Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall, a Confucian line I remembered when i entered this famous walled city in Manila. Indeed it is like a magical thing to experience as if you time traveled back to the Spanish Colonial times. I remember this is one of the places I always wish to go. I'm glad that I was able to visit Intramuros like I always planned since the 5th grade. The entrance fees for Fort Santiago were quite reasonable. We also have a great time roaming around on board a horse-pulled coach. Though the fare for the coach was expensive, I thought it was worth trying. The walled city was really a picturesque of our rich culture. You can definitely see the devastation, you can still feel a strong sense of history and mystery on a visit. It tells about how Filipinos love patriotism and freedom. The walls, gates and bulwarks are accessible, although they are weedy and a bit bumpy. It is possible to walk on the 4.5km-long rampart. I’m not pretty sure if there were actual tourist guides around the Fort. But I think each person paying the ticket should be entitled of a walking tourist guide for them to be educated about the Fort. I find it awkward that even the tourist guides, have this trait called Colonial Mentality. They don't even take care of you especially if you are a local. I thought I was left out of place and to think you are still a tourist who is so eager to check around and learn something about the place. Nevertheless the tourist guides are rather eager to entertain foreigner tourists thinking that they will get a tip or something from them. I heard one tourist guide saying, "Puchaks walang tip, sana yung isa na lang kinuha ko!" (Damn i got no tips at all, I should have got the other group of tourists instead). The Admin should get some tourist guides that are hardworking at the same time engaged and not expecting something in return when they are doing their jobs. Honestly, it breaks my heart to hear that. Though we are hardworking bunch of people, it hurts when I find a Filipino so materialistic. Thinking that I'm paying the same entrance fee with those foreign tourists. Even the guards wearing the costume are not so happy to show you around and help you get some pictures for souvenir. Gruesome truth about tourism here in the Philippines.
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