Travel & Places

Fort Santiago: A Glimpse of the Past

By January 25, 2016 28 Comments

It feels nostalgic to be in a place called Fort Santiago that makes you feel you’re a hundred years back. The architecture of the buildings in Intramuros and even modern convenience stores look like they’ve popped out of history books.

Gerald and I originally planned to explore Intramuros but since it was a weekend and I overslept, we only have few hours to spend for our quick trip. We decided to take our time in Fort Santiago instead and leave the rest of Intramuros for some other day.

Fort Santiago

History is never my thing and so I understood the kids we saw having their field trip to just run around the area instead of reading what’s written on the descriptions posted in a few spots. And even if I’m all grown up now, I still didn’t bother to look at those (haha), but only relied to what Gerald is telling me. He likes history, so that makes another reason why we both agree we’re exact opposites.

I do appreciate the architecture though, thinking how would it be like if we were able to preserve those and have the Philippines look like it’s still in the Spanish era. Wouldn’t that look amazing? Or no?

There wasn’t so much to see around Fort Santiago, but it’s a good place to walk around and appreciate nature.

We also got to try feeding these birds. I don’t like animals though, so it’s only Gerald who enjoyed this part.

bird feeding in Fort Santiago

To the inner part of Fort Santiago are these dungeons that make me cringe. According to Gerald, that is exactly how jails were back then and that is how jails should be today because it would be difficult for criminals to get out.

Fort Santiago

Gerald seems to be interested with photography now, he took a lot of photos and even told me to give him credits when I post them on my blog. Haha and also, he takes photos of me now, so I’ll put a few here. Haha.

levitation in Fort Santiago

Imagine somehow who would run away when you ask him to take a photo of you is now the one telling you to stand there and pose because he’s taking your photo. Wow. Haha but it made me feel tired after and it left me with a question, “How do models and even bloggers do that?” Haha

After a lot of photos in Fort Santiago, we walked around to look for a jeepney back home and passed by a few more buildings that caught our attention.

Manila Cathedral near Fort Santiago

We both like visiting churches and be amazed with the architecture so it was disappointing that we weren’t able to get inside Manila Cathedral because we didn’t know its closing hours.


It was tiring, despite not exploring most of Intramuros yet so when we come back we surely need a lot of energy. But seriously, few reasons why we hesitate going around Manila are its safety, traffic and the scorching heat! Still, I’m hoping we could come back!

It’s your turn!

  • Have you been to Fort Santiago before? What are the places we should visit next time?
  • Any tips when going around Manila?

Images found on this post are taken by Gerald, except those that have him as a subject.



I started blogging 12 years ago, jumping from one domain to another, and just last year I ventured into vlogging as well. Whenever I need a break, you'll find me watching a Kdrama episode, or simply just having a good sleep.

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  • Melai says:

    Yay! I miss Intramuros. I graduated from PLM! πŸ™‚

    And napansin ko lang, my hubby’s name is Gerald and he loves photography too! Wala lang. Hehe. πŸ™‚

  • Shayne says:

    I feel like my family always means to go to Intramuros whenever we visit the Philippines, but like you said, it’s a bit of a hassle to go through Manila. Although, ending up in a place like Intramuros is absolutely worth it, it seems!

  • Clint Mamuri says:

    Who edited the photos? They look so Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children kind-a-like photos. Ang ganda! Kudos to Gerald for taking those photos as well. So it’s a teamwork na. *inggit much*

    Mei, I like the photo where you were like floating. Pano iyon?

    You guys should try Baluarte de San Diego. I remembered we pay 30 PHP/head for the entrance fee.

    • mei says:

      Ako nag-edit ng photos, pero using VSCO lang, tamad ako mag-edit sa Photoshop eh haha wala naman syang choice, ako ka-team nya. Haha

      Yung sa floating chuchu, tatalon lang ako, tas si Gerald na bahala mag picture ng madami haha tas ayun pipili ng magandang kuha. Trial and error haha

      I just googled Baluarte de San Diego and ang ganda!!! Next time, pag balik namin sa Itramuros! Nakakapagod din kasi maglakad-lakad, tas dipa kami familiar dun haha

  • I love history — and visiting places like this always makes me imagine how life was long ago. I agree that it would be cool to bring back the architectures of the Filipino homes during the Spanish era. It’s really vintage to me, which is why I really want to visit Vigan someday! πŸ™‚ Btw, love your photos and the silhouette photo is just so romantic.

