Ayuntamiento de Manila in Intramuros | Things to do in City of Manila-Metro Manila
|Address:||Daan Cabido St. cor. Postigo St., Intramuros, City of Manila, Metro Manila|
Formerly called Plaza Mayor, Plaza Roma was once the venue for bullfights, dances, and celebrations back in the Spanish era. The Plaza was strategically made to be the center of the town of old Manila or the Intramuros. It is converted into a park in 1797, and a bronze statue of King Carlos VI was erected in 1824 as a tribute for the introduction of the smallpox cure to the Philippines. It was renamed as Plaza Mckinley in the American period as an ode to President William Mckinley.The King Carlos statue was briefly replaced by a GomBurZa statue in the 1960s but the original statue of King Carlos was returned in 1981 up to present.
Founded in 1611, the University of Santo Tomas is now the oldest university in Asia and the largest catholic university in the world on one campus in terms of population.Bishop Miguel de Benavides, the third archbishop of Manila founded the university using one thousand five hundred pesos and his personal library to build a college to prepare young men for the priesthood.During World War II, the university was converted to campus into an internment camp where around 2,500 allied civilians were detained. Other parts of the university were converted into living quarters. The university left Intramuros in 1927 to transfer to its current location in Espana Boulevard when the Dominicans thought their campus in Intramuros was getting smaller compared to their growing population.The former site of UST is now occupied by Banco Filipino Condominium.
Originally intended to be a cemetery, the lot for this plaza was bought in 1627 by the Dominican order. The plaza is located in front of the original site for the University of Santo Tomas. Bought by the city government in 1861 to be a public plaza. It was then gifted to UST in 1879 where a statue of UST founder, Archbishop Miguel de Benavides was erected in 1891. The original statue was transferred to Espanya after the war. Being vacated for so many years, in 2002, a replica of the bronze statue was erected on the original Plaza de Santo Tomas.
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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