(SPOT.ph) Manila City, which traces its roots all the way to the 13th century, was witness to the early Galleon Trade, the arrival of the Spanish conquistadores, and the devastating Battle of Manila. This rich history has made tourist destinations out of a number of sites in the city, such as Intramuros, Rizal Park, the trifecta of the National Museum of the Philippines, and Paco Park. Now, residents of the city of Manila can explore these tourist spots for free.
The Department of Tourism, the City of Manila, and Intramuros Adminstration on Friday afternoon, November 22, signed a Memorandum of Agreement to launch the Educational and Cultural Awareness Program. This will benefit hundreds of thousands of Manila residents, especially families enrolled in the "Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program."
“Tourism is about generating an experience. And to let our visitors understand and appreciate this, we ourselves must experience this as well. The people of the City of Manila should be the main advocates and spokespersons of its tourism heritage, culture and history. As it is said, one should not be stranger in his own country,” Tourism secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat pointed out in a statement.
Intramuros, which is under the jurisdiction of Intramuros Administration headed by Atty. Guiller Asido, houses Fort Santiago, Baluarte De San Diego, Destileria Limtuaco Museum, Casa Manila, San Agustin Museum, Bahay Tsinoy, and Bagumbayan Light and Sound Museum. All these sites have admission fees ranging from P75 to P200. Paco Park, on the other hand, has a five-peso entrance fee.
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