Fort Santiago, Intramuros

           Summer is a time for fun, rest and relaxation for the young ones especially after hurdling all the challenges of the past school year. However, fun, rest and relaxation can also coincide with learning, right? At Fort Santiago, Intramuros, kids will be able to roam around, explore and see for themselves an important part of our history.

          Fort Santiago was built in 1971 and served as a defense fortress for the Spanish government during Spanish colonial times. The place saw a lot of blood and hardships as many lives were lost in its prisons during the Spanish regime. Dr. Jose Rizal himself, the Philippines’ National Hero, was detained at Fort Santiago before his execution on December 30, 1896.

           Today, Fort Santiago is managed by the Intramuros Administration, an attached agency of the Department of Tourism. Inside Fort Santiago is Rizal Shrine, a museum dedicated to the life and works of Dr. Jose Rizal. Rizal Shrine was recently renovated, so now is a good time to go for a visit.

             We paid PHP 75/adult. No admission fee was required for Zuri. The entrance fee already includes entrance to Rizal Shrine. Unfortunately, we were not able to enter Rizal Shrine during our visit because it was under renovation.

            Upon paying the entrance fee, visitors are given a map of Fort Santiago. Indicated on the map are the names of the structures found inside Fort Santiago. Below are some photos we took during our visit in December 2013 (Sorry, I only have a few photos that do not contain our faces. Just ignore us. 🙂 ).

Fort Santiago Intramuros Entrance

The entrance to Fort Santiago

Fort Santiago Intramuros ticketing booth

Fort Santiago Ticket Booth

 

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Inside Fort Santiago, Intramuros

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This old building is seen immediately after the ticket booth.

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Photo opportunity at Fort Santiago, Intramuros

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Curious little Zuri was eyeing the statue beside her, probably waiting for it to move or do something.

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There are lots of benches inside Fort Santiago for resting and picture-taking.

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Daddy Rupert and Zuri on one of the benches inside Fort Santiago.

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Birdhouses inside Fort Santiago. It was Zuri’s first time to see birdhouses like these, I think.

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Daddy Rupert and Zuri at the gazebo inside Fort Santiago. When it gets too hot or rains, you may use this gazebo to hide from the sun or keep yourself dry.

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The Philippine flag inside Fort Santiago

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The moat

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Fort Santiago

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Zuri and me with the guardia civil at Fort Santiago

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Zuri tried to follow Dr. Jose Rizal’s footsteps, literally.

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Wide open space inside Fort Santiago where children can run around

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Wide open space inside Fort Santiago

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Wide open space inside Fort Santiago

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Trees and shaded areas inside Fort Santiago

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Entrance to Rajah Sulayman Theatre inside Fort Santiago

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Daddy Rupert and Zuri’s photo opportunity at Rajah Sulayman Theatre at Fort Santiago.

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A reenactment of Dr. Jose Rizal’s plight at Fort Santiago

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The dungeons

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A peek at the hardships of the past

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There is a playground inside Fort Santiago, a nice bonus for the little ones.

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Monkey bars at Fort Santiago

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Daddy Rupert and Zuri’s father-daughter moment at Fort Santiago

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Zuri happily played with Daddy Rupert at the Fort Santiago playground.

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Ruins inside Fort Santiago

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A cannon relic at Fort Santiago

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Ruins inside Fort Santiago

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Ruins inside Fort Santiago

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Baluartillo De San Francisco Javier

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Baluartillo De San Francisco Javier

 

Entrance Fee:

Adults: PHP 75

Students and Children: PHP 50

Opening Hours:

         Fort Santiago is open daily, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Rizal Shrine is open 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, and 1:00-5:00 p.m Mondays.

Location:

         Intramuros is bordered by the Pasig River, Bonifacio Drive and Padre Burgos Avenue. Intramuros is located near Rizal Park, Manila Ocean Park and Museo Pambata. Fort Santiago is found inside Intramuros.

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           Visit Fort Santiago, Intramuros with your kids this summer! Don’t forget to bring the following: a bottle of water, face towel, extra shirt, fan, umbrella, sunblock and insect repellent lotion. You may bring a picnic mat and some snacks, too, like what some of the other guests did during our visit. Don’t forget to bring a trash bag.

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