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SP declares 8 heritage sites as cultural properties

Philippine Information Agency
17 Jun 2019, 18:38 GMT+10

The Casa Tribunal de Tuguegarao located adjacent to Rizal Shrine in Tuguegarao City. (Photo courtesy of Cagayan Provincial Information Office)

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, June 17 (PIA) - - Some eight structures and spots were declared as cultural and heritage sites through number of ordinances tagging these historical relics as important cultural properties and heritages that was approved by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) here on June 4.

The provincial board members have carefully accounted the historic cultural treasures of the province that played significant role in the province' history which resulted to the passage of ordinances to ensure the protection, preservation and promotion of the nation's cultural heritage.

Board Member Maria Olivia B. Pascual took the cudgel to propose and push for the passage of the ordinances to include the preservation of the Casa Tribunal de Tuguegarao which served as the office of the governor during the Spanish era.

The Casa also served as lodging for visitors then and converted into a prison. It is one of the old pueblo urban colonial landscapes that is left in the province. The Casa now serves as the province's new museum.

The Provincial Capitol main building which was rebuilt through the aid of the United States of America in 1946 was also declared as an important cultural property including the Cagayan Museum and Historical Research Center that houses the extensive collection of artifacts, fossils, trade wares, heirloom pieces, household and ethnographic items and artworks of Cagayan.

Pascual said the Cagayan Museum is the second established provincial museum in the Philippines which has been in existence for the past 40 years.

"The museum proves to be a consistent tourist attraction in the province drawing thousands of tourists and educational trips every year," Pascual said.

Other than these, Pascual also pushed for the passage of ordinances that formalized the preservation efforts for the Lallo Shell Midden Sites within the riverbank of Lal-lo town, the Horno or Kiln ruins located in Tuguegarao City and in Camalaniugan town as well as the Cape Engano Lighthouse in Palaui Island, Sta Ana town.

FIRST PHOTO: The Neolithic era shell midden sites located along the banks of the Cagayan River in Lal-lo town is included in the tentative lists as one of the UNESCO World Heritage. (Photo courtesy from Biyahe ni Drew)

SECOND and THIRD PHOTOs: The Hornos in Tuguegarao City and Camalaniugan town, both in Cagayan province. (Photos courtesy from Mark Djeron Tumbao and The Valiant Wanderer)

The Cape Engano Lighthouse of Palaui Island in Sta. Ana, Cagayan. (Photo courtesy from Redson Lloyd Aerials)

Earlier, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan members also approved the ordinance declaring Callao Caves as historical landmark following the discovery of human fossils named Callao Man, believed to have lived 67,000 years ago which added to hominin species known as 'Homo luzonensis'.

Pascual added that the thorough documentation of the heritage sites were made possible through Jennifer Baquiran of the Cagayan Museum and Historical Research Center Office.

"In coordination with Ms. Jenifer Trinidad Junio, who discussed the importance of the said Provincial Ordinances to the me, as Chairperson of rhe Committee on Tourism, we were able to pinpoint these properties with historical and cultural significance, as the ones which needed such provincial declaration via ordinances, so that the Province could well protect and preserve them," said Pascuakl in a Facebook post. (MDCT/OTB/PIA 2-Cagayan)

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