5 Places In The Philippines That Will Take You Back 400 Years


Being under the Spanish rule for more than 300 years, almost every town or city in the Philippines has architectural gems.

While most have been sold off, or deeply neglected, or are already in ruins, some have thankfully survived through the centuries and are still intact and relatively well-preserved.

For the history buffs, these five heritage towns are worth visiting more than once.

Taal, Batangas

The charming town of Taal, 112 kilometers (70 miles) south of Manila, is more known for what is said to be the world’s smallest volcano of the same name. But there is more to discover here like the grand ancestral homes lining up its main street and the church of Basilica de San Martin de Tours, which is the largest in Asia.

In the late 19th century, the local coffee industry boomed. Due to the growing financial prosperity of middle class businessmen, numerous Bahay na Bato (stone houses) were built which we can all see still standing in the town today.

Taal Town Batangas

Taal Town | Photo by Jherson Jaya

Taal town is a marvel. Photography enthusiasts will surely have a great time paying Galleria Taal a visit. This is an ancestral house turned into a museum , which houses a collection of antique cameras and old photos.

For those who yearn for a taste of the past, Villa Tortuga offers a dinner package where you get to wear period dresses and have your pictures taken with faded photographs as your souvenirs. It is a perfect way to experience the life of the elite during the Spanish regime.

Basilica de San Martin de Tours Batangas

Basilica de San Martin de Tours Church, Taal, Batangas

Don’t miss visiting the mansion of local heroine, Marcela Agoncillo. She was one of the three women who produced the very first hand-sewn official Philippine flag which was unveiled during the announcement of Philippine independence from Spanish rule on June 12, 1898 in Kawit, Cavite.

How To Get to Taal

Taal Batangas Map

From Manila, ride a bus going to Lipa City, Batangas then hop on a jeepney bound for Taal Town. You will know you are in Taal when you notice the steep road and get a glimpse of the imposing church right ahead.

Vigan, Ilocos Sur

Calle Crisologo Vigan Ilocos Sur

Calle Crisologo, Vigan, Ilocos Sur

The capital city of Ilocos Sur, Vigan, is a UNESCO World Site and is also one of the remaining intact Hispanic towns in the country. Its old homes showcase a fusion of Chinese, Filipino and European colonial architecture.

A former Philippine President, Elpidio Quirino and Padre Jose Burgos, a Philippine National Hero, both call Vigan City their home.

History lovers will definitely enjoy walking along the cobblestone street of Calle Crisologo. Animal lovers can visit Baluarte – a mini zoo owned by former Ilocos Sur Governor Chavit Singson. For the prayerful, St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral is not hard to miss since it is located in the heart of the city, fronting Plaza Salcedo.

St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral Vigan Ilocos Sur

St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral, Vigan, Ilocos Sur

For old romantics, the tale of Vigan is the perfect explanation to the old saying “love conquers all.” The story behind the survival of Vigan during WWII is a love story in itself. A former Japanese commander fell in love with a Bigueña (a female local) and thus ordered Vigan to be spared from the war.

How To Get to Vigan

Vigan Ilocos Sur Map

The fastest way to reach Vigan is via a 1-hour flight to the nearby city of Laoag, Ilocos Norte from Manila. Then travel by land from Laoag to Vigan for two hours. Vigan is also reachable from Manila via an 8-hour bus ride.

Pila, Laguna

Unlike the neighboring towns of Pagsanjan and Sta. Cruz, Pila’s pride comes to the fact that its ancestral homes survived the turmoil of World War II.

The town itself was declared as a National Historical Landmark by the NHCP or National Historical Commission of the Philippines (formerly NHI or National Historical Institute) on May 17, 2000.

It’s also considered as one of the oldest settlements in the country since archeologists have found artifacts dating back to the late Tang Dynasty. The town was built with the St. Anthony of Padua Parish Church as the center with the old houses, town hall and the plaza grounds surrounding it – giving off a very laid-back feel.

Pila Laguna

The old homes of Pila are still being occupied by private residents. A visit to the town museum is recommended to know more about the Pila’s history. It’s no surprise that this quaint town was chosen a film location for some scenes in the popular daytime Philippine series Be Careful With My Heart.

