As most of us know, Philippines is rich in culture and history. Aside from the most common talked about sites around the Philippines that showcase the nice beaches and so on and so forth, there are places that you need to know and probably might get you attention.
These are historical landmarks and by “landmark” we mean a prominent structure in a specific place that remembers you to the year way back and known for its significance. If you are historically inclined, then this list is for you. If you are a first time traveller in the Philippines, I am inviting you to read and have a guide for historical landmarks in the Philippines.
Corregidor Island is probably on one of the most important and significant landmark in the Philippines. Largest of the 5 islands that guarded the entrance to Manila Bay. It became the place for combat zone between the Japanese army against the Filipino and American allied forces years ago. When you visit the island, there are structures there that are left unrecovered. This was because of the World War II. The old buildings were left from the damage of the war and it also became a tourist destination from different travel agencies who can offer a day tour.
In this place, many Filipino and American soldiers died. Sites than you can take pictures are at Pacific War Memorial, Malinta Tunnel, Filipino Heroes Memorial, Japanese Garden of Peace, and the Corregidor Lighthouse.
2. Rizal Shrine – Hero’s Home
Situated in Calamba, Laguna. Rizal Shrine is the birthplace of the Philippines’ national hero who is Jose Rizal. However, if you wish to visit the house of the country’s hero, expect that it is just a replica of it. The original house was destroyed in the time of the World War II. Even then, many Filipinos visit the shrine because they want to know where their hero has been molded and grown.
This is dedicated to him and all his courageous writings, books, and novels used during the Spanish time. Even the black coat worn by the hero at this execution. This is also where he spent his last night before his execution and spent every minute with the family.
- Jose Rizal Shrine Calamba
- Mercado, Calamba, Laguna, Philippines
The walled city in the Spanish times. It came from the Latin word “Within the walls” The oldest district in Manila. Let’s take back to the years before when Philippines was under the Spanish colony. Intramuros in the year 1600’s was the center of political, religious, and military organizations actively. If you wish to have a tour here in Intramuros, you can walk or take a Kalesa ride to enjoy the pleasure of sightseeing without having to walk under the heat of the sun nowadays.
Here you will find the Fort Santiago, Manila Cathedral, UST, and the San Agustin Church. There are lots of structures within and near the sites that are rich in history. What is most attractive is the 3-mile long rock surfaces which are large and the stockade which draws people’s curiosity.
4. Fort Santiago
Built by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi as a defensive fortress to protect Manila. It is also where Jose Rizal was imprisoned before his execution. Not only Jose Rizal but others Filipinos as well. Now you will find that most of the areas and other buildings are preserved for people to have a memorable tour in its historical story.
Don’t miss out the dungeons inside the prison for you to appreciate what it’s like years before when colonization is at its best and imprisonment and punishment are everywhere. War and the like. There is also a pond and inside it is what I have mentioned which is the Rizal Shrine. The remaining area of Fort Santiago has been made to a beautiful park made for picnics and walks.
- Fort Santiago
- Intramuros, Manila, City of Manila, Philippines
5. Tubabao Island
Located in the town of Guiuan, Tubabao Island. The story of “White Russians,” this was the place or as history has told that Tubabao Island was then a refugee camp for about 5,000 Russian refugees. That was year 1949 because of the civil war. The reason why? Those people stayed in the Philippines to escape from communist rule in Shanghai, China.
They stayed in the Philippines and after everything was fine, they flew to United States and some in Australia. Some got even married on the small island and had feasts there. They welcomed the island as a home and the people there made efforts for them to feel them as home too.
I wonder if you are amazed by the stories that were a great impact to the historical landmarks in the Philippines. It is filled with history of hope, sacrifice, and gratitude. It is within these stories that these structures were built and until now remain a memory. Philippines will always have these to tell. Tell the people of colonization, welcoming a new part of history, freedom, and more. Visit the country and tell us what you think.