Gawking at old houses

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Sunday, August 10, 2014


IT MAY be because Davao has very few, or it must be just a fixation. But old cities will always be fascinating because of their… old structures.

In college, I discovered Sariaya in Quezon Province and would just jump on a bus (it was at that time BLTB) and gawk at the old houses there.

In Davao, the Oboza, Tionko, Pichon, and Rodriguez houses have always held a fascination, and yes, I was able to mourn the destruction wrought by Pablo on the old houses of Baganga.

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The quick trip to Iloilo, Silay, and Bacolod Cities made possible by the direct Cebu Pacific flights to Davao for both Iloilo and Bacolod, gave me a chance to feed that fixation, if only for two days.

Just imagine you’re on a road trip and you just have enough time to snap photos as you drive by while you gawk at the details of the old structures and imagine the generations they have housed.

This is the beauty of old cities that new cities like ours can never have. Not that I don’t love ours. But admit it, old cities have their distinct aura that only old cities can have, especially so when the architecture of those generations past are well-preserved.

This was the look-see-and-gasp, that a group of Davao journalists were treated to by the Department of Tourism 6 last month. It was a treat, all right.

For those who love old houses, Iloilo and Bacolod and neighboring towns are truly worth a visit.

Cebu Pacific serves the Davao-Bacolod route every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, while it has a daily Davao-Iloilo flight.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 10, 2014.

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