And though I lived in Manila for years, I can only remember a few times I was there. A few times....like one-two-three, mostly to attend weddings at the San Agustin Church and Manila Cathedral.
But early this year, as I had a free afternoon before I flew back to Seoul, I joined Carlos Celdran's Walk This Way tour of Intramuros.
Carlos brought me (and a few other tourists) back in time as we toured the place on foot and on calesas, recounting on how it all began and how it became to be. His storytelling was well-researched, funny and witty.
I have been living in Seoul for years now, and that afternoon spent in the walled city of Intramuros was one of the most interesting I have spent at home in a long time.
Though Carlos' tour reminded me of Intramuros' history, the afternoon reminded me on how much I missed Manila.
Manila is not all traffic, hot weather and typhoons. It has an interesting side, too.