June 25, 2024

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Intramuros launches newest tourist landmark

FIRST Lady Liza Marcos underscored the importance of the Intramuros Tourist Center, the newest tourist landmark of the country’s historic Walled City during its launch today, June 9. 

“Today, marks a momentous occasion because we’re here to inaugurate our Intramuros Tourist Center, and what a beautiful center it is! 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 in her speech. 

“Intramuros, with its storied walls and timeless streets, has always been a symbol of our resilience as a people. This center would add a new chapter to our legacy. It will house invaluable artifacts, tell the stories of our ancestors, and it also gives us a good reason to stroll through these historical photos without having to pretend we are lost tourists,” she added. 

Formerly the San Ignacio Church, one of the original seven churches of Intramuros, and renowned as among the most beautiful churches in Manila because of its Neoclassical architecture. 

The church was destroyed during the destructive Battle of Manila in 1945, and was repurposed through adaptive-reuse through the initiative of the Office of the First Lady Liza Araneta-Marcos.

Envisioned to become a dedicated tourism hub in Intramuros, the unveiling of this project marks a major milestone in preserving and promoting the cultural heritage of Manila’s iconic heritage site. 

“Let us celebrate this launch, with the hope that it will foster a deeper understanding of our past and ignite a passion for preserving our cultural treasures,” the First Lady said.