Saturday, December 09, 2017

Rizal Shrine Museum, Fort Santiago

The last time I visited this museum was nine years ago. We are newly wed and  the hubby was my tour guide because he teaches "The Life and Works of Rizal" and can probably teach it with his eyes closed.

This time he served as the tour guide with running commentary to his niece and her fiance who were curious to learn more about our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal.  

The museum seems smaller as certain sections were being renovated but it was still a nice (re)visit as it was cooler inside the air conditioned premises. A welcome break from the scorching sun and uncomfortable humidity, outside.

As I was reading the tableaux with the information about Rizal's life, this middle aged woman came near me and was talking loudly to her companion and told her 'ito Tita mga anak ni Rizal, marami siya mga anak'.  

I was aghast and couldn't control myself I had to say something to correct this misinformation. I told her 'hindi po mga anak ni Rizal mga yan, marami po siyang mga kapatid hindi mga anak'. She goes 'ah ganoon ba? Ohh Tita mga kapatid pala niya ito hindi mga anak'

I don't know if she was ignorant or perhaps wasn't listening to her teachers when she was in school but misinformation is like fake news and it shouldn't be tolerated, condoned nor justified, at all.

Friday, December 01, 2017

Intramuros: Fort Santiago

I believe it is imperative for a citizen of any country to know about their rich historical past. As well as the heroes (both men and women) who fought valiantly (either through the power of the pen or the mighty sword) for them to enjoy their rights as a freedom loving population of a democratic nation.

One of my favorite things to do is to visit museums so I can get a broader sense of its history and how it has evolved through the years to its current state.

So I was really glad when Dong's nieces suggested we visit Intramuros (the Walled City) because it proves they too are keen on acquainting themselves with our glorious and significant past.

Manila Cathedral

It was early Sunday morning but the sun was already blazing. The high humidity level sent beads of sweat rolling down my haggard face and my back as we explored on foot. Entrance fee to Fort Santiago is 75 pesos/ adults.

Fort Santiago Entrance

The Rizal Shrine Museum inside Fort Santiago deserves a separate post ... so to be continued ... also it is time for me to exercise. =)

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Pico De Loro, Nasugbu Batangas

Three hectic weeks went by and now my sister-in-law and her family are back in the US. It was fun filled as we showed them around Metro Manila which according to them has changed a lot naturally since they have been away for 20+ years.

On November 15 after a quick lunch at Tagaytay, we proceeded to Pico de Loro in Nasugbu, Batangas. We were billeted at the Pico Sands Hotel just for an overnight stay but we had so much fun.  =)