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Intramuros gets beauty treatment
Germaine de Peralta, Manila

Germaine de Peralta, Manila  
(5th Jul 2002)

IN preparation for the Visit Philippines 2003 world-wide promotion, the Department of Tourism (DoT) secretary, Mr Richard Gordon, and the private sector have started an ambitious beautification drive on one of Manila"s main tourist attractions - the historic Spanish Walled City of Intramuros.

It aims to clean up, recast and revitalise Intramuros into a flourishing "centre of 21st century Philippine cultural renaissance, tourism revival, and economic regeneration", the DoT said.

Intramuros was the political and religious centre of the country"s Spanish colonisers between the 1600s and the late 1800s. Mr Gordon envisions Intramuros also as a valued heritage site of the ASEAN region. One of his projects will involve the construction of an Intramuros museum, which will be the venue for a light-and-sound presentation on the history of the Walled City.

Mr Gordon said Intramuros will also have a "cultural night market" where distinctive products of the various Philippine regions will be sold. Tour guides will be re-trained by the DoT for Intramuros. Musical presentations and mini-festivals like the famous Ati-Atihan, Dinagyang and Sinulog, will be staged in Intramuros in 2003.

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