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Enter: The Walled City 
Story by: jovy avisado ( Member ) on 2016-10-11
Manila- the main capital of the Philippines. As one of the sixteen cities comprised under Metro Manila, it has been the very center of the country's main transportation, businesses, and education. Given the rapid increase of modernization in our present society, it can be seen that majority of the people, whether local Filipinos or foreigners, are mostly heading to the central mall districts- their weekends mostly spent on shopping, watching cinemas, and the like. But as some people would like to think that the Philippines is completely influenced by modernity, there is a place in the very heart of the capital where you can feel and be reminded of our historical heritage and culture- that is, Intramuros.

Also known as the 'Walled City', Intramuros is considered as the oldest district of the capital, with also having the previous seat of the government during the Spanish realm. Now, it continues to be a tourist destination for those who want to get a glimpse of how Manila is during the 16th century- in terms of mode of transportation, cultural establishments and buildings, and Spanish influence. With regards to its establishments, going inside the walled city will definitely make you feel like you're outside of modern-day Philippines- with its cobblestone streets, old-stone houses and buildings, as well as huge walls encompassing the city, it will surely remind you of how old times used to be. 

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Kalesa or 'horse-driven carriage' were introduced in the 18th century of Spanish colonization to the Philippines. During that time, kalesas were intended for the nobles, respected civic officials, and those of prestigious authority. Although rarely used at present, majority of the kalesas and kutseros (kalesa drivers) can be seen in Intramuros. 

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As Roman Catholicism was introduced by the Spaniards, many churches were established in order to spred the religion and its respective practices. In Intramuros, you can find two of the most renowned churches in the country, namely: San Agustin Church- which is considered as the oldest church building in Manila; as well as the Manila Cathedral- where the Archdiocese of Manila is seated.

Intramuros San Agustin Church
San Agustin Church
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Manila Metropolitan Cathedral
Manila Cathedral Church
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At present, modern restaurants are also available in the Intramuros area.But since your touring in a place where heritage and historical culture prevails, then why not try eating at an old restaurant that serves local Filipino food, and nightly cultural presentations. Barbara's restaurant offers all that! What's more is that it is strategically located at the front of the historical San Agustin Church. Other restaurants also include: Illustrado and Marso's Cafe & Restaurant.

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Other Attractions

There's just so many places to see and visit once you go to Inramuros. Among thee things you can see are:

San Agustin Museum

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Fort Santiago

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Bahay Tsinoy

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Rizal Shrine

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Plaza de Roma

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Appreciate Philippine culture in a different perspective. If you are a resident living in one of the cities of Metro Manila, then going to Intramuros is definitely a must. At the same time, if you don't have any plans of going out of town or the country , then visiting the Walled City will also give you a valuable experience. Indeed, there are many places to visit in the Metro, but nothing can compare to visiting a place where you are reminded of your Filipino identity. 
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