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May 27, 2010

NATIONAL HISTORICAL COMMISSION OF THE PHILIPPINES

The National Historical Commission (NHCP) unveils on Saturday, May 29, 2010, markers for ancestral  houses namely “Silva House”, “Ang Dakong Balay”, “Balay na Tisa” and “Mercado Mansion” in Carcar City, Cebu. They are declared as Heritage Houses by virtue of NHI Resolution Nos. 7, 8, 9 and 10 dated September 4, 2009, respectively.

Silva House was built from 1883-1898 by Benito Silva and Father Anastacio del Coro using materials gathered from an old house in Naga, Cebu and the Old Coro house.

 Ang Dakong Balay  was expanded and improved by Don Florencio Noel after acquiring it  in 1873.  Don Florencio served as public servant in Carcar from the Spanish to American period. When he became a town mayor,  he hosted in this house Gov. General Wiliam Cameron Forbes and his party in 1911.

Balay na Tisa was built in 1859 by Don Roman Sarmiento and Dona Canarias displaying not only the typical bahay na bato structure but especially the ornate designs. 

Mercado Mansion was owned and then completed by then Carcar Mayor Mariano Mercado in 1906. This house served as venue of the visit of the US Senate Foreign Relations Chair, Key Pittman to whom Mayor Mercado appealed to intercede for the granting of Philippine Independence in 1931.

These houses are distinct for their historical and artistic values. Today they serve as examples of architecture from the early years of 19th century in Carcar.

The installation of the cast iron marker is being undertaken by NHCP in cooperation with the Carcar Heritage Conservation Society.

Guests at the event are NHCP Chairman Ambeth R. Ocampo and Exec. Dir. Ludovico D. Badoy and Carcar Heritage Conservation Society  President Mr. Val Sandiego.

The NHCP is the national government agency mandated to promote and preserve Philippine history and heritage through research, information dissemination, conservation, including the marking of historic sites and structures, and the maintenance and administration of national shrines, monuments and landmarks.

For more information, contact Eleonor B. Samonte at NHCP , tel. nos. 5231037/5239050.

(News from NHCP’s official web site: http://www.nhi.gov.ph)