DAILY PHOTO: Intramuros

Taken inside Fort Santiago facing the Plaza de Armas in December of 2017

 

Baluarte de San Francisco de Dilao

 

In Fort Santiago

The Intramuros is the old fortified part of Manila constructed by the Spaniards during their reign. Back in the day, it was Manila proper, though there were “extramuros” (outside the walls) neighborhoods, such as the Chinatown set up across the Pasig for Chinese Catholics so that they could both have a place to live at a safe distance while being watched for the inscrutableness that was assumed to lurk in the hearts of foreigners.