My tour of Fort Santiago did not disappoint me. For those who also have a passion for visiting old fortresses and castles, must take the time to see Fort Santiago also.
This historical and beautiful defense fortress was built by Spanish conquistadors in 1571. During World War II when Japan had control of this territory, this Filipino fortress served as a torture chamber for both American and Filipino soldiers.
There are even rumors of ghosts dwelling around in the chamber. During the Battle for Manila, American bombs almost fully destroyed the Fort of Santiago. However, this fortress was restored after the war.
The Monastery of Saint Agustin in the Philippines is known for the values and missions stemming from the church.
The church has demonstrated their care to the libraries, missionary work, and even established a historic printing press in the convent. Many saints have come from the monastery including Clare of Montefalco, Johyn of Sahagun, Rita of Cascia, Thomas of Villanova, Stefano Bellesini, and Nicholas of Tolentino.
The Pope has visited the monastery and this is an amazing place to worship and go to mass. Any catholic should experience one evening or day in mass at this church. The cathedral is amazing and you will see some of the most educated Catholics.