My daughter thought that adding our museum day tours to her list of 18 destinations would be a fantastic idea. She has been to most of these museums as a kid, but this time around she has more understanding and more appreciation for these cultural heritage centers.
We actually split the tour into two days. I’m glad to say that we actually got to visit 4 of them in just one day… (1) Bahay Tsinoy (2) Fort Santiago (3) San Agustin Museum (4) Casa Manila.
Intramuros is truly a historical landmark. We’re so happy to live near the vicinity. First stop was the Bahay Tsinoy on Anda cor. Cabildo Sts. I’ve been to this one before and am so glad that I still remember the way. We trekked on foot from my daughter’s school to this location.
Bahay Tsinoy showcases the history of the Chinese in Philippine Life. If you want to have an idea of how they lived during the early days, esp. in the Spanish era, this is a great place to visit. It seems a bit creepy though if you’re all alone with all the life-sized figures/statues around. It feels there’s always someone in the room with you.
Next stop was the Fort Santiago. Inside is a wide open space with lots of green landscape in the middle. The Fort Santiago walls are undergoing renovations at this time but we were able to take some closer photos. However, we weren’t able to visit the Rizal Shrine which was closed due to ongoing reconstruction.
Our third stop was the San Agustin Church and Museum. Inside you’ll find big hallways and a staircase that kinda reminds me of Hogwarts from the Harry Potter movies. Antique relics and religious artifacts abound within the museum.
Casa Manila was located just right across from San Agustin. That was the final destination for day 1. Inside the garden is a lovely fountain where it’s free to take some photos. You’ll need to purchase tickets though if you want to enter the museum. The interior was made to look like old houses during the Spanish era. You’ll see vintage and antique furniture and furnishings. It’s a good place to visit if you like history and culture.
It was a tiring day but I’d say quite well worth it! Our second day trip was scheduled yesterday morning — Sunday. The main reason is that entrance fee is waived on Sundays and one can enjoy the National Museum for free. It’s a good thing we went earlier as there were a number of student groups who were also visiting the museum. The National Museum has a number of art galleries that feature the works of National Artists. It’s a great place to visit if you like art and artworks. Plus, I believe it’s required for students who are taking up Humanities courses. You’ll learn a lot about our national heritage and be proud of our national artists.
Well, that was destination #5… 13 more to go!
Till next time… ta-tah! Have a great week ahead!