Because I am in Bohol, the need to go historical and heritage houses hunting are high on my agenda though I have to fill it in between breaks from what I am here for, work. I went to a tarpaulin printing store and asked around while waiting for my turn and alas, one of those that came up in our conversation is on the famed ancestral house of the 8th President of the Republic of the Philippines, President Carlos P. Garcia, the illustrious and patriotic son of Bohol.
Days after, I went to see the tourism staff at the Provincial Capitol and she easily pointed to me the direction where the house was located at F. Rocha cor Holtanosa Streets, in Tagbilaran City. I went there to expect more about the ancestral house however, I was told it is closed for renovation. I went ahead and took the photos I have with Travey and asked the caretaker if I can have a good photoshoot from the outside.
Bamboo scaffolding was installed and paints were used already and the caretaker told me it is closed for renovation since the Museum where it used to be at the Ancestral Home was transferred to the Bohol National Museum besides the Provincial Capitol.
My disappointments creep in when the word renovation propped up while appropriately for a landmark as important as the Garcia House, it should have been restoration. One must be politically correct in maintaining structures with historical significance because if not, we may omit or alter worse, distort what has been made originally.
I went off renewed that I was able to touch base with what many Boholanos are proud of, that their province is rich of historical landmarks and personalities, they being able to produce the 8th President of the Republic!