St. Anthony of Padua Parish

St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Pila, Laguna

How To Get To Pila

Pila Laguna Map
Ride buses plying the Manila-Sta. Cruz, Laguna route then exit at Pila Junction at the National Highway. Travel time is about 2 hours depending on traffic. The town center is shortly reachable from here either by jeepney or by foot for about five minutes.

Silay City, Negros Occidental

Dubbed as the Little Paris, Silay City was named after Kansilay trees due to its abundance in the area during the early days. There are more than thirty well-preserved ancestral homes here which have been declared as historical landmarks.

Silay City Negros Occidental

Photo by Angel Enero

Similar to the coffee industry of Batangas, the advent of sugarcane plantations in Negros grew Silay City’s economy, giving rise to its exuberant collection of old homes. One of the most famous of these homes is the Gaston Mansion or more popularly known as Balay Negrense (balay meaning house).

Gaston Mansion Silay Negros Occidental

Photo by Angel Enero

A lavish party scene in the award-winning 1982 movie Oro, Plata, Mata was shot here.

How To Get To Silay City

Silay Negros Occidental Map

Silay City can be explored through a less than 1-hour plane ride from Manila, landing at Bacolod-Silay International Airport. A local shipping company, 2GO, also offers trips to Bacolod City every few days via the Port of Manila. Silay City is just about a 30-minute ride from the Bacolod City.

Biñan City, Laguna

Biñan, also referred to as Binyang by local townsfolk, is famous for its mouth-watering Puto Biñan – a kind of rice cake topped with cheese, butter or salted egg mostly produced in Brgy. San Vicente and for its custom-made hats found in Brgy. Platero.

A modern city in the eyes of many, not many know that there are beautiful ancestral houses hidden in the heart of the city. Rows of Spanish homes have survived the past decades and can be found on the streets along San Isidro de Labrador Parish Church.

Binan Laguna

Dr. Jose Rizal, the Philippine National Hero, had his early education here in Biñan in which the nearby City of Sta. Rosa used to be a part of. He hails from Biñan through his mother’s side, Doña Teodoro Alonso.

Recently, the Alberto House, the ancestral home of Dr. Rizal’s mother, was recently stopped from being demolished. Sadly, it was sold off by one of the descendants of Teodora and was scheduled to be transferred to a resort in Bagac, Bataan. Fortunately, the local government and the people of Biñan are trying to prevent the transfer from happening.

How To Get To Biñan City

Binan City Laguna

Biñan is accessible from Manila via a 1-hour bus ride passing through the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) via Carmona Exit. One short jeepney ride from the bus terminal is all it takes to reach the town proper.

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Paula O has the world’s shortest last name and is a lover of cats, books, history, culture & the arts. A self-proclaimed nature-lover, she is also a certified beach babe. She regularly chronicles her wanderings through her travel site Pondering Paodaolei and enjoys mermaiding in her free time.


    • Yes! There are many other beautiful heritage towns in the Philippines! Might as well write a second part! 😀

    • Yes! There are many other beautiful heritage towns in the Philippines! Might as well write a second part for this right? 😀

  1. Vicky O. Espaldon on

    we had a great experience in Villa Tortuga. For just a few hundred of pesos, we were able to have a chance to wear the Spanish costumes, results of which, my mother and sister love so much! You got the feeling of the Spanish time, and having the chance to be part of the “illustrados”.

  2. stjohnofthevatican on

    Places that either remind or hide the “truth” of the Spaniards and who really the people are before the invasion in 1521. Rizal, Bonifacio and other people who gave up their lives, specially Datu Lapu-Lapu will be very happy!

  3. stjohnofthevatican on

    If you want to find out the religion 500 years ago in the Philippines, before the Spanish invasion, go to Mindanao.

    • Sam Agnatios on

      and what was the religion the middle east in world before the invasion of the Arab? Accurate before the first terrorist started his religion?

      Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah (RAA):The Prophet (ﷺ) said: “I have been given five things which were not
      given to anyone else before me. Allah made me victorious by awe (of
      frightening my enemies) for a distance of one month’s journey. The earth
      has been made for me (and my followers) a place for praying and
      something with which to perform Tayammum (to purify oneself for prayer).
      Therefore, anyone (of my followers) can pray (anywhere) and at any time
      that the Salat (prayer) is due.”

