Visiting Casa Manila is like stepping back in time.
If you want to go to a place in Manila that would resemble the time of the Spanish occupation of the Philippines, then you have to go to Casa Manila inside the walled city of Intramuros.
During the Philippine Spanish era, Intramuros was the capital and it was the center of almost all major activities.
When you visit Casa Manila in Intramuros, you will see the massive stone walls surrounding this unique neighborhood. The area was devastated during the Second World War.
It was reconstructed in the 80s so you can be transported back to the Spanish era Manila. The churches, the museums and the restaurants all have the same ambiance, so it is a definite treat that you should not miss.
As you visit Intramuros, you should not miss the Casa Manila. The Casa Manila is a Spanish colonial home reconstructed by the then first lady Imelda Marcos. You will not see her thousands of shoes here but you will see a truly colonial home dating back in time.
As you enter the building, the first thing you will notice is the architecture of the period. The furniture, artwork and even all the fixtures of the house are authentic antiques. There are welcoming guides who can show you around, although you can also roam around on your own if you wish.
Whatever you choose, there are plenty of guides around who will give you facts about the specific rooms and the place.
If you choose to be guided, you will be lead from the courtyard, to the main receiving area and then to the rooms on the top floors.
The main receiving area is actually the office of the old masters of the place so you will see here an authentic office of that time. The second floor was where the family lived so you will see the rooms, the kitchen, the living room and the master’s bedroom. You will be amazed to see the authentic kitchen utensils of the era.
Then you will be led back to the courtyard, which is the end of your tour. You might think that the tour is short but in reality, you will linger in the different rooms and even hang out for a moment at the courtyard to feel how life was in those times.
How do I get to Casa Manila?
Getting to Casa Manila is quite easy. You can either take the taxi, a jeepney or the LRT.
The easiest way of course is to take the taxi, which will drop you directly inside Intramuros and Casa Manila. However, there are also jeepneys going directly to Intramuros, which you can take from Roxas blvd. or from Taft Ave. Both have jeepneys available for Intramuros.
If you decide to take the LRT, you can get off at Central Terminal Station, from here you can easily catch jeepneys going to Intramuros.
Once you are in Intramuros, you can simply walk to Casa Manila or take pedicabs. I suggest you walk since you will have plenty to see and shops to buy souvenirs from.
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