Oct 28 2012 11:30 am

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A Day in Manila – Part II

Previous related post: A Day in Manila – Part I

Date: 16 June 2012

It was time for lunch. We managed to contact on old friend, Dr Nasir,  who is attached with the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Manila, and agreed to have lunch together.

Here’s a pic of us soon after the lunch:

(pic courtesy of Dr Nasir)

It was a brief but very exciting meet :) . I had not met Dr Nasir since he left school in 1976, though we managed to keep in touch via Facebook.

When our driver arrived, we had to say goodbye. We were then driven around the nicer part of Manila and DH managed to take some shots of the Manila Cathedral:

 

Another angle:

 

Some description:

 

 

Saw a horse-drive cart:

 

A quick stop (and jump) at the square:

 

 

Final stop, Fort Santiago:

 

Oh, OK, this is the real one:

 

At the outer entrance:

 

Inner entrance:

 

Jose Rizal, a national patriot, was held captive at this fort, hence the shrine dedicated for him:

 

Rizal remains a hero to all Filipinos:

 

Next to the shrine is a prison block where Rizal was kept imprisoned. It is now a museum, with exhibits related to the great man:

 

The entrance to the museum:

 

The actual cell:

 

The cell:

 

Grim reminder:

 

The brick barrack block where Rizal was last imprisoned, prior to his execution:

 

I tried to trace the final footsteps of Rizal’s as he was sent for execution:

 

On the way out of the fort, I came across some interesting figures:

 

After the visit to the fort, we we driven back to Clark, and hence the day outing ended. The following day we took our flight back to Kuala Lumpur :)

 

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