San Agustin Catholic Church
General Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila

And this is it. I have been thinking about starting a blog about this for a long time already and have seriously thought about actually starting one up just about a month ago. I have checked similarly themed blogs already. I thought I can try managing one too. So, Welcome and enjoy!

The thing with such themed blogs is, things may go wild if limits aren’t set or aren’t clear. I have chosen to blog about the entire Metro Manila instead of only Manila. 16 cities are sure more fun than just 1. Besides, the other cities are less represented in the web. I usually work around Makati and Manila area though so the bulk of the pics will usually be of these cities.

Now regarding today’s photo, I used San Agustin Catholic Church on the first post for a number of reasons:

1) It is located within the colonial boundaries of Old Manila, which is Intramuros.

2) In this old center, San Agustin (1607) survived earthquakes after earthquakes, and the sole structure that survived the American-Japanese demolition of Intramuros in WWII (1945). No other existing church in the Philippines is older than San Agustin Church.

3) Up to this day, it is a tourist magnet, a favorite among locals and visitors. In fact, it is among the four Baroque churches in the Philippine Archipelago recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site (1993).

4) These churches, aside from performing their religious duties, serve as fortresses for uprisings, rebellions and even pirate raids and are designed to withstand the notorious earthquakes of the so-called Pacific RIng of Fire. More info regarding the UNESCO inscription here

5) The image was taken early this year which indicates that more often than not, my next entries’ city images will not be the freshest most of the time. I figured that it can’t be so bad. And I can always write notes.

The gray structure on the side of the surviving belfry is the entrance to the Agustinian museum. It was converted from an old convent.

The huge amount of people in the picture is the usual Catholic crowd during a string of red letter days called Holy Week. Among them are the deeply religious ones, the ones who perpetuate the act for the sake of following a tradition, and the recent group who take the opportunity to see cultural stuff they don’t get to encounter much on a regular work/school day.

By the way, I’m no pro, but sure do enjoy walking around and taking photographs. I love the metro, and I am having a great time doing this blog of sorts. I hope you will enjoy this blog as well.