6th March 1951
Ex Royal Navy base Fort Santiago was declared a National Shrine
Fort Santiago was declared a National Shrine in memory of Filipinos who had been imprisoned and lost their lives there.
During the Spanish rule, Fort Santiago was used as prison and many Filipinos suspected of rebellion, including Dr. Jose Rizal were held there.
Fort Santiago was captured by the British in 1762 and served as a base of operations for the Royal Navy until April of 1764.
The fort sustained heavy damage from American bombs and shells during the Battle for Manila in 1945. It was later restored by the Intramuros Administration during the 1980s.