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Day 1 of my 6-day Cavite Expedition: Naic ko'y ikaw Edit

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Basil Mencias  • Contributor
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We started the day a little later than we had hoped but we still managed to explore the town of Naic. Four people from the tourism office were to accompany us which made us a party of eight.

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Jocson Old House

Our first destination was an old house, said to have hosted a number of revolutionaries, including General Emilio Aguinaldo, since the late 19th century. This ancestral home was originally owned by Gregorio Jocson, locally known as, Kapitan Yoyo.


From the outside, anyone could immediately tell that the building was old. It had a prominent tower-like middle structure in the center front of the house. Its outer walls were mostly made of wood and had capiz windows with handcrafted designs below

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Jocson Old House

We were warmly received by a man of later years who introduced himself as Mr. Rufo Ilog, husband to the granddaughter of Gregorio Jocson.


We went upstairs to the topmost room, used by the captain during his final years. It was a small room barely able to fit the eight of us. Almost everything there was aged and had the air of the decay of time. I could feel the stories witnessed by the wooden walls. 


The room still had many of the captain’s documents and personal effects are hidden in a secret compartment in his custom-made bed. Sadly though, some of the artifacts were already weathered.


On our way out, we were given handfuls of Makopa fruit from a tree in the yard.

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Jocson Old House

Casa Hacienda De Naic and Bartolina

Our next stop was the former Casa Hacienda de Naic. Now Naic Elementary School, the building used to host vital revolutionary conventions. Although it still had some of its original structures and wood, much had already been changed to cater to the needs of the school.


A century ago, this was where the Acta de Naic (a military agreement fronted by Andres Bonifacio in opposition to the Tejeros Convention) was convened. Little did the hero know, it would be one of his final acts.

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Casa Hacienda De Naic and Bartolina

Days after Bonifacio’s Acta de Naic, he was charged with treason, was tried and brought back to the Casa for imprisonment in the Bartolina. Along with his brother, Procopio, Andres Bonifacio found himself forced to a tiny room under the stairs of the first floor. They spent three tormenting days with hardly any food and water. By the time they were taken from the room, they could barely stand.


The darkroom, to this day, still stands with its original contents. Maybe if one tries hard enough, the weight of the cries can still be felt. 

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Casa Hacienda De Naic and Bartolina

Bibingkang Muchi

We had lunch at a locally acclaimed family restaurant. Our hosts brought out boxes of what they called Bibingkang Muchi. Every box had a pizza-looking pie made up of smaller circles of yellowish-orange that had munggo inside.


 Believe me, it tasted much better than how I described it. It had an original appearance and palate without a doubt making it a delicacy loved by the locals.

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Bibingkang Muchi (Photo by Yummy.ph)


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