Thank you DMCI!

This Heritage Month, let us all not forget to thank the benevolent property developer DMCI for their pricely contributions to the landscape of Rizal Park.

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Heritage Month and the Philippine Cultural Heritage Mapping Project

And just like that, the month of May has arrived. While there is Labor Day, the Maytime festivals, and summer that this month is known for, not many people know that May is also the month for Philippine Heritage as the country celebrates National Heritage Month at this time of the year.

the Romualdez house in Pandacan (from the Urban Roamer archives)

First decreed to be celebrated by Presidential Proclamation No, 439 on August 11, 2003, the celebration of the National Heritage Month aims to raise awareness on the country’s heritage and instill a sense of pride, respect, and appreciation for our heritage. With these values instilled in our people, it is hoped that through this celebration, there will be more efforts that will be made to preserve and promote the country’s heritage as priceless links to our past as well as a source of livelihood being attractions visited by many who come from different parts of the country and the world as well.

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Kasa Boix: Restoration in Progress

Throughout the more than 4-year history of the Urban Roamer, we have been all to familiar with the sad fate that befell much of the city’s heritage due to rapid and unchecked urbanization in recent years. For us who have come to appreciate the ciyt’s glorious past, it is heartbreaking to learn much of this heritage have either disappeared or in danger of being lost forever; unfortunately it is a trend that will most likely continue as long as there are people who are unaware or do not care about the importance of these heritage structures.

Fortunately, there are still bright spots to this gloomy situation, like the story the Urban Roamer is proud to feature today: the Kasa Boix in Quiapo, Manila.

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Roaming Malabon, Part 1

To the non-Malabon natives or to those who have no regular business, so to speak, in that city, Malabon is not one of those “go-to” places one feels going to. Compounded by the perceptions thanks to images of flooding and there being nothing much to see there, that attitude is understandable in a way.


the “legendary” floods of Malabon

So who would have thought that such a “flood-prone” area (which is actually caused more by high tides rather than floods) has such rich heritage character, something that is hard to find these days in an area so much urbanized as in Metropolitan Manila? This is what I discovered when I joined a little group who went on a food/heritage trip that took us around Malabon and a bit of nearby Navotas as well.

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