The Forgotten Shrines: General Masaharu Homma – General Tomoyuki Yamashita Execution Shrines Depicting History, Significance, and Deterioration as a Study for Heritage and Cultural Tourism Attraction Management and Development in Los Baños, Laguna
1 Master of Arts in Cultural Heritage Studies Graduate Student, The Graduate School, University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines
2 College of Business Administration and Accountancy, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Intramuros, Manila, Philippines
Shrines and monuments represent honourable respect for a person or a significant scenario that affects the cultural and heritage value of a community or a nation. These are also considered as a potential tourism resource of a community that could be used as a unique attraction for impending tourists. This paper identified and analyzed the practices of the community of Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines for the conservation and development of General Masaharu Homma - General Tomoyuki Yamashita Execution Shrines. The objectives of the study are: to identify the significances of the shrines and used it as a tourism development resource; to assess the practices of the authority on conservation and preservation; and to furnish recommendation that they could use for implementing or revising their plans and programs. It was recognized by the researcher that the sites were already deteriorated and mismanagement was already a problem. These things happened due to lack of financial capabilities and poor knowledge on conservation and preservation. As a general recommendation, the researcher suggested to create an organization attached to the local government unit of Los Baños that will supervise and develop heritage and cultural sites of the municipality.
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