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In the heart of Intramuros, Plaza de Roma looks out onto Manila Cathedral, Ayuntamiento de Manila, and Palacio del Gobernador—seats to early Manila’s civil and religious powers. The Catholic Church and government palaces, in the custom of colonial Spain, became the center to a given city; the closer you were to the center, the greater influence you held in society. Plaza de Roma hosted public events, like bullfights, in the square before it was converted into a garden. A monument of King Charles IV stands at the very center, an arm outstretched in a commanding pose, commemorates him for bringing smallpox vaccine into the Philippines.
Andres Soriano Avenue, Intramuros, Manila City, Metro Manila, Philippines
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