OLD TAYABAS. Tayabas is an old town located at the foot hills of the mystical Mount Banahaw. From 1749 to 1946, Tayabas was the capital of Tayabas Province which then comprises the present-day provinces of Quezon, Aurora and Marinduque. In 1946, President Manuel Roxas changed the name of the province from Tayabas to Quezon in honor the president of the Commonwealth, Manuel Luis Quezon.

Although we find the towns in this part of Quezon like Dolores, Tiaong, Candelaria, Sariaya, Lucban to have similar history and share common traditions, legends and landscape, Tayabas is distinct for its century-old bridges, tribunal and church.

Tayabas History

 Tayabas Casa Comunidad

CASA COMMUNIDAD. The town’s old tribunal is a famous landmark in Tayabas. First built by Gobernadorcillo Francisco Lopez in 1776 with makeshift materials, it was made into a grand edifice in 1831 by then Gobernadorcillo Don Diego Enriquez. The structure was declared a National Historical Landmark in 1978.

It was in this tribunal where Apolonio de la Cruz known as Hermano Pule was sentence to death by firing squad in 1841 for leading the first major revolt in the country, based on religious freedom. Hermano Pule founded the brotherhood Cofradia de San Jose that excluded the Spanish as members. Spanish religious authorities condemned the brotherhood for heresy.

Tayabas Museum

Tayabas Muuseum Tribunal

TRIBUNAL MUSEUM. The tribunal houses some function rooms, a library and a museum. Interesting displays in the museum are the old blocks stone shaped for a specific function like the stone press and crosses.

The stone press was used to flatten pandan to make banig. The grass is laid on the curved stone bed and flattened with repeated motion of the stone press. Another is a high-relief stone crosses used a “pwesto” for prayers during Santacruzan.

Tayabas Church Quezon

Tayabas Church

BASILICA MINORE DE SAN MIGUEL ARCANGEL. The basilica is the longest Spanish colonial church in the country and of course one of the oldest. First built by the Franciscans in 1585 on indigenous material and repaired in 1590 by Pedro Bautista (later became a saint).

The church was later built using bricks in 1600 however it was destroyed by an earthquake in 1743. In 1856, the church was enlarged, building a transept and cupola.

The belfry has an eighteenth century clock that chimes every thirty minutes, the only one of its kind in the country back then. The church has antique organ and balcony over the altar that adds to its well maintained interior.

The church was conferred as a minor basilica in October 18, 1988.

Tayabas Malagunlong Bridge

MALAGUNLONG BRIDGE There are a number of century-old bridges in the town but the five-span 445 foot long Malagunlong Bridge is the oldest bridge in Quezon province. It was built by the Spanish Franciscan Antonio Mateus in 1841 using adobe stone, limestone and molasses.


The URI to TrackBack this entry is: https://traveleronfoot.wordpress.com/2008/08/20/old-tayabas/trackback/

RSS feed for comments on this post.

6 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. I am making a thesis research about that underground tunnel system under the altar. I thought it was just a hearsay at first but many believes it.

  2. My father’s family is from here. They used to have a couple of front pews reserved for them before the 1940s for Sunday mass. I would like to find out if my grandparents were married here. I wonder where i can find church records. It looks very pretty and historic. I think they need to clean the outside though.

  3. Thanks for sharing the link for the Tayabas site Vanni. it is a very engaging website.

    I wanted to see a lambanog factory in Tayabas and more historic landmarks. I’ll probably go back there to discover more. Tayabas is an interesting town.

  4. Find more of Tayabas here http://tayabas.ph this is the official website of the city.

  5. I’ve been hearing about the old tunnel system below altar are still intact abyabulas. But I haven’t seen it for myself. Thank you for confirming.

  6. the church also served as hideouts and meeting place during the revolution.
    there are still underground passages in the said church… Lolo was from there.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: