The Intramuros Administration is opening Fort Santiago’s dungeon doors to the public. Visitors can explore the historical site from 2 pm to 10pm every day. The entrance fee costs P75 for adults and P50 for students, senior citizens, and persons with disability (PWD).
Meanwhile, newly- appointed Intramuros Administration (IA) head Atty. Guiller B. Asido revealed that more areas will be seen by the public once the rehabilitation work of Fort Santiago is fully completed. Its improvement is funded by the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), also a member of the DOT.
Fort Santiago was a fortified area built in the early 1500s by the Spanish government during the colonization of Manila, as part of Intramuros, also known as the walled city. It also served as a storage vault and a prison cell for activists and the political resistance, imprisoning Jose Rizal before his public execution.
The area was also used during the World War II for grim purposes – the Japanese occupation kept soldiers and political prisoners in the dungeons to torture and execute.