26 April 2012

{Road Trip} Fort Santiago, Intramuros

Fort Santiago is part of the walled city of Manila, or the Intramuros.  According to Wikipedia"the fort is one of the most important historical sites in Manila.  Several lives were lost in its prisons during the Spanish Colonial Period and World War II.  Jose Rizal, the Philippines' national hero, was imprisoned here before his execution in 1896."

During our pre-Julia days, Don and I go to Fort Santiago if we want an intimate (aka quiet and affordable) date.  We buy our food at McDonald’s Intramuros (this branch closed already) and stay at one of the benches at Fort Santiago.  We just talk, read a book or walk around.  We must have been to the Rizal Museum more than 10 times already!

So when Julia was born, Fort Santiago was one of our favorite go-to places when we want a breath of fresh air and a wide area where Julia can scream with delight and walk safely.  Aside from its cultural and historical significance, we like going to Fort Santiago because it is quiet, clean and well maintained.

Here are some of our pictures at Fort Santiago:











Fort Santiago
Intramuros, Manila

Directions:  From Makati, España or Bicutan

Entrance Fee:  P75.00 for adults and P50.00 for children and students (they must present a valid ID)

Parking:  Very limited.  There is a vacant lot beside Fort Santiago.  Position your car near the parking entrance.  They keep the horses (of kalesa owners) at the far end of the lot.  I guarantee, you wouldn't like the smell of that area.

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