ROXAS CITY – The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) has finally unveiled the historical marker for the Capiz Provincial Capitol after it was delayed for almost two years by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“In one way or another, the historical marker promotes and safeguards our rich culture, history and heritage,” said Capiz Governor Esteban Evan Contreras II during the unveiling ceremony on Friday afternoon (April 22) in Roxas City, the province capital.
“The Capiz Provincial Capitol has been a silent witness to the progress of the community and its people,” added Governor Contreras.
NHCP Executive Director Carminda Arevalo cited the significance of Capiz Provincial Capitol to the nation.
In particular, she said it is where President Manuel Roxas harnessed his skills as a public servant when he served as governor of the province from 1919 to 1922 before he became the fifth president of the Philippines in 1946 until his death in 1948.
The Capiz Provincial Capitol was built during the American colonial period. It is one of the major structures designed by William Parsons, the American architect best known for designing the Gabaldon school buildings across the country and the famed Manila Hotel.
Al Tesoso, provincial tourism and cultural affairs officer, said the unveiling of the historical marker was part of the celebration for the 121st founding anniversary of the civil government of the province of Capiz.
Also present during the unveiling ceremony were former Capiz governors Victor Tanco Sr. and Jose Borda.
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