The Casa Manila is a cultural museum located in Intramuros, Manila, Philippines. Built by former First Lady Imelda Marcos in the early 1980s, the museum depicts local lifestyle under Spanish rule. The Casa Manila is actually a traditional Spanish colonial house that has been preserved for posterity. Inside one will find furniture, household fixtures and even artwork dating to the Spanish Colonial Period. There are guides inside the museum that conduct tours although visitors are allowed to go from room to room freely. The various rooms include a kitchen, bedrooms, an office, a living room and a courtyard.
It is quite easy to get to the museum and one can either take the LRT or a taxi. Those coming by LRT have to get off at the Central Terminal Station and can then take a jeepney (a jeepney is a transformed US military jeep that is a popular mode of transport in Philippines) from there. Intramuros is one of the oldest regions of the Filipino capital. It was highly fortified during Spanish rule which has led to the nickname the ‘Walled City’. In fact, ‘intramuros’ is derived from Latin and means ‘within the walls’. Although the area is full of interesting historical buildings such as ancient churches and schools, its existence is threatened by newer developments. This presents a small window of opportunity for tourists to witness Philippines’ historic splendour.
The lively capital of the Philippines and is one of sixteen cities that comprise the Metro Manila region. The bustling city is full of modern buildings yet has an old world charm. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations within the country. Most of the local attractions can be found close to the Manila Bay. ‘Must visit’ attractions include the Bonifacio Shrine, Chinatown, the Coconut Palace, Baywalk, the Mabini Shrine and the Plaza San Luis.
Finding a good place to stay in the Filipino capital is quite easy as there are plenty of Manila luxury hotels around. The Peninsula Manila, which is a Manila five star hotel is a great place to stay at. The hotel boasts a convenient location and is ideal for both business and leisure travellers.