Intramuros adjusts opening hour of Fort Santiago dungeons to fix long lines

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 18, 2020   •   428

The Intramuros Administration said they will adjust the opening schedule of the dungeons of Fort Santiago to fix long lines and waiting time of visitors.

In their Facebook post, the Intramuros Administration announced they will adjust their time schedule for the dungeons of Fort Santiago from 10:00 a.m. to 10 p.m. starting Sunday (February 16).

“We would like to assure the public that we are taking steps to address current concerns such as long lines and waiting period. We are dedicated to ensuring a better experience for everyone,” their post reads.

The administration also reiterateed their commitment to make Intramuros “more fun than ever”.—AAC

Take a glimpse of Filipino, American courage at the Battle of Manila exhibition

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 4, 2020

The courage of our fallen heroes will never be forgotten.

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, in partnership with Intramuros Administration, launches Allies for Freedom: Portraits of Filipino and American Courage in World War II.

A gallery of the Battle of Manila can be viewed until March 31 at the American Barracks at Fort Santiago. This is in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Manila.—AAC

DOT, Grab sign deal for sustainable PHL tourism

Robie de Guzman   •   August 29, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Tourism (DOT) and Grab Philippines have signed an agreement to promote national tourism.

Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) inked on Wednesday, tourism materials developed and produced by the DOT showcasing the Philippines’ destination sites will be promoted and disseminated by Grab through its partner vehicles and mobile application.

DOT, Grab and the Intramuros Administration also launched “GrabWheels,” a two-wheel personal mobility device (commonly called e-scooters) that tourists can use to roam around the Walled City.

Around 30 units of GrabWheels will be made available for public use within Intramuros, free of charge for at least three months.

“This is in keeping with the efforts of the DOT to inculcate a culture of sustainable tourism. This is what we envision to do to some, and ideally, to all of our destinations. We want visitors to have access to an eco-friendly but fun mode of transportation,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said during the MOU signing. 

“Sustainability demands that our planning and resources management must be responsible. Conversely, it should also maintain a high level of satisfaction and ensure meaningful experience of our tourists,” she stressed.

The Intramuros Administration also noted that these e-scooters will provide less carbon footprint and significantly reduce traffic congestion, which is a major problem in the area.

“This is just a pilot test. After a month, we will review its reception and determine the necessary mechanisms and setting of fees to make it sustainable,” Atty. Guiller Asido of the Intramuros Administration said.

Puyat also expressed hope that DOT’s partnership with Grab PH will help raise awareness among the public about the environmental issues facing the country.

“This partnership, hopefully, will raise their awareness about environmental issues and allow them to experience first-hand these sustainable tourism practices,” she said. 

Japanese envoy visits Mayor Isko

Maris Federez   •   July 22, 2019

Photo from Manila Public Information Office

Japanese ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda paid a courtesy call to Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso at the Manila City Hall on Monday.

Ambassador Haneda expressed his approval of Moreno’s accomplishments in Manila in just a short a time since his assumption of office as the city’s chief executive.

“I am impressed with your achievements for the City in so short a time,” Haneda said.

The Japanese official also vowed to promote the historical trail of Intramuros as Japan recognizes its footprints in the city.

“I am going to promote the historical trail of Intramuros because it has a Japanese footprint too. It is a magnet for Japanese tourists,” Haneda told Moreno during their meeting.

With this, the Japanese envoy also extended his invitation to Moreno to visit Tokyo and Yokohama.

After the meeting, Haneda gave Moreno a white plate with the image of a phoenix as a token to remember his visit.

Photo from Manila Public Information Office

In return, Moreno gave the Japanese ambassador the symbolic key to the city of Manila.

Photo from Manila Public Information Office

Haneda is the fourth ambassador to meet Moreno following his election as Manila mayor.  (with details from April Cenedoza) /mbmf

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