Tuesday, February 10, 2009

red bricked ruins - fort santiago manila

ruined walls inside the Fort Santiago remains to be a symbol of the many battles that the city of Manila survived. for the many times i've been traveling outside Metro Manila, i noticed that i rarely feature Manila. so last December along with my friend Theonoski, we revisited Intramuros.Intramuros is the walled city in Manila, which used to be the city of Manila itself during the Spanish colonial times. Fort Santiago stands on the Northeastern side as a defensive structure.i learned that there were four major Spanish forts in the Philippines which includes Fort Pilar in Zamboanga City, Fort San Pedro in Cebu City, Fort Drum in Corregidor and Fort Santiago in Intramuros Manila. among these four, i already visited Fort Pilar, Fort San Pedro and Fort Santiago, which is the largest among the four. you'll see many ruined structures inside yet what was the most appealing was the red bricked ruined structure.the red bricked building is one the oldest building in Fort Santiago which was built in 1593 as a barrack building for Spanish soldiers.it was destroyed during the many battles that happened in Manila. what remained today are its walls and parts of the buildings framework.it was good that they retained this ruin as it makes the visitors wonder how beautiful it should have been before it was destroyed.when you visit Manila, Intramuros is a must-see tourist attraction. thanks to Ms. Naval of Fort Santiago for assisting me on its historical background.[what you shouldn't miss there]>>> the historical sites and ruins of Fort Santiago.
[why i should go back] >>> to explore the hidden dungeons of Fort Santiago.

trip rate:
ruins quality: 3.0
ruins location: 4.5
historical background: 5.0

68 comments:

Pietro said...

This is an interesting post with a very fine sequence of pictures, Dong.
I wonder whether mankind one day will understand that battles and wars besides being dreadful are also absolutely useless!
Have a good week ahead!

Eben said...

i was also visited Intramuros last Decembe, too bad I didn't took photos of these brick walls.

nice pictures sir!

ARTERY said...

Around Manila ka rin lang naman kaya anytime pwede mong malibot. TSalamat sa pagshare mo dito ng intramuros. Tama ka, maganda nga siya hanggang ngayon what more pa noon na buo.

Saan ka naman gumala? ilang days na nawala ka sa ire ah. hehehe

Andy Briones said...

I love ruins and red brick buildings! They have this romantic glam vibe to them...very nice!

I think this is my favorite dong ho post so far. :-)

victor said...

i will record it down in my list as i know where to go when i am in Manila. Thanks for the information!!

Aris said...

a gem in the city! i am revisiting intramuros as inspired by your post. thanks, dong, for this wonderful feature. :)

PUSANG-gala said...

nalala ko nung pumunta ako dyan mag-isa dati na gaabi---kakatakot~~

the donG said...

>pietro, thanks! maybe war is already part of human history and peace will be gained when it's the end. when someone great already takes over.

>eben, thanks! there's a lot to shoot there. but we too also had a limited time.

>artery, oo nga. kaya lang nakakahiya din kung minsan kasi ang dami ko pang hindi napupuntahan sa manila.

simula wednesday night derederecho na akong sa meeting, anniversary, party, meeting ulit. daming nangyari. masaya pero napagod din.

>andy, thank you very much. i really appreciate that. i too like red brick structures.

>victor, thanks! you'll love this place. it's the old manila.

>aris, thanks! im happy that these post transpired you to visit it again. i suggest that you walk around the city walls.

>pusang-gala, nakapunta na rin ako ng gabi pero hindi sa fort santiago sa may wow philippines lang.

Cza said...

wow.. the last time i've been to Intramuros was in a fieldtrip when I was in Highschool or Gradeschool. :) The place looks "rich" and a lil bit scary. @_@

kegler747 said...

