Away from the gridlocked traffic and high rise buildings of Manila, lies a old Spanish quarter quite unlike anything you’ll see in the city. Intramuros, meaning “within the walls” once claimed position as the military, political and religious of the Spanish empire in Asia and now ironically is one of the most peaceful places for miles. We spent two days exploring this forgotten world and all its dark, secrets.
Within Intramuros, you’ll find a combination of old and new. Horses and carriages from an era past, tricycles with sidecars and jeepneys ( constructed from the US military jeeps left behind after the war.)
Whilst Intramuros first saw the rise and fall of Spanish Rule and Philippines revolt against America,it finally gained independence on 12 June in 1898 but not before over 100 000 Filipinos lost their lives in the battle for Manila’s freedom.