Some historical pieces deserve to be in the present. Just recently, a Japanese tunnel within the compound of the Iloilo Science and Technology University is being eyed as a tourism attraction in the City of Love. The tunnel runs through from the old campus to the new campus and ends in a river.
“It looks like a deep well but actually it is a tunnel. We wanted to revive that tunnel. Iloilo City is a booming city in terms of tourism. So it will boost the tourism industry of our city,” states Dr Raul Muyong, in an article by the Philippine News Agency.
According to Muyong, the proposal has been submitted to the Commission on Higher Education, CHED, for an initial Php 10 million for the proposed revival of the tunnel. Moreover, Muyong speculates that the tourism attraction will help boost local tourism and eventually aid the institution’s Bachelor of Science Tourism program.
“On my part I wanted it pursued because it will serve as a tourism destination for the Japanese so they will see that Iloilo has a history with the Japanese. Hopefully, this initiative can help raise the name of Iloilo and the history of Japanese and Ilonggos during World War (II) and they will be enticed to come here,” states Junel Ann Divinagracia, City Tourism and Development Officer.