The Department of Tourism (DOT) stated the Holy Week activities in the walled city of Intramuros in Manila will be a chance to boost cultural tourism in the country.
“Cultural tourism is one of the main products of the Department of Tourism and as part of our Filipino culture, Christianity has always been part and parcel of this culture,” Tourism Assistant Secretary Roberto Alabado III said Monday in a press conference.
Alabado said the tourism department promised to coordinate with the Roman Catholic Church to support the historical churches and shrines that award a look into the country’s religious and cultural traditions.
“We view this in the cultural sense that for locals in those areas, we always check with the local stakeholders. And one of the stakeholders would be the Roman Catholic Church so we coordinate in terms of such activities,” Alabado said.
“If you could see our promotions, we usually would promote our historical churches and our historical shrines wherein we can exude the Christianity that we are known for, being the only predominantly Catholic nation in Southeast Asia,” he added.
For this year’s Holy Week, the DOT, in cooperation with the Intramuros Administration revealed nine churches and chapels for the annual Visita Iglesia.
These churches and chapels will be open to pilgrims and visitors starting April 18, Maundy Thursday, until April 20, Black Saturday.
News source: Philippine Inquirer