Catherine Talavera (The Philippine Star)
The Cariño ancestral house in Ilocos Sur was inaugurated recently as the Candon City Museum after going through restoration.
The ancestral house built in the 1700s originally belonged to Don Miguel Cariño, the grandfather of revolutionary leader Gabriela Silang.
“Given this historical background, this edifice stands as a reminder of Ilocano patriotism and reflects the Spanish influence on every facet of Filipino life – from our national identity, culture, traditions, religion and, of course, cuisine,” Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said.
“The restoration of the Cariño ancestral house is very much appreciated by us at the DOT as we continue our advocacy towards sustainable development, preserving our historical traditions and cultural treasures for the enjoyment of future generations,” Puyat said.
She added that the inauguration of the Candon City Museum is in line with the push for preserving the country’s history and culture.
According to earlier reports, restoration of the Cariño house is among the 22 ancestral houses the local government aims to refurbish as part of its efforts to boost Candon City’s tourism.
The preservation and promotion of the country’s history and culture has been an initiative the DOT has recently been pushing for, in line with its move towards sustainable tourism.
Last month, the DOT through the Intramuros Administration (IA) opened the Museo de Intramuros which highlights the history of Intramuros as well as the culture of Filipinos.
“The DOT will be investing in the promotion of cultural tourism in the years to come. We’re doing it not just because we need to expand our tourism products, engage a specific market and increase revenue,” Puyat earlier said. “Cultural tourism is telling the world our narrative. It is also a platform to ensure that our heritage structures and objects will be preserved and enjoyed by our progeny.”
Tourism Assistant Secretary Roberto Alabado III earlier said the DOT is eyeing to develop a roadmap for cultural tourism in the next few years as it is one of the tourism products under the National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP).