Rediscovering The Metro Through ‘Ikot Manila’

Foreign and local tourists alike may now rediscover old and new must-see places in Metro Manila through the Ikot Manila tourism campaign of the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the LRT-1, which has options for guided and unguided tours.

“IkotMNL” features an updated list of sites and thematic tours that fit all markets.

For do-it-yourself (DIY) or unguided tours, tourists can choose from over 70 must-see places near LRT-1’s 20 stations.

Those inspired to go on a religious trip may alight at the Baclaran station, which is a walking distance from the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help; or at the Carriedo Station, a few meters away from Quiapo Church that houses the Black Nazarene, which is also near the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros and the San Sebastian Church known for its gothic architecture.

The Masjid Al-Dahab, commonly known as the Golden Mosque, is also located a few walks away from Quiapo Church.

For guided tours, visitors may contact DOT’s official tour partners, Tralulu, Walk This Way, Old Manila Walks, and Kapitbahayan sa Kalye Bautista, which offer tours that provide riders facts about Manila’s historical and cultural heritage while traversing the train route.

The campaign was formally launched on Saturday with DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat and LRT-1 operator Light Rail Manila Corporation President and CEO Juan Alfonso signing a memorandum of agreement for the initiative.

Puyat is optimistic that the campaign will be a hit to all ages who want to see Manila on a different perspective.

She said the DOT is currently conducting development projects to further improve Intramuros, and other national parks surrounding Manila.

“We have a lot of projects with the private sector, soon you’ll be seeing it,” she told reporters in an interview.

Alfonso, for his part, said the initiative recognizes the role LRT-1 plays in promoting tourism in Manila and its sustainable growth.

“As the LRT-1 operator, we are in a unique position to connect local and foreign tourists to the city’s most important and historic places in the quickest land travel possible,” he said. (PNA)

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