The first hall we stopped at included a number of icons/statutes from the church, this beautiful carving was bought over from Spain for the church.
I'm not a religious person at all, but there are some places I've traveled which give me something I eloquently like to describe as the "bad feels" - I got the bad feels at Hoa Lo Prison (the Hanoi Hilton) in Vietnam and Seodaemun Prison in Korea and something about Fort Santiago gave me the same bad feels. It's the feeling you get when you know some terrible things have happened somewhere and there's some bad energy or something in the area.
When you first enter Fort Santiago, you're greeted by some bleak sites, like the prison cell above. However there is also a beautiful garden area with lots of seats and although there are lots of tourists (both Filipinos and Foreigners) its a lot calmer than the streets of Intramuros outside the walls of the Fort.
Jose Rizal who was a Filipino Nationalist who was executed by the Spanish near the end of their colonial rule of The Philippines for rebellion. He wasn't in fact involved in the planning of a rebellion or fighting, but his writings inspired revolution in The Philippines.
There was a mock up of Rizal in the cell where he was held and you could follow his steps to the place where he was executed.
Behind the horse and carriage you can see the Filipino flag being taken down for the day (definitely time to make our way back to the hotel!)