The City of Cape Town’s Executive Deputy Mayor, Alderman Ian Neilson, will attend the Manila Steps naming ceremony and the blessing of the Filipino Burial Ground in Kalk Bay.

The ceremony and blessing will be hosted by the Kalk Bay Historical Association on Sunday 28 October 2018 at 13:45 at the Holy Trinity Church Hall, Main Road, Kalk Bay.

The ceremony is in honour of the Filipino settlers who made their homes in Kalk Bay in the mid-1800s. Many of the first settlers were sailors who jumped ship while others arrived later after fleeing a revolution in their homeland.

They were known for being excellent fishermen and became part of the growing community in Kalk Bay whose livelihood depended on both fishing and whaling.

The Kalk Bay Historical Association deemed it appropriate to honour these early settlers. They submitted a request to the City’s Naming and Nomination Committee proposing that the unnamed steps on the corner of Quarterdeck and Kimberley Roads in Kalk Bay be named the ‘Manila Steps’.

A public participation process took place from 15 June to 15 July 2017 and the majority of those who participated supported the proposal. On 15 November 2017, the City’s Naming and Nomination Committee considered the outcome of the process and recommended to the Executive Mayor that the proposal be supported.

The Filipino community made a huge contribution to the fishing industry in Kalk Bay and the traditional way of life that is still evident in the local community today.

‘The naming of the Manila Steps recognises the history and influence of the Filipino community in Kalk Bay, many of whom first began to settle here in 1839. They have helped to shape the history and character of Kalk Bay and many of the descendants of these early settlers still live in Kalk Bay. As an inclusive City, we acknowledge the proud heritage of this community and the contribution that they have made to the unique and diverse history of Cape Town,’ said Alderman Neilson.

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