Thursday, October 11

Those Lovely Old Houses

I am an old soul.  I love anything that gives a hint of a past when buildings were as magnanimous as their built.  I am at awe when an old house lurks at every old town's corner.  My eyes are wide as they can be when ruins of the past stand tall before me.





A visit to Taal Heritage Town proved to be one worthy moment.  Everywhere I looked was a feast for my eyes.  Old church here, an old house there, historical markers everywhere!




This rustic little town down south is a gem for history lovers like me.  One of the best walking tours I have had sprung from this experience.  I could easily imagine the elite of the Filipino past wearing their best on Sundays.  Men of stature greet each other. It is magnificent that after all these centuries, almost all of the houses are still intact and well-preserved.  




I am not from a family whose generations proudly owns such a house. But I  harbor an enormous Pinoy pride whenever I pass by our past by looking into these kind of buildings.




A walking tour can be sweaty and tiring.  But one of the best things in doing this is you get to meet different kinds of people.  People you never knew would willingly open their homes for you.  They would often appear curious and amused at the same time as to what you are doing walking in a very hot and humid afternoon.  Your exchange of commentaries and untold stories will become priceless.  Sometime in the future you will find yourself walking the same streets again, perhaps the people you will meet will no longer be there.  But the same invigorating excitement you felt will surely come back, by just one look at the place you have been to.








I am definitely proud to be a Pinoy who can boast of a varied, colorful past.  A walking tour in Taal Heritage Town is both enjoyable and easy on the pocket.  All you must have is a pair of sturdy shoes, a water bottle filled to the brim, and that never-ending love for your country.




This is my entry to the Pinoy Travel Bloggers' Blog Carnival for October 2012 with the theme 
"Walking Tour" hosted by Glenn Martinez of Traveler on Foot.

 For previous Pinoy Travel Bloggers' Blog Carnival topics, click the logo below.





8 comments:

  1. ang hilig mo tlga sa old houses ... pau mas magnda kung may photo ka infornt na naka filipiniana ka

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  2. blast from the past. i love thinking them out too. how did the people cook here in the kitchen? how did they poo? how was their ordinary-day felt like? i muse....

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    1. So many things untold...many things unspoken...if only they could speak..i'm sure they will tell wonderful stories... :-)

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  3. i'd love to go there.it's a good alternative to vigan which is located at the end of the world.pls post more pictures of the old houses.

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    1. Hi Melvin, same here...you can check my post http://www.ponderingpaodaolei.net/2012/01/that-rustic-little-town-down-south.html#more of my visit in Taal. I think you'd also love my post on Pila, Laguna. Check it out. Thanks for visiting my site. :-)

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  4. Cheers to your old houses addiction. Punta ka Dgte marami din, actually I'll tag a pic of an old house turned into a cafe dun. Pag may time na me. Hehehe

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    1. Waaah heheh Thanks Elalsky! Sige sige sure sure hopefully magkaron ng time makapunta...post mo sa wall ko ha! :-)

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