Casa Manila Museum | Things to do in City of Manila-Metro Manila
|Open:||Tuesday - Sunday, 9pm - 6pm|
|Address:||Plaza San Luis Complex, General Luna cor. Real Street, Intramuros, City of Manila, Metro Manila|
The Philippines' oldest stone church, San Agustin Church bore witness to the 400-year-old Spanish rule in the country. It has weathered many bombings and earthquakes, and through its countless renovations, incorporated other influences including Filipino and Chinese designs. Octagons, gold-gilded linings, and pineapples decorating the priests’ pulpit all point to its Chinese influences. Italian artisans, on the other hand, incorporated trompe de l'oeil, or illusions, on its ceiling. Two of the salient points of the church are its bamboo organ and a hidden mausoleum, which houses the remains of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. San Agustin Museum exhibits ecclesiastical relics and artworks, including wooden and ivory statues, Dominican paintings and sculptures, renditions of the galleon ships, and other architectural emblems of Spanish Catholicism. Since 1993, the 400-year-old San Agustin Church was designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
Housed in an exquisitely restored national landmark, The Luneta Hotel Manila offers the finest boutique accommodations, superlative dining experiences and thoughtful personalized service.The building, reminiscent of the French Renaissance architecture, first opened in 1918 in one of Manila’s most legendary addresses. After years of faithful renovation, the hotel reopened with a collection of 27 guest rooms and suites close to the city’s shopping, dining and cultural attractions.The Luneta Hotel is reborn and invites you to experience the timeless Filipino elegance. With its refined and discreet service, it’s a quintessential Manila experience you will never forget.
Getting there and around
Plaza San Luis Complex, General Luna cor. Real Street, Intramuros, City of Manila, Metro ManilaGet directions