By Analou De Vera
Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo Teo is inviting the public to visit the different faith-based tourism destinations and likewise take part in Lenten season rites, traditions and activities in the country.
“The tourism department is poised to go full swing in piloting emerging faith tourism destinations this year, highlighting festivals and various Filipino traditions that will encompass a holistic pilgrimage
experience,” Teo said.
“In 2017, I started looking seriously at faith – based tourism activities. I was motivated by the various inquiries and interests of pilgrimage, Church visits, rituals, and celebrations by stakeholders for the many countries that I have visited,” said Teo during a press conference in Intramuros, Manila Thursday.
“Faith tourism will give excitement and interest not only because we want to travel, but allowing visitors to revisit the individual devotions, amplify their beliefs, rituals, and traditions to strengthen the spiritual well-being, ” she added.
The Visita Iglesia, Senakulo and Vis Crucis can be experienced and witnessed at the historic wallled city of Intramuros on Maundy Thursday (March 29) and Good Friday (March 30).
Other destinations that the travelers may visit during the Lenten season are shrines oinIlocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan, which are on the list of top recommended faith destinations in Region I.
Also included is the MIMAROPA region, particularly in Marinduque, which is known for its famous Moriones tableau, that depicts Christ’s passion and death.
The tourism department also encouraged tourists to visit Western Visayas, particularly Bacolod City, Talisay City and and the municipality of Valladolid.
Travelers were also invited to visit shrines and churches in Misamis, Lanao, Bukidnon, and Camiguin in Northern Mindanao.