LEGO to build learning center in Fort Santiago, Intramuros: Over 1M visitors targeted

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Fort Santiago’s Baluarte de Santa Barbara, the fortress once used as headquarters for the US Army in 1904, will soon become a venue for training Filipino youth to be architects, designers, and engineers, the Intramuros Administration (IA) said Friday.

Intramuros Administrator lawyer Guiller Asido said the fortress would soon be known as the iMake History Fortress LEGO Education Design Learning Center, an interactive center for students that would feature LEGO learning materials to present the rich history of Intramuros and the Philippines.

“This would make Fort Santiago and Intramuros, not just a cultural and historical structure but already an inclusive area for creativity, learning, and experience,” said Asido.

Asido said the learning center would house a lecture area, a scale models’ wall, a dark room, LEGO displays, and a moving LEGO exhibit among others..

“We are expecting more than double the number of people who are going to visit Fort Santiago. We are targeting more than one million in a year,” Asido said.

“It’s already part of the entrance fee (in Fort Santiago),” he added. Entrance fees in Fort Santiago are priced at P50 for children and students and P75 for adults.

The learning center was conceptualized by the IA in partnership with FELTA Multi-Media Inc., the exclusive partner of LEGO Education in the Philippines.

It will begin restoration — including adding lights and air-conditioning units — in September and is expected to be finished by October. Asido said that restoration of the fortress will cost less than a million pesos. (PNA)