    • mabinibonifacio on

      If Iloilo city qualify as 400 years ago place then there is a reason why that such city was overtaken by Cebu City being the Queen City of the South.

      • Where is it in the history books that state the title being given by the Spanish royal family, particularly by Queen Isabel II, to Cebu City? Please research some more and you just might find out they gave it to Iloilo together with a replica of her majesty’s crown, being the “Queen’s City of the South” (her favorite). So the title is not just a self-imposed one like Cebu has given itself. Enough said…

          • then, you haven’t been to cebu… in parian area which is in downtown cebu city, you will see a few hispanic houses alongside gorordo museum…. and there are heritage houses in southern cebu, like barili, carcar, etc.

          • Angelito Castro Bernardo on

            i noticed that what was being discussed were heritage homes in cebu city itself, not in the province of cebu….

        • So who named Cebu City as “Queen City”of the South.Please anybodycan share?.In Cebu i can remember circa70’s reachin80”s where you can see heritage houses along Ramos St, Gorordo ad other part in Cebu City are now evolving to concrete high story buildings….why is it so? Is it bec they prefer progress and want to move on from the past?

    • juandelacruzako on

      yes in zamboanga there are still old buildings and the Fort Pilar is a must to visit…the local dialect is Chavacano which is more spanish…

  4. This article is a good start. The ‘400 years’ in the title, however, is way exaggerated. The houses in PIla, for example, differ from those in Vigan because they date back to late Spanish period. If we are to trace history, there are only four places in the Philippines where dioceses were established a little more than 400 years ago: Cebu, Manila, Nueva Caceres (Naga City) and Nueva Segovia (Laoag). I think this is essential to note because most of the places featured were presented along with their respective church buildings. Also you mentioned ‘cities’ in the title, but Taal is a municipality.


      Also I believe taal is relatively “new”… having been built as a relocation site for taal viejo now site of san nicolas. which was destroyed during an 18th century eruption of taal volcano. So taal would only bring you back about 200 years. not 400 🙂

      • Angelito Castro Bernardo on

        as a town name, Lal-lo, Cagayan was formerly called Nueva Segovia…. the present diocese (or archdiocese?) of nueva segovia covers ilocos sur province – with seat in vigan city….

    • Angelito Castro Bernardo on

      incidentally, pila laguna is also a municipality – just like taal – and not too many know that binan had become a city – only just recently… i think the word city can be used interchangeably for municipality in case of literary works – like this blog – in referring to a provincial subdivision that we normally term as municipality or town. it will be noted that in most application forms (and other similar forms) that we are asked to fill up, city is usually used in general (not municipality) – even if not everybody lives in a city…… of course, it is different when we talk on – official basis – to political subdivisions of the Philippines as a country, in which case, a city (either component or highly-urbanized), is treated differently from a municipality (or town)…. it maybe good to note that in the caption below, the author, in general, referred to the places in the article as municipality – even if there are cities included……

    • You are very wrong when you said nueva segovia is in Laoag. The Nueva Segovia is in Vigan which once called Ciudad Fernandina. the Nueva Segovia building is just beside the St. Paul Metropolitan Church. Just to correct you.

  5. The old churches were built by the Spanish, why are some called in English then like the St. Anthony Church ? It should be called by it’s original Spanish name San Antonio de Padua. Filipinos do not really care about History.

  6. Teddy_Alfarero on

    To all those wondering why other cities were not included, you obviously don’t understand the travails of a professional blogger who has a deadline. lol
    Anyway, I agree with Vic Nierva. The blog title is exaggerated…but then again, that may also be because professional bloggers typically exaggerate titles just so you’d click their articles. Site hits are everything.
    (Not judging or anything. That’s just the truth.)

  7. Malabon’s San Bartolome marked its 400th year as a parish recently but the church as it stands now was built in 1861. The article is a good way to rouse interest on the places mentioned above but I also believe the title with 400 years was a bit exaggerated. Many settlements in the country could be traced to 400 years ago but very few actually have structures that old. There could be additions to the list however, just revise your title.

  8. There are other places with such mementos 400 years back. . like here in Sta.Ana, Manila. . Tondo, in Bulacan, Cebu, etc.

