Seeing Intramuros on a kalesa is almost like a ride back in time. There is something very relaxing, hearing the steady clip-clop of the horse’s hooves as old colonial structures slowly blend from one to another. Ironically, it’s almost as though you weren’t in Manila.
Thanks to the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), we had the opportunity to see the walled city last Wednesday, March 30, 2016, on different awesome carriages.
There was a coach similar to Cinderella’s, one with capiz windows, classic carosas, hispanic caruajes, and basically everything you can imagine a horse to be carrying.
Our short trip started at the grand Manila Hotel, passing through the busy intersections, and to head into the stone walls of the walled city. It’s great to see our office from the outside, the Manila Bulletin Publishing Inc, standing proud on the corner of Muralla Street.
From inside the kalesa, we also saw our neighbors—the MAPUA Institute of Technology, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, and Lyceum University of the Philippines—as well as the historic Manila Cathedral and the centuries-old Palacio del Gobernador.
It all ended too quickly at the gardens of Fort Santiago.
But it didn’t without unveiling, for us, a few new things. It’s pretty hard to wrap our minds around the fact that on these very streets, history unfurled. And these ancient walls? They knew too well Jose Rizal and all our other heroes. Etched deep in them, a sense of who we are.
For those who would like to experience seeing the fragments of time at the walled city in its entirety, carriage tour services are exclusively available at Intramuros.