By Genalyn Kabiling
The Philippine government has expressed sorrow over the “heartbreaking” blaze that hit Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and voiced solidarity with the people of France.
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said they remained hopeful that the French could rebuild the iconic monument to its majestic sight.
“The Palace is deeply saddened and bothered by the fire that hit the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France,” Panelo said.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of France as well as in solidarity with the rest of the world for this heartbreaking incident. We wish the French nation all the best as they undertake efforts to rebuild this great monument in Paris restored to its majestic sight,” he added.
A massive fire broke out at the centuries-old cathedral, destroying its spire and roof as firefights battled the inferno. The Paris landmark was reportedly under major renovation when the devastating fire occurred.
Panelo has recognized the Notre Dame Cathedral not only as an architectural treasure but also as a symbol of Catholicism that houses several historical artifacts.
The place of worship has also become a beloved icon immortalized by French novelist Victor Hugo through his novel “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” he added.
“Thousands of various races have, at one time or another, stood either by themselves or with their families or friends in front of this historic cathedral and marvel at its architectural grandeur,” Panelo said.
“Their sojourn there left beautiful memories engraved in their hearts and recorded in photographs. Pain and sorrow were felt by the millions upon hearing the catastrophic fire of the Notre Dame place of worship,” he added.