Friday, April 26, 2013

Top 5 Heritage Houses in the Philippines for Tourists

heritage site is a location designated by the governing body of a township, county, province, state or country as important to the cultural heritage of a community (from Wikepedia)

These are the heritage houses that I have visited in the Philippines.   

1. Vigan Heritage Houses, Ilocos Sur


The City of Vigan was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999 due mostly to the fact that the place has been carefully preserved. 

At present, Old Asian and Spanish architecture and the famous cobblestoned street of Calle Crisologo are well preserved.

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2. Heritage City of Silay, Negros Occidental

Hofilena Heritage House

The Hofileña Heritage House was the first ancestral house in Silay City, Negros Occidental to open its doors to the public in 1962.

Visits to the Hofileña house is by appointment, Tel. no. (034) 495 4561. 

I was able to talk to the owner of the house (Mr. Ramon Hofilena) while he was throwing garbage early in the morning and he allowed me to tour the house.

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3. The Ancestral Houses in Sabtang, Batanes

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4. Heritage Town of Taal, Batangas

I simply love my home province!

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5. Ifugao Heritage Houses

picture was taken in Batad, Banaue Rice Terraces
The Banaue Rice Terraces is a product of the Ifugao's agricultural engineering.  It was proclaimed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993, and cited as the “priceless contribution of Philippine ancestors to humanity.”

Worthy of mention are the heritage houses in Intramuros in Manila and the heritage houses in Marinduque and Mauban, Quezon.

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