Exploring Manila: Remembering Rizal in Fort Santiago
As part of Ulayaw’s bonding activity, we decided to visit Fort Santiago in Intramuros one very hot Saturday afternoon. We paid Php75 for the entrance (Php50 for kids) and Php50 per person for a calesa ride in the entrance. This was definitely a hold-up but my kaulayaws were kind enough to oblige my little bunny’s request.
My daughter was very interested in the collections in the Rizal Shrine. This painting in the entrance of the Rizal Shrine caught her attention because of its size. The mural was by national artist Carlos Botong Francisco.
She also became very interested in the personal belongs of Dr. Jose Rizal. These includes the tools he used as dentist, the sculptures he made, cameos of his parents, his clothing, shoes, and weapons. I was glad to find out that Rizal knew his mythology as evidenced by his sculpture of Prometheus, that infamous Greek Titan who stole fire from Zeus and gave it to mortals.
After the museum, we made our way to the upper part of the fortress, which gave a view of the Pasig River and the dungeons below. Here we saw what I think is a very comic bust of Jose Rizal. I can’t help it so I gave him a kiss while my friend Tin snuggled on his shoulder. It’s funny in a way since the bust is taller than Rizal. Our dear national hero only stands between 5’2 and 5’3. I am taller than him and probably of bigger built. Which makes me wonder how small Filipinas were during his time.
As you can see from the picture above, it was very sunny day. I was a fool not to have brought a cap to partially cover my face. My sister, who is very much into self enhancement would not be caught out in the sun without a cap on since she fears wrinkles. When she saw this picture she warned me about getting lots of wrinkles before I’m 30. I told her I could buy strivectin sd anytime. That’s an anti-wrinkle cream for you guys!
Anyway, I am ending this post with another goofy picture of mine. This is my version of being behind bars. Hope you like it! Go here for a virtual tour of Fort Santiago.