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Intramuros Tourist Center opens to promote PH cultural heritage

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The Department of Tourism (DOT) rallied behind First Lady Louise Araneta-Marcos’ latest cultural tourism project, the Intramuros Tourist Center.

“The Intramuros Tourist Center symbolizes our gateway to the past,” First Lady Marcos said, underscoring its role in celebrating Manila’s rich history and fostering a sense of national identity.

She said the center “tells the stories of our ancestors and provides a welcoming space for Filipinos to reconnect with their heritage.”

Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco acknowledged the First Lady’s initiative as a key step towards establishing a world-class Philippine tourism experience.

“The Intramuros Tourist Center represents our commitment to preserving and sharing the unique cultural heritage of Manila,” Frasco said.

The center is housed within the ruins of San Ignacio Church, one of seven original churches in Intramuros. Destroyed during World War II, the church has been given a new life through an adaptive reuse initiative.

The project, funded by the Office of the President and spearheaded by the First Lady, signifies a major milestone in preserving Manila’s cultural heritage.

The center offers a comprehensive look at Intramuros’ past, from the pre-colonial era to the Spanish colonial period as the seat of government, and its ongoing development.

Visitors can gain a deeper understanding of the Walled City’s significance through historical exhibits and archaeological finds displayed alongside the Museo de Intramuros’ collection.

Frasco said the center is dedicated to enriching the visitor experience. The immersive museum takes visitors on a cultural journey through Philippine history, showcasing the indigenous cultures that flourished in the region.

The center will also be integrated into the existing Hop-On-Hop-Off Manila- Cultural Hub, allowing visitors to conveniently explore Intramuros and other historical sites. The center also serves as a dynamic information hub.

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