On December 27, we (hubby, sister-in-law and nieces) attended my sister's birthday party in Manila and decided to visit some historical places there. My husband had a brilliant idea of touring it... via kalesa (carriage). The kids enjoyed the ride.
FORT SANTIAGO. This place is part of Intramuros (within the walls). This served as a defense fortress in the early days. Rizal was imprisoned here before he was executed.
1. Walking in a memorabilia of Rizal's footsteps. It's a representation of his final walk towards his death sentence. Tried counting the footsteps but my husband said 'I could just google it instead'. Hehe! He is such a genius! Oo nga naman!
History meets 21st century. Rizal Park with Binondo (if I'm not mistaken) in the background.
Paalam, sintang lupang tinubuan,
bayang masagana sa init ng araw,
Edeng maligaya sa ami’y pumanaw,
at perlas ng dagat sa dakong Silangan.
Inihahandog ko nang ganap na tuwa
sa iyo yaring buhay na lanta na’t aba;
naging dakila ma’y iaalay rin nga
kung dahil sa iyong ikatitinawa.
"My Last Farewell"
Farewell, my adored Land, region of the sun caress'd,
Pearl of the Orient Sea, our Eden lost,
With gladness I give thee my Life, sad and repress'd;
And were it more brilliant, more fresh and at its best,
I would still give it to thee for thine welfare at most.