  9. Rachelle Caniedo on

    I think there is a misinformation here when you said “The charming town of Taal, 112 kilometers (70 miles) south of Manila, is more known for what is said to be the world’s smallest volcano of the same name. But there is more to discover here like the grand ancestral homes lining up its main street and the church of Basilica de San Martin de Tours, which is the largest in Asia.”

    Taal town is far from Taal Volcano. Roughly an hour drive. Taal town used to be situated near Taal volcano lake but the town, together its name and people was moved to now San Nicolas after the volcano erupted long time ago. Taal volcano erupted again and destroyed again the then Taal town in now San Nicolas, so the town’s name and people moved again to now Taal town.

    To summarize, Taal volcano is in Tagaytay, Cavite. Taal town is in Batangas.

    • Just to clarify, Taal Volcano is not in Tagaytay, fyi. Taal Volcano sits on Taal Lake which is in Batangas. How will it be possible for Tagaytay to have jurisdiction over Taal Volcano where in fact it is not even located on the shore of the lake?

      • Taal Volcano is in Taal Lake. Taal Lake is in the Province of Batangas. Tagaytay City is in the Province of Cavite.

        The present Volcano island has barangays which are under the jurisdiction of the Municipality of San Nicolas, Municipality of Talisay and the Municipality of Balete.

        Why is it that the Lake and Volacano are named after Taal when now it has no jurisdiction in the area. Taal town was formerly located in what is now the Municipality of San Nicolas. The town is now located some 8 kilometers away from the lake because it was destroyed during the euption of the volcano in 1745. When it was relocated in its present site its former location became one of its barrios, the barrio of San Nicolas. In the early 50’s the barrio was converted into the Town of San Nicolas, which as mentioned above has the present jurisdictions in some of the barangays in the Volcano Island.

      • sirc del san on

        tilapya bangus at carpa ang pakinabang ng lake sa batangas pero yong view Tagaytay me pakinabang dyan. Daming investor sa Tagaytay dahil sa View ng Taal lake na asa Batangas.

    • x x x To summarize, Taal volcano is in Tagaytay, Cavite. Taal town is in Batangas. Taal volcano is not part of Taal town. x x x

      We might as well call it as Tagaytay Volcano. Considering also that the majestic little volcano is mostly viewed from the ridges of Tagaytay.

      However, poor Rachelle is misinformed or misinforming.

      • Angelito Castro Bernardo on

        it seems you are incorrect with your summarization, mr.just jt…. a legislation is needed to move boundaries….

        • I am not the one who made the summary. Before delving on history, why not try to learn what x x x means. The x’s which is not in the province of Algebra.

    • Angelito Castro Bernardo on

      i don’t know the history of the town of taal, batangas – i’m from nueva ecija….a look at the philippine map should settle the issue…. all around the coast of taal lake are 9 nine municipalities and 2 cities (tanauan and lipa) of batangas province. so, taal lake is fully a part of batangas; and therefore, taal volcano is part of batangas province – as it is shown by the boundary line separating the provinces of batangas and cavite – of which, tagaytay is a component city…. while the present taal town does not share a boundary on taal lake with the other 9 towns and 2 cities of batangas around the coast/shores of taal lake, neither does tagaytay city (as regards the lakeshore). it’s only advantage over taal town is that tagaytay is much nearer to taal lake/volcano than taal town is, and that taal lake&volcano is 1 of the main attractions of tagaytay city – and the city should be thankful to batangas for that… a similar situation is corregidor island – which, although a part of cavite province, is more accessible (nearer) bataan province/mainland than cavite mainland….

    • Taal volcano is viewed only in Tagaytay but i’ts not part of Tagaytay. Taal Lake is part of Batangas and the Volcano lies within the lake.

  10. Ester Alinsugay-Oriarte on

    In fareness, Carcar have remnants of very old houses dating in 1800s. those gutted by fire at the old settlement are irretraceable since the moro raid in 1600. Older than columbus record says. Im wonder if anybody like Indiana Jones heir?

  11. Kenneth Parra on

    so lucky to visit those five places, although i admit i have visited other places which i can say truly a treasure for us Filipinos.

