Thursday, April 23, 2009

boac marinduque - beautiful rustic town

having no expectations at all of what is in the island of Marinduque, except for the Moriones Festival, we chose the capital town of Boac to be our home for the Holy week.arriving there around three in the morning, gave us the chance to roam around and look for a coffee shop. we found just one shop and luckily, there's coffee. sat down and one by one locals came and started talking to us.they refer to us as from "kabila" or from the other side, which refers to Manila. they were very friendly and even recommended us places to stay. we didn't book at any hotels in advance because we're planning to do homestay.after a conversation over a cup of coffee, we decided to roam around the town and visited the church. we stayed on one of the sheds until the sun came out that displayed the rustic and beautiful town.old houses similar to the ones in Vigan, Silay and Taal still dominates the central area of the town. though some of the structures are already modern, still the town's serenity makes it beautiful.just around the town center, stands the museum which is open during weekdays and it has no entrance fee. you get to see the town's geographical timeline and historical items including some of the old Morion masks.going farther outside the town central, you'll see old houses with intricate pillar and window designs.if there's something that'll make me go back to Marinduque, it will definitely be the central town of Boac. a place where just by walking around its town center is already an activity.

62 comments:

Inkversified said...

i remember our ancestral (hahaha) home in downtown Cebu then

witsandnuts said...

Namiss ko bigla yung ancestral home namin sa Laguna. =)

Antoine Greg said...

may horror house ba dito? hahahahha!
^ ^
well-preserved. great!
dapat lang ha... these houses remind us of our history.

baboon^albino said...

hai donG...really traditional looking houses,reminded me a lot of my hometown,but without heavy trafic,just the usuall motorcycle n bicycle...peacefull and quite.

olan said...

WOW!!! great house arrest! Hahaha. This posts reminds me ofour dear homwtown Cateel in Davao Oriental where most of the old old houses where Spanish inspired structure! I love it Donng! At first glance i was thinking of Vigan!

Dylan Dimaubusan said...

WOw, vintage houses..
Sarap mamasyal sa mga ganito, malinis, tahimik at malayo sa polusyon..

Luke Wiley said...

Interesting houses!

the donG said...

>inkversified, wow! it actually reminds me of our own ancestral house.

>witsandnuts, same here.

>antoini, wala naman yata. unless wala ng nakatira. hehehe... some are already damaged but at least a few retained its structure.

i really hope that the town people will value it and preserve it.

>baboon, that's a beautiful place. places like that i should see.

>olan, i believe there are more towns in the philippines with this set up like your hometown. i really hope that they get to preserve it.

>hi dylan, you're right about that. that's what make me love this town.

>luke, true.

Millionaire@age20 said...

Thanks dong for commenting! And God Bless in your trip to Kinabalu next year!

I also went to Mount Kitanglad and yes what an experience it was! I hope you read my future blogs about my experience in both mountains!

Hey, I noticed that you’re part of http://coconuter.blogspot.com/, a blog about the Philippines.

You see, the expedition we had consisted of two mountains: Mount Kinabalu and Mount Kitanglad. However, what concerns me is that I saw such great potential in Mount Kitanglad. It’s just that it’s so different from Kinabalu because Kinabalu was really developed as a tourist spot and that’s why millions of people come there. Kitanglad, the 2nd highest mountain in the Philippines also has great potential.

However, not many people seem to be giving a damn of how beautiful the mountains in the Philippines are. It was so different from Kinabalu’s well preserved and well developed trails. In Kitanglad, you have to experience a real jungle.

Is it ok if I could write a blogpost in the coconuter.blogspot.com as a guest writer so that I can also raise awareness about the beauty and potential of Mount Kitanglad? Even better, can I be a contributor in the coconuter.blogspot.com??

gillboard said...

nda ng mga lumang bahay... parang panahon ng mga amerikano....

ALiNe said...

wow super quaint ang house

sheng said...

Dong, this is so unique, well, in iloilo, you can also see some old Spanish styled houses just like these, and in Vigan, as what you have mentioned, but having to see these beauties in Marinduque apalled me. Meron din pala sa Marinduque? The nicest by far to me, when it comes to Spanish structures are not from Vigan but what i saw in Zamboanga...or maybe, dahil di pa ako nakapunta sa Vigan?

luna miranda said...

i love these old houses! gaganda...they certainly give Boac a character. tama ka, parang Silay o Vigan din ang ambiance.

richarddiongson.com said...

historic ah.. parang vigan/ilo ilo.. masarap makitira dyan.. beware lang sa multo/.. :-)

richarddiongson.com said...

historic ah.. parang vigan/ilo ilo.. masarap makitira dyan.. beware lang sa multo/.. :-)

SandyCarlson said...

