Manila is the capital city of the Philippines. Because of this, it has become the center of the country’s commercialization and trade businesses. Despite its increased number of business establishments, there are landmarks that tourists can enjoy for a day if they happen to have a layover in the Pearl of the Orient’s capital.
With more than a 300-year old history of Spanish colonization, the Philippines has undoubtedly shaped its culture with the traditions and culture of the Spanish. There are a lot of manners and words that Filipinos have inherited with them. Aside from this, old buildings and landmarks also resembled Spanish architecture and design. One of them is Intramuros. Its name means ‘within the walls’ as it used to be a Spanish administration area. The place also served as the center area for trading and other business transactions.
Fort Santiago is one of the parts of Intramuros. It is the oldest Spanish fortress of the country. It played an essential role during the Spanish era as it served to be one of the prison places of Jose Rizal, the national hero of the country.
Taking only a few steps from Intramuros and Fort Santiago is Manila Cathedral. There were several renovations before it changed its name to Manila Cathedral today. Built during the 1500’s, it withstands various natural calamities and other disasters and continues to hold significant religious events.
National Museums have three major areas – fine arts, anthropology, and history. Various artworks of Filipino artists and artifacts are displayed in the place. There are also cultural events that are being held into its areas. Run by the government, the museums want to educate people about the country’s history and culture. It also aims to preserve Filipino works and artifacts.
Anyone who visited Manila has probably been in the Rizal Park. It is named after the country’s national hero, Jose Rizal. Just like Intramuros and Fort Santiago, it also has a remarkable role in history. This is the place where Rizal was executed by Filipinos who were threatened by Spaniards. Currently, the park serves as one of the tourist attractions of Manila that consists of different attractions that can be enjoyed by all people.