The 408-year-old San Bartolome Parish Church in Malabon City has been declared an Important Cultural Property (ICP) by the National Museum of the Philippines (NMP).
Under the National Heritage Act 2009, PICs are valued for their outstanding cultural, artistic and historical significance to the country.
During the unveiling of the declaration marker in the church grounds, NMP Deputy Director General for Administration Ma. Rosenne Flores-Avila urged the parish to help preserve the historic monument.
“Let’s partner to preserve it for future generations. Let’s continue to make this sacred place a vibrant center of conversation and action for our cultural heritage, especially now that we face more challenging times,” Flores-Avila said. .
Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David echoed the call for partnership to conserve the church and other heritage structures.
“We really need to take seriously our partnership with the appropriate government agency for the preservation of our religious cultural heritage,” he said.
David said the church’s heritage structures also give “soul to our faith”.
“Without heritage, the church will be soulless. Even the whole city of Malabon, what really gives it character are heritage structures like this church,” he added.