Villa Sariaya (Don Catalino Rodriguez Heritage House) | Things to do in Sariaya-Quezon
|Open:||Everyday, 8am - 5pm.|
|Address:||Brgy. Poblacion 5, Sariaya, Quezon|
Also called St. Francis of Assisi Church, Sariaya Church has been rebuilt in various locations since 1598. The church you see today was built in its location in 1748, after the town was transferred from Lumangbayan due to earthquakes and floods. Sariaya Church has walls made of red bricks built by local masons. Its external structure, however, is plastered with adobe slabs. The former brick roof was replaced by galvanized sheets in 1947. Tourists may find antique relics on both sides of the altar, including the 18th-century relic of Sto. Cristo de Burgos of Spain, which is believed to be miraculous. The chosen patron saint, St. Francis of Assisi, was believed to appear and mingle among the locals. Sariaya Church also has an accompanying museum displaying old relics, vestments, restored photographs, and other religious items.
Officially known as Minor Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel, Tayabas Church is considered one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. Ideal for dramatic weddings, the basilica is famous for its 103-meter-long aisle and its baroque-style paintings and murals. Unique to this church is the clock on its belfry tower. Tayabas Church was initially made of nipa, bamboo, and anahaw, by Franciscan Friars in 1585. It was only in 1600 that the church was built from adobe, but was destroyed by an earthquake in 1743. The church was rebuilt the year after, and then expanded in 1856. It was once again damaged during the World War II, and was reconstructed in 1966. The church was declared a minor basilica in 1988.
Casa de Comunidad de Tayabas is an old Spanish structure that served various functions since 1776. Through the centuries, Casa de Comunidad was once as a town hall, a transient house for travelers, a house for dignitaries, a central school, and even a prison. Today, Casa de Comunidad is being renovated into a museum. You'll find a small atrium at the center of the structure, and a public library (Mon - Sat, 8am to 5pm) at the back. The library houses an intimate collection of battered paperbacks, literary novels, magazines, and hardbound references such as almanacs, encyclopedias, and law books. Its second floor, meanwhile, is being made into the Tourism Office of Tayabas. While it was first built in 1776, Casa de Comunidad wasn't made of adobe until 1831. It was burned down during the World War II, and later rebuilt by the National Historical Institute. In 1973, Casa de Comunidad was declared a National Historical Landmark by the order of the Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos.
Where to stay
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Getting there and around
Brgy. Poblacion 5, Sariaya, QuezonGet directions