In one of my classes in graduate school, the instructor asked us to go to Intramuros.
Intramuros, or “within the walls,” was the seat of the government established in the Philippines by Spain, which colonized the archipelago from the 1500s to the 1800s.
During that period, Intramuros alone was considered Manila. Now, it is just a part of one of Manila’s six districts.
“This trip is designed to give you the opportunity to revisit history so that you can undertake a critical reflection of colonialism’s disruptive impact on Filipino culture and consciousness,” the instructor, Johnathan Rondina, said. (Note: His name is really spelled that way)
He added: “You need to open your eyes and ears to the silent revelations of the past, to the quiet murmur of things forgotten, and to the echoes of heroes’ voices muted by the passing of the years.”
This slideshow contains photos of our class’ trip to Intramuros, Manila: