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Friday, December 6, 2013

The Shrine of Sto. Nino in Tacloban Reopens in Sunday

 The Sto. Nino shrine and heritage museum in Tacloban City will reopen to the public this Sunday to contribute to Leyte's tourism and economic revival after Super Typhoon Yolanda destroyed large part of the province. The Presidential Commission on Good Government said the reopening of the former Presidential residence and a popular tourist destination in Eastern Visayas on Dec. 8, 2013 would be historic as it opens exactly a month after Super Typhoon Yolanda hit the city. The Sto. Nino Shrine and Heritage Museum was considered as a Presidential Residence during the term of the late Ferdinand Marcos. The 2 storey building located along Real Street houses a vast collection of priceless art pieces, antiques, Chinese jars from the Ming Dynasty, Collection from religious Russian icons, ivory figurines, paintings of famous artist, a life-sized figurine of Limahong, Czech chandeliers, Austrian-style mirrors, wood carvings and other items in brass and native materials including walls and ceilings in narra chips. At the 2nd floor is a grand ballroom which replicates that one of the Malacanang Palace with a huge wooden octopus like chandelier at the center and clusters of Italian furniture sets.   
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