Owners of four houses and all Carcaranons will finally get to see National Historical Institute markers that weigh an average of 40 kilos, bolted in on walls made of coral stone.
I got the chance to document workers attaching the cast iron markers yesterday at Balay nga Tisa (Sarmiento-Osmena House), Ang Dakong Balay (Don Florencio Noel House), Silva House and Mercado Mansion.
On Saturday, 29 May 2010 at 9:00 in the morning these markers will be available for the public to see. Joining the VIP list are Honorable Ambeth R. Ocampo, Chairman of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), and Director Ludouico D. Badoy, also of NHCP. Local officials, members of the Carcar Heritage Conservation Society, friends and relatives of the owners, and Cebu City heritage advocates will also grace the event.
Jerry Martin Alfafara, present owner of the Florencio Noel House mentioned that it took him about ten years to have the markers put realized but worth the wait. These houses will now be protected by law.