City unveils marker of Cuartel de Santo Domingo as an Important Cultural PropertyTuesday, May 7, 2019
CITY OF SANTA ROSA, LAGUNA – Following its public declaration on January 18, 2019, the City of Santa Rosa formally unveiled the marker of the Cuartel de Santo Domingo as an Important Cultural Property by the National Museum on May 7 at Brgy. Santo Domingo, City of Santa Rosa, Laguna.
Entitled “Ang Cuartel: Noon, Ngayon, at Bukas”, the unveiling highlighted the history of Cuartel as well as the humble beginnings of the City. The event also gave recognition to the civil society group Kilusan Cuartel de Santo Domingo for its efforts in preserving and developing the said historical site. Future plans were also presented through an audio-visual presentation.
The significant people who gave remarkable contributions in preserving and developing Cuartel de Santo Domingo received their plaques of appreciation during the unveiling
The Cuartel is an old Spanish bastion that served as an outpost of Guardia Civil during the Spanish Period. Today, through the joint efforts of the City Government and the Kilusan, its preservation and development became evident, hence, the said recognition by the National Museum.
The historic site was previously declared a National Historical Landmark by the National Historical Institute now known as the National Historical Commission of the Philippines in 2005.
In his speech, Mayor Dan Fernandez stated the City’s aim for the Cuartel to be known by the public as a tourism and cultural heritage site.
“Hangad natin na maging bukas itong Cuartel para sa isang heritage tour at hindi po tayo titigil hanggang sa maging katotohanan na ang pangarap nating ito sapagkat ang Cuartel ay nagsilbing saksi sa mahahalagang bahagi ng ating kasaysayan hindi lamang bilang taga-Santa Rosa o taga-Laguna kundi bilang isang Pilipino,” he emphasized.
As part of the development, the local government is proposing an access road/tunnel, perimeter fence and land development.
Gracing the event were Vice Mayor Arnold Arcillas, Representative Arlene Arcillas of the First District of Laguna, officials and representatives from the National Museum, officials from the Provincial Office, and members of Kilusan Cuartel de Santo Domingo led by Architect Mario Zavalla. (ciosantarosa/tbumali)
Officials posed for a photo op after the actual unveiling of the marker of Cuartel de Santo Domingo.
The marker of Cuartel de Santo Domingo as Important Cultural Property by the National Museum