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Fort Santiago, other Intramuros attractions open to public for free

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By Charina Clarisse Echaluce

The entrance to Fort Santiago and other tourist attraction in Intramuros, Manila would be free of charge again, as the Department of Tourism (DOT) makes the so-called Walled City an “open house” anew.

Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo (DOT/Manila Bulletin)

Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo (DOT/Manila Bulletin)

“The next ‘Intramuros Open House’ will be on October 14 to 15. There will be free admission to Fort Santiago, Baluarte de San Diego, and Casa Manila Museum,” the DOT announced on the “Facebook event” that it created for the occasion.

Aside from making the most visited places in Intramuros open to the public for free, the tourism department would also lead a number of activities to make the weekend more enjoyable to the public.

“There will also be a host of activities such as free bike tours, an outdoor concert, food exhibits and a whole lot more!” the agency noted.

From September 23 to 24, the Intramuros was opened to the public, making the entrance to Fort Santiago, Baluarte de San Diego, and Casa Manila free.

Held during the said weekend were activities that included free Botanical Walk at the Baluarte de San Diego, bicycle tour at the Plaza Roma, picnic and live performances, and food and art market.

Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo said making the Intramuros an open house aims to revive the Walled City. She said they want to make the area a place that has a “wow factor” to visitors.

“The purpose for doing this is to revive Intramuros. During the time of Senator [Richard] Gordon [when he was still the tourism chief], maganda ang Intramuros. Gusto namin mapa-‘wow’ kayo (The purpose of this is to revive Intramuros. During the time of Senator Gordon as the tourism chief, Intramuros was really a beautiful place. We want you to say ‘wow’ because of this place),” Teo stated.

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