Today, we celebrate the International Day for Monuments and Sites, also known as World Heritage Day. Yet ironically, there seems to be a mentality to ignore or, worse, demolish our built heritage instead of celebrating and protecting it.
Such is the case of Casa Sunico in San Nicolas, Manila. Built in the 1880s, it holds significance as the site of the old foundry of Hilario Sunico, who cast the bells of many churches in the country in the late 19th-early 20th century. Thus, it was frequented by distinguished guests like Spanish Governor-General Ramon Blanco and other notable personalities like Josephine Bracken. Adding to the Rizal connection, Hilario Sunico was said to be partly the inspiration behind the character of Capitan Tiago in Noli Me Tangere.
Sadly, it has fell victim to neglect and urbanization for decades. Now it is reportedly facing the threat of demolition as an intervention on behalf of the structure has yet to occur.
Will another piece of our heritage fall victim to the wrecking ball anew?
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