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  1. I really miss you. We really miss you. I wasn’t listening to them, but they’ve proven to me that you really did change after what you did to them. You weren’t doing the right thing, you were ruining it. I never saw you as someone who will use one to have what you want, you were never that.
  2. No matter how many times you guys fail to surprise me on my birthdays, I’ll love you still. You guys are my birthday wishes every year and showing your faces is more than enough for me. Thank you for giving me more than that this time.
  3. My fears came to reality after realizing the current state of our friendship. You know we both hate those ‘1-year friendships’ and why does it feel like we are having one?
  4. You’ve been so inconsiderate about this whole moving-in thing and I’m still trying to comprehend you, but please just this time, do something that you know will be worth it. Don’t be such a stuck-up, bad-wise girl.
  5. Don’t act like you’re okay. I’m somehow guilty because of what happened but if you won’t talk, the burden will always be there.

(credits // photo: weheartit.com | dear you: callherhollywood.tumblr.com)

Historical Trip: Baluartes

Series 2 of Bea and I’s Intramuros trip. These has got to be my favorites out of all the attractions we saw. We were lucky to see these baluartes with very few people around—yes, only the two of us with Kuya Jordan and his son and very very few tourists.

By the way, I searched for the English equivalent of the Spanish word ‘baluarte’ because we didn’t have an idea what it meant (even on the whole course of the trip), all we know is, baluarte is a place for cannons and other artilleries. Anyway, baluarte means ‘rampart' or 'bastion' in English, or the walls that protect a town/city. I now know why it's called the Walled City.

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Baluarte de San Francisco de Dilao (free). Built in 1592 then renovated in 1622 to prevent threats and further invasions.

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Baluarte de San Andres (free). Built in the early 1600s. Those are the underground prisons that can’t be entered.

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Baluarte de San Diego (P100 with 50% discount for students). Built in 1586. This was our most favorite baluarte out of all the ones we saw. Will have a detailed post for this baluarte.

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No. 1 Victoria Street (not allowed to be visited). This was the headquarters of General Douglas MacArthur, and was abandoned in 1941 during the retreat of the Fil-Am forces to Bataan and Corregidor.

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Baluarte de Santa Barbara (P75 for non-students, P50 for students). The baluarte inside Fort Santiago.

We saw a total of 5 baluartes—other still intact, others destroyed. I was left in awe when I saw these ramparts that took part in our country’s defeats and victories dating years ago (though they’re not really preserved that well). It’s just so bad the underground prisons weren’t allowed to be visited. I would kill to go inside those prisons.

Historical Trip: Intramuros

My Intramuros post will be divided into several posts and this will just be a general one for the places that didn’t correspond to any category.

Our original plan was to tour it by feet (I know we’re fools) bec obviously we had no I idea how big Intramuros is. Good thing we were so tired from walking around the National Musuem, we just agreed to take Kuya Jordan’s offer. 

The pedicab offer of Kuya Jordan at P200 per 30 minutes

The whole tour made us see the things I expected to see—ruins, old houses, sculptures, churches and old streets.

a. abandoned and old establishments

The original campus of the Philippine Military Academy from 1904 then eventually moving to the now Baguio campus 4 years later

An abandoned museum

b. Real Street

The Vigan feels

The cobble stone house that is full of shops

Interior of one of the shops

Casa Manila Museum sign

Bea and I hesitated to enter at first because it had an entrance fee but the staff told us we can view the little garden for free

and so we did

Very Spanish but I remembered Letters to Juliet when I saw this house, idk why

Because we didn’t have anyone with us, the only choice we had were selfies but we were failing at it. A woman in her late 50s touring a foreigner was kind enough to take our picture with that fountain as our background, it turned out she was the manager of the museum.

c. Manila Cathedral Sculptures

St. Peter

La Pieta’s replica

Team Secretary’s meeting for the upcoming academic year last July 4 at Coffee Avenue. We mainly talked about the events for the first week (majority of which were for the freshmen) up to all the events for the first semester. It’s gonna be a busy year for me!

PS: I’m gonna be posting queued posts like this one until we get our wi-fi here at the dorm. I probably just got home from my PE class as this one is posted & I’m sorry for the unreplied messages, I’m gonna check everything when I get home. Happy week everyone!

HISTORICAL TRIP: NATIONAL MUSEUM

I don’t remember anything about the National Museum having more than 7 galleries… and because we were not prepared for that, our feet were dead tired half the viewing.

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They’re renovating some parts of it I think

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The side part of the Museum of the Filipino People which looks very European

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The interior of the main gallery made me feel like I was inside manor. It was actually the old session hall of the House of the Representatives during the 1920s

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My favorite, the Spoliarium by Juan Luna

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My favorite thing about paintings is their watermark like this one. I appreciate the watermark more because it’s their branding. It’s amazing to think it’s really the painter’s handwriting

Now, to the galleries:
Gallery I – religious art of the 17th-19th centuries which houses this structure which I believe was the facade of the Church of San Nicolas de Tolentino in Bohol.

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Gallery II – the paintings of Esteban Villanueva about the Bisa Revolt in Ilocos

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Gallery III – majority of the paintings in this gallery were of Juan Luna’s. An example is this painting called “Maria de la Paz”

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Gallery IV – works of 19th century Filipino sculptors

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Gallery V – mostly Philippine presidents and politicians by Guillermo Tolentino. Here’s my favorite, Ferdinand Marcos

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Gallery VI – the last part of “The Progress of Medicine in the Philippines” by Carlos Francisco

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Gallery VII – paintings of Old Manila

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Gallery VIII – least favorite gallery because the paintings were abstract. The paintings and their titles confused me

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Gallery IX – another work of Juan Luna, and a personal favorite of mine, “The Parisian Life”

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Gallery X – interior of the last gallery we entered

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Till next time!

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