Century-old house in CSF declared city heritage

The City of San Fernando erected a heritage marker in front of the Dayrit-Galang House, a more than a century house on Friday in celebration of the Pyestang Fernandino.

The Dayrit-Galang House is located along A. Consunji Street, Barangay San Jose, and owned by the late Fernandino couple, Florentino Singian Dayrit and Juana Gatchalian Galang.

HERITAGE MARKER. A City of San Fernando heritage marker was erected in front of the Dayrit-Galang House in Barangay San Jose to underscore its historical significance. The unveiling of the marker was led by City Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago, City Tourism Officer Ching Pangilinan, and the current house owner, Edwin Dayrit.

Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago, who led the unveiling of the heritage marker, said he had personal moments in the said house because he and one of the family’s descendants, Edwin Dayrit, shared a good friendship during their younger years.

Santiago was joined by Dayrit and City Tourism Officer Ching Pangilinan during the unveiling rites.

“Ang pinagmanahan ng bahay na ito ay aking kababata, kaklase, at kaibigang matalik. Noong nasa high school pa kami, dito kami bumibisita. Natatandaan ko noong kabataan ko, isa ito sa mga pinakamagandang bahay sa Siyudad at kung ano ang nakikita dati dito, ay ganoon pa rin ngayon,” Santiago said.

According to Dayrit, since the house was built in 1900s up to now, only minimal part of the two-storey wooden house had been remodeled.

“Ang halos lahat ng nakikita sa bahay ay orihinal na parte nito. Pinagawa lang namin yung mga dingding ng taas na parte nito noon pero halos lahat, maging ang sa baba ay maayos siya,” he explained.

Nevertheless, Dayrit said the house will still undergo restoration projects once the community quarantine guidelines are eased so their family will be able to open the house to more tourists.

Three members of the family who lived here, namely, Armando, Marina, and Fernando, were notable Fernandinos who served their countrymen using their respective skills.

Armando was involved in journalistic works under The Tribune newspaper; Marina in library services under several government institutions; and, Fernando in conchology (study of mollusk shells) and malacology (study of mollusks) under the National Museum of the Philippines.

Santiago, during his message, also lauded the family for their initiatives in the preservation of the house.

“Ang pamilya mismo ang nakipag-ugnayan sa atin upang mapreserba ang property na ito kaya malaki ang pasasalamat natin sa kanila. Patunay lamang ito na minamahal at inaalagaan nila ang kasaysayan ng San Fernando,” he said.

As of this writing, the house was part of the City’s “Heritage Pass,” a passport-like booklet that compiles the addresses and history of heritage sites and structures of the City of San Fernando which tourists can refer to when visiting the city.

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