Explore Intramuros at Night With This Not-Your-Usual Walking Tour

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One Night In Intramuros
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(SPOT.ph) Been itching for something different to do? The past two years have been monotonous for the lucky ones, relatively speaking, so if you want something for the books then check out this tour of Intramuros. Sure, the historic city has probably always been a part of your life, but here's a chance to see it in a different light. Or lack of, really. WanderManila's Dark History Tour dubbed the "One Night in Intramuros" is happening on the weekend of July 2 and 3.

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While the night of July 2 is fully booked as of writing—testament to the popular demand—the good news is they’ve added the second night. Registration is open for July 3 so act fast. The walking tour will bring you to "explore the darker side of Intramuros as you’ve never seen, heard, or felt before. Dive deep into historical events with accounts of hauntings weaved into it. So wear your most comfortable footwear, pack your tumblers, and ready your hearts for this two-hour walk. The tour starts at 5 p.m. and is at a special discounted price of P800 per head.

The tour itinerary includes San Agustin Church, Plaza San Luis Complex, Museo de Intramuros, Memorare Manila 1945, Lyceum of the Philippines University, Puerta de Parian, Aduana, Manila Cathedral, and Fort Santiago. 

For someone (a.k.a this writer) who has spent a good chunk of their education inside the beautiful Walled City of Manila, the typical behavior is to never dare to explore the centuries-old walls and beyond in the dark, opting to go home as fast as their feet could take them as soon as classes or soirees end without sparing a glance at the walls—especially the dungeons. The fear of seeing some …thing staring right back is genuine. 

Intramuros isn’t a stranger to haunted and strange stories about restless souls roaming the area, moreso at night, as the fortress’ history dates back to hundreds of years ago. Having said that, who knows the entirety of what the walls have become witness to throughout the years? Stepping into the city during the day is one thing, but going through its cobblestone streets at night? Now that’s a whole other level. 

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Some of the most well-known tourist spots around Intramuros are Fort Santiago, Manila Cathedral, San Agustin Church, Casa Manila, and Baluarte de San Diego. You could also spot ancestral houses and establishments that have withstood the test of time, coupled with food hubs for when you get tired of walking. It is also home to schools and universities such as the Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Mapùa University, Lyceum of the Philippines, and the Pamantasang Lungsod ng Maynila. There's also the National Museum of the Philippines just a few walks away from Intramuros. The name itself comes from a Spanish word with the meaning "within walls."

Registration for another night in Intramuros is still open as of this writing.

The One Night in Intramuros is on July 2 and 3, starting at P800 per head. For more information, follow WanderManila’s Facebook page.

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