Hollywood-like sign in Batangas will teach tourists about geography, says Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles

Inquirer.net reports that Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles defended Batangas Governor Vilma Santo-Recto’s proosal to mount a giant "Batangas" sign on Taal Volcano. The archbishop issued several statements supporting the idea via a phone interview last Friday, October 21.

Inquirer.net reports that Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles defended Batangas Governor Vilma Santo-Recto’s proosal to mount a giant "Batangas" sign on Taal Volcano. The archbishop issued several statements supporting the idea via a phone interview last Friday, October 21.

 

Acording to the report, Arguelles believed that "tourists, especially foreigners, are unaware that Taal Volcano is part of Batangas province, and not of the adjoining province of Cavite." Arguelles said, "Cavite has the money but Batangas has the beauty. We are happy with the beauty and we don't care about the money. [But] people don't know that the beauty is with us, and they think that it is in Cavite... It is also good [for Batangas] to be recognized for that."

Arguelles also went on to say that putting up a sign similar to the iconic "Hollywood" sign in Los Angeles, California, as a means of teaching tourists geography.

"Of course [I support it] so that there will be proper identification-unless somebody writes a book and acknowledges [that Taal Volcano is part of Batangas]. What is happening is that [people think] even Taal Lake is still Tagaytay," he said.

 

Meanwhile, netizens have ridiculed the "Hollywood sign" idea.

 

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