Heritage sites best asset of Iloilo City-A A +A
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
ITALIAN Ambassador Massimo Roscigno said Ilonggos must not destroy or even modify the heritage buildings in this southern city.
Iloilo City is very lucky to have numerous old buildings and heritage sites as city assets that must be preserved for the future generations to know about the rich heritage of the city, said Roscigno.
The Ambassador was with his wife, Ilongga Agnes Porquez Defensor of Pototan and Mina towns in central Iloilo, and a teenage daughter to see the city and visit historical sites.
Roscigno said the Ilonggos must not make the mistake of putting down old heritage buildings as these are huge tourist drawers, especially foreigners, who wanted to see the city.
Speaking about the old Roman Coliseum that attracts tourists to his country, Roscigno said Italy has huge heritage sites and the private sector is starting to help in the conservation of these buildings which attract thousands of tourists everyday.
The Italian Ambassador said his country has many Italian experts in the renovation and conservation of old buildings.
Roscigno also said the Italian government has been helping Iloilo City through the Office of Development Assistance (ODA) and an Italian Village was constructed at the San Isidro relocation site in Jaro, Iloilo City.
The Italian government has also put up Italian villages to shelter the homeless and poor families in the municipalities of Lambunao and Janiuay in central Iloilo.