Friday, January 14, 2011
The Historic Town of Pila, Laguna is a National Historical Landmark. Above is a photo of the old Pila Town Hall. Below is a photo of the Pila Church or the Diocesan Shrine of San Antonio de Padua.
NHI RESOLUTION NO. 2, S. 2000
DECLARING THE TOWN OF PILA IN LAGUNA AS A NATIONAL HISTORICAL LANDMARK
WHEREAS, the Constitution of the Philippines provides that The State shall promote and popularize the nation’s historical and cultural heritage and resources;
WHEREAS, Presidential Decree No. 260, dated August 1, 1973, specifically vested the National Historical Institute with the power to declare sites and structures as national historical landmarks;
WHEREAS, the town of Pila, an early pre-Hispanic center of culture and trade in Laguna, has been recognized as one of the country's more important archeological sites where clay potteries were discovered in excavations made in Pinagbayanan ni 1967;
WHEREAS, the town of Pila was honored with the name of La Noble Villa de Pila by the Spaniards because of the genteel customs, refined manners and traditions of its people;
WHEREAS, Pila is one of the few existing towns in the Philippines that preserves the Spanish colonial town planning system of the Indies, where the center of the town was the plaza complex with the surrounding church, tribunal, school and large houses;
WHEREAS, the structures of Pila reflect a rich and varied architectural history which remains relatively intact in its town center, from the Philippine-Baroque church of the Spanish period to the charming chalets of the American period;
WHEREAS, the town center of Pila is a living monument and testimony to the residents of Pila who were builders, craftsmen, artists and artisans of such elegant, historic structures;
NOW THEREFORE, the National Historical Institute by the virtue of the powers vested in it by Presidential Decree No. 260, hereby declares the historic town center of Pila in Laguna, bounded by General Luna Street in the north, M. H. del Pilar Street in the east, Mabini Street in the south, and Bonifacio Street in the west, and including the Pila Elementary School, and the Juan Fuentes and Santiago Fernandez houses as a National Historical Landmark.
APPROVED: May 17, 2000
The Historic Town of Taal, Batangas was declared a National Historical Landmark by the National Historical Institute. Within the town are several other National Historical Landmarks including the Leon Apacible Historical Landmark, Marcela Agoncillo Historical Landmark and Taal Church Historical Landmark (Taal Basilica). The Goco House is declared a Heritage House.
The Masinloc Church or San Andres Church in Masinloc, Zambales was constructed by the Augustinian Recollects in the 18th century and was completed in the 19th century. The choir loft features a carved polychrome portal. It is a National Cultural Treasure.
Sunday, January 09, 2011
Friday, January 07, 2011
Monday, January 03, 2011
Tanza Church in Tanza, Cavite played a significant role in Philippine history. It was where Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo and Gen. Mariano Trias took their oaths as president and vice president of the Philippine Revolutionary Government on March 23, 1897 after their election at the Tejeros Convention the day before.
In 1910, the church was administered by the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (CICM), secular priests in 1913, Columbans in 1936, and again by secular priests in 1978 until the present.