We fall in love with Intramuros and its old world charm, as captured by the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
The older I get, the more I realize there’s still so much to explore in my country.
A week before the pandemic hit the country, I was beguiled by Intramuros, the historic walled city, after an afternoon of walking, unfazed by the scorching heat. I spent years completely unaware that an hour-long drive or so would take me to such an enchanting landmark, which makes Manila the one-of-a-kind city that it is. I returned two years later, this time around with the help of a two-hour long guided bike tour with Bambike Ecotours and Samsung.
Entering Intramuros feels like going through a time machine. Heavily influenced by Spanish architecture, the historic area served as the center of Spanish occupation for 400 years. It was home to the wealthiest, most powerful citizens in Manila (well, mostly the Spanish elite and mestizos).
Through the years, the area has been devastated by warfare, fires and even earthquakes, as it was meant to protect the city from foreign invasions; but the walls of Intramuros remain preserved to this day. Having survived the test of time, it paints a picture of our colonial past, a heritage worth commemorating.
As an avid Apple user, especially because of its stellar photography abilities, I have always shied away from using Android smartphones. Getting to test the new Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra while we toured Intramuros completely changed my mind. Apple phones may be popular for shooting portraits, but Samsung smartphones have the ability to shoot landscapes unlike any other brands and models in the market. I was blown away by the incredible attention to color and detail. No filter needed, as they say!
With the famed nightography feature, I’ve challenged myself to shoot more photos at night, too. The photos are clear, crisp, and color is as intense as it is in the daytime.
Planning a tour around Intramuros with friends? Here are some spots to hit up:
Fall in love with Intramuros and its old world charm by booking a guided tour with Bambike Ecoutours. Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes and have the time of your life!
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (starting at P68,990) is available on the official website, as well as Samsung Experience Stores, select authorized Samsung Stores, Lazada, Shopee, Abenson and MemoXpress online.
Photos Elisa Aquino
Art Macky Arquilla