FL leads unveiling of Centro de Turismo in Intramuros

QUEZON CITY, (PIA) – First Lady Maria Louise “Liza” Araneta Marcos led the launching of Centro de Turismo on Sunday, June 9, that will enhance tourism as well as educate the people about the rich history of the Walled City of Manila.

“The Intramuros Tourist Center symbolizes our gateway to the past. It’s a celebration of rich history and a testament to our collective identity,” the First Lady said, as she expressed hope that Centro de Turismo will foster a deeper understanding of the past and ignite a passion for preserving our cultural treasures.

The First Lady is a champion of restoring historic sites to their old glory. 

This comprehensive tourist hub features a museum that offers an immersive experience into the rich history, vibrant present, and sustainable future of Intramuros. 

Exhibits and historical artifacts will take visitors on a journey through the Walled City’s pre-colonial roots, its role as a Spanish colonial center, the devastation of World War II, its ongoing revitalization, and its future development.

The center will also serve as an events space that could cater to various functions and activities.

Centro de Turismo Intramuros was made possible through the support of the Office of the President and the Office of the First Lady, in collaboration with the Department of Tourism, and the Intramuros Administration.

The center is housed at the former site of San Ignacio Church, one of the seven original churches of Intramuros that was renowned for its neoclassical architecture and intricate woodwork. The church was destroyed during the Battle of Manila in 1945.

Intramuros Administrator Atty. Joan Padilla referred to the tourism center as an embodiment of the ideals of San Ignacio (St. Ignatius) who championed education and exploration. 

“This center is not just a place to visit; it is a gateway to understanding and appreciating our rich past and the dynamic possibilities of our future. We see this center opening up new opportunities for Intramuros as a prime tourism destination,” she said.

Centro de Turismo Intramuros will open its doors to the public starting June 12, 2024 in time for the commemoration of the 126th Philippine independence day. 

It will operate daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with free entrance for all. (PIA-NCR)

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