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22nd February 2015, 12:04
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We humans always have the habit of preserving something from the past, to ensure that the future generation would get a glimpse of it, of what it was like living from the old days. This is part of our instinct. Every country has preserved something, even the most littlest artifact (such as an old coin) as a memoir of how the preceding lived out their lives. The country Philippines is no exception. There are lots of Philippine historical buildings in every part of the country. But there are the main ones that really stand out. The buildings that have stood for years, even before the Spaniards, Americans, and Japanese have colonized the country, and thereafter. Here are some:

Malacaņang Palace

The Palace is built during the 1500s and is located in San Miguel, Metro Manila. It has a Spanish Colonial style to it which shows that the building was built during the Spanish era. This is where the previous and incumbent Philippine Presidents reside during their presidential term.
Rizal Shrine

Located in Intramuros, Manila, the Shrine holds Jose Rizal’s memorabilia. It is also where Rizal lived his last days before he was shot to death. This is the site where he wrote his last piece of work entitled “Mi Ultimo Adios” r “The Last Farewell.

This city doesn’t seem to have changed over the years. Visit this place and you’ll see how well-preserved the buildings are! It has Spanish colonial buildings and the place would definitely take you back to the Spanish era! Vigan still has the Kalesa (Horse drawn Carriage), which is an old mode of transportation of early Filipinos. The cobblestoned pathways and the decent, remarkable buildings will surely take your breath away.

This is located in Manila Bay. It served as a headquarters for the Allied Filipino and American Forces against the invasion of the Japanese army during World War II. The big guns used during the war are still preserved inside the building, as well as war memorabilia. The place also served as a hospital and food storage. Corregidor is also known as “the Rock”.
Zapote Bridge

The bridge connects Las Piņas and Bacoor. This is where the battle between the Filipinos and Americans during the Filipino-American war took place on February 16, 1897. Monuments have been built and the bridge has been well-preserved.
Basilica minore del Santo Niņo

This is the oldest Roman Catholic Church ever built in the Philippines, 1565. It is located in Cebu City. It is said that the spot where the church was built is the site where the image of Santo Niņo was found by Spanish Explorer Miguel de Legazpi. This is the same image that Ferdinand Magellan offered Rajah Humabon’s (early warrior/leader of a tribe in Cebu before it was Christianized by Magellan) wife, which served as a gift after Humabon was baptized and Christianized. The image was later named as “the symbol of birth and growth of Christianity in the Philippines”

These are just some of the many historical buildings and artifacts that represent the rich history of the Philippines. The names mentioned above have stood through time and are still very well-preserved.

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