The National Archives of the Philippines (NAP) over the weekend formally declared Archivo Nueva Segovia (ANS) in Vigan City as a national cultural treasure.
The facility received the honorary distinction in a ceremony held at Archbishop Marlo Peralta’s residence, making it one of only three archives in the country following NAP itself and the University of Santo Tomas Archives.
A commemorative marker was unveiled by Archbishop Peralta watched by some representatives of the national archives and the Ilocos Sur provincial government.
The marker states the ANS provides sources of information in the study of history, language, arts, religion, politics, society, economy and other specializations.
The ANS keeps church documents that are mostly canonical books from various parishes of the archdiocese from as early as1645.
It was established in the early 1990s through the mandate of Cardinal Orlando Quevedo who served the archdiocese from 1986 to 1998.
Archdiocesan archivist, Fr. Jeric Jaramillo, said ANS serves as “storage of memory of the Christian community and storehouse of culture for the new evangelization.”