The walled city of Intramuros is partially open to visitors on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, according to its updated visitor guide.
The Intramural administration published the updated visitor’s guide on Monday, April 11. He also attached a link to a copy of the 2022 Holy Week calendar and guide on his website.
According to the April 11 update, the following tourist spots are open on Maundy Thursday (April 14) and Good Friday (April 15).
- Fort Santiago
- Baluarte of San Diego
- NCCA Gallery
On Black Saturday, April 16, only Fort Santiago, Casa Manila Museum, and Baluarte de San Diego are open.
Most tourist sites will be open to the public again on Easter Sunday, April 17.
The following sites are closed on Easter Sunday:
- NCCA Gallery
- Willman Museum
- Cervantes Institute
Six chapels and places of prayer which are not normally accessible to the public will also be open to tourists on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday except for two other churches.
“On regular days, only Manila Cathedral and San Agustin Church are open to the public. For this year, we have six more chapels that were once sites of ancient churches in Intramuros, some located inside schools or government offices,” the administration said.
Here are the following six chapels:
- Sanctuary of Jesus, Divine Master – chapel inside the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila
- Santa Rita Chapel – Chapel of the University of Mapua
- Chapel of the Sacred Heart of Jesus – High School Chapel of the University of the Philippines
- Letran Chapel – chapel of the Colegio de San Juan de Letran
- Matthew’s Chapel – Bureau of Internal Revenue chapel
- Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine – located in Fort Santiago
Additionally, they also installed Via Crusis or the Stations of the Cross along the stretch of General Luna Street on both days. They can be found from Beaterio Street in Muralla (on the side of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila).
In a message, IA hopes worshipers and tourists can celebrate their Holy Week traditions at the walled city.
“Lent is an important time for Filipinos, whether for reasons of faith, to rest or to bond with family, friends and community. Pilgrims and tourists are all welcome during Holy Week in Intramuros and invited to experience this important Filipino tradition,” the administration said.
IA added that these initiatives are carried out in collaboration with the Department of Tourism, the Tourism Promotion Council, Manila Cathedral and the Parish Church of San Agustin with the support of the Internal Revenue Office, Colegio de San Juan de Letran. , Lyceum of the Philippines University, Mapua University and Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila and the Department of Tourism, Culture and Arts of the City of Manila.