Entrance to These Intramuros Spots Is Free for Women on March 8

It's to celebrate International Women's Day.

(SPOT.ph) Once a year, women get their own special day, which commemorates protests and movements that got us the right to vote, the right to education, and equal pay among other things. As part of these celebrations, Intramuros Administration opens the doors (or gates) to Fort Santiago, Casa Manila Museum, and Baluarte de San Diego for free to women on March 8, International Women's Day.

Fort Santiago, which was built in 1593, was one of the Spaniards' main defense lines. It was once storage for ammunition, then was transformed into prison cells during World War II. These days, the historic destination's moat, arched gate, well-kept gardens, and fountains have become a favorite backdrop for photographs—especially now that the citadel has extended its opening hours to 11 p.m. You can also go inside the dark dungeons, which are open until 10 p.m.

Fort Santiago in Intramuros was built in 1593.
PHOTO BY Ted Barrera

Casa Manila showcases the lifestyle of 19th-century upper class families in the Philippines through a display of antique furniture and artworks from the colonial period. These are aptly housed in a Spanish-era bahay-na-bato constructed in the 1980s.

Baluarte De San Diego is what's left of a circular fort with three concentric walls. One of the oldest stone forts in the Walled City, it is now used as a park or public space for events.

Fort Santiago, which is at Sta. Clara Street corner G. Luna Street, is open daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Casa Manila Museum, which is at Plaza San Luis, is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Baluarte de San Diego, which is at Sta. Lucia Street, is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, follow Intramuros Administration on Facebook.

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