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Malacañang was deeply saddened and bothered by the fire that hit the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo in his statement said, “Notre Dame Cathedral is an architectural treasure, symbol of Catholicism which housed several historical artifacts, and beloved icon immortalized by French novelist Victor Hugo through one of his novels.”

According to Panelo, 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 lamented that pain and sorrow were felt by the millions upon hearing the catastrophic fire of the Notre Dame place of worship.

“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,” Panelo said.

The Palace spokesman expressed hopes that the French nation will soon recover and rebuild the great monument in Paris restored to its majestic sight.