I like all the lattice work outside the windows. Beautiful, rustic buildings.

or said...

hi! thanks for dropping by my blog.. and for the comment too! ;)

nice pala yung architectual works sa Marinduque ah. thanks for sharing your experience.

bdw, xlinks? hit me back

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

I hope the local government and the community will initiate steps to maintain and preserve the old houses in Marinduque. Just like in Vigan, these collectively represent our rich cultural heritage.

Lionheart : Richard the Adventurer said...

Iyan pala ang sinasabi mo Kuya Dom...

Nice :)

Hehe! Talagang makaluma ha...

JM said...

Very interesting houses, especially the last one!

aiLee920 said...

yeah, that part of quezon really has something to say.....

Aris said...

i love old houses. they transport me back in time. :)

Nanaybelen said...

Nice antique houses!

Bengbeng said...

houses like these are fast disappearing unless steps are taken to preserve them

REDLAN said...

Yung Marinduque pala is orinated sa name ng lovers na sina Marina at Garduke. Nacurious tuloy ako sa island na 'to. Kala ko nga part pa rin ng Visayas somewhere sa leyte o Siquijor. Sa luzon pala. It's nice to see the spanish type houses na nandiyan pa rin. Dito sa Iloilo meron pa rin gaya ng Rosendo Mejica residence and others

alicesg said...

Lovely little town. Life seems so simple and happy for the people in the town. Guess their stress level is so much lower than us...lol. Oh I spotted those beautiful jeeps, reminded me of my trip to your country.

jeanny said...

I would love to visit Marinduque. Laking Manila kasi ako kaya visiting such place would be an awesome experience for me :)

Thanks for sharing Dong.

laagan said...

ang galing..napaka luma ng mga bahay sa marinduque. di ko alam na ganito pala dun..ang ganda ng iyong mga lahok

bluedreamer27 said...

wow so classic ang dating
i wonder how many memories was installed and left in each of that houses

have a great day and happy blogging
happy earth day!!

mirage2g said...

Did you buy the special cookies? We always buy those as pasalubong...If you were in Balanacan, nandun din yung malaking statue di ba? Ay nakalimutan ko na... :D Love the night shots in the previous post!

Ax said...

ni-feature tong boac sa tv. gusto ko rin makapunta dyan. nakakainggit ka talaga kuya dong. dami mo napupuntahan.

hitik na hitik sa kasaysayan yang lugar na yan!

mirage2g said...

Oh, the third photo resembles my lola's house in Sta. Cruz, Marinduque...:)

Chyng said...

almost all the houses are ancestral? cool! san kayo nagstay?

Photo Cache said...

I hope those old houses get to be preserved for future generations.

jasperjugan said...

so did you get to do a homestay here? what are the "accomodations" available for us taga kabila :)

I am Xprosaic said...

Hi Dong Ho! Thanks for the visit! Marinduque seems to be a nice place to stay! yes very similar to Vigan... Have a great day ahead!

the donG said...

>laurence, that's great! it's really worth the story. i should climb mount kitanglad as well.

regarding your interest on posting through the coconuter, i already informed david and just email i.dongho@gmail.com and we'll give you the details.

we're glad to have you as a guest contributor.

>gillboard, ganda nga kaya lang sana ma maintain. mostly spanish inspired pero meron ding american design.

>hi aline, true.

>hi sheng, i've seen those in zamboanga too but definitely the ones in vigan are the most beautiful because it was well preserved and it has the most number of old houses in one area making it a unesco world heritage site. you should see it.

>hi luna, that's why i like boac. you'll also love the serenity of the town despite it being the capital town of marinduque.

>richard, hehehe... basta meron namang nakatira ok lang.

>hi sandy, beautiful indeed. i like the intricate designs of the house in the last photo.

>hi or, yes. you'll love the town of boac. i hope that you get to visit marinduque in the future.

sure. already added you on my blogroll.

>nomadic pinoy, i agree. i really hope that they'll take the initiative to communicate the people to preserve the old houses or at least the structure spanish features.

>richard, makaluma talaga. pero dami na ring modern structures. dominated nga lang by old houses. ganda dun.

>jm, that's my favorite too.

>hi ailee, the beaches in pagbilao are just enticing.

>aris, that's true. we had the same experience when we were there.

>hi nanaybelen, nice indeed.

>bengbeng, that's true. i really hope that the local government will make a strong move on that.

>redlan, dami nga akala nasa mindanao ang marinduque. yes yon yung myth ng marinduque. but it's just down quezon province. hindi ko pa nakita yung sa iloilo. magkakasama din ba ang mga lumang buhay sa isang lugar? i should visit that.

