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. 🙂 ).
Adults: PHP 75
Students and Children: PHP 50
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.
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.
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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