Date of Visit: 23rd March 2012
Before we move on to the next two attractions which located in Intramuros, Abel brought us to Quiapo Market Manila instead Divisoria which we did requested earlier. The reason why Abel refused brought us to Divisoria was because he told us it was overcrowded and at the same, it kinda dangerous for us. I did checked from Tripadvisor and some of the reviewers did mentioned that Divisoria is full of robbers and many being attacked by pick pocket and there were some gang controlled. Divisoria is well known as a market district that fill with wide assortment of low-priced goods and wholesale and bargain shopping. Abel told us there are other alternatives besides Divisoria, and so he recommended us to Quiapo Market Manila.
#1: Quiapo Market Manila is another good and cheap destination to enjoy shopping in Manila, besides Divisoria
#2: Well known for its traditional Filipino handicrafts
Situated in the district of old Manila, Quaipo Market Manila is the best place for those who are seeking for Philippines handicrafts, such as carvings, lamps made out of shells, canework and even traditional Filipino handicrafts. And of course, you can bargain with the seller until you are satisfy with the price itself. But for us, we were just looking for normal souvenirs that can give as a gift to our fellow friends and family members such as T-shirt, keychains, fridge magnets and pouch and we bought in a bulk. When I looked into some of the souvenirs being displayed, I was shocked cause somehow some are similar to the one in Kota Kinabalu's Filipino Market.
#3: Lunch at Jollibee
I'm not sure whether has Jollibee establish their business in Peninsular Malaysia but I'm for sure that there used to be a Jollibee existed in Kota Kinabalu but it couldn't last longer and now no more available here. If for those who never came across this, Jollibee is a famous fast-food restaurant chain in Philippines. It is an American-style fast-
Done with fulfilled our hungry stomach, we then continued with San Agustin Church and Casa Manila which located inside the historic walled city of Intamuros.
#4: San Agustin Church
San Agustin Church, is the oldest stone church in Philippines. It is the first European stone church to be built in the Philippines designed in Spanish architectural structure. No wonder when I saw for the very first time, I was amazed with this church and I can say it was one of the most beautiful church I ever saw. I personally think even more beautiful than Manila Cathedral which we visited earlier (click HERE). One of my friend said if she is filthy rich, she would love to have her wedding here.
Just like Manila Cathedral, despite being destroyed by several fires and earthquakes, San Agustin Church has survived from all those threats and still stay strong until today. It has also being listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
#5: The altar of the San Agustin Church
#6: Paintings and sculptures were looking so calm and peace inside the church itself.
#7: Interior of San Agustin Church
San Agustin Church is open daily but if there is any wedding being held, then it wouldn't allow for visiting. This church is subject to admission fee of P100 but I think it is worth because there is a museum inside for more understanding of their history and culture. It's great place for phototaking as well and we spend more than an hour inside this church.
#8: Casa Manila (left) and San Agustin Church (right) are located so near to each other.
#9: Casa Manila Museum
Another type of museum in Intramuros, Casa Manila is a replica of a 19th century Manila house which recreating the living conditions of a typical Manila family during the Spanish colonial rule. With the admission fee of P75 per adult, unfortunately, phototaking is prohibited inside the museum. Upon paying the admission fee, we were being so called "escorted" by the staff from breaking any rules inside the museum. One of it was we must walk on the red carpet inside the house and not allowed to stepping outside from it. The replica consists of several rooms, living room, bathroom, kitchen and more. The rooms are highly decorated with wood carvings and European art and decoration styles. We almost broke the "NO PHOTO ALLOWED" rule when seeing all those.
#10: Even Casa Manila is heavily influenced with Spanish architecture
#11: Lovely fountain in the middle of the courtyard of Casa Manila
If you are not interested visiting this museum, there are numerous of cafe and restaurant surrounding this museum which you can try.
[Credit To: Manila-Philippineshotel.com,Wikipilipinas]