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Everything OK in Intramuros, NGO says

Published May 21, 2012, 10:03 p.m. PHT

Last updated May 30, 2012, 9:37 p.m. PHT

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Aduana, the Old Customs House of Manila (JPR Photo)

Aduana, the Old Customs House of Manila (JPR Photo)

MANILA, Philippines (JPR) — “No, Fort Santiago is not falling down. Everything is ok here [in Intramuros],” Friends of Intramuros Foundation Inc. president John Go Hoc said in an exclusive interview with Jeric Pena Reports.

“If you come to Fort Santiago, you would like to stay there [and] enjoy around.”

He said these words in response to a recent Global Heritage Fund (GHF) report that identified Fort Santiago and Intramuros in Manila as among Asia’s top endangered and vanishing heritage sites.

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The GHF report titled “Saving Our Vanishing Heritage: Asia’s Heritage in Peril” pointed out modernization, development pressures and insufficient management as threats to the current condition of these sites.

The report said: “If nothing is done to assert Intramuros? right to preserve its rich heritage, there is a strong likelihood that it will be soon overrun by rampant commercialism. If indeed this happens, all the efforts to rebuild this jewel of Manila after its destruction in World War II will have been in vain.”

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Friends of Intramuros Foundation Inc. is a non-governmental organization that advocates for the preservation of the cultural and historical heritage of Intramuros.

Listen to the full interview via the player above the photo.