By Analou De Vera
Tourists may further experience the rich history of the Walled City of Intramuros in Manila through the new tour program launched on Wednesday.
“Visita Intramuros” was launched by the Manila Hotel in partnership with the Intramuros Administration. The Manila Hotel said the new tour program “is in line with the direction of the Department of Tourism (DOT) to strengthen cultural tourism by expanding the tourism products and engaging a specific market to increase revenue.”
“Partnerships, such as this, are testimonies that the successful partnership of the private and public sectors is imperative to preserve and promote our heritage,” it added.
Manila Hotel President Joey Lina said there are many important events in Intramuros that tourists should know.
“Nandyan ang Fort Santiago at iba pang makasaysayang lugar na dapat malaman ng mga Pilipino at mga banyaga na gustong malaman ang pusod ng kasaysayan ng ating bansa [There is Fort Santiago and other historical places that Filipinos should learn as well as foreigners who are interested to know the history of our country],” said Lina during the program’s press launch at the Manila Hotel.
“Kaya minabuti ng Manila Hotel na makipag-kooperasyon sa Intramuros Administration para maging sentro ng turismo ang naturang makasaysayang lugar. Mabalikan natin ang mga importanteng pangyayari sa Intramuros [The Manila Hotel to engage Intramuros Administration in a cooperation to make this historic area a center of tourism. This will also enable everyone to revisit the important events in Intramuros],” he added.
“This Visita Intramuros is a good way of attracting people. This is a place where lots of historical events happened that led our lives as a Filipino nation,” he said.
Under the program, the tour features the following attractions: Fort Santiago, Casa Manila, Baluarte de San Diego, Bahay Tsinoy, and the Destilera Limtuaco Museum.
Tourism Assistant Secretary Roberto Alabado III said that the DOT welcomed this initiative as it strengthens the cultural tourism within the historic walled city.
“When we go to these areas, we are actually looking at the past of the Philippines… We have so many important historical figures just in this small area of the Philippines,” he said.
Parties interested in the tour program may place their booking with the concierge department of the Manila Hotel.