The San Agustin Church and Museum is a testament to the capabilities of humanity. More than a treasure to the Filipinos and to the Catholic faith, it is a reminder of what those before us accomplished without relying on computers and advanced construction methods.
It is such an important treasure to all of humanity that it is inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list. A list that includes other treasures such as the Great Wall of China, the Pyramids of Giza and the like. A visit to this church is a look at the influence of the Catholic faith in the Philippines in the las 500 years.
However, nothing is perfect and it has much to improve on as well. For one, the restrooms are very cramped and could use some work. There are no soap and, as with the rest of the country's public restrooms; bring your own paper.
There's also the heat. The place can get pretty hot and humid at certain parts --particularly with half of the museum-monastery currently under reconstruction. Speaking of which: there is an inordinate amount of dust being blown about from the reconstruction so asthma attacks may be forthcoming (bring your inhaler!)
The lack of curating and information on the artefacts and the church in general are also something to be improved on. A good guide, can of course, fix this, but those are hard to find in Manila as it is.
Overall, it's a must visit especially if you're already at Intramuros, and for Php 100.00 ($2.25), there's really no reason not to.
Tip: get a good guide or don't bother getting one at all. There are many to chose from, especially in Intramuros.
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