lot of Manila adventure :)

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  37. What an amazing experience. You take some beautiful picture and I love how you have a story behind each. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you Keoshia, and I hope I didn't make you feel bored with my stories :D

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  38. Oh my goodness!! Those buildings look gorgeous! I would love to visit there.

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    1. That's a great idea Michelle! Let me know when you visit, I could accompany you :D

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  39. Haven't been to Manila before, will bookmark this post for my travel reference :)

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  40. Old Manila is very beautiful. I love the pictures and the architecture. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. You're welcome David! Keep on exploring my blog!

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  41. Oh this is a nice post. Now I know a place to visit whenever I head to you country and in Manila. It's somehow Spanish inspired designs wayback then.

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    1. Yeah I think this place is more than 300 years old. There are many Spanish inspired places in the Philippines that I would like to explore soon!

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  42. Such gorgeous architecture! You look like you had a wonderful time. Your smile is gorgeous.

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  43. Oh my god. Could actually walk down with you and feel for all the prisoners :(
    The place has so much history! Love your pics and narration!

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    1. Thank you Divsi, I hope I didn't make you feel the chilly eerie feeling, hahaha

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  44. Intramuros is so scenic, I'm inclined to not want to visit since you said it gave you an eerie vibe. However, I must say I don't think I'd sign uup to visit a graveyard anywhere.

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    1. Hello Roxy,

      Well if you are kind of a sensitive person, then you will feel that eerie thing. The other influencers with me are not, and yeah even enjoyed taking tons of photos and selfies :)

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  45. You are making us discover more about the Philippines than we were able too. Absolutely love the photos and "visiting" the place through your content.

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    1. Thank you Thuymi, hope you guys could visit Philippines soon!

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  46. Hi, we want to go Manila next year, and this page very useful for us and Waiting our blogsite

    http://gezgiccift.blogspot.com.tr/

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  47. Lovely heritage site to visit! Thanks fir sharing, wish to be here personally one day ;) cheers, SiennyLovesDrawing

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    1. Hello Sienny,

      Yeah please visit Manila and drop by at Intramuros. You'll enjoy it :)

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  48. Wow! quite an historical place. I wish to go there on my next trip to Manila.

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    1. Hello Sunshine,

      Yeah, add this to your Manila itinerary! There are many awesome places to see nearby Intramuros :D

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  49. Beautiful pictures. I love that you were able to tour something that has historical history. So many times in our lives we don't stop and think of the history of the places where we live or visit.

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    1. Yes, and am truly thankful for our host for arranging this historical walk tour. I do hope that many local and foreign guests will take this walk tour also and appreciate its unique beauty.

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  50. The architecture is phenomenal in this place. I love your writing as I felt I was walking right along with you. Maybe it's the fact that, I too, have these feelings when walking back in time. What a cherished experience.

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    1. Hello Sally,

      Thank you for appreciating my story. I guess when we tour together in this kind of place, we might need lots of tissue papers :)

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  51. Lovely photos!!! The Intramuros Manila looks like one great place to visit! I hope my travels take me there one day

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    1. Hello Courtneylynne,

      Thank you for visiting, and I do hope that you will visit Intramuros when you are here in Manila. It is like going back in old times, full of historical stories.

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  52. Everyone keeps telling me that I need to visit the Phillipines. Your pictures have intensified the desire

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  53. Old Manila looks beautiful and has a tragic history! I could totally relate to the same feeling when I went to 9/11 Museum in NYC. Though that devastating incidence was an unfortunate event of the present world!

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    1. Hello Ana,

      I haven't been to 9/11 Museum but I do hope that someday I will, and to pay respect to the souls. It is a very sad story, but we as a living - all we have to do is we must never forget.

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  54. Love your photographs and your description of the history. I didn't know much about Manila until reading your blog post. Would love to visit someday!

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    1. Thank you Robin!

      Please do visit our country. It is not only full of historical places, but beautiful beaches, welcoming people, and good food that won't hurt your travel budget.

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  55. This is really interesting! I had no idea that Manila had anything remotely like this, but it is the kind of place that would be high on my list of places to see in the city.

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    1. Thank you Aireona!

      Philippines is the only country in Asia that is colonized by the Spanish, and no wonder our cultures are also mixed with Spanish influence. You must visit soon!

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  56. How cool! I love history, so I'd enjoy checking this place out.

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    1. Thank you dear! And keep on browsing my blog for more travel stories.

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  57. I have been to Intramuros but not to these places you mentioned. I really think you need a lot of time to be able to scour the entire place. Lucky for you it's kinda gloomy. When it was my time, the sun was so scorching hot!

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    1. Hello Jill,

      We thought it will be sunny, so we can test the Biore Sunscreen, hahaha anyway we enjoyed the entire tour :)

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  58. Your photography is wonderful. Looks like such a magical place!

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    1. Thank you dear :) I am thinking of going back to visit the nearby streets for interesting foods and attractions.

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  59. This was a very interesting post! I learned about a place I never even knew existed.

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    1. Hello Deanna,

      Thank you dear and I hope that one day you can visit my country :)

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  60. I've never been to Phillipines, it looks like a beautiful place though. and what a lovely tour you got to go on.

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    1. Hello HIl,

      Thank you for visiting and I hope I made you inspire to book your flights to Philippines very soon!

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  61. Thanks for sharing your emotional time with us. It's definitely a city I wish to visit.

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    1. Ohh my apology Krysti, I just couldn't help it. I would a total liar if I will try to be so candidly happy and cover my true feeling for Intramuros.

      Thank you so much for spending time reading my post. I truly appreciate it.

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  62. I would love to go to Manila. It is such an interesting city full of life and untold stories. This is a great piece showing quite a bit of this lovely city.

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  63. What a great walk-through that was. The architecture is amazing, and so is the history.

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    1. Thank you Danay. I could say am a lucky person to visit this place. Somehow I felt thankful for my roots :)

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  64. What an amazing experience to be invited on - you can see through your writing that the place had a profound effect on you! Shame about the weather!

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    1. Thank you for visiting my post Emma. It was an emotional visit but I am truly thankful, because I had a chance to discover and travel back in time. I only read and heard about those many stories since childhood. But being in the exact place when it happen, it is a different experience.

      I salute those many heroes who died for our country's freedom.

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  65. wow I really enjoyed the pictures. I got lost in them. love the architect.

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    1. Hahaha thank you Shauna, appreciate it :)

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  66. I love visiting historic places like this. Although looking at photos is intriguing, it touches you more when you see it in person. The architecture of Manila looks amazing and I'd love to visit and take this same tour.

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    1. Hey Danielle, you should visit this part of Manila, and you will appreciate it much before exploring the whole modern city :)

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  67. Great post I have never been to Manila but it looks very inviting. Great images too.

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    1. Hello Helen! Thank you for visiting and I do hope that you will visit Manila soon!

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  68. Aww even though my family is from the Philippines and I lived there for a few years, I’ve only been to Manila twice. I don’t really remember it and it’s so different from where my family is from (Dumaguete). It’s nice to see photos and try to remember what it was like.

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    1. Hello Nicole and thank you for visiting my blog. Maybe next time you come home here in the Philippines, you can visit Intramuros and enjoy its beauty. I bet you could also found a place for your ootd shots!

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  69. This looks like a cool museum. I have another place to visit before I turn 50!

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    1. That's awesome! Philippines will wait you Tamika :D

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