You will now change the way you view the Light Rail Transit (LRT-1) as the Department of Tourism (DOT) recently launched the Ikot Manila or known as IkotMNL last Saturday.
IkotMNL is a tourism campaign that aims to feature and rediscover the old and new tourist attractions in the Metro by using LRT-1. Both local and international tourists have options to choose if they’ll go for guided or unguided tours.
LRT-1’s 20 stations have 70 must-see sites and thematic tours that will excite every visitor.
Visitors can reach out to Tralulu, Walk This Way, Old Manila Walks, and Kapitbahayan sa Kalye Bautista which are DOT’s official tour guide partners that will inform the tourists about the interesting facts in Manila’s historical and cultural heritage while traveling inside the train route.
For those who are interested in the religion, stuff may go on a trip to Baclaran Station wherein the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help can be found in a few walks. Quiapo Church where the famous Black Nazarene resides, Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, and San Sebastian Church is known for its Gothic-style architecture, are all located near the Carriedo Station.
Meanwhile, The Masjid Al-Dahab or known as the Golden Mosque is also located a few steps away from Quiapo Church.
The event was led by DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat and LRT-1 operator Light Rail Manila Corporation President and CEO Juan Alfonso. A signing of the memorandum of agreement was also done by the two officials.
Romulo-Puyat who is very optimistic about the campaign said that the DOT is already making some move to develop projects for the improvement of Intramuros and other national parks around the Metro.
On the other hand, Alfonso said that the campaign is one way to promote tourism and growth in Manila.