The heritage town of Pila Laguna is one of the places I've been wanting to visit. I want to see the well-preserved houses in the town that dates back to the Spanish time. So, when my friend, Tof of Project Lakwatsa invited me for a quick visit to Pila this weekend, I didn't think twice and just said yes. From Manila, we took a bus bound for Sta. Cruz and after 2 hours, we reached the poblacion of Pila.
Upon arrival, we visited Pila Church, built by the Franciscans in the beginning of the 19th century. It was declared Diocesan Shrine of San Antonio de Padua in 2002.
On May 17, 2000, the town's historic center was declared a "National Historical Landmark" by the National Historical Institute. It is the 4th town to be declared as a National Historical Landmark. The other towns are Vigan in Ilocos Sur, Silay City in Negros Occidental, and Taal in Batangas.
It is good to see how the original Spanish-era layout of the town has basically remained intact. The spacious plaza dominates the poblacion with the Church on one side and the Pila Municipal Hall on the other end. Surrounding the plaza are the elegantly restored ancestral houses of the principalia or the elite which dates back to Spanish colonial period.
We also visited the charming American period Pila Municipal Hall. I've seen it before in photos, it was painted red; but now, it's painted in beige and brown.
Before ending the tour, we had lunch at one of the eateries in an old house adjacent the church.
Oh, we also visited the house of Maya and Kute Dela Rosa of the hit TV show "Be Careful With My Heart". Yes! That's "Little Pard's Chibugan" and the "San Nicolas Souvenirs".
Visiting a heritage town gives me a certain kind of awe as I feel that I was transported to the olden days.
HOW TO GET THERE
Take a bus from Cubao or Buendia (GreenStar Bus) going to Sta. Cruz, Laguna, it passes by the town of Pila. Don't forget to tell the bus attendant to drop you at Pila town proper (poblacion). Travel time is around 2 hours and fare is 93.00 pesos from Buendia.
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