Restoration work is being done on the old walled city of Intramuros in Manila, built over three hundred years ago by the Spaniards.
GV PAN Walls under repair in Manila.
CU PULL BACK TO GV Gate to old city.
GV Damaged masonry and repair materials. (2 SHOTS)
GV military bastions. (3 SHOTS)
GV PAN Man with spade standing over military excavations. (2 SHOTS)
GV San Augustin Church. (2 SHOTS)
SV Still picture of tank crashing through walls.
GV Men repairing walls. (3 SHOTS)
CU PULL BACK GV PAN Bulldozer.
SV Men carrying building block.
GV PAN Damaged building in old city. (5 SHOTS)
GV ZOOM CU Still of Isabel Gate.
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Background: Restoration work is being done on the old walled city of Intramuros in Manila, built over three hundred years ago by the Spaniards. Under the direction of Mrs. Imelda Marcos, wife of the country's president, Ferdinand, work is progressing steadily, although it could take up to ten years to complete. The Intramuros is in the heart of Manila, beside the city's Pasig River, and the crumbling walls and military fortifications cover a large area. Over the centuries, the Intramuros has survived many invasions. The greatest damage, however, was caused during the second world war when American troops had to blast their way in to defeat the Japanese. One of the few buildings in the walled city to escape ruin was the San Augustin Church, completed in 1606. It is one of the oldest buildings in the Intramuros. The government hopes to eventually restore some of the many damaged buildings in the walled city, but is currently hindered by a lack of funds. As well as being a possible tourist attraction, the government of President Marcos believes the Intramuros will give the Filipinos a better idea of their colonial past under Spanish rule.