Strong winds and incessant rains have destroyed the historic, centuries-old Siar tree planted at the front yard of Barasoain church in Malolos, Bulacan.
The Siar or Kalayaan Tree (Peltophorum pterocarpum) has been a living witness to many historic events that transpired in the said area which occupies a significant place in Philippine history.
Other than a symbolic picture of PH’s P10 coin, it was at the Barasoain Church where three important events of the country took place: the convening of the First Philippine Congress on September 15, 1898; the promulgation of the Philippine Constitution popularly known as the “Malolos Constitution” on January 21, 1899; and the inauguration of the First Republic on January 23, 1899, establishing the Philippines as the first democratic country in Asia.
Former Philippine President Erap Estrada also took his oath office on June 30, 1998, at the Barasoain Church.
Photo below shows the public market of Sta. Maria Bulacan that remained closed Thursday as it was still surrounded by flood waters that cascaded down the mountains of San Jose del Monte City. (IAm)
Thony Dela Pena Arcenal / Benjie Cuaresma