I am one of those who had their first visit to Fort Santiago as part of an educational trip and revisited after being based in a foreign country. While our visit last July was in a more relaxed manner that made it more meaningful, I fondly remember how in my sophomore year in high school we hurriedly consumed our packed lunch and explored the Rizal Shrine the most under the impression that we will be quizzed the following week by our Social Studies teacher. Years later, I glanced at the fort’s gate with better appreciation of the Philippine culture and history.
One of the several changes is the presence of guards in a polished guardia sibil uniforms. In fact, they are present in the entire Walled City (Intramuros). They are probably one of the most photographed people in Manila. Continue reading