Intramuros is the oldest district of the present day city of Manila, the capital of the Republic of the Philippines. Nicknamed the “Walled City”, Intramuros is the historic fortified city of Manila during the Spanish Colonial Period. Located then along Manila Bay and south of the mouth of Pasig River, its thick defensive walls were built by the Spaniards in the 16th century to protect the city from invasion. Its name in Spanish, intramuros, literally “within the walls”, meaning a city enclosed by thick, high walls and surrounded by moats. (Source: Wikipedia)
I admit, my memory of Philippine History is a bit blotchy. I know the dates of important events, the highlights, some of the people, but if you ask me to piece it together and make a story I would have to map it out and find the proper way of connecting it altogether. In other words, I would suck. Thank goodness for people like Carlos Celdran who organizes awesome walking tours and gives you a theatrical, informative, and memorable tour of Manila.