Declare the 1909 Casa Vallejo building in Baguio City a heritage site or important cultural property and ensure its future protection and preservation.
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As concerned citizens, we urgently seek protection for Casa Vallejo as it is currently the subject of a property dispute. We fear that the outcomes of this dispute may lead to the destruction of an important heritage site. The legal possession of the property is a complex issue, but with the recognition of Casa Vallejo as an important cultural property, we hope to at least protect it from any future demolition and to preserve it as part of Baguio’s heritage. Regardless of ownership of the property, it is in the interest of Baguio City that it is not demolished.
Originally built in 1909, Casa Vallejo was then known as Dormitory 4, which housed workers that were building up Baguio City according to the plans of the American administration. It is one of the few remaining historical, pre-World War II structures in Baguio. At the time the building had sawali wall partitions. The exterior walls were a combination of wood and galvanized iron, as were most of the government buildings constructed in that period.
In 1923, this building was leased to Salvador Vallejo, a Spaniard who came with the Spanish army at the turn of the century, married here, and never left. He opened Vallejo Hotel with some renovations that blended with the original Dormitory 4 structure. His descendants operated the hotel until 2000, during which time it became a hub for community meetings and international conferences in the city.
During the Second World War, hundreds of foreign refugees were brought to Casa Vallejo. In the American carpet bombing of Baguio in 1945, Casa Vallejo and the Baguio Cathedral were among the few buildings that remained standing. Baguio City High School held its classes in the building in July 1945. Afterwards, the Vallejo family resumed management of the hotel.
The building currently houses a hotel, a restaurant, a bookshop, a spa, and a cinematheque, but much of the original structure remains. Developments and restorations thus far have remained faithful to the architecture of the early American period of our city’s history. The building still features the grace and atmosphere of the original exterior. Wood is still its primary material.
Baguio is a swiftly changing city. Often we feel helpless against the indiscriminate transformation of this place that we love, and the blatant disregard for environmental, historical and cultural heritage. Through this request, we pray for the preservation of one of Baguio’s last remaining 100-year old historical landmarks, not only for the sake of our city, but as a part of our national heritage.
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