Flash back: PVI photographers revisit the old places in Manila

So, you have seen our photos during our photowalk in Mt. Arayat last November. But before we have transverse the trails of that famous mountain, we first walked on the streets of the old places in Metro Manila. We have revisited the historical places to relive the history and to commemorate the remarkable events that happened and now written in the history of our nation. So, why we have chosen this as our very first venue for our photowalk? Just like the places that we went to, we want our first photowalk to become an event worth remembering and we want our first photowalk to become as remarkable and historical for our group. Enjoy reading!

Intramuros literally means “within the walls. Intramuros is situated in Manila, the capital city of the Philippines. Intramuros is also known as the walled city, it is said that it was built in the year 1571 during the Spanish period in the history of the Philippines.

Intramuros Manila by Mark Aiven

Intramuros is actually a city within a city, it is isolated from the other cities in Manila by its aged walls. Inside, there you can find old streets, plazas and the governor’s palace. One of the famous place to visit inside Intramuros is Fort Santiago.

Fort Santiago, Fuerte de Santiago in Spanish, is a defense barrier that was constructed during the Spanish era. According to the history, Jose Rizal, the Philippines’ national hero was imprisoned before his execution in the year 1986.

Fort Santiago is enclosed with 8- foot thick and 22 feet high walls and its portal measures about 40 feet high. Presently, Fort Santiago is a well- maintained place where people especially, the tourist can visit.

Binondo is popularly known as China town located in Manila. Binondo is largely populated by the Chinese people who are living in the Philippines. It is said to be that Chinatown was established in 1594.

Binondo, Manila by PVI member Rey Calinawan Vercide

Binondo is located transversely from the Pasig River from Intramuros. It is constructed during the time of the Spanish Governor Luis Pérez Dasmariñas to serve as a settlement for the Chinese immigrants who are also called sangleys. Binondo,was built initially to become alternative to the Parian that is located near Intramuros, where the Chinese people were initially detained.

Presently, Binondo has become a center for business for various types of businesses that are being managed by Filipino-Chinese merchants.