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Then and Now – Puerta de Santa Lucia

Posted by BCS on October 21, 2008

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Puerta de Santa Lucia in 1900 - Photo courtesy of the University of Michigan Library (http://www.lib.umich.edu/)

Puerta de Santa Lucia (Photo taken on September 27, 2008)

Puerta de Santa Lucia (Photo taken on September 27, 2008)

According to the Intramuros Administration website, Puerta de Santa Lucia was:

“Built in 1603, this gate has two side chambers, one with steps leading to a dungeon-like cell that served as a septic tank. It led directly to Malecon Drive, a popular promenade ground, through a cobblestone bridge which was excavated and restored by IA.”

Puerta de Santa Lucia (Photo taken on September 27, 2008)

Puerta de Santa Lucia (Photo taken on September 27, 2008)

On my way to this gate, with a print out of an old map of Intramuros in my hand, I couldn’t stop myself from wondering if this gate still exists as I’ve never been to that area before… or so I thought.

But my map led me to an area which was quite familiar to me…

My wife and I had been there before! That was before we got married… when Senator Richard Gordon was still Secretary of Tourism… when “WOW Philippines” was (in my opinion) at its best… when the area around Puerta de Santa Lucia was bustling with life and activity…

Sadly, it’s now a ghost town…

The huge white tent that’s presently occupying the site of the original Ateneo de Manila is now dark and quiet.

Clam Shell Tent (Photo taken on September 27, 2008)

Clam Shell Tent (Photo taken on September 27, 2008)

The ruins of the church across it are now closed to the public (not that there’s anything left in it to see but it used to be the venue of Bonzai exhibits)… and the statues in front of it have been defaced.

Church Ruins (Photo taken on September 27, 2008)

Church Ruins (Photo taken on September 27, 2008)

The streets are now dead quiet, whereas before it was impossible for one to move about without brushing one’s shoulders with those of others.

Note on the use of the old photograph:

From the University of Michigan Library website:

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2 Responses to “Then and Now – Puerta de Santa Lucia”

  1. carlota said

    ang laki pa la ng intramuros. dream destination ko rin ito.. aheheheh.. thanks for the pictures.. hanggang tingin lang ako for now.. weee

  2. BCS said

    Yes, it’s huge! Fort Santiago is a part of it… a small part at that (my rough estimate would be around 5 to 10 percent of Intramuros’s total land area). Several schools are situated inside it… the Lyceum of the Philippines, the Mapua Institute of Technology, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, and the Manila High School (if I’m not mistaken). To add to that, there are several churches also, most notable of which are the Manila Cathedral and the San Agustin Church. Also situated in it is the headquarters of Manila Bulletin.

    In the past, the word/name “Manila” referred ONLY to the area bounded by the walls… Intramuros at that time WAS the City of Manila and the areas outside of it were called suburbs.

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