By Philippine News Agency
The Walled City of Intramuros is now all Christmassy with a newly-installed 15-feet parol (lantern), colorful lights and a busy bazaar to put visitors in a festive mood.
These were all launched during the Pasko sa Intramuros (Christmas in Intramuros) event led by the Department of Tourism (DOT) on Tuesday night.
Present were DOT Secretary Wanda Teo, Senators Nancy Binay, who chairs the Senate Committee on Tourism, Richard Gordon, who was former DOT Secretary, among other tourism officials and stakeholders.
The parol, designed by award-winning parol-maker Roland Quiambao, was lit to kick off the event, which runs until Jan. 31.
Visitors who drop by the bazaar along Postigo Street, which will be open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and 12 noon to 10 p.m. on weekends, can avail of products of different regions in the Philippines.
The bazaar will have all sorts of product offerings, including arts and crafts, cosmetics, farm produce, fashion and accessories, home décor, leather goods, food and beverages, shoes and bags, tour destinations, regional products, gift and novelty ideas.
Events such as festival parades, concerts featuring the country’s popular bands and singers, marching bands, product demonstrations, games, competitions, culinary events, traditional music, dance and more are also to watch out for.
In an interview with reporters, Teo said that Pasko sa Intramuros was just as an introduction to upcoming projects meant to draw in more visitors in Intramuros.
“Pasko sa Intramuros is just the beginning, I assure you I will give Intramuros the attention it deserves as a national heritage site and cultural tourism destination,” Teo said.