On the way to Intramuros (official site), they passed by Rizal Park, where José Rizal was executed. The park was named after this national hero of the Philippines who advocated social and political reforms during Spanish rule (late 16th century to late 19th century). As others were listening with rapt attention to Rizal's anecdotes, Hanson was engulfed in a surge of repentance. He wished he could have learned more about Rizal and Filipino history before this trip. "If I at least googled him before coming here, I would know better about this interesting polymath," he muttered.
The first stop Hanson and the others went to in Intramuros was this 426-year old Manila Metropolitan Cathedral.
Kenny and Justin read out the introduction of this museum, which they printed out from Intramuros website:
"...The vases are Ming, the wooden furniture is Victorian. Walls are Baroque. The high ceilings and wide narra planks for flooring are Castillan. And the capiz windows and louvers were adapted by the Spaniards to provide better ventilation in our tropical climate..."
The picture below shows capiz windows.
This reminded Hanson of the buko pie he bought on the way back from Taal volcano and of the fact that he couldn't go there again as all his friends would have to work the next day. For the following two days, he would need to explore the city alone.
To be continued...