Around one million tourists have been recorded to visit Intramuros during the Holy Week, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said.
“For a pre-dominantly Catholic country like the Philippines, the Holy Week or Lenten season is a perfect time to reflect, repent, and travel,” DOT Secretary Wanda Teo said on April 3.
“We congratulate the Intramuros Administration (IA) and our Faith Tourism sector for the successful reopening of the Walled City for the Lenten season,” she said.
DOT prepared a series of events to boost the Walled City’s mark as a “holistic faith destination” in the metropolis.
Opening seven sites, composed of churches and chapels, for the first time since World War 2 marked the tourism department’s goal “to restore the vibrant religious culture” of Intramuros.
Among them were Manila Cathedral, San Agustin Church, San Ignacio Church site, Guadalupe Shrine in Fort Santiago, Knights of Columbus Fr. Willman Chapel, Lyceum of the Philippines University Chapel, and Mapua University Chapel, all located inside Intramuros.
“We aim to capitalize on our unique Catholic festivals and Filipino traditions to pursue more Catholic pilgrims or faith tourists from Brazil, Mexico, United States, Columbia and Spain among others,” Teo added.