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“Locals Not Well Treated”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Intramuros

Intramuros
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US$135.00*
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Private Half-Day Manila City Tour
Ranked #2 of 130 things to do in Manila
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Intramuros, "The Walled City," is the oldest district in Manila. This is what remains of the fortified city, which was the seat of power during Spanish Colonial times (1521-1898).
Marawi, Philippines
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“Locals Not Well Treated”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2014

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.

Visited September 2013
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“History and culture to contrast the rest of the city”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2014

Walking to Intramuros from the Manila Hotel it's sad to see the poverty and decay of corruption along the main road. Once inside the walls you feel absorbed by the history and it's good to see that the local tourist operators recognise the ability to generate income from people who aren't just here for the less desirable side of Manila. The various churches, buildings and gardens are seeped in history and well worth spending half a day exploring. Definitely opt for a horse/cart or one of the bicycle powered carts to take you around as it's very humid and there is (obviously) no air conditioning. Try to go in the early morning or evening to avoid the heat of the day - we went on a Saturday and it was very quiet (maybe this was because it was Easter weekend though).

Visited April 2014
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Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Philippines
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“Heart Of Manila”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2014

Every time I travel I'm after the heart of the city, where did it originate, what's its history, and even more it's importance to a place. Manila is a city many wish to skip, but I urge people to stay, even if just for a day, and explore Intramuros. See where colonization began, and how the Philippines became the first Christian country in Asia. Relive the finals moment of the country's national hero, Jose Rizal. Then cap it off with a national favorite Halo- Halo at Barbra's cafe.

It may not be the cleanest, or most attractive part of the city, however it explains why Manila is what it is today, and how this country is a mix of many things.

To appreciate this place even more spring the pesos for Carlos Celdran's theatrical accounts of the place!

Visited April 2014
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Manila, Philippines
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“Rich, Historical Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2014 via mobile

I've done the theatrical Carlos Celdran tour of Intramuros and it was AMAZING! For P1,100 per person, it was truly worth experiencing this rich, history of the Philippines. I went to Intramuros on school field trips when i was young but you never truly get to appreciate the beauty of this country's history and the people who made it happen until you're an adult. The tour is filled with costumes, stories, music, props and food! How best do you cap a wonderful 2-hour walk than with the iconic Philippine dessert called the halo-halo which is a mixture of sweet fruits, flan, beans, milk, crushed ice and ice cream (all part of the tour price)! Visiting Intramuros should be on everyone's to-do list locals and tourists alike.

Visited March 2014
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“Interesting historical sites”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2014

Great spot to see Spanish influence on architecture and pre-World War II landmarks. Still feel like there is more potential there for neat cafés and boutique hotels. Check out Silahis for unique and beautiful Filipino handicrafts. Nice more expensive restaurant behind it called Illustrado. See where Jose Rizal was in prison and his march to his execution.

Visited August 2013
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