Casa Manila is one of the most popular tourist spots in Intramuros. It’s opposite the San Agustin Church and is a replica of Spanish colonial mansion of 19th century Manila. It recreates the rich merchant’s way during the Spanish colonization, showcasing period furniture coming from Chinese, European, and Philippine origins.
There are a total of 3 floors inside the area. On the ground floor, you’ll see the main entry gate called Puerta Principal. It is made of heavy wood. Upon opening, you’ll see the corridor called Zaguan in which carriages, more called as carruajes, can proceed to the PATIO and deposit their passengers.
The patio of Casa Manila has a granite pavement surrounded with beautiful flowers. It also has a big fountain and windows creating sunlight.
You can also see the stable or Caballariza, where the owner’s carriages were parked. It’s a sign of luxury, and having a bigger carriage means having a higher social status.
On the first floor, you can see the office or Oficina, library or Biblioteca, and safe or Caja de Hiero wherein important things were kept. You can also see some of the bedrooms here. Also known as Dormitorios, the rooms here are only used for siesta time.
Lastly, on the third floor, you’ll see the anteroom or Antesala, where the families take their snacks or merienda, play games and smoke. Next room is the living room, or also known as the Sala. It’s made of hardwood with a spacious floor. Windows were kept open to block the sunlight and to allow the free flow of fresh air.
There’s also a prayer room or Oratorio for the Catholic family and bedrooms for the complete family.
Casa Manila is located at Plaza San Luis Complex, Cor. Real & Gen. Luna Sts. Intramuros, Manila. It is easily reachable by jeepney or taxi, make sure to tell your driver to drop you off at the cultural landmark.
An all-year round destination, Casa Manila is open from 9 AM to 6 PM. Take note that
You have to pay a minimal fee to enter Casa Manila. Take note that students, teachers, and senior citizens have a discount.