Oo nga, its good to feature mga places naman dto sa Manila. Binisita ko recently uli ang Luneta and took some pictures. Will post them soon in my blog :)

payatot said...

galing naman, ang ganda na ng shots mo, may trivia pa ikaw sa amin..

alagaan mo lang ang mga kamay mo tol at baka mag pasma ka dyan mahirap na..

luna miranda said...

it's been years since i last visited fort santiago. i love the innate beauty of these ruins and what it represents in our history and culture. thanks for sharing.

cyndirellaz said...

apat na fort pala yun? galing! i can't even remember if i have been there na.. hmm! mukhang mysterious yung mga pics no? at red pa siya. beautiful on its own way!

sheng said...

dong, nice shots, i love the red bricked shots, all of them. I hope I can visit manila soon, and if ever i will, do find time to tour me around, hehehe...

Borneo Falcon said...

Nice fort but no cannons. Fort usually has cannons in it.

dede said...

Nice old picture man! great job

Vic said...

wow! so much history in there! na-miss ko bigla ang Manila! we onc/twice visited Intramuros/Wow Philippines way back in College! :)

mimi said...

nakakamis ang intra...

naikot ko ang wall ng 3 beses noong college ako pra magphoto shoot at dahil narin sa kamalasan ng camera... kaya paulit ulit akong bumalik.. ayaw ata akong pakawalan ng intramuros.. hehe.. required kasi sa school...

thanks sa pagshare.. bumalik ang mga ala ala..

eRiS said...

i'm sooooo inlove with the red bricks... *_*

Lalaine said...

hmmm... sa pagkakaalala ko bata pa ako nung last na bumisita ako sa Intramuros... kelangan ko ata bumalik para makita uli ang ganda nito... pero pansamantala... makukuntento na muna ako sa pics mo.

yngat! =)

beero said...

wow! ganda pala talaga sa fort santiago. this is one of the places that i'd like to visit when i go back to manila. pumunta dun officemates ko nung december kaso di nga nila ako kasama. saka limited masyado yung time ko nung pumunta ako jan nung december.

katcarneo said...

Hey, I went here by myself a couple of months ago, and yeah. I did stare at that red-bricked building and marvelled at how old it is. I took a look at the dungeons too, and there was this tunnel where people can climb down but it was pitch black and I was quite chicken-shit to enter.

gillboard said...

I never realized that the walls of Intramuros is red. Has it always been that way?

punky said...

ang dami namang bricks! hehe!

alicesg said...

Oh I remembered this place. I visited it many many moons ago..lol. That was 1983 (now I sound very old..lol). That was my first time taking a plane and philippines was the first country I visited by plane. Malaysia was my first country I visited but was by coach. I have very fond memories of philippines since cause it was my "maiden flight and I enjoyed every bits. Thanks for bringing back this fond memories. :)

Luis Batchoy said...

I love Intramuros. When I am in Manila, I make it a poitn to stay in the Old Manila Area so it would be easier for me to visit Intramuros. Next time I'm in Manila, and tahts gonna be quite soon, I will be sure to visit Intramuros again. Lovely pictures!

Earvin said...

Red bricks rule!

jeanny said...

The last time I visited Intramuros was a decade ago. I am inspired by this post. I'll visit this once again soon. Thanks Dong!

Carver said...

There is something very beautiful to me about ruins. They stand as a testament to the past. These are beautiful shots.

KRIS JASPER said...

You really know how to make interesting stories out of ordinary features. Nice Mr. Dong!

sendzki said...

i should quote this one from pietro ---"I wonder whether mankind one day will understand that battles and wars besides being dreadful are also absolutely useless!" ----yeah right--and the photos are good

Allen Yuarata said...

I have a photo on that very same spot as well. gawin ko syang header next time.

ganda ng captures. hehe,.

Photo Cache said...

I dont think I have ever been to Fort Santiago, where the ruins are. Thanks. I adore red brick structures and your photos are amazing.

Chyng said...

Mula noong first day ko sa "within the walls" place na yan, araw-araw pa din akong nafafascinate. 5 years ako jan nag-aral.

I love Intra! (--,)

btw, nakakahiya naman makita ng super master sa photography ang beginner shots ko.
Super thank you at nagustuhan mo kahit pano!

Joy said...

Fort Santiago has so many photo ops to offer. Nice shot, Dong!

JM said...

I really like these brick walls, it must be a great place to visit. Nice shots!

Shionge said...

Thanks for introducing this historical place, pictures are all well taken.

