Fort Santiago, Baluarte de San Diego open for visitors beginning May 17

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 17, 2021   •   299

MANILA, Philippines — Intramuros will open several of its tourist attractions including Fort Santiago and Baluarte de San Diego beginning May 17.

Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat has clarified that the two venues will be open but with limited capacity and shortened operating hours.

Puyat made the announcement after the Inter-agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) eased the quarantine classification of the National Capital Region (NCR) and the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal.  The NCR Plus is currently under general community quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions.

“The re-opening of Fort Santiago and Baluarte San Diego will allow visitors to again experience the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction as recognized by the prestigious World Tourism Awards,” she said.

Fort Santiago will be open daily from 9:00 a.m. with the last entry for visitors at 6:30 p.m. The Baluarte de San Diego garden will be open to the general public from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Fort Santiago will accommodate only 200 visitors while the Baluarte de San Diego will allow a maximum of 100 persons at a time which is below 30%.

Health and safety protocols will also be strictly followed. Guests will have their temperature checked and must register their visit thru a QR code system for contact tracing prior to entry.

For entrance fees, the Intramuros Administration (IA) said it can be paid through Beep cards or PayMaya.

Entrance fees cost P75. Seniors, students, and persons with disabilities may pay the discounted price of P50.

It is limited to visitors aged 18 to 65 in compliance with the age restrictions set by the IATF. AAC

Several sites in Intramuros temporarily closed amid surge in COVID-19 cases

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 17, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines—Intramuros has temporarily closed several of its tourist sites as coronavirus cases rise.

The Intramuros administration announced on their official Facebook Page on Monday (March 15) the temporary closure of Fort Santiago, the Casa Manila Museum, Plaza Roma, Baluarte De San Diego, and the President’s Gallery “until further notice.” Entry to the top of the walls will also be restricted.

To make sure the public will adhere to the new guidelines, guards will be posted at entry gates. All gates except Gate 3 near Manila Cathedral, and Gate 11 near Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-Pamantasang Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM), will be closed for the duration of Manila curfew.

Meanwhile, all other plazas will be cleared of people by 6:30 p.m. AAC

 

Mayor Isko backs opening of Intramuros, parks for ‘family day’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso said he agrees with the Department of Tourism (DOT) to open Intramuros and other parks once a week for a designated “family day.”

DOT chief Bernadette Romulo-Puyat suggested the reopening of Intramuros for one day without any age restriction to allow families to visit the site.

Intramuros reopened the gates of Fort Santiago, Casa Manila Museum, and Baluarte de San Diego last February 17, but only for visitors aged 15 to 65 years old.

Domagoso agreed with Puyat’s suggestion and encouraged families to visit Intramuros as it would also help boost the city’s economy.

The Manila Mayor also reported that the Metropolitan Theater is set to open in April. 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

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