The Museo de San Agustín in Intramuros is probably one of the most visited and memorable museums that Filipinos can relish in. It features some of the most priceless and important ecclesiastical relics and artifacts that the country was able to salvage after the war. The Museo is adjacent the oldest stone church in the country, the Iglesia de San Agustín, a church that was luckily spared by the inhuman and indiscriminate carpet bombing of the Americans and the wild suicide destruction the Japanese engaged in.
These are photos of the 1974 museum inauguration that had no less the Prince-to-be Juan Carlos and his wife, Sofia of the Greek royal lineage as top VIP guests. The inauguration was attended by Manila and the rest of the country’s prominent Spanish families, mestizos, the culturati and the clergy. It was said to be a bittersweet affair as some of the survivors of the War who were Intramuros residents remembered taking refuge in the hallowed walls of the Church of San Agustin.