Relic = artifact, remnant, historical object or what you might just consider vestige or remnant of the past. Historical object is it. Nothing could be a more prominent relic of the past than an imposing structure that endured the savage and ravage of war.
Here is one of my favorite relics located just at the back of the town hall in my hometown.
This is the Spanish Fort built in the mid-1800s. This fortress was used by the Spanish conquistadores as a forward launching pad to intensify their campaign to subdue and subjugate the native moros (my forefathers included). But the Moros of Mindanao who have mastered the art of hit and run warfare were never conquered by the Spaniards. Today, the structure stands as a constant reminder of Spain’s colonial expansionism, subjugation and enslavement of the native inhabitants.
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This is the entry to a tunnel that connects the fortress to the Rio Grande de Mindanao. The tunnel serves as both bomb shelter and escape route for the Spanish conquistadores.
Today, only the walls of the fort had remained intact. The watch towers, cannon shelters and garrison buildings were either destroyed during the war or looted.
The municipal government of Pikit, with the support of the provincial government of North Cotabato, has been trying to preserve this important historical relic so that one day it may become a popular tourist attraction. The strategy, though, is not renovation, rebuilding or improvement. A study has been underway to make sure that the original materials used are the ones that are to be restored. So, it is restoration, per se.
I can’t wait to see it finished.