    • mei says:

      Thank you πŸ™‚
      Vigan is really beautiful! And since you love history, there are museums that you can visit too. I’m sure you’ll like it there. πŸ™‚

  • Ktel says:

    Historical Places always amaze me. *O* Like there’s something about old buildings that makes my eyes sparkles. Hahaha! Sadly, I’ve never been to Fort Santiago in my whole life. Though I visited Manila once, but that was 7-8 yrs ago. After that never na ako umalis ng Iloilo. Wahhh! I always wanted to visit the place since Jose Rizal was once imprisoned there before he was executed. Hehehehe

    You should try visiting Iloilo Soon Ate Mei! There’re so many beautiful places here. Especially the famous churches here in Iloilo. Hehehe :3

    • mei says:

      I was supposed to go to Iloilo last year, but because my officemates when to a summer trip already and our summer are all filled with different getaways, we had to postpone haha Hoping this year, we could go to Iloilo! πŸ™‚

      And you also have to go to Manila! πŸ™‚ Though I think there’s not much to do in Manila (maybe because I’ve been here or so long already haha) I’m sure you’ll enjoy, there are a lot of places near Manila that you could visit too πŸ™‚

  • Ochi says:

    I’ve been there but that was like ages ago and I was on a field trip lol. Didn’t know they have pigeons!

    I would highly recommend going on a food trip to Binondo, since all I do is eat. haha

    Ochi | Ochi In The City

    • mei says:

      Yes, I want to go to Binondo too because of the food trip! But we’ll have to carefully plan it because it’s crowded and my boyfriend always think about “safety first” Haha

  • I’ve been there! That statue of Rizal gives me hope that my short stature means NOTHING when overcoming… short people things.

    And it’s so nice to have someone to help you to blog photos. Milk it, gurl. Hahaha.

    The Philippines is so beautiful. I hope to visit again one day!

    • mei says:

      Yes, I wouldn’t have done those portrait shots if I’m alone. Setting up a camera and catching up the timer is a hassle. Haha.

      There’s much more to explroe in the PH! You should visit πŸ™‚

  • Grace says:

    I’ve never been to Intramuros at ang ganda pala don! Nakapunta na ba kayo ni Gerald sa Corregidor? baka magustuha nyo don.

    • mei says:

      Di pa kami nakakapuntang Corregidor, parang nakakatakot kasi baka may mumu. Haha.
      Tapos si Gerald sabi nya may NPA daw dun, ewan ko ba sakanya haha

  • Anna says:

    I think the first and last time I visited Intramuros was back in 2007 as a college freshman. We went there a block because we had to shoot a amateur documentary about the place for our History class. Same experience regarding Manila Cathedral: It was already past 5pm when we reached here and saw the church. We wanted to go inside but it was already closed.

    Wish I had artsy photos like this, would be a nice throwback post hehe.

    I’m glad the place was kept intact and hindi pinabayaan throughout the years!! Whoever the mayor of Manila is, medyo good job with this! If only they did the same with Manila Zoo, I’d applaud him for all his efforts.

    • mei says:

      I’ve lived in Manila for around 5 years but I’ve never been to Intramuros hahaha dorm-school lang ang buhay! Haha

      Oo nga, if only there were able to preserve Manila Zoo, it would have been better. It was really popular back then!

  • Yshy says:

    So much feels!! Spent my college years in Intramuros too, and those are the best days of my life! Haha! Have to schedule that trip again to the Walled City and check out what’s changed! And oh, nice photos, love the one where you’re floating! I agree with Clint, very Miss Peregrine’s! πŸ™‚

    • mei says:

      Good for you! Despite having lived in Manila for around 5 years, I’ve never been to Intramuros until just recently. Haha.

      Thank you, Yshy πŸ™‚ I’m not really familiar with Miss Peregrine’s and I had to google it, when I checked it looks creepy ha. Haha

  • Richel V. says:

    I’ve been to Intramuros because of my alma matter, but I’ve never really set foot in Fort Santiago before. Funny how just last night, my mom and I were talking about visiting a bit of the ‘old Manila’ with my brothers. Love the photos, btw! They look amazing!

    • mei says:

      Really? Where did you study? Mapua? PLM? πŸ™‚ You should go back to Intramuros :and take a few stroll around with your brothers πŸ™‚

      Thanks, Richel, most photos were taken by Gerald. I’ll tell him that, I’m sure he’ll be flattered. πŸ™‚

  • Kai says:

    Intramuros is a great place to walk with your loved ones! I always enjoyed the picnics we had there. πŸ˜€