  12. Oriel Bong Quimbo on

    Thank you for including Silay City, Negros Occ. because I once lived there. Some of the the ancestral houses are just replica to the originals because the old ones were totally dilapidated. I have been also to so many places in Mindanao and Visayas where Spanish-style houses were erected but not found in your article. Ex: Dapitan City, Zamboanga City, Jimenez in Misamis Occidental and Bago City, Negros Occ….anyway, thanks for the article!

  13. makibaka_wag_magbaboy on

    you forgot to mention that Bataan has several municipalities dating more than 400 years, take a look at Abucay and Balanga town proper…

  14. rodolfo lorayes on

    The City of Daraga in Legaspi , Bicol Region will qualify specially the old Church atop the Daraga hill which was built as a result of the early eruption of Mayon volcano.

  15. Pagsanjan too must be included in the list, houses lining Calle Real (main street) are very beautiful and exquisite,, i hope it’s local government will restore and protect it

  16. Sad to say , that I never visit yet these five beautiful heritage
    places you’ve mentioned, although I knew these all, and I only have time to look @ beautiful
    pictures, but I have plan next month to see Vigan. And if I have more time left for my vacation, I will try to
    visit Taal town. Thanks for the Info & how to get there.

  17. The Fort Pilar or Fortaleza del Pilar in Zamboanga City was built in 1635 by the Spaniards. It now houses a museum managed by the National Museum where you find artifacts taken from the Griffin ship that sank in 1760 near the Sulu Seas.

  18. wow…so nice to visit this place….maybe someday im going to see this place with my wife…..thanks to the author and I discover something which is an usual place..

  19. I agrre with all of those except Taal. Taal is so over priced and run down that it is not worth a peso to even go there for a minute. Scammers await you on bikes, boats, motor cycles, and if you want to go see the volcano itself you get the chance to see abused and starved horses. Be prepared to spend 4000 per person per day that you are in Taal…. And that dosnt even include your lodging.

    • It’s the Taal Town in Batangas and not the Taal you see when you are in Tagaytay. I’ve been to Taal when I was little, and I remembered those beautiful old houses.Some of them were turned into museums.

      • When you are in Tagaytay City you have a very clear view of the Taal Lake and Volcano but not of the Town of Taal.

        From Tagaytay City to reach the Town of Taal there are two major routes that can be taken:

        1. the Olde Route…From Tagaytay City proceed towards Nasugbu and upon reaching the boundary between Cavite and Batangas take the Diokno Highway straight to Lemery. The town of Taal is just across the Pansipit River from Lemery.
        Lemery and Taal are Twin Towns. Only a short bridge separates the two.

        2. the New Route: From Tagaytay City go down to the town of Talisay and proceed to the town of Laurel and take the scenic coastal road to the town of Agoncillo. From Agoncillo one can reach the Town of Taal either through the Town of San Nicolas or through the the Town of Lemery.

        From Manila to Taal Heritage Town, another route is:

        Via Slex to Star Tolways to Lipa City passing though the towns of San Jose, Cuenca, Alitagtag, Sta Tereista and then Taal.

  20. Timbuktu & Kiribati on

    many think that when the place Taal is mentioned it only means Taal Volcano and Taqaytay. wrong! going to Taal town is totally free and no hassles. you can simply eat (in small eateries and carendirias) and drive around to see the old houses and the Taal Church, one of the oldest and biggest church in the Philippines. don’t go to Tagaytay which is so commercialized. go to Taal town and spend nothing but gasoline and time.

    • true! this was the last place my mother got to see before she passed away; my sister took her to Taal and they went inside the basilica; my sister said, she could hear our mother praying, asking for forgiveness that due to her frailness and old age, she could no longer attend or go to church; my sis said our mother got excited seeing the beauty inside and walked on the aisle unassisted; my sister was surprised that my mother knelt on the pew which was next to impossible at her age; after which, she expressed happiness and awe with the beauty of the basilica. ☺

  21. Timbuktu & Kiribati on

    instead of wasting time and money in tagaytay (so congested, expensive, lots of hassles, and traffic on sundays) i suggest you go and drive to taal town. bring food, water, and sandwiches as there are no restaurants the type you find in tagaytay. or perhaps find a better resto along the way, if you fancy eating in restos. route: 1) you may take the taal-lemery road passed after you pass by the san miguel training certain ( left after tagaytay but before reaching batulao) which drives around and at the back of taal volcano then out back to the highway. turn left when you reach the highway and this will bring you to taal town directly.; 2) or take the long route until you pass tagaytay ( and pass batulao) and reach the intersection either right going to matabungkay or left towards taal town (or onwards back to manila via batangas city). nice drive, pleasant view through corn, pineapple, coconut plantations, and many more . . .

