Here is another structure with cultural and historical value, which by the way appears to have been neglected, just like the watchtower in the previous post. This is known as the tabacalera, located in Currimao, Ilocos Norte, in the same vicinity where the coral rock formations and the watchtower stand.
This tabacalera is claimed to be the biggest in the Ilocos region, and the best example of this genre in Philippine architecture. Its rectangular floor plan is not any different from the size of a normal church building(Ilocos Norte – a travel guide book; II Ed: 2005). This is bigger than the tabacalera in Laoag City which houses the Museo Iloko. If this was located in the city, it could have been given the proper restoration and maintenance for future generations to know more of their history and culture.
The tabacalera, believed to have been utilized as warehouse of native products, such as tobacco and rice, for the purpose of trade, was built in 1869. As it is, the main structure is still intact but if not attended to soon, it may slowly deteriorate. I hope for future generations to see it in its entire form and glory, unlike the watchtower where half of it is already gone.
I noticed that the structure is not far from destruction considering that its yard have been converted into a construction site where sand and gravel are dumped. Heavy equipments operate in very close proximity to the structure, thus, destruction is highly probable.
Update on the Tabacalera [Posted 05 January 2010]:
Three (3) years since I wrote about the Tabacalera, it has never changed. It is still a dumping ground for construction materials. I hope that someday soon, someone with much needed will-power shall emerge, preserve and restore the structure which is not only a part of Currimao’s history but the whole province of Ilocos Norte. It is always better to have other places to go to and visit aside from the beach of Currimao, especially that local tourism is picking up. Below are images I took last December 2009:
There is also a watchtower ruins, considered as another historical structure being neglected within the vicinity. It appears that there is a lack of historical and cultural consciousness somewhere.
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