In a Time Capsule. Dress up and be transported back in late 1800s to early 1900s at the Rodriguez Ancestral House, now known as the Villa Sariaya. Located in the heart of Sariaya, Quezon. In front of the town plaza and few meters away from another historic gem, their parish church, Parokya ni San Francisco de Assisi.
This historical house was owned by Don Catalino Rodriguez a former town Mayor during 1908-1909. Together with his family, wife Luisa, and eight children. Built in 1922 by craftsmen from Pampanga and Batangas in the traditional Bahay na Bato design with glass-paned windows. They used top-quality hardwood species and the original fixtures and furniture were imported from the United States of America and Europe.
According to historical accounts, this house held venue for important occasions and celebrations, such as in honor of President Manuel L. Quezon and Don Claro M. Recto a native of Tiaong, Quezon. On 14th of May 2008 the house was declared a heritage house by the National Historical Institute. And due to its importance in the town’s history, Tuklas Sariaya, Inc. the organization dedicated in protecting one of this town’s treasure.
Today Villa Sariaya, is a living museum. Open everyday from 7:00am to 5:00pm. You should even dress up in a Terno for the ladies and Barong Tagalog for the gentlemen and have a photo-shoot to re-live history for a reasonable price. And to top the whole experience, you can actually have lunch inside the Villa as part of a culinary and heritage tour, the Kulinarya Tagala. With all of these your senses will definitely feel you are in a time capsule almost a century ago.
Disclaimer: My visit was part of a press trip sponsored by the Department of Tourism Region 4-A Calabarzon. All views and opinions are my own. Received freebies but no money involved.