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“Well preserved traditional house”
Review of Casa Manila

Casa Manila
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US$66.00*
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Private Half-Day Tour of Old Manila
Ranked #12 of 145 things to do in Manila
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This replica of a mid-19th century house showcases the opulence of the former Filipino aristocracy.
Reviewed 21 May 2014

It was really interesting to see an old traditional house well preserved. It is located just across the street from San Augustin Church which is a UNESCO Heritage site. There is a restaurant in here, where you can take a good break in the area.

3  Thank rainb0wyb
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Reviewed 25 April 2014 via mobile

As a filipino. Seeing an old house is common to us. Its well preserved. I just think the price was not worth it since this is just a short tour of the house. Foreigners would be glad but filipino would complain. Ahaha.

1  Thank Jada G
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

This review is going to sound a bit self serving because I'm a professional tour guide and I'm about to advise you to get one but you simply won't be able to enjoy this attraction without a tour guide--and you'll need a good one at that.

But first things first: what is Casa Manila?

Well, Casa Manila is a Spanish reproduction house built in the late 80s as a lifestyle museum. Its aim is to depict the lifestyle of Philippine society during the 19th century. It does this by displaying hundreds of Spanish Colonial Era artifacts, particularly furniture and by recreating the house using the era's architectural and engineering designs.

So, why do you need a guide? Well, unlike other museums, there are hardly any reading material for the museum. Upon entry to the different rooms of the house, you'll be greeted with a floor plan and a very short description on the room. That's it.

You're literally going to a museum that barely has any explanation on the artifacts contained within. And that makes visiting Casa Manila a shameful waste of your time without a guide.

Simply put: you need a guide to truly maximize your time and enjoyment of this magnificent lifestyle museum--and that's the only thing that's keeping it from a 5-star rating.

However, with a knowledgeable guide you can be regaled with the stories of times gone by. Of course, it's a matter of where to find that knowledgeable guide.

3  Thank Dustin A
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Reviewed 24 February 2014

This little museum is a former house of rich people. It is located just across the street from San Augustin and within the in yard of a nice little hotel (Where I would likely stay if I am back in Manila one day)

Thank MichaelOttawa_Canada
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Reviewed 23 February 2014

If you're a foreigner or a non-resident of the Philippines, give Casa Manila a go. It's just across the historic San Agustin Church (a UNESCO World Heritage site). It gives a glimpse of how the elite lived during the Spanish Colonial times in the Philippines.

It's a large, beautifully restored colonial house. Red carpet is laid out to serve as walkways to prevent damage to the wooden floors. Guards will gently remind you not to stray off the carpet and also stop you from taking pictures, which is prohibited (except for the courtyard).

However, if you're a local or a long-time resident, you might think twice spending 75 pesos for a tour of the two story structure that you can complete in around 15 minutes. Especially if you have ancestral homes in the provinces or have been to places like Rizal's house in Calamba, Las Casas de Acuzar in Bataan, Vigan, Silay, Taal, Iloilo among others. There is really nothing new to see UNLESS you haven't been to those places.

Thank hizonfire
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