There is no ‘no-shoot policy’ implemented at the two historical parks within the City of Manila. This was announced yesterday by the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC) and Intramuros Administration (IA).
No Photography in Luneta?
In a joint statement by NPDC Executive Director Juliet H. Villegas and IA Administrator Jose A. Capistrano, Jr., both executives reiterated that the parks are open to the public and that everyone may take personal or souvenir photos. Only shoots for commercial advertisements, videos, infomercials, events such as prenuptial, and other commercial productions need permission from the managements of NPDC and IA to ensure that the well-being of the photographers are taken care of, as well as make certain that everything goes smoothly during the shoot.
According to Villegas and Capistrano, nobody has the power to prevent the public, especially Filipinos, to take photos in the historical parks. The public is encouraged to visit Luneta and Intramuros to take photos to share and show their family and fellow Filipinos residing in other parts of the world.
“We wish to inform the general public that there is no ‘no-shoot policy’ in Rizal Park and Intramuros. In fact, we encourage the public and all the visitors to take as much of photos of themselves, document their visits, to talk about it and share it with their families and friends all over the world,” said Villegas.
The two said parks are attached agencies of the Department of Tourism (DOT) that continue to exert efforts to complete the rehabilitation of Luneta and Intramuros to help revive the old glory and beauty of these tourist spots.
Recently, an estimate of 300 professional and non-professional photographers were granted permission by Rizal Park’s management to take part in the Photo Walk for an international competition. The said event was also participated in by 50 bloggers who took photos of the park for their websites.