Today, the middle schoolers are touring Manila. From Kirsten's text messages, she seems to be enjoying the trip so far, though she was tired yesterday from a full day of 'band camp' and a concert they gave.
The main sight they will be exploring are the Intramuros, located along the southern bank of the Pasig River.
Square foot for square foot, no other site in the country holds as much national historical interest as Intramuros. Even its very ground is unique as it holds artifacts that recount the ages of trade even prior to Spanish conquest. Every single conqueror of this country flew its flag over the Intramuros. Read more about this landmark of the Philippines at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intramuros
Palacio del Gubernador
Intramuros was built by the Spaniards in the 16th century and is the oldest district of the city of Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Its name, in Latin, intramuros, literally "within the walls". This 'Old Manila' is known as 'The Walled City' and is surrounded by thick, high walls and moats. During the Spanish colonial period, Intramuros was considered Manila itself.
Plaza de Roma
Plaza de la Fuerza
A typical Calesa