Plaza Roma | Things to do in City of Manila-Metro Manila
|Address:||Intramuros, City of Manila, Metro Manila|
Gobernador General Miguel Lopez de Legaspi originally planned for the seat of the governor-general to be on the west side of Plaza Roma. But the place reserved for the governor’s palace was not built until 1645. When the former palace built near Fort Santiago was swallowed by an earthquake. It soon became the office of the Governor-general and the supreme court. It was damaged by an earthquake in 1771. Later on, in 1835, a Spanish facade was added to the building but it was yet again rocked by an earthquake in 1863. It was the same earthquake that leveled Manila to the ground. Meanwhile, the then-current governor was housed in Colegio de Santa Potenciana. Palacio Del Gobernador was vacated once the office of the governor was relocated to the Malacañang Palace. Today, this massive complex houses different government offices as well as the Intramuros Administration.
Nicknamed as the ‘Marble Palace’, Ayuntamiento was once the seat of the high-ranking officials of Manila. It was the office of the City Alcalde or Mayor, the Judge and clerks. Inside the building are also government archives, and function halls like the salon de baile (ballroom) and the municipal board session hall.Like most places in Manila, the Ayuntamiento also suffered the wrath of earthquakes and wars several times, causing it to be rebuilt three times. However, it was still considered to be one of the most historic buildings in Intramuros, as it is the site of the First Philippine Assembly in 1907 and the Philippine Legislation in 1935. It was completely destroyed in the Battle of Manila’ in 1945 and was rebuilt again. Today, it houses the National Bureau of Treasury.
Dubbed as the Mother of all Churches and Cathedrals in the Philippines, Manila Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica (simply called as Manila Cathedral) is a Neo-Romanesque structure located in the heart of the walled city of Intramuros. The church has served as a venue for papal masses in the country, and has long been the seat of the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Manila.
Originally, the church was made out of bamboo and nipa in 1571. After over eight restorations over the past five centuries (most recently in 2012), the Manila Cathedral has transformed to the majestic architecture it is today. Inside are artworks mostly made by Italian artists such as the life-sized bronze statue of Immaculate Concepcion (the patron saint of the parish), made by the renowned sculptor Maestro Enzo Assenza, the largest pipe organ in the country is found inside, composing of 4,500 pipes, and it also houses eight chapels.
It is also the first cathedral in the Philippines and the only church in the country that was elevated in the rank of a Basilica through the Pope’s initiative or motu proprio. It was His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, that raised the dignity of the Cathedral into a Basilica just months after his visit to the Philippines in 1981.
Things to do nearby
- Make your own miniature Intramuros while you learn about its story.
- Build its heart, the Plaza Mayor, and its historic fortress, Fort Santiago.
- Peer inside its houses and government buildings, imagine the people who walked its cobblestone streets and learn hands-on the amazing story behind its walls.
From a unique community cooking experience to learning about social enterprise, these tours allow you to discover Metro Manila from another perspective.
Why visit a Gawad Kalinga Community?
Get a unique taste of Filipino Culture
Take a cooking class, visit the market, or take an impromptu language course.
It really is more fun in the Philippines
No one does fun like the Filipinos, and visiting a community is the best way to experience unique Filipino hospitality!
Authentic stories of inspiration
Hear first-hand the remarkable stories of resilience, hope, and solidarity which have brought transformation to over 2,500 Gawad Kalinga villages nationwide.
Cycle around historic walled city of Manila on a bamboo bike with Bambike Ecotours! The 2.5 hour guided bike tour goes through 8 to 10 major historical and cultural sites inside Intramuros. The tour is done in small intimate groups of around 5 to 10 people (with a maximum of 15 people). Choose from a wide variety of Bambike designs which include our signature Ligtasin Cove beach cruiser and Victoria city. Enjoy other Bambike designs as each Bambike is unique!
Where to stay
White Knight Hotel Intramuros located within the Plaza San Luis Complex of Intramuros Manila. It is nearby the historic Manila Cathedral with its detailed stone carvings and stained glass mosaics, the century old famous wedding area of San Agustin Church, the outdoor recreational area of Rizal Park boasting an 18-hole golf area, the showcase of golden artifacts at San Agustin Museum and the site of torture chambers and dungeons of Fort Santiago.
White Knight Hotel Intramuros has a total of 29 rooms. The hotel offers you attractive and comfortable rooms which include 4 types mainly the Deluxe, Standard, Suite and Executive Rooms. All rooms have private bathrooms, personal wardrobe, desk, telephone and free WIFI internet access. In addition, rooms come with all the modern equipments to bring the convenience and safety for guests, such as flat screen TV sets, air conditioners, menu tour, refrigerators and the other necessaries
The Bayleaf Intramuros is a boutique hotel in Manila, Philippines that promises contemporary luxuries and conveniences. Set within the walls of the oldest district and historic core of Manila, this iconic landmark in the metro offers a high-class city abode for any traveler. It presents 57 guestrooms that blend style and comfort to encourage relaxation. Each one has five-star beddings, a 32-inch LCD TV, Wi-Fi Internet, and spacious bath with rain shower. The hotel also affords ace facilities for leisure and business. This includes a ballroom, 5 meeting rooms, and 4 dining venues.
As the only international hotel in the world’s oldest Chinatown, Ramada Manila brings you a step closer to the gastronomical adventures and cultural wonders that Binondo has to offer. Located only 11-km away from Ninoy Aquino International Airport, you have an easy access to Manila’s historic spots – Intramuros, the Fort Santiago, and the Rizal Park are all within a 4-km distance. Just next door is one of Manila’s oldest and most beautiful church – Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz, or more commonly known as Binondo Church.
For the shopaholic in you, a ten-minute walk from the hotel will bring you to Divisoria, the most popular bargain haven in the city, and a 30-minute complimentary shuttle ride will bring you to SMX Convention Center and SM Mall of Asia.
Getting there and around
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