In lieu to the National Heritage Month we celebrated last May, I have made this list which will make all old house-lovers like me jump for joy. For some unknown reason, old houses have that nostalgic, old world charm which contemporary houses don’t seem to have. It isn’t so obvious that I truly admire places with remarkably preserved ancestral homes. Look back with me as I walk through time by visiting these amazing heritage towns.
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Vigan tops my list as the ancestral homes of Vigan are gargantuan, supreme, magnificent and everything else in between. I still remember the first moment when I stepped foot on the famous Calle Crisologo – wide-eyed and all.
Who would’ve thought that there’s a sleepy heritage town right next to my doorstep? La Noble Villa de Pila is one of my most favorite heritage towns.
|Taal City, Batanggas|
The houses are dwarfed by the town’s enormous cathedral but that did not hinder me in appreciating the quaint way the houses line up the narrow, climbing street.
|Silay City, Negros Occidental
The first heritage town I visited. Silay’s old homes remind me of vast plantations as each home is nestled in its own wide, open space.
Not as intact as I hope it would be but Sariaya in Quezon still boasts of several beautiful old homes.
|Biñan City, Laguna|
The local government should do something about this. For me, this street near the town market is sort of a little Calle Crisologo. It actually appears very nostalgic for me. All it needs is some semblance of order.
|Sta. Rosa City, Laguna|
Yes, folks. Our very own Sta. Rosa is included in my list since we also have a handful of well-preserved homes we can be extremely proud of.
I hope that the local government units will see the relevance and importance of preserving the old houses in their localities. For me, old homes are a country’s very soul. They are memories of a by-gone era which helped shaped our future.