Missing Manila? You Can Still Explore Intramuros at Home
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, April 18, 2020 9:40pm
Screenshot from Arts and Culture
The enhanced community quarantine made us realize how much we miss the most usual things we do. There are some who miss commuting, their offices, and even the random walks on the way to work and on the way home. We bet you even miss the Manila vibe, including its not-so-good qualities.
To ease that longing for a little bit, the Intramuros Administration has virtual reality tours that would take you to different places in the “walled city” for free.
History Within Your Fingertips
As we know it, Intramuros is rich in history and culture. It features our heritage and it is evident even through mobile screens. Check out the virtual Intramuros tour which features different baluarte and plazas.
By going to Google and Arts Culture, you would be able to visit Plaza Roma, the perfect spot where you would see both the Manila Cathedral and Palacio del Gobernador. You would also have a virtual tour of Fort Santiago, Puerta de Sta. Lucia, Baluarte de San Francisco de Dilao, which are only some of the 17 museum views offered by Intramuros Administration.
You would probably miss Manila even more with these photos but this will also help you list down the places in Intramuros you would want to visit once the ECQ is over.
The Online Exhibits
Once you’ve gone through the places, you could also go to Intramuros Administrations’ online exhibits. There are a total of six exhibits: La Purisima: Images of the Immaculate Conception, Ivories from Macau and Goa, Christ in Filipino Consciousness, Rebultong Garing: Religious Images in Ivory, An Interpretation of the Virgin, and "Santos" Around Us.
Each exhibit shows different images complete with descriptions. Some of the relics can be dated back to the Spanish Colonization period. Sculpture enthusiasts may find this online exhibit quite interesting.
The ECQ taught us there are some things we take for granted. So the day the quarantine is lifted, let’s start to appreciate our heritage and history, and it would be best to begin somewhere near. Intramuros would be a good start.