The Juan Luna Building, which houses the National Archives of the Philippines, caught fire this morning, May 28.
According to GMA News, the fire started in the Land Management Bureau office in Binondo, Manila, and then spread to nearby establishements including the Juan Luna Building. As of 10 AM today, the fire has also affected the Moraga Mansion, the BPI Building, and a residential building.
The National Archives of the Philippines, according to its website, “is the home of about 60 million documents from the centuries of Spanish rule in the Philippines, the American and Japanese occupations, as well as the years of the Republic. It is also the final repository for the voluminous notarized documents of the country.”
The office aims to preserve the primary sources of information on Philippine history, as well as to guarantee that documents and records are accessible to the public.
Netizens can’t help but feel sad with the thought that records of our history are now gone. However, recent reports say that the building is merely used as an admin office, and that the actual archives are safe in their Kalaw and Paco extension offices.
Nevertheless, Filipinos are still expressing their sadness and skepticism over the tragic event: