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Paranaque preserves oldest kamalig

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Nestled along M.H Del Pilar Street in Barangay La Huerta, Parañaque City, lies a treasure steeped in history - the oldest Kamalig in Paranaque. Known locally as "Bodega," this structure bears witness to the rich heritage of Parañaque and has become an enduring symbol of its past.

The Kamalig, owned by the former Parañaque Presidente Munisipal Kapitan Patricio Bernabe, played a significant role in the town's history. It is said that Kapitan Patricio Bernabe, one of the signatories of the Acta de Proclamacion on June 12, 1898, once owned this remarkable piece of architecture.

Despite enduring various calamities over the years, the Kamalig has stood resilient. While it has not escaped the effects of progress and the passage of time, it remains a poignant reminder of Parañaque's roots. The local community holds this historic site dear, cherishing its cultural significance and striving to preserve it for future generations.


The Kamalig, with its wooden beams and intricate craftsmanship, offers a glimpse into the architectural style of a bygone era. Its sturdy structure has weathered storms and witnessed the transformations that have swept through Parañaque. Standing amidst modern developments, it serves as a reminder of the city's rich legacy, urging us not to forget our past as we forge ahead into the future.

Preserving cultural heritage is crucial in maintaining a sense of identity and continuity within a community. The Kamalig stands as a testament to Parañaque's vibrant history, and it is our responsibility to ensure its preservation. By valuing and nurturing these tangible links to the past, we can pass down a legacy of pride, knowledge, and appreciation to future generations.

As Parañaque progresses and embraces modernity, it is essential to strike a balance between development and heritage preservation. The Kamalig serves as a poignant reminder that progress should not come at the expense of losing our cultural treasures. Rather, it should be a catalyst for renewed appreciation and efforts to safeguard our heritage.

The significance of the Kamalig extends beyond its physical structure. It represents the collective memory and stories of Parañaque's people. It is a symbol of resilience, reminding us of our ability to withstand challenges and preserve our cultural identity.


Efforts to protect and promote the Kamalig are vital for nurturing a sense of pride and fostering cultural tourism in Parañaque. By showcasing this historical gem to visitors and locals alike, the city can create awareness about its rich heritage and attract tourists seeking an authentic and immersive experience.

As we navigate the complexities of the modern world, let us not forget the importance of preserving our heritage. The Kamalig stands as a testament to the spirit of Parañaque and serves as a call to action for all residents to embrace their history, protect their cultural treasures, and ensure that future generations can continue to appreciate the legacy left by their ancestors.

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