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It’s disheartening that natural disasters aren’t the biggest threat to our country’s heritage sites anymore: it’s replaced by the pervasive wrecking balls ordered by big corporations, sometimes unconstitutional but still approved by local authorities, in the name of “urbanization.”
We have a law on heritage conservation called the Philippine Cultural Heritage Act or Republic Act 10066, but it’s hardly implemented. We have government officials we elected to manage over our country but care less about our nation and heritage. It’s a sad reality, but from here, unless those who are in power become cultural heritage literate, we’re just going to see more structures of rich history torn down.
If you’re wondering what significant structures are under threat today, here are seven of them.