Architectural Gems of Sariaya

 

What attracted us to see the town of Sariaya in Quezon Province are the proud existence of grand ancestral houses and an Art Deco-inspired public edifice. Two of these ancestral homes and the public building were designed by our national artists.  

Most of these turn-of-the-century buildings are clustered around the Church of Saint Francis de Assisi and the town plaza. As the town prospered from the coconut industry during the pre-War years (from 1919 to 1930), a local elite called the pricinpalia emerged and dominated social and economic life of the town. The money earned by the landed gentry afforded them to remodel their once already imposing bahay-na-bato into ornate American and European-inspired mansions.  

The town was set on fire by the Japanese in 1945 which destroyed most of the stately Spanish and American style houses and the Great Fire during the 1960s burned the remaining ones to the ground. Those that survived particularly around the town plaza are being preserved for posterity.   

 

The following surviving structures we can label as the Architectural Gems of Sariaya:

 

   

 

Natalio Marquez Mansion  

 

Beside the Church of Saint Francis de Assisi is the impressive twin-spired, brick-roofed house of former Tayabas Governor Natalio Enriquez. This house was designed by Andres Luna de San Pedro, son of Filipino Master Juan Luna.   

  

                                                        

Alvarez Residence

                               

Behind the Marquez Mansion is the Alvarez Residence. Built in 1703, it was the oldest in the town. It once served as the town’s municipal hall. Recently, it was converted as the Sariaya Museum. Today, the Sariaya Museum was moved to a different building. 

 

Doña Margarita Rodriguez Mansion

 

 Another old and equally stately ancestral home is the Doña Margarita Rodriguez Mansion located along Rizal Street.

 

  

 

Gala-Rodriguez Mansion

 

Built in the 1930’s for Dr. Isidro Rodriguez and Doña Gregoria Gala. The house was designed by Juan Nakpil and its furniture was custom-made by Don Gonzalo Puyat.  

  

The Municipio 

 

The old municipal hall was replaced by Sariaya Presidente Hilarion Valderas in 1931 with an art deco-inspired edifice designed by Juan Arellano.   

 

 Related links:

The Romantic Gala-Rodriguez Mansion

Sariaya’s Santissimo Cristo de Burgos

 

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  1. ilang oras ba mula sariaya hanggang manila?

    • higit tatlong oras reden ang biyahe mula sariaya hanggang maynila.

  2. Your blog is really interesteing.
    These a very lovely photos.
    Are you related to Wenceslao Arellano from Sariyaya?

    • I am not related to Wenceclao Arellano Nestor.

  3. Thank you for publishing this – very educational. I think this gave me an instant desire to go and visit Sariaya. Are we allowed to get inside the mansions and have some look-see? More power to you and keep sharing.

    • we did not have a chance to get inside any of the mansions in Sariaya except for the Gala-Rodriguez. if you are interested to have a tour of Sariaya get in touch with Tina Decal 0927-5630989

  4. sino gah si margarita rodriguez??????????

    • Si Donya Margarita Rodriguez ay solong anak, isang soltera at pilantropo noong una sa Sariaya. Ipinangananak siya diumano noong taong 1870 at isa sa kanyang matalik na kaibigan ay si Hermana fausta ng Lucena. Siya ay mayaman at maraming pag aaring lupain na ang iba ay idinonasyon niya na siya ngayong pinagtatayuan ng Our Lady of mount Carmel Seminary at Saint Clare monastery sa Sariaya. Siya ay maraming pinaaralang mga kabataan na ang iba ay naging pari, nurse at iba pa.

      Siya ay mahilig ring magdonasyon ng mga santo sa simbahan at ang iba ay makikita pa sa ngayon. Ang kanyang pinaka mahalagang santo ay ang “Ninya Maria”, isang maliit na santong yari diumano sa “Ivory” at ang mga kagamitan ay sinasabing lantay na ginto at maraming mga mamahaling brilyante. Ang santong ito ay may pag aaring lupa o “bienes” na ang napagkitaan ay siyang ginagastos noong una sa kanyang kapistahan, tuwing ika September 15 ng taon. Noong una ay tatlong araw ang magarbong kapistahan na ginagawa mula setyembre 13-15. Mula sa mga banda ng musiko na inuupahan ng mga mayayamang residente ng Sariaya tuwing kapistahan, dalawa diumano sa mga ito ay pinatitira niya at inuupahan upang tumugtog sa kapistahan ng Ninya Maria. Ang mga seremonyas at gawain sa araw na ito ay kinabibilangan ng misa cantada kung saan ayon sa mga nakakatanda, ang female choir nito ay mga nasa alta sociedad na pamilya at nagsasanay pa raw sa isang Konserbatoryo ng Musika sa maynila bago kumanta. Ang mga kababaihang miyenbro nito ay nagdadamit ng iisang tabas na ipinapatahi raw taun-taon.Ang prusisyo nito sa hapon diumano ay magarbo at ang santo ay napapaligiran ng mga katiwala at kamag anak na siyang nagbabantay dito. Sinasabi rin na ang matandang Donya ay palaging nasa balkonahe ng kanyang naunang bahay at doon ay pinapanood ng buong kasiyahan ang pagdaraan ng kanyang minamahal na poon.

      Ayon din sa mga matatanda, ang Ninya Maria ay pinagtitirikan ng kandila at dinadasalan ng mga babaeng buntis na naghahangad ng maayos at ligtas na panganganak.Sinasabing kahit wala ang matanda sat nasa maynila, alam na ng mga katulong niya na papasukin ang mga babaeng ito sa kanyang tahanan upang magawa ng ritwal na nabanggit. Sinasabing ang santong ito ay nakalagak sa isang bangko at nasa pag iingat diumano ng kanyang mga herederong kamag anak.

      Si Donya Margarita ay may kalabuan ang mga mata kung kaya’t sa mga litrato niya noong una ay palagi siyang naka “shades”. Ang kanyang kaarawan na diumano’y dinadaluhan ng mga sinaunang maykayang pamilya at mga ilang kapitbahay ay umiikot sa pagdarasal, pagkain at pagkukuwentuhan lamang. Ang kanyang datihang bahay na nasubog noong 1951 ay kakaiba ang itsura kaysa sa ngayong nakatayo na may pangalang Margarita Rodriguex sa itaas.

      Upang malaman pa ang iba pang mga kuwento tungkol kay Donya Margarita Rodriguez, basahin ang librong “The Tayavbas Chronicles” na sinulat ng kanyang kaibigang si Donya Concepcion Herrera Vda. de Umali sa wikang Kastuila at isinalin sa Ingles ng kanyang anak at ang editor ay ang kanyang apo.

  5. Very nice travel blog about the ancestral houses!

    I found your blog site when I was searching Google for the ancestral houses in Sariaya because it was listed in EZ Maps. Thank you for adding my website (waypointsdotph) among your links.

    best regards

  6. hi…. your travel blog is very much interesting..i’m looking forward for more blogs… keep up the good work…

    …with regards to this post, those mansions are very familiar to me since i live here in sariaya..
    in fact, i really wish to purchase the Dona Margarita Rodriguez Mansion… however, i am not really sure if that wish will be materialized in the foreseeable future… that mansion was an enigma to me since i was a child…


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