Experts Set to Deliberate Marikina’s Six Historical Sites as Philippine Cultural Properties
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A panel of experts from the National Museum of the Philippines is set to discuss next month the six historical sites nominated by the Local Government of Marikina to be declared as significant cultural properties of the country.
The experts will meet on December 5 to deliberate the proposed inclusion of the Shoe Museum, Our Lady of the Abandoned Church, Jesus dela Peña Chapel, and the ancestral houses of Kapitan Moy and the Chanyungco and Zamora families, according to Raquel Flores, museum curator of the National Museum.
(For more information about the six historical sites and landmarks, please check out this article – https://www.marikina.gov.ph/article/a-closer-look-at-the-six-historical-sites-nominated-as-cultural-properties)
Flores and other officials from the National Museum such as Yen Mariano, museum researcher and administrative head; Roderick Manaloto, administrative officer; and, Eric del Rosario, administrative assistant, were in Marikina yesterday, November 27, and talked about the National Museum, the cultural properties of the country, the laws governing its creation and declaration, and the process of being declared as part of this coveted list.
Every year, the National Museum comes up with a list of Important Cultural Properties and National Cultural Treasures to signify that they are an “intrinsic part of the patrimony of the Filipino people and are central to the legacy that the present generation should take special care to steward for the generations to come,” according to the National Museum.
Once a historical site or landmark is declared an Important Cultural Property or National Cultural Treasure, it will receive funding from the national government for its protection, preservation, and conservation.
“They will be provided priority in government funding and protection so that these structures will be preserved and conserved,” said Flores in an interview after her presentation.
It may take the team of experts from the National Museum about a year to decide whether the nominated sites will be included in the list of significant cultural properties of the Philippines, said Flores.
“They (team) will check and validate the data about these historical sites. It will be a collegial decision,” said Flores. “The team should be composed of at least three experts. We’ve managed to have five.”
Aside from the funding from the national government, the Local Government of Marikina also expects the inclusion in the cultural properties to boost tourism in Marikina City, known as the Shoe Capital of the Philippines because it was here (at the Kapitan Moy residence) where the country’s first pair of shoes was made in 1887.
“Isang napakalaking karangalan na mapapabilang ang mga structures na ito bilang cultural heritage properties hindi lang ng Marikina kundi ng buong bansa. Maganda rin ito para ma-preserve ang mga structures na ito for the next generations,” said Ponchie Santos, head of the Marikina City Tourism, Culture and the Arts Office.
“For sure, we expect more tourists to visit Marikina if these sites are included in the country’s cultural properties,” added Santos, whose office has worked with the National Museum in collecting data and records of the six historical sites. The tourism office also helped talk with and convince the family members of the Chanyungcos and Zamoras to have their ancestral houses be nominated as cultural properties of the Philippines.
The idea of nominating the six historical sites in Marikina to be part of the Philippines’ significant cultural properties came from Mayor Marcy Teodoro, said Santos.
Flores agreed that being declared as cultural properties of the Philippines will help lure more tourists to Marikina.
“Ang ganda-gandang sabihin na dalawin ninyo ang isang mahalagang yamang pangkalinangan ng Marikina. Maganda siyang PR (public relations) promotional tour," said Flores, adding that this is the first time that the Local Government of Marikina has nominated some of its historical sites to be part of the list of cultural properties.
More tourists that will visit Marikina will help spur the local economy and bolster demand for its food, shoes, retail and other businesses.
Held at the Shoe Hall of the Marikina City Hall, the meeting with the National Museum was also attended by family members of the Chanyungco and Zamora clans, representatives of the Our Lady of the Abandoned Church and Jesus dela Peña Chapel, academes, educators from Marikina schools, local government officials, history experts and the Marikina tourism staff.
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