One hot summer day, I, Gabby, and my Ulayaw friends bravely walked under the sun and took a trip down Old Manila. This was an educational tour for most of us who are not familiar with this part of Manila City. Our first stop was the 500-year old San Agustin Church. Across the street is Casa Manila, a tourist hotspot.
You can enter Casa Manila for free. At the main entrance, you can get a map of the place. The first thing you will see is its museum. I heard it’s good for history buffs but we didn’t enter since we have to pay entrance fees of Php75 for adults and Php50 for kids.
We were still able to see some artifacts in Bodegas de Intramuros. This is a small museum near the courtyard. Here we saw Maria Clara dolls, baro’t saya made of Pina, old Saint figures, and religious artifacts from the time of the Spanish occupation. We had to be careful as we climbed the stairs because it was slippery, probably because of the polish they use.
As you will see in the pictures, we weren’t able to take pictures inside the Bodega de Intramuros because it is prohibited. Though in some museums they will allow you to take pictures without the flash, there is no such policy there. And to make sure that visitors do comply with the policy, modern day guardia sibil will accompany you as you make your way inside the bodega. Here is our guardia sibil for the day: