I spent my last days in The Philippines exploring Manila, the most interesting of which was Intramuros. It’s the old part built in the Spanish walled-city style.
I enjoyed how faded the area looked. Somehow none of the buildings in the area looked very restored at all.
The decay reminded me of the faded decadence of Havana.
To me, the highlight of Intramuros was the San Agustin Church, supposedly the oldest church building in The Philippines. Its baroque facade was beautiful despite the decay and overcast day.
The interior was even more breathtaking with its domed ceiling and trompe l’oeil paintings. It’s amazing that this cathedral is still in daily use.
There were other nooks in the place with more beautiful decorations, like this side chapel.
What impressed me most was the area towards the back of the cathedral, where the organ was.
See the huge music books on the stands? There were four of them.
While not illuminated to the degree where it’ll be a treasure to be kept behind glass, these music books showed the art and incredible workmanship involved. Beautiful.