  22. Lloy Q. Quiocho on

    thank you for the additional insights… while we’re at it… can we please support Vigan City by voting for it in the search for the New 7 Wonder Cities? it’s the only candidate from the Philippines left for the running… agyaman kami apo…

    • Satan’s false church is preaching in the name of Jesus Christ, and has been murdering all the true Christians in the world since the time Christ began his Church almost 2000 years ago.
      The false Prophet heads up Satan’s world empire called Mystery Babylon the Mother of Harlots. He rules it from the Vatican in Rome. The Beast is all of the worlds institutions and are under his control. The Pope claims to be God’s Vicar (representative) on the earth. His number is 666. He will try to unite all the religions of the world under his authority. God will gather all the armies of the world to the valley of Megiddo in near Jerusalem in the next few years. They will attempt to fight Christ when he returns using their weapons of mass destruction against him. God will cause a great confusion to come over them, and they will end up using them against each other.
      The Elite believe they will be able to survive by living underground in their caves using technology/robotics, and live forever. Using this technology they will force all men great, and small to take his mark in order to buy or sell. The currant Pope is the final Pope, and he is final Antichrist. America is the head of the Beast.

        • The entire story of Moses is a copy of the story of Horus. The Elite wrote the Bible as an instruction manual for their Priests to indoctrinate, and control the masses. The average person didn’t even have access to it until the printing press was invented. Even after that Catholics were not allowed to own a Bible until the 1950s.
          More so… Judaism, Christianity and Islam are all based on the same Faith taught by Moses which is simply a rebirth of the cult of Ra. So really they are three sects of the same cult based on Egyptian gods.
          The Christian religion is the Cult of Amen Rah. Marduke is Rah Aman. Every time a Christian says Amen he is praying to; invoking the Name of Marduke. He started the Concept of Monotheism that Christianity, and Islam is based upon. Christians pray to Marduke Rah Aman. They have no idea their religion is a fraud. Their Bible is a dumbed down version based up the 5000 year old Sumerian Texts.
          When people began to actually discern some truth of the scam that was being played on them by the priest class. The Elite had to reinvent their fairy tale version Bible using Scoffield. Now they have a revised version of their original bastardized/perverted Bible; without any real History that was originally in the First Bibles.

          This religion is the cause of all religious strife on the planet,and responsible for the murder of all the true followers of The Creator of All things.

  23. Hey people,stop including places not mentioned in the bloggers blog. Obviously, it is her blog and that is her opinion not yours. If you want your place to be included, might as well start your own blog and put nothing but your place. Just my two cent. Anyway, thanks Paula for the very informative write up. Keept it up!

    • nothing wrong with sharing more info; this is a free space, therefore, you better be prepared for differing opinions; accept them and learn, we should all stand to be corrected; no one has all the facts straight. ☺

  24. nueva segovia was a part pf La-Lo, Cagayan where the first diocese was established but due to flooding the diocese of nueva segovia was transferred to Vigan which was already a Spanish “ciudad.” So ang churches sa Vigan mas luma kaysa mga churches going northwards to Ilocos Norte. But every town you pass by between Ilocos Sur to end of Ilocos Norte, may historical church so worth it to come and visit 🙂 then Vigan has the largest concentration of Spanish Colonial Houses at makikita mo yung remnants talaga ng mga bahay na bato kahit saan.

  25. concern_pinoy_citizen on

    Cebu City, Lapu-lapu City, and Carcar City, all located in Cebu Province, should have been included in this list. Cebu is one of the first islands visited by the Spaniards.

  26. I believe the title say will take you back 400 yrs ago means just look like or feel like in 400 yrs ago and does not necessarily means the place is as old as 400 yrs ago.

  27. Wow…all of these photos are of buildings that were built post-colonial Spain. If you want to see the Philippines 500+ years ago, go to places like the mountains of Baguio or most random provinces…

  28. Nocturnal Knight on

    if you want to find out the real filipinos with no abrahamic religion, go look for negritos, itas and tribes like igorots!~

  29. No one had said something about the Pagsanjan town in Laguna……
    when entering the town is the historic “arco” lined down an old historic homes……..

