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Walled City revival wows 23k visitors


Inspired by Wow Philippines’ revival program, the Department of Tourism (DOT) recently opened the gates of Intramuros as part of World Tourism Week, attracting more than 23,000 visitors at the Walled City’s iconic landmarks.

“The impressive turnout of visitors during the Intramuros Open House shows how Senator Dick Gordon’s brainchild effectively worked in unravelling the government’s revitalization efforts on the country’s icons of history,” said DOT Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo.

The 23,274 international and domestic visitors were treated to free of charge to rediscovery of enduring landmarks in Intramuros, which included Fort Santiago, Baluarte de San Diego and Casa Manila.

DOT’s attached agency, the Intramuros Administration (IA) and Viva Manila, showcased garden parties, open bazaars, and other activities like a botanical photo/art walk in the morning; bike tours courtesy of Bambike Ecotours in the afternoon; and open-air concerts in the evening at the Baluarte de San Diego.

“This also highlights the wholesome and family-oriented entertainment we offer at our cultural sites,” Teo noted.

OPENSTAGE: Performances of DJ Bing Austria and open jamming session with Aldous Castro, Hansome, Silence & the Lambs at the Baluarte de San Diego

OPENACTIVIDAD: Visitors of the open house were treated to hula hoop basics, slim workshop & kid’s coloring, stone painting workshop, name calligraphy, botanical photo walk, and bike tours

IA administrator Guiller Asido said the open houses will again be held this coming Oct. 14-15, and Nov. 18-19.

Aside from being one of the Open Platform satellite expositions leading up to the Manila Biennale in February 2018, the open house program is also part of the overall activities leading up to the regional Fairs scheduled for March 2018.