Travel Back in Time and Hop on a 19th-Century Tranvia for Free

It's for one day only!

( Before Metro Manila was filled with an overwhelming network of highways and railroads, the tranvia (a.k.a. tram or streetcar) systembuilt in 1888plied the streets of Caloocan, Manila, Pasig, and Makati. Traveling from Plaza de Goiti (now Plaza Lacson) in Santa Cruz, Manila, to Makati would take only 25 minutes, a far cry from the hour-long commute we suffer through right now. If you want to relive those simpler times, a tranvia will be going around Intramuros on October 5 and you can ride it for free.


The first tranvias were horse-drawn buses for 12 seated and eight standing passengers.
PHOTO BY Rafael Minuesa

Now, a blue-colored tranvia goes around Intramuros. It is used for the tour program called Visita Intramuros, which costs P2,250. But on some days—like on Saturday, it's free.
PHOTO BY ed sarao
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This free hop-on/hop-off tranvia is part of the Walled City's We Art Intramuros, which is an arts-and-crafts market initiated by Puesto Manila. Pocket events will be happening all over Intramuros, including a film showing at Fort Santiago and a sustainability summit in Colegio de San Juan de Letran. And you can go from one place to another through the tranvia, which will have stops at Plaza Roma, Fort Santiago, Baluarte de San Diego, Puerta Real, and Puerta del Parian. The ride will be available from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, follow Intramuros Administration on Facebook.

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