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Legarda eyes Antique’s ‘cultural renaissance’ thru Old Capitol restoration

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Recognizing the significance of heritage sites, Deputy Speaker and Antique Rep. Loren Legarda has spearheaded efforts to restore the Old Capitol Building, located in San Jose de Buenavista, the capital town of Antique.

The former senator said she envisioned the “adaptive reuse” and restoration of the building.

“The Old Capitol Building was considered a presidencia, a colonial building that was refurbished, renovated and reconstructed during the American Colonial Period. Most colonial buildings were destroyed during World War II, but the Old Capitol stood the test of time and is one of the remaining few presidencias that is still structurally sound,” Legarda said.

“Its restoration will bring more appreciation to the young generation of Antiqueños, knowing that their province has a significant role in Philippine history and has a vibrant culture to offer, ” she added.

The Old Capitol Building will serve as “a haven for Antique’s rich culture and heritage that will house a textile gallery, archival materials and a library,” Legarda said.

With the housing of its archival and historical materials, she said she hoped Antiqueños would be more knowledgeable of their own province and promote them proudly to the world.

“The complete restoration of the Old Capitol Building is a dream come true. It is the epitome of how historically rich my province of Antique is, and through its preservation, we are able to ensure that our present and future generations will have something to be proud of,” she said.

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