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A new historical tourist attraction rises in Intramuros

Posted: Dec 8, 2003
Emanila Team

Manila - The Department of Tourism has recently opened the Light and Sound Museum, the newest historical tourist attraction in Intramuros, that chronicles the Filipino's pursuit for freedom under the leadership of Dr Jose Rizal, and other revolutionary leaders like Lapu-Lapu, Rajah Soliman and Andres Bonifacio.

The 1,800 square meter Light and Sound Museum structure is located at Sta. Lucia Street near Baluartillo de San Diego in Intramuros. It is an added tourist come-on at the historic Old Walled City, today's celebrated tourist destination in the heart of Manila.

The museum is one of the pet projects of Tourism Secretary Richard Gordon when he opened Intramuros for Visit Philippines 2003.

"The Light and Sound Museum is a tribute to the present and future Filipino generations particularly the youth who were lauded by Dr Jose Rizal as the hope and future of our nation," Secretary Gordon stressed.

"Rizal's death ushered in major changes in the country. Rizal broke down the walls in his life and even in his death. Bagumbayan is not a place but an attitude. And we will snap out of that attitude," he said.

Secretary Gordon added, "In the case of our country, there are many walls built around us. Instramuros is such a wall. The Spanish built the walls to segregate the Filipinos from their own settlement. Inside the Light and Sound Museum, the present generation will see the breaking of walls in Intramuros."

To this date, Secretary Gordon has already brought a number of foreign dignitaries to the museum prior to its public opening. Among them are Kazakhstan Prime Minister Nursultan Nazarbayev, and Bangladesh and Ukraine's foreign ministers Marshed Khan and Anatoly Zlenko respectively. Secretary Gordon himself guided the visitors and recounts the bits of history in dramatic narration of the Filipino phases of life.

He said that the overall presentation of the Light and Sound Museum shows the Filipnos' resiliency, intelligence and self-worth throughout its history.

The entire ground floor is focus to the Spanish annexation of the Philippines as a province. The second storey recounted Dr Jose Rizal's saga and describes his prolific days as a student at the Ateneo University as well as his trip to Europe where his burning desire for Filipinos to be treated fairly by the colonizers, was ignited. It also features his two books Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo which exposed the ills of the Spanish society.

There was also a huge room tracing Rizal's martyrdom. The room replicates the scenario at Bagumbayan where Rizal tried to face the executioners to prove his innocence.

While in another area, details of Filipino uprisings steered by Andres Bonifacio are shown. Bonifacio and followers tear up their cedulas or residence certificates, a symbol of Spanish dominance during that time. In addition, there is the Bagumbayan exhibit with its symbolically collapsed walls depicting a prelude to something new for Filipinos.

Towards the end of the tour, the spectators walk along a dim corridor leading through the exit made of heavy wooden doors facing the set up of the new Intramuros overlooking the well-lighted city golf course in the perimeter of the walls.

The Light and Sound Museum is opened to the public for the entire month of December free of charge.

Source: Department of Tourism

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