By Liza Soriano
MANILA — Senator Lito Lapid has once more urged the Senate to pass a bill designating the Quiapo District as a National Heritage Zone.
This historic area is known for its aging infrastructure, rich culture, and home to the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene.
In time for the annual Traslacion, Lapid promotes the creation of the third heritage zone in the capital, which will encompass the areas near Quiapo Church, Plaza Miranda, San Sebastian Church, and Plaza del Carmen.
“Mula pa kahapon ay libu-libong deboto at panata ng Poong Nazareno ang nagtungo sa Quiapo upang ipahayag ang kanilang pananampalataya. Isa lamang ito sa napakaraming okasyon na patunay sa napaka-yamang kasaysayan, tradisyon at kultura ng Quiapo na dapat nating pahalagahan at protektahan,” Lapid said.
Lapid made this move in response to the request of Quiapo residents and heritage conservationists to designate Quiapo as such.
Lapid said that the proposed measure, which shall be known as the “Quiapo Heritage Zone Act,” will not only help restore and preserve these areas but will also create a wide range of attractions from recreational facilities, and retail options to adventure opportunities — all while protecting Quiapo’s heritage and cultural integrity.
“Dahil kinikilala natin ang kahalagahan ng Quiapo sa ating kultura at kasaysayan, at di matatawarang ambag sa pambansang kaunlaran, dapat lamang ipakita ng pamahalaan ang kanyang pagpapahalaga dito sa pamamagitan ng pagtatakda sa Distrito ng Quiapo bilang isang Historical and Cultural Heritage Zone,” the senator said.
Devotees jam the street near Quiapo Church on Monday’s Walk of Faith highlighting the feast of the Black Nazarene every 9th day of January. (Photo by Benjamin Cuaresma)