By: Paolo M. Bustamante
There is a part in Sampaloc Manila wherein ancestral houses are fused to make the district of Sampaloc a potential tourist spot. But unfortunately for the district, these ancestral houses are left to rot. It is quite sad that none of our government officials see the potential of Sampaloc.because they think that there is no hope for it to rise again. These ancestral houses can be converted into a heritage area, just like the houses in Batangas. I suggest that the Mayor should go around his city more.
There is a house in G. Tuazon St., Sampaloc Manila that was built by a family who was widely known in Sampaloc and that is the Castaneda Family. Rolando Almario is an ex-kagawad and a carpenter. He has been living in this house for more than 50 years. According to him, the house was built in 1910 it was very much alive until the 1940's. After the WWII, when the city of Manila was in ruins, poverty broke out and the Casranedas had to compromise and of course that led to the chain reaction of events, The Castanedas never recovered after the war. Today the facade of the Castaneda house looks neglected and some of the details of the house are missing. It is never too late to save the house.