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These Heritage Sites Will Make You Feel Proud to be Pinoy

by Joseph Bawar

For most Filipinos, June 12 is a day of observance, a day when we commemorate our country’s independence from Spanish rule centuries ago.

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If you’re on the lookout for some R&R with a bit of history, we’ve compiled a list of places to visit to remember our country’s independence.

1. Intramuros

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Also known as the “Walled City”, the construction of Intramuros began during the rule of Governor-General Santiago de Vera as a way to get rid of invaders who enter the city. Fast forward several years later, Intramuros has become a go-to place for people not just because of its history but for its old world charm as well. Among the places you can visit are the Manila Cathedral and the adjacent Plaza Roma. A few steps away from the Manila Cathedral is Fort Santiago where Dr. Jose Rizal spent his last remaining hours before his death.

2. Malolos Historic Town Center

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Located in the province of Bulacan, an hour away from the capital Manila, is the town of Malolos. Malolos which got its name from the Filipino word "paluslos” which means “downwards”, is not only famous for its sweets but for heritage houses located in the town proper one of which is the Camestisuhan district. Because of the significant historical events that occurred in Malolos, Bulacan, it was declared a Heritage Town by the National Historical Commission on August 15, 2001.

3. Barasoain Church

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Known as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish and also located in Malolos, Bulacan, Barasoain Church has earned the title of “the most important religious building in the Philippines”. Built in 1888 from adobe and concrete, Barasoain Church has witnessed several events in Philippine history such as the First Philippine Congress.

4. Angeles City, Pampanga

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About 2 hours from Manila is the heritage town of Angeles. Established in 1796 by Don Ángel Pantaleón de Miranda, and his wife, Doña Rosalía de Jesús, Angeles City also witnessed some key events in Philippines history. For one, it was in this location where General Emilio Aguinaldo transferred the seat of the First Philippine Republic in 1899. The heritage houses that can be visited in the area such as the Old Pamintuan Residence and Bale Herecia. The famous Camalig restaurant is also located in Angeles City where one can try a sampling of favorite Kapampangan food.

5. Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

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Dubbed as an open-air museum located in Bagac, Bataan, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar was built with the purpose of preserving heritage houses in the country. Owned by Gerry Acuzar, construction began in 2003 with Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar finally opening its door in 2010. Among the structures to see at the Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar are the Casa Lubao, Casa Byzantina, and the Hotel de Oriente.

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6. Aguinaldo Shrine

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Located in Kawit, Cavite, the Aguinaldo Shrine is the site where the Philippine Declaration of Independence from Spain was declared on June 12, 1898. The shrine is also the ancestral home of Emilio Aguinaldo, the First President of the Philippine Republic. The house was built in 1845 and reconstructed in 1849. At present, the Aguinaldo Shrine functions as a museum.

7. Taal Heritage Town

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Completing this list is the town of Taal in Batangas. Located south of Manila, Taal has become a popular site in recent years for its history and culture. Among the places you can actually visit are the St. Martin de Tours Basilica and Caysasay Church, as well as ancestral houses such as Villa Severina and Casa Dimaano.

There you have it, a list of heritage places you can visit this Independence Day. For exclusive offers and stories about local travel, sign up for Deal Grocer!

About Joseph
An art/ design junkie by heart who loves museums, DIY, and coffee.

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