The unnamed Kalk Bay steps received a new name yesterday, Manila Steps, in honour of Filipino settlers who made their homes in Kalk Bay in the mid-1800s.
Many of these first settlers were sailors who jumped ship while others arrived later after fleeing a revolution in their homeland.
The Filipinos 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 renaming ceremony was also attended by the Philippine Ambassador to South Africa, Joseph Angeles. Religious leaders from various faiths officiated at the blessing ceremony.
An information board was unveiled at the bottom of the steps to mark this historic occasion.
The move to name the steps was initiated by the Kalk Bay Historical Association. The association deemed it appropriate to recognise the Filipino community for their contribution to the broader Kalk Bay community and wished to see their heritage preserved.
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