Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Manila Walk: Plaza San Luis and Memorare-Manila 1945

From the historic San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila, we crossed over to the other side of General Luna Street and went inside Plaza San Luis Complex. It was my first time to visit the place but the moment we step inside, I recognized that it is here where the famous walking tour guide Carlos Celdran took his clients in a travel show I once saw in Living Asia Channel.

 Plaza San Luis is locates along General Luna St., Intramuros, Manila

Plaza San Luis is named after an old barrio in Intramuros and is consists of five replica houses: Casa Blanca, Casa Urdaneta, Los Hidalgos, El Hogar Filipino, and Casa Manila. The houses are built based from the original building plans. Inside the complex are souvenir shops, restaurants, a cafe, a hotel and venues for various events. 

Walking inside Plaza San Luis is a walk back into time as it gives visitors a feel on what Manila is like during the time of the Spaniards. It is also an ideal place for a photoshoot as the structures exude an old world charm effect.

After stepping out of Plaza San Luis, I wanted to get a feel of the cobblestone street outside. I asked my officemate to take this photo while I sit on the street. Incidentally the building casted its shadow on the right half of the frame. So I called this photo "Light and Shade in Intramuros"

We continued with our walk and in Anda Street, right at the back of Manila Cathedral, we saw the Memorare-Manila 1945 monument. 

Its inscription reads:  

"This memorial is dedicated to all those innocent victims of war, many of whom went nameless and unknown to a common grave, or even never knew a grave at all, their bodies having been consumed by fire or crushed to dust beneath the rubble of ruins."

"Let this monument be the gravestone for each and every one of the over 100,000 men, women, children and infants killed in Manila during its battle of liberation, February 3 - March 3, 1945. We have not forgotten them, nor shall we ever forget."

"May they rest in peace as part now of the sacred ground of this city: the Manila of our affections."

The monument was built on February 18, 1995 and is also known as the Shrine of Freedom.

Travel Tips:

1. Plaza San Luis is located along General Luna Street in Intramuros, Manila. It is right across the San Agustin Church
2. Memorare-Manila 1945 monument is in Anda St., a walking distance from the Plaza San Luis and is at the back of Manila Cathedral.

This post concludes my Manila Walk series which are all about the places I visited in Manila during the the months of February and April this year. Click the following links to view my previous posts in this series:


  1. I remember my college days when we draw the San Agustin Church. Na-miss ko tuloy college life :)

  2. I've been to Intramuros several times but not yet tried having a tour on it's vicinities. Thanks for sharing this.

  3. thanks for shareing.



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