From Manila Cathedral, we walked a few blocks to another historic site, the San Agustin Church, still in Intramuros. San Agustin is the oldest stone church in Manila, and is one of four Filipino baroque churches in the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Out of several visits to the church, it was the first time I noticed the Chinese stone lions that guard the church’s entrance, which I found peculiar at first. Upon searching through the internet, I found out that these stone lions were gifts from Catholic-converts among the Chinese.
After strolling inside the church and at the courtyard, we crossed the street into Casa Manila, a reconstructed stone house recreating the atmosphere of Spanish colonial Manila through the home of an ilustrado. A fee is asked for those who would want to explore the insides of the home. Instead, we just lounged for a bit at the coffee shop for pasta and coffee before proceeding with our walk.