>hi alicesg, that's true. that's something we noticed there. it felt like time was moving so slowly there.

those jeepneys... you'll see them anywhere in the philippines.

>hi jeanny, if that's the case, you'll definitely love marinduque. it's not just the old houses, but the serenity of the town.

>hi laagan, ganda talaga dun. you should visit it. salamat sa pagbisita sa eskapo.

>bluedreamer, true. im sure the family owning those houses has a lot of great memories.

>hi gizelle, im not sure if you're referring to uraro as cookies. but yes we did bought some. it really is good.

yes the statue of mary can be found at the port of balanacan. we saw it but it was night time when we arrived there so with not enough light source, we didnt have a shot of it.

>ax, didnt know that. anong channel kaya yon? sana nga makapunta ka rin doon. parang pumunta ka lang ng bagyo. around six hours lang.

>hi gizelle, really? we also went there. ill feature the church of sta cruz soon. that was our last destination there in marinduque.

>hi chyng, not all but the town center has a lot of those houses. we stayed over a vacant apartment.

>photo cache, let's hope the local government does that or else, we'll just enjoy the ones in vigan instead.

>jasper, yes we did. we stayed in a vacant apartment and we were just lucky to have that during that time. there are inns and small hotels around.

>xprosaic, a nice place. you might just love it. thanks too for dropping by.

Hilda said...

I just love these old houses! I hope the people of Boac continue maintaining them and never tear them down!

atticus said...

that was my first dream. own this old spanish house in tanauan. akala ko yayaman kasi ako in five years. oh well, but it was great dreaming about owning that house.

marami pa palang ganyan. winner. ganda.

Pietro said...

This is an interesting town with attractive views and buildings. A very nice post of your trip there, Dong. :-)

Vic said...

wow! gusto ko tong mga old houses, promise! :)

Asian Traveler said...

I love old houses. It holds simplicity and local charm.

By the way, please change my site from The Asian Traveler to An Asian Traveler. I lost my custom domain. I have now my new web address http://www.anasiantraveler.com . I’m still in the process of modifying my blog. Thank you. :)

dodong flores said...

You're right, dOng hO. The place looks like Vigan or Taal. It has old structures and houses.
I'm sure you did enjoy much your Holy Week. I'm waiting for more beautiful photos from you...

KRIS JASPER said...

So this is where you took your FaceBook mask!

I thought you went to Baguio?

lalaine said...

feeling ko dati nde masyado maganda ang probinsya na yan kase hindi ko sya palagi naririnig... hanggang sa maka meet ako ng taga marinduque... sabi nga nya na madami din magandang lugar dyan... at dahil sa pictures na shinare mo eh napatunayan ko na maganda din pala talaga yung place. =)

salamat!

yngat!

Borneo Falcon said...

This rustic town might worth an UNESCO World Heritage status

katcarneo said...

Oh, the streets and structures are awfully familiar. I might've walked there but I can't remember for sure. You are right about the friendliness of the locals. They can tell who's not from there and they seem to be very eager to help.

collapsingbarrycade said...

i've been to marinduque once but i can no longer remember which town we went to. i just recall that the town is so peaceful that at 5 pm it looks like a ghost town. we went to a beach called Tres Marias (i think! haha) and it was beautiful.

nice shots of the old houses.

paoruiz said...

the town looks very old. but at least, genuine pa rin. =)

PUSANG-gala said...

those old houses should really be preserved---too bad they are falling in numbers---

bluedreamer27 said...

hello just dropping by here
have a great day and happy blogging

dencios said...

lagi kong pinapangarap ang ganyang bahay. sobrang sarap tumira sa ganyan :)

Raft3r said...

our old house looked like one of those you featured

ngayon ko lang na-realzie
astig pala yun bahay na kinalakihan namin
hehe

tama nga si janet
'you don't know what you got til it's gone.'

happy weekend, dong!

Carver said...

That's a beautiful town. Your photographs make me feel like I'm getting to visit with you.

Joe Narvaez said...

Nostalgic... My father is from Marinduque so I am a bit of a a Marinduqueno myself... though I've visited the province only a couple of times. Thanks for the pics!

biyahengpinoy said...

very nice houses.

sayang, busy kaya di nahabol yung awesomephilippines slideshow. akala ko kasi we're going to use our own photos. gumawa tuloy ako ng sarili kong "the best of : biyaheng pinoy (2006-2009)" video by accident.

bw said...

really pretty. I am amazed at how they preserved these historical houses ! Nice shot pal :)

Earvin said...

Sana pinasok mo ako sa loob ngbackpack mo Kuya Dong. Wehehehehe. XD

eRiS said...

Very nice photos you got here pero sana may night shots yung mga house para sssscary.....^_~

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Heart of Rachel said...

Those old houses have so much character in them.

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