Andres Bonifacio Monument | Things to do in City of Manila-Metro Manila
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|Address:||Ermita, City of Manila, Metro Manila|
Built in 1939 by Antonio Toledo, its edifices consists of an oddly-shaped grounds, a hexagonal tower, and a three-faced red clock. The Manila City Hall, however, received a fair share of mixed feelings about its floor plans, many thought that its entrances were not enough. Just like any other building, it crumbled down amidst the 1945 Battle of Manila. After it was reconstructed, many took notice of its coffin-like shape. Some say it took the eerie shape of a coffin as a homage to the lives lost due to the war. Today, it is one of the most iconic places in Manila, especially its massive clock tower standing at nearly 100 feet in elevation.
Another fortification built by the Spaniards in 1592, San Francisco de Dilao or Baluarte de Dilao was named after the Japanese suburbs that it was facing across Intramuros. It was enlarged in 1662 but it succumbed to the wars it faced.The current Baluarte de Dilao was the 1984 restored version, it was more spacious than the previous ones with the added space for Plaza de Dilao. Plaza de Dilao stands as a commemorative place for the lives lost during the bloody World War II.
San Francisco church was the mother church of the Franciscans. It was built in 1578 out of Nipa and bamboo. Fire engulfed the church but soon, a new stone church was built in 1645. It suffered an ill fate as a mighty earthquake shook the church to the ground. A third church was made in 1738 but then got caught between the war. The San Francisco Church was famous for its altar-like facade, a heavily decorated baroque-style retablo with corinthian columns and sprawling windows with heavy doors. It was once considered to be one of the best churches in Intramuros. Sadly, after the third reconstructed church succumbed to the war, it remained in the rubble with its war-torn facade. Today, the Mapua University stands in its site.
Things to do nearby
Destileria Limtuaco, the oldest distillery in the Philippines, celebrates its 166th year with the opening of The Destileria Limtuaco Museum. Now open to the public, the museum showcases the company's fascinating legacy. The Limtuaco Legacy, straddles three centuries and three colonial eras, preserved in a quaint stone building in historical Intramuros. You are cordially invited to visit Destileria Limtuaco Museum and see this rare and unique showcase of Philippine history for yourself. Groups, student field trips, and tourist day trips are welcome.
- Explore Philippine history through impressive collections of artifacts that date back from the prehistoric times up to the modern days.
- Spend the day touring the three building of the National Museum complex (National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of Fine Arts, and the National Museum of Anthropology)
- See ancient artifacts like the famous 'Manunggul jars', Anito carvings, and weapons that shaped the Filipino culture to what it is today.
- Marvel at the masterpieces by Juan Luna like the famous Spoliarium and the controversial The Parisian Life.
- Witness the taxidermied body of Lolong, the 20-feet freshwater crocodile that used to be the largest in captivity.
- Ride from one historical monument to another on the Electric Chariot with your knowledgeable tour guide for 1-hour.
- See the Manila Cathedral, Fort Santiago, San Agustin Church, and other old Manila highlights!
- Enjoy the experience of a lifetime in this unique Old Manila tour with your friends or family!
Where to stay
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.
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
Set in a prime location of Manila, Citystate Hotel Palanca puts everything the city has to offer just outside your doorstep. The property features a wide range of facilities to make your stay a pleasant experience. Service-minded staff will welcome and guide you at the Citystate Hotel Palanca. Some of the well-appointed guestrooms feature internet access - wireless, internet access - wireless (complimentary), non smoking rooms, air conditioning, television. The hotel offers various recreational opportunities. No matter what your reasons are for visiting Manila, Citystate Hotel Palanca will make you feel instantly at home.
Getting there and around
Ermita, City of Manila, Metro ManilaGet directions