Friday, June 24, 2005


In, 1571, the Spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legaspi ordered Martin de Goiti to conquer the kingdom of Rajah Soliman. Upon the rajah's defeat, legaspi founded the city of Manila.

Manila's first municipal board was organized on June 24, 1571. but only in 1595 was the city granted a coat of arms and formally declared the capital of the Philippines.

To secure Manila from invaders, Gomez Perez Dasmarinas ordered to fortify the whole city with a stone wall. The building was supervized by a Jesuit priest, Antonio Sadeno. The massive wall was completed in the 1600s, and city within the walls was called Intramuros, from the Latin Intra or "inside" and muros "wall".

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