Nuestra Señora de Candelaria Parish (Silang Church) and its retablos in Silang Cavite were declared as a National Cultural Treasure of the Philippines.
Built in 1595, the Nuestra Señora de Candelaria is now 424 years old while its three retablos are now over 300 years. Since its formal declaration as an NCT, the church is given government protection and heritage management.
“We hope that this recognition will help strengthen the faith of the faithful here as it highlights the importance of one of the oldest churches in the country,”
Diocese of Imus Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista said during the mass.
“We also pray that as we approach the celebration of the 500th year of Christianity in the country in 2021, more importance and focus will be given to the preservation and maintenance of the oldest churches in the country such as the Silang Church,” he added.
The decision to declare the church as NCT was finalized in a panel meeting in December of 2016, while the actual declaration was made during the parish feast on Feb. 2, 2017. Under the principles of the National Museum, a National Cultural Treasure is a cultural property that is a unique object found locally, possessing an exceptional historical, cultural, artistic and/or scientific value which is significant and relevant to the country and nation.
News source: Manila Bulletin