On This Day . . .
On our second day in Manila, March 6, 2018, we took a private tour around the Manila area. Our first stop was at the Sarao Jeepney Factory, where these vehicles were rebuilt and customized. Jeepneys were originally made from U.S. military jeeps left over from World War II. The word jeepney is likely a portmanteau word – a combination of "jeep" and "jitney".
Our next stop was at The Las Piñas Bamboo Organ in St. Joseph Parish Church in Las Piñas City, Philippines. It is a 19th-century church organ with unique organ pipes; they are made almost entirely of bamboo. It was completed in 1824 by Father Diego Cera, the builder of the town's stone church and its first resident Catholic parish priest.
We then returned to the main city to visit the Rizal shrine. Rizal was the liberator of the people from the Spanish. From there we went to Fort Santiago. Fort Santiago is a citadel first built by Spanish conquistador, Miguel López de Legazpi for the new established city of Manila in the Philippines. The defense fortress is part of the structures of the walled city of Manila referred to as Intramuros.
After a stop at the National Museum, it was back to the ship and another beautiful sail away out of the harbor.