The Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Intramuros Administration will hold Intramuros Rocks on Friday at Maestranza Park, a free-admission concert which serves as the kick-off activity of the many programs and events under the Intramuros Redevelopment Plan.
With the theme “Kultura, Musika at Saya”, the redevelopment program aims to promote cultural appreciation and heritage awareness to the public, especially to the youth.
The concert will feature bands and artists including Shamrock, Spirit of ‘67, Pilipinas Got Talent finalist Zilent Overload, and many others. Aside from the concert, a bazaar featuring food stalls and booths selling local handicraft, tribal arts, and other novelty items will also be held also in the park.
The venue, also called Almacenes Curtain Wall, is situated right beside the Pasig River and was a former storehouse and soldier’s quarter during the Spanish time. Formerly the seat of Spanish colonial rule in the Philippines, DOT said that Intramuros is the home of important historical sites and tourist spots such as Fort Santiago, Manila Cathedral, San Agustin Church and Casa Manila.
“Intramuros, as a historical and cultural center, plays an important role in the promotion of Manila as a premier destination. The walls of Intramuros tell a beautiful story of our resilience. It is not only an important cultural landmark, but also one of the historical treasures we Filipinos must protect,” Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. said.
“It would be fulfilling to see our youth of today discover new reasons to appreciate the Walled City and become active participants in its promotion,” Jimenez added.
FATIMA CIELO B. CANCEL