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Along the southeast gate giving access to Intramuros golf course is built on the old moat of the fortress. From here, following the General Luna street can see a few but beautiful colonial style houses and so on down to the church of St. Augustine, the oldest in the Philippines and the only building left intact after the destruction of Intramuros. The visit to this church, Heritage of UNESCO since 1993 along with three other Baroque churches in the Philippines, we found interesting for the beauty of its facade and interior. Next to it is a museum that we did not visit. Just across the street is the magnificent Casa Manila, a reconstructed house to faithfully reproduce the Spanish colonial style and the opulent lifestyle of a noble family in the s. XIX. Admission is 50 P and is well worth the building itself, but also for furniture and period decor. General Luna continued along the north and came to the Piazzale Roma (formerly had a bull ring here). On one side of the square stands the Cathedral of Manila, built in 1951 in classical style after being destroyed before. And only about 50 meters to the north is the entrance to Fort Santiago, which served as headquarters served at different times of the Spanish, British, American and Japanese. The entrance to the exhibition costs 50 P and can see the remains of the bastions of San Francisco and San Miguel, whose function was to protect the entrance to the Pasig River from the sea. Also worth visiting the shrine of José Rizal, national hero who was imprisoned here for the last days of his life before being executed in November 1896.
Christmas in this beautiful country seems to be a highly relevant topic. Curiously, the festivities start at those months of its last syllable which ends in “ber” in this way, from October to December on Christmas Eve becomes pure joy.
Some of their traditions are shared by other countries, the so named “Midnight Mass” is for them a true religious celebration. For 9 days starting from December 16, Filipinos go to church to celebrate midnight mass, the same held in the tedious hours of the four MORNING.TONIGHT.EAST tradition was introduced by the Spanish friars, with the idea of allowing farmers to attend Mass before going to work in the field. After Mass it is customary to eat the “bibingka” and “bumbong, desserts made of rice are usually sold at the entrance of the church.