  30. vigan? or should i say calle crisologo? you should have seen vigan during the 80s/90s (before it became city). yung time na yun parang nasa 18th century talaga that time majority of the buildings on the city proper esp along quirino avenue are still made up of old bricks. too bad it was not preserved that way…..

  31. Jhonny Magbunag on

    Andameng matatalino dito. But my question is , ” Do es these people live a very comfortable and abundant life? Ang yayabang. General knowledge na nga lang ang laman ng mga utak mukhang sablay sablay pa. Kaya dame mga nagaaway away dito. Palitan ng maaanghang na mga salita kahit di naman magkaanu-ano. And then at the end of the day , taggutom. Hahahaha

    • ‘wag ganyan, kabayan; palitan lang naman ng dagdag kaalaman, at hindi yabangan, o paanghangan; positive lagi, OK?

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  34. Pope Rommell on

    Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is an open-air museum and heritage park in Bagac, Bataan, Philippines.[1]

    The resort’s theme is “Pride in the past, hope for the future”

    Heritage houses[edit]

    Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar (literally meaning “The Philippine houses of Acuzar”) contains 30 heritage houses.

    Casa Baliuag 1 (built in 1898; owned by the Vergel de Dios family). The house contains wood carvings with floral motifs. The original owner of Casa Baliwag was Kapitan Fernando Vergel de Dios, then was inherited by his eldest daughter, Juliana VD Reyes. The house was originally situated right across the town’s San Agustin church. Family members fondly called it “Luwasan” since it was the house referred to when going towards the town or to Manila. Kapitan Fernando had another house called “Hulo”, which was going towards the end of town, or sa “dulo”.

    Casa Baliuag 2 was a house originally in the compound of Iglesia ni Cristo in Baliuag. The house was owned by a Gonzalez

    Casa Cagayan is a collection of four wooden houses built on stilts. Such houses were usually regarded as houses of poor people in Cagayan in the early 1900s.

    Casa Candaba (built in 1780, owned by the Reyes family) was home to the Spanish governor general whenever he visited Pampanga.

    Two houses from Jaen, Nueva Ecija, originated from the Esquivel clan.

    Casa Lubao(built in 1920; owned by the Arastia and Vitug families) served as storage for rice and sugar, and became a Japanese garrison during World War II. A story goes that a Japanese colonel stopped his men from burning the house in gratitude for the kindness of the Arastia family who, unknowingly, hired him as a driver and gardener before the war.[citation needed]

    Casa Mexico was salvaged from a junk shop and reconstructed using an old photograph.

    Casa Luna (owned by the Novicio family) now houses a museum. Built in 1850, its original location was in Namacpacan(now Luna town) in La Union. The town was later renamed to honour its revolutionary heroes and brothers Antonio and Juan Luna, whose mother was a member of the Novicio clan.

    Paseo de Escolta used old and new material to recreate commercial buildings in the early 1900s in Manila. With 17 rooms, it houses a hotel within the heritage resort. Its ground floor houses shops.

    Casa Bizantina (built in 1890) is a three-story intricately designed bahay na bato (stone house) from Binondo, Manila. The Instituto de Manila (now the University of Manila) rented it for elementary and high school classes until 1919 when the institute moved to Sampaloc, Manila. After World War II, the building was leased to various tenants. Before it was demolished in 2009, the house was used by 50 informal settlers.

    Casa Meycauayan (built in 1913 by the Escota family) was originally built in City of San Fernando in Pampanga. It was reconstructed in the 1950s in Meycauayan, Bulacan, where Rogelio Urrutia bought it.

    Casa Unisan (built 1839) is the Maxino house in Unisan, Quezon. The house is made of hardwood complete with trap doors. Only one girl survived the massacre on the family and that tragedy makes the house much talked about not only for its beauty.[citation needed] Its ground floor is now a Filipino restaurant called the Marivent Café.

    Casa Hidalgo (built in 1867) was the first campus of the University of the Philippines’ School of Fine Arts. (Its house owner Rafael Enriquez became its first director). Thence, it has housed the first school of architecture in the country, a bowling alley, a dormitory and flesh joint.

