I've been to Zambales several times in the past, be it bumming on its stretches of gray-sand beaches with its enticing blue waters, visiting a zoo or just enjoying the view of its imposing mountain ranges. Knowing that there are still a lot to see in this province, we decided to experience its historical side by visiting former President Ramon Magsaysay's ancestral house as a side trip on our way back to Manila after a weekend of surfing in Liw-liwa.
You wouldn't miss this modest but appealing two-storey structure as it stands just along the national hi-way of the town of Castillejos. As the ancestral house of 7th President of the Philippine republic, it was restored and converted into a museum in 1990. It was greatly damaged by the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991 and was re-constructed and renovated in 1999 by the National Historical Institute.
The NHI marker says:
Sa bahay na ito ginugol ni Ramon Magsaysay, ikapitong Pangulo ng Republika ng Plipinas at kilala sa taguring "The Guy" ang mabungang taon ng kanyang buhay. Ipinamana nya ang mga katangian ng masikap na paggawa, pananagutang sibiko para sa pangkaraniwang tao at makabayang gawain para sa bayan at mga mamamayan.
Muling ipinagawa ng mga inapo ng Pangulong Magsaysay, 1990. Napinsala nang malaki nang pumutok ang Bundok Pinatubo. Hunyo 1991. Muling isinaayos ng Pambansang Suriang Pangkasaysayan, 1999.
We were not able to enter the house as it was already closed when we arrived. We forgot that most government museums close at 4:00 PM. Hahaha! Anyway, we're still happy to see the house even from the outside. It is still an enriching journey into the past.
HOW TO GET THERE
If you're coming from Manila, take a bus bound for Iba, Zambales. Tell the bus conductor to drop you at the Ramon Magsaysay house in the town of Castillejos. It is on the left side of the national road leading to Iba, Zambales.
This is part of our surfing weekend experience in this "not so well-known" surfing spot in Zambales, that happend last January 14-15, 2012. Come, join us as we enjoy the waves of Liw-liwa.
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