Fort Santiago in Intramuros | Things to do in City of Manila-Metro Manila
|Open:||Daily, 8am - 6pm|
|Address:||Plaza Luis Complex, cor. A. Soriano Jr. Ave. and Gen. Luna St., Intramuros, City of Manila, Metro Manila|
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.
The Bahay Tsinoy is a testament to the painful struggle of the Chinese Filipinos in the Philippines. Like the struggles of the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in strange lands, the overseas Chinese workers (OCWs) here have turned toward each other and helped each other out to survive. The museum chronicles this struggle in life-like wax figures in the realistic setting of the Parian, now Chinatown, in Binondo. Other than the detailed recreation of the Chinese trade, the museum has other interesting galleries, including the Bahay na Bato, the typical Chinese settlement in Manila; the Ching Ban Lee Ceramics Gallery, the Martyrs Hall, Batang Tiaong, and the gallery featuring prominent Chinese Filipinos who aided in nation building and in the revolt against the Spaniards. The museum also has a library containing Chinese Filipino literature, history books, and others.
Casa Manila Museum portrays the lifestyle of the educated and moneyed class during the 17th and 18th century. While the people who had once lived in such a house are gone, there remains the things they have left behind- the products of their extravagance and the relics of their family values, customs, traditions, and beliefs. Casa Manila Museum, like the other houses that make up the Plaza San Luiz complex, has commercial establishments on the ground floor, and residential areas among its upper floors. The house evokes Filipino-Spanish opulence, from its ornate high ceilings and baroque walls, to its Castilian flooring, Victorian wood furniture, and tropical slats and ventilations.
Things to do nearby
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
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.
Overlooking the South Harbor, this iconic luxury hotel is an 11-minute walk from landscaped gardens in Rizal Park, and 2 km from both the National Museum of the Philippines and Fort Santiago.
Featuring marble bathrooms with TVs, tubs, and rainfall showerheads, the lavish rooms come with flat-screen TVs, minibars and tea and coffeemakers, as well as MP3 players and free Wi-Fi. Palatial suites add extra rooms, and 1 has a private lift and helipad access.
There are 4 swanky restaurants, including an opulent champagne room, along 3 bars, and a club lounge with butler service. There's also a pool, a spa and a fitness center.
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
Plaza Luis Complex, cor. A. Soriano Jr. Ave. and Gen. Luna St., Intramuros, City of Manila, Metro ManilaGet directions