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Old Houses Galore: Pagsanjan

Old Houses Galore: Pagsanjan

While visiting Pagsanjan, Laguna, I explored the town proper which made my trip smile-worthy. A real sucker for anything antique, walking along the road was definitely a win-win for me. I first saw those old, magnificent houses several years back on a road trip and I silently promised to myself that I would walk on foot just to stare up at them, definitely in awe.

Locals and tourists are welcomed by the centuries-old town arch with old houses, some in bad shape but most in their best, dotting both sides of the main road. Even though it was almost noon, it was not a hindrance for me to don on a pretty dress and walk the streets like I was walking along the beach. 

Ah! blast from the past!
I got sad after seeing this once beautiful home turned to ashes!
I wonder how the owners must feel 🙁
Dr. Rizal standing proud in the town’s newly built plaza

Pagsanjan Church

I really wonder why the old churches in the Philippines is being re-painted. Perhaps the parish thinks it is the best step of preservation. However for me, old churches are in their most beautiful if kept in their original structure.

Located past the Church of Pagsanjan is the ancestral home of the first Filipino UP Dean, College of Liberal Arts (Kolehiyo ng Malalayang Sining), Conrado Benitez y Francia. It is my favorite among the old houses I have visited. I assumed it was erected in 1919 since I saw this sign at the top of the stairs.Wow! Simply magnanimous. I wonder if any member of their family resides here.

This NHCP marker was erected in 1982

After my yummy-old-houses-weee photowalk, I happen to see this colorful banner. When I saw that ‘Since 1933′, the history buff in me decided I should not miss coming here. Aling Taleng’s halo-halo was the answer to oh-so hot weather!

Milky and creamy, that is how I describe their house specialty. Served at P 70 per glass, there are more old houses lining up Mabini street where the store is located.  

Aling Taleng’s Special Halo-Halo served at P70 
Pagsanjan is more than just the famous falls. It has been said that due to the strategic location of the former town, a trading route was established at the point where Balanac and Bumbungan rivers meet. Pagsanjan, Laguna used to be the capital of the province (now the capital is Santa Cruz). It was a former barrio of Lumban, also a town in Laguna. Pagsanjan seems to be a quiet town. But just like any other old Filipino town, its very core is rich in history. Worth visiting indeed.

How to get here:

From Buendia LRT Station, ride Green Star bus line bound for Sta. Cruz, Laguna. Fare at P 112 each. From Sta. Cruz terminal, ride any jeep bound for Pagsanjan town proper. 

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