Museo de Intramuros: Bridging Today’s Youth with Yesterday’s History

Before it’s grand opening this May 2nd, I had the privilege to check it out in advance. Alongside other museum enthusiasts, a special tour will be given to us for us to fully grasp the idea on the artifacts inside Museo de Intramuros.

I hail a cab that will take me to Anda Street, where Museo de Intramuros is located. Just by looking at the golden haze outside the window, I kind of know that it’s going to be a humid day. I am wearing this blue oversized cotton striped shirt—thank heavens. I don’t want to sweat my way inside the hallways of the museum.

We pass by a few places that I frequent to when I was younger. It’s funny how painful memories can be. The past is something we cannot escape from, no matter how long it has been. It’s so fitting with what I will be doing later.

By 1:30, I notice the cab slowly turn right— into one of Intramuros’ gates. Further north is Manila Cathedral where we will take another right until we reach the doors of Museo de Intramuros.

Uncovering Eden - Museo de Intramuros Manila

Museo de Intramuros’ facade is clear white with a few burnt sienna linings on its windows. The door is what I expect a medieval door would look like—large and sturdy block of wood.

Inside, about five ushers ask me to write into their log book. One hands me a pamphlet of Museo de Intramuros with a specialized Beep card we can use for commuting.

Uncovering Eden - Museo de Intramuros Manila

After a few minutes, we are asked to stand in a circle—signal that the tour will finally commence.

Part of the tour is discussing Museo de Intramuros’ construction, which dates back in 2009. At first, you will think this museum will house the rich history of Intramuros, but it actually is an Ecclesiastical exhibit.

Levels 1 and 2 house religious artifacts, mostly coming from different areas in the Philippines.

Uncovering Eden - Museo de Intramuros Manila

Uncovering Eden - Museo de Intramuros Manila

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Uncovering Eden - Museo de Intramuros Manila

Uncovering Eden - Museo de Intramuros Manila

Uncovering Eden - Museo de Intramuros Manila

Uncovering Eden - Museo de Intramuros Manila

Uncovering Eden - Museo de Intramuros Manila

Uncovering Eden - Museo de Intramuros Manila

Uncovering Eden - Museo de Intramuros Manila

Uncovering Eden - Museo de Intramuros Manila

A few particular paintings have Filipino trademarks in it.

Uncovering Eden - Museo de Intramuros Manila

And some have distinct usage and continuity of color making different artworks look coherent with each other.

Uncovering Eden - Museo de Intramuros Manila

Uncovering Eden - Museo de Intramuros Manila

Uncovering Eden - Museo de Intramuros Manila

On the third level, though still in progress, gives us a glimpse of the colorful history of Intramuros and where it is heading. As I walk with the tour guide, along the mint green hallway, I cannot help but ask him, “What are the plans for Intramuros?” He said that their goal is to get the attention of the youth. And to make Intramuros the next creative hub.

Uncovering Eden - Museo de Intramuros Manila

Uncovering Eden - Museo de Intramuros Manila

Uncovering Eden - Museo de Intramuros Manila

Uncovering Eden - Museo de Intramuros Manila

Uncovering Eden - Museo de Intramuros Manila

Uncovering Eden - Museo de Intramuros Manila

It is not impossible to rejuvenate and revive the grandeur of Intramuros. We, as citizens, should also lend a hand in disseminating the news of projects like this. I, too, must be more active. And to be frank, I want to oblige myself to participate more often. It’s the least I could do for our country.

Museo de Intramuros is having their grand opening on May 2. Uncover the history and help shape the future.