    Casa Biñan (Alberto House) is a replica of the house of Teodora Alonzo, the mother of the Filipino freedom fighter Dr. Jose Rizal. Acuzar used the original wooden door, stairs and a few planks when he recreated the house. He abandoned the planned donation of the house by its current owner, Gerardo Alberto, amid protests by heritage advocates and local officials.

    Casa Jaen I is the Don Hilarion Esquivel House built during the 1900s and won as the House Beautiful Award in 1917 by the Sunday Tribune.

    Other structures[edit]

    A bridge made of rock has been built over the river draining out to the West Philippine Sea

    A Sculpture of a grandmother reading a book for two children, set near the river, seems to be Acuzar’s way of encouraging storytelling and book reading among the younger generations.

    Other trivia[edit]

    A novella of ABS-CBN was shot in Las Casas in February 2010.

    In a fit of whimsy, the art director Jose Ceriola painted one of the walls with a native in tribal gear who is texting on his cellphone

    Casa Candaba was used during the shooting of the 1961 Filipino film “Noli Me Tangere”

  35. Manolito Cabaguio on

    BATANGAS OFFICIAL CHARIOT SEAL….. see the Map for its meaning then LAGUNA were a fetus conceived by woman to her womb see the map also….!!!!!!!!

  36. Manolito Cabaguio on

    Negros were a like a Meremaid and Ilocos was just like a Ballet dancer see the map again….!!!!!

  37. Jillier Dela Cruz on

    The reason why our heritage sites were rejected because Filipinos were brainwashed into believing that the Spanish language is an evil language or it is a useless language and this is false. The Spanish language is spoken by over 500 million people in America, Africa and Europe. About 90% of Filipino history is written in the Spanish language.

    The ignorance and irrational hatred of the Filipinos towards the Spanish language is reflected in the poor condition of Filipino culture. Look at the heritage sites in the Philippines, all of which were built in the Spanish colonial period, they are all destroyed, in ruins or turned into homeless districts. Most Filipinos know nothing about classical Filipino literature, which are written in Spanish.

    Filipinos can not tell the difference between colonial mentality and heritage preservation. Colonial mentality is when you believe foreigners are superior. Heritage preservation is preserving the memories and experiences of your ancestors. The Spanish language is part of Filipino heritage whether Filipinos like it or not, much of our history and classical literature was written in Spanish, to simply ignore it is to reject our very own heritage.

    I am Filipino. I can speak Spanish and English. I do not have colonial mentality because I don’t believe foreigners are superior. I learned Spanish for the purpose of understanding and preserving the language of classical Filipino literature, the preservation of heritage. If you think the Spanish influence is the cause of colonial mentality today, you are very wrong. Most of the colonial mentality practised by Filipinos today are directed towards the USA. Many Filipinos today have a colonial mentality that the USA is the best country in the world, that American culture is superior, etc. Yet they are completely oblivious to the fact that the USA massacred 1 million Filipinos, that Filipinos were considered and exhibited as pygmy monkeys in the Chicago Worlds Fair of 1893 and that even African-Americans considered Filipinos to be savages! This part of Filipino history is largely ignored, its from 1900 to 1935.

    The Muslim Filipinos resisted Spanish influence as that is because they were independent, they weren’t even considered Filipinos, they had their own country (the Sultanate of Sulu) which had contracts with British Malaysia. Muslim Filipinos were not Filipinos and were never part of the Philippines for nearly 333 years. The Muslims controlled areas were annexed into the Philippines by the USA in 1929. You cannot compare the heritage of a Muslim Filipino and a Christian Filipino as both had different histories.

    • Si solo más Filipinos pensarían como vosotros! Lamentablemente hoy en día hay que tener miedo que los Filipinos dejan de hablar su propia lengua a favor del inglés, por tanta admiración falsa al imperio Americano. Saludos cordiales y que Vivan las Filipinas!

  38. Sam Agnatios on

    The funny about Muslims they invade Spain and their occupation for more
    than 800 years which came with killing rape and stealing the money of
    the Spanish but you love to play victims what was the religion of the
    following countries before the invasion of Muslims? Turkey Syria iraq
    Egypt Jordan Israel Morocco etc. all was Christian lands

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