Pangasinan to restore Casa Real-A A +A
Monday, October 29, 2012
LINGAYEN -- The Provincial Government of Pangasinan is set to apply for a Special Patent Title for the Casa Real.
The Provincial Board recently passed a resolution authorizing Governor Amado Espino Jr. for the said purpose for security reasons and as inherent right over the ownership and use of said property.
Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim Jr. said part of the Espino administration's programs is the restoration of historical building just like the pre-war Sison Auditorium, the province's cultural center, and the provincial capitol building, which survived the World War II bombardment.
Second district Representative Leopoldo Bataoil also had endorsed the restoration project to the Department of Tourism (DOT) and further requested a budget allocation from the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) for its restoration.
However, the patent (a title issued to a government-owned property), is a requirement for budget allocation by the TIEZA, said Provincial Tourism Officer Malu Elduayan.
The Casa Real or Royal House was constructed at the Poblacion area here in year 1840. The 1,700 square meter building, which is made of stone masonry and bricks, was the provincial seat of power where the alcalde mayor resides and holds office.
The already deteriorating structure was badly damaged in 2008 when typhoon "Cosme" hit the province.
The Casa Real was declared by the National Historical Institute (NHI) as among the country's historical landmarks on March 13, 2002.
With the planned restoration, Espino envisioned Casa Real to become a provincial museum which shall provide Pangasinenses a visual source of information of the province’s wealth and appreciation of
Pangasinan's cultural heritage.
On September 17, 2012 during its regular session, the provincial board, through provincial resolution number 1446-2012, expressed full support for the Casa Real Restoration Project stating thereat that "the ruined building is worthy of protection, preservation and restoration not only for its historical significance, but also for being an outstanding and unique example of civic architecture from the Spanish and American colonial periods."
The Casa Real is one among the oldest public buildings in Pangasinan.
During the Spanish Era, it served as seat of the provincial government. The building also became a sala of judicial courts, public elementary school and municipal government offices during the Spanish Colonization Era and American Period.
The edifice is located in a parcel of land with an area of 16, 537 square meters in Poblacion, Lingayen, Pangasinan, based on tax declaration 02301,. The lot is bounded on the North by the Rizal Plaza, Agno River on the south, Palaris Street on the east and Callejon Street on the west. (Sunnex)