Day tripping around Pasig

Be it for work or quasi-work, traveling remains an uncomfortable task for nook nerds like me. But there's a lot to relish from the chore: the cozy company, the rare and glorious food, the Pinterest-worthy takes and the distinct experience undocumented by even the most brilliant books.

The Pasig City Museum is just across the Pasig Cathedral.
So this is my last travel post for this bunch after having traversed the country back and forth last February, and I'll end with something near. You know what they say when people desire to see places far and wide even when they haven't gone to their own backyard? I lived in Angono, Rizal for 14 years, and it's easily the most artistic town in the country. But it took me to live in Quezon City before I went to see what my hometown has to behold.

Now I dwell in Pasig, and I don't want to make the same mistake. So my friends and I set aside a day to explore, well, our own "backyard."

The Pasig River is perhaps the most popular attribute of the city. Albeit notorious, it played quite a role in history especially in its healthier days. Today, there's more to see in the city that the highly polluted river should be dropped off the list. The Cathedral is the first instinctive stop for many, and for obvious reasons. The church, after all, is that which history revolved around somehow, literally and figuratively.

Inside the Pasig Cathedral dedicated to the Immaculate Conception.
My friends Maycee and Kim paused before the image of St. Josemaria, (pictured on wall)
the saint of ordinary life, in the Cathedral.
We went around the Cathedral's grounds to look for the graves of the missionaries who started the faith in the town. Instead, we found a maze of a cemetery, with wall after wall of graves. We stopped at a corner when we realized it was where those who died in their childhood were buried.

Graves of infants and children. Some even passed away a few days after birth.
If Ronald were alive, he'd just be a year older than I am. His fate was to live for
just a few days. In many ways, he's fortunate. But the rest of us have to face our earthly mission with
a smile and a passionate love for life.
We challenged ourselves to look for the oldest recorded house in the city, and our amateur research brought us to this street where this Spanish-era type residence is located. Supposing it's some sort of a tourist spot or a museum, we knocked on its huge door and asked to be allowed in.

The owner looked at us puzzled. "This is a private house, you know!" But we couldn't be let down, this is a historical site, after all! So we just posed for photos in front of it while the resident watched our antics from the second floor.

Supposedly the oldest house in Pasig.
And then we went to a real museum. For a local historical museum, Pasig City's is relatively well-maintained and boasts of a valuable collection of artifacts. It also currently houses a painting exhibit on the life of Jose Rizal by local contemporary artists.

Former business tycoon and city major Don Fortunato Concepcion (he's fortunate, indeed) built the place, previously the Concepcion Mansion, in 1937 and then seized by the Japanese during the war and turned the house into a detention center. Please don't imagine blood and gore at this point. As a symbolic act, the triumphant Americans hoisted their flag atop its tower to mark the liberation day of Pasig on February 19, 1945.

 I'm probably boring you with all these details. Just to say that the museum is really old, and people died there, and so it's worth visiting!

The Pasig City Museum is an elderly mansion traditionally owned by the Concepcion Family who sold the property to the local government. It was then transformed into an educational site bearing pieces from the city's history.
As usual, the museum doesn't allow its guests to take photos inside. And c'mon, it's the 21st century!
Tourism is promoted best with photos. That's a nice lobby though, don't you think?
Done pretending we're really that cultured, we proceeded to Tiendesitas for lunch and dog-watching. The little critters, of course, were a bit smelly but they jumped around and wagged their tails upon meeting us, and who could resist?

Tiendesitas Food Village. Photo filed under Wikipedia Commons, CC BY-SA.
Off to dessert! We rode to social venture Briggy Hall for milk tea and chocolate. I still don't get the entire concept of the place even after reading about it on Inquirer, which says it's a community cafe and "not your ordinary food stop." But whatever it really is, as long as it's originally Filipino, it's worth checking out. #

Sisters Lira and Kim Cahucom enjoying their Moon Leaf tea at Briggy Hall.
Tasteful packaging design made some products at Briggy Hall look imported and prized. 
Graphic design can really make our local products, which are already of high quality, be globally
desired.
All photos by Camille Diola, unless otherwise stated. Please cite Creative Commons license for use.

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