Hilda said...

I am sure your photos are so much prettier than the actual!

But I do love Intramuros! Last time I visited, I wasn't blogging yet :)

flamindevil said...

ganda ng pics.you have an eye for details.kainggit.

Lawstude said...

alam mo dom, i have worked and lived there in manila but i never really had a chance to visit intramuros. matagal ko na plano yan and this post just made me more eager. ganda ng mga shots.

eli said...

grabe ang ganda ng kulay..nagblend sa theme mo!

witsandnuts said...

I should have gone there after my National Museum tour last December. It's been ages since I've visited Fort Santiago. I endear Intramuros. Thanks for this feat.

Luke Wiley said...

Nice to see a piece of history still standing!

Phivos Nicolaides said...

This is so beutiful and interesting post!

Nanaybelen said...

maganda talaga ang ruins sa Fort Santiago . first time ko lang nakita noon field trip ng anak nung prep sya.

paoruiz said...

Certain Kind of Hue will do a photoshoot here soon. =) You just gave us an idea. Haha. Ayos to.

Friendz said...

hey nice interesting post...
due to some bandwidth problem i cant able to visit u regularly ...
have a nice day

News world said...

nice post!!!interesting pictures
i like it!!!

Rio said...

napuntahan ko na din ang fort san pedro ng cebu pero mas malawak nga ang fort santiago..

olan said...

dapat ipreserve to ng mabuti. kokonti na lang natitirang mga ganito dito sa atin.

nice pics dom.

SandyCarlson said...

Bricks seem old and new at the same time. Neat place.

Reena said...

old bricks...i like :)

tnx for visiting me even when you're busy. it's my turn to be busy this week.

keep in touch. see you around soon. :)

my gulch said...

nice "brick" series here, Dom. i am a fan of architecture made of bricks so it was quite fun going through your entry today.

Raft3r said...

naku
this brings back memories
noong nasa gradeschool kami
madalas ang field trip namin dito
last time i was there
early 2000 siguro
yun canadian officemate namin dinala don
tuwang tuwa si mokong sa mga uniformed guards
para daw canadian mounties
hehe

hisnameisdencios said...

ang tingkad ng kulay! ang ganda!

Eki Akhwan said...

I've been in this fort! What a reflective mood this place gave me ...

Thanks for sharing such well-taken series of photos of this place (plus the narratives).

Shawie said...

you know, it's a shame but I've never been into the place:( so thanks for the wonderful photographs and descriptions- it's very interesting!

Photo Cache said...

DONG, pick up your award from my site :)

Hi! I'm Grace said...

Very attractive pa rin ang Fort Santiago. I have been there when I was a little girl pa. Thanks for this post, Dong. Kelan ba schedule mo for Surigao City, Dong?

Sidney said...

Awesome pictures... I like the color intensity of the red bricks.

The Islander said...

di ko to napansin ah. o nakaligtaang pansinin lang... sayang naman. nagkalesa pa kasi eh. hehe

Blue Rose said...

your post reminds me that i need to explore manila area. sabi nga ng friend ko ang dami din daw magandang pasyalan doon kasi doon nya daw ipinapasyal ang pamilya nya kapag weekend na free ang sked nila.

dyosa said...

It has been a while since I last set foot in Intramuros. I should go pay the place a visit. I love your photos. So much history. The colors of the bricks and the way it was presented are wonderful.

MeL said...

Kagagaling ko lang dyan! lol. I miss FS. Nandyan pa rin ba yung wax figure ni JP Rizal?

carlotta said...

seems like this part of fort santiago is the only one that's colorful, no? a nice contrast to the greenish adobe.

i never get tired of visiting intramuros over and over again. :)

Sarah Sofia Ganborg said...

interesting post! And also from a historic point of view!
ML from Scandinavia, SSG
Thanks for commenting on my blogs!

Keith said...

The Don:

I do not remember all the red brick from when I visited Fort Santiago and Intrmuros. I thought the walls I saw were all grey brick. I will have to consult my pictures. You
r photos are wonderful.

Heart of Rachel said...

It's a beautiful place and so rich in history.

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