Finally, I was able to post an article showcasing Casa de Comunidad de Tayabas – located in my beloved hometown in Southern Tagalog. Tayabas used to be the provincial capital of Tayabas Province (now Quezon) for 131 years. Being at the heart of the province, Tayabas became the center for education, trade, arts and culture. De Manila a Tayabas, a book published in 1878 noted that Tayabas is the wellspring of purity of the Tagalog race; the center of pristine, elegant native language.
Casa de Communidad de Tayabas
Casa de Comunidad de Tayabas
Aside from having the largest catholic church and several Spanish stone bridges, Tayabas has the best panoramic view of Mount Banahaw (also known as vulcan de agua) which is now regarded as the mystical mountain of the Philippines.
If you are visiting the City of Tayabas, one of the places you should see is Casa de Comunidad de Tayabas, which is a typical “Bahay na Bato” building that was constructed long ago, during the Spanish era. When I was a kid, I remember that this building was entirely abandoned. The place were full of old wooden tables, chairs and old books which proves that the place used to be a school.
This place became what is known now as a historic attraction in June of 1978, according to the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, previously called the National Historic Institute.
During World War II, Casa de Comunidad de Tayabas served as barracks for the Japanese. The original tribunal was constructed by Gobernadorcillo Francisco Lopez in the year 1776, and was constructed mostly of lightweight materials, only to be renovated later by the new Gobernadorcillo Don Diego Enriquez in 1831, and totally built of stone.
Within the confounds of these very walls, Hermano Pule was killed by firing squad after being sentenced to death. This sentence was imposed on him for inciting the 1st major mutiny in the country, apparently an act driven by his belief in religious freedom. Pule formed what was called “The Brotherhood Cofradia de San Jose,” which debarred the Spanish as members. This led to him being arrested and tried by the Spanish religious authorities for the crime of heresy.
Now that the building was already functional, Casa de Comunidad de Tayabas now has a museum, a gallery and a Municipal library inside the historic building. There are many things to see in the museum, such as some old stone pieces, which were utilized for specific purposes like crosses and the stone press. Taking a walking tour through this historical structure makes you feel as though you have stepped into a time machine.
Not only do you get to see some of the oldest things in Tayabas here, but also there are many local products found inside, such as lambanog, a famous Filipino alcoholic beverage that is distilled locally. In addition, there are two chambers, one contains a series of photos of well-known sons of Tayabas, and another that contains a variety of dresses (native ternos) that have been preserved over the centuries. History buffs will love this place, and marvel at the many pieces that can be viewed here, which seem to have literally stood still in time.
If you have ample time while in Tayabas City, make sure that this is one place you do not miss. Great for the entire family, Casa de Comunidad de Tayabas is a wonderful interactive history lesson of the way life once was in this Historic City.