Save the historic Alberto Mansion in Binan, Laguna.
  • Petitioned PRES. BENIGNO AQUINO III

This petition was delivered to:

PRES. BENIGNO AQUINO III

Save the historic Alberto Mansion in Binan, Laguna.

    1. Bimbo Sta. Maria
    2. Petition by

      Bimbo Sta. Maria

      Binãn, Philippines

The house is almost 200 years old. It was built by Lorenzo Alonso Alberto, father of Teodora Alonso. The house was in almost perfect shape until the current owner, a descendant of Teodora sold it to a resort owner in Bagac, Bataan. The local government opposed it and did not grant the dismantling permit. However in May of 2010, the house was dismantled from the inside.

A campaign to save the house was launched spearheaded by local heritage advocates called the United Artists for Cultural Conservation and Development (UACCD). With the help of the print and broadcast media together with netizens the issue gained public interest.

A new law on heritage conservation was approved by then Pres. Gloria Arroyo on March 2010 stating that structures 50 years and above has to be conserved if it has cultural importance. The National Historical Institute ( now National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) ) was ready to put a marker in the house recognizing it as historical since the 90's but was refused by the owner. Since then and in spite of the public clamor to save the house NHCP till the present has reiterated it was never declared as an important cultural property. At the same time saying that they do not have the funds to save the house.

The house is the only remaining original structure on site in relation to Dr. Rizal. The Rizal Shrine in Calamba is a replica built from its foundation and floor initiated by then Pres. Elpidio Quirino through funds coming from donations of school children in the 1950's.

Many would say that it is not that important since it is "just" the house of Rizal's mother. Not realizing that without Teodora Alonso there would be no Pepe. Teodora was Rizal's first teacher and was the one who moulded his character of love of country. The house is the living soul that would remind us of the memory of this great woman and her contribution to Philippine history.

The destruction of this house is man made. The took away the ceiling, floor and dug the foundations leaving only the shell of the house. A part of the roof caved in last week. A call for help ran in the net for the government to immediately intervene before the whole house collapses but fell into deaf ears. On Oct. 22, 2012, 75% of the roof went down along with a big part of the facade.

The house can still be saved. It took one president in the past to rebuild the Rizal Shrine in Calamba now we call on our president to step in and help save and reconstruct this irreplaceable part of our history in Binan. A fitting honor for a mother.

 

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    1. Reached 2,500 signatures
    2. HISTORIAN, RESEARCHER OR ANY RIZAL DESCENDANT: WE NEED HELP!

      Bimbo Sta. Maria
      Petition Organizer

      In the recently concluded meeting at the NHCP last November 5, 2012 , our LGU and our group, UACCD, was asked to show a primary evidence that Teodora lived in the house. After citing my source from the books i have read, Chairman Diokno told us that it is inadmissible since they are just secondary evidence. Therefore, the house can not be declared as historical. The UACCD is composed of students (none of them taking history) and a few volunteers who does not have the skill in doing this job. Nevertheless, we agreed. The argument from the owner of the house is that Rizal was never related to them. Ms. Diokno said that she made a phone call to the owner who told her that their great grandfather, Lorenzo Alonso fathered a child from one of his "encargado" or "katiwala" and the child was Teodora Alonso. I was shocked! Even if Teodora was illegitimate, her mother, Brigida de Quintos, was the daughter of a lawyer from Pangasinan, Manuel Quintos. She was never a daughter of an encargado!

    3. Reached 2,000 signatures
    4. Pres. Aquino please help our LGU, NHCP and the people of Binan!

      Bimbo Sta. Maria
      Petition Organizer

      In behalf of the UACCD and the Save the Alberto House Movement we wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to Mayor Len Alonte-Naguiat, Vice Mayor Arman Dimaguila, Coun. Gat Alatiit and Coun. Naida Casas for supporting our advocacy to save the Alberto Mansion and bringing the matter to the attention of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) . NHCP Chair Ma. Serena Diokno to look for ways and means to help the City Government and people of Binan in our crusade. Special thanks to Ms. Gemma Cruz Araneta and Mr. Ivan Henares of the Heritage Conservation Society for their precious time and effort in attending the meeting and sharing their expertise for the sake of our cause. Let us be vigilant in following the issue and pray for the best solution for all of this debacle.
      -Dr. Bimbo Sta.Maria, President, UACCD, 11-5-12

    5. Reached 750 signatures
    6. Reached 500 signatures
    7. Reached 100 signatures
    8. Rizal ancestral home deteriorating.

      Bimbo Sta. Maria
      Petition Organizer
      Rizal ancestral home deteriorating

      Naaalarma ang mga heritage advocate sa Biñan, Laguna dahil unti-unti nang gumuguho ang antigong bahay ni Teodora Alonso, ina ni Dr. Jose Rizal. Magba-Bandila si Dominic Almelor. Bandila, Oktubre 23, 2012, Martes

    9. Reached 25 signatures

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    • Catholic Dumalo LAGUNA, PHILIPPINES
      • 13 days ago

      Hello! The house is now walled up. I guess there's a plan now to rehabilitate it. :D

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    • kristoffer booc BIñAN CITY, PHILIPPINES
      • 11 months ago

      nakakalungkot at nakakaiyak bakit pinabayaan na lang natin maging ganyan ang bahay na yan di na nakakapagtaka kung bakit mababa tingin sa atin nang mga banyagan kasi sarili nating kultura di natin mapahalagahan:D

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    • maira grace campbell FORT IRWIN, CA
      • 12 months ago

      Dahil ako ay tubong binan pinanganak sa canlalay lumaki sa delapaz at ang lahat ng aking pamilya at residente pa rin ng binan. At isa akong lihitimong butante ng binan.

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    • Mark Angel Peña BIñAN, PHILIPPINES
      • 12 months ago

      Ito po ay bahagi ng ating kasaysayan at malinaw din po sa ating batas na dapat protekahan at ipreserba ang mga historical places...

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    • edward silvestre BIñAN CITY, PHILIPPINES
      • 12 months ago

      pgkat ako'y taga biñan at lumaki ako s lumang palenke ng biñan.

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