Walking Down Memory Lane of 40 Old Heritage Structures in Dapitan City

Declared as the country’s first heritage zone or historic center, Dapitan City is small in size but large in history and interest: (1) it is considered as one of the oldest settlements in Northern Mindanao; (2)its origin can be traced back as a mission by the Jesuits in 1629; (3) it is where Jose Rizal lived in exile and (4)showcases a good number of heritage structures, some of which are officially declared by national government agencies as National Historical Landmarks and National Cultural Treasure.

Culturally rich and extremely photogenic, the remarkable architecture design of the old houses and structures (a reminder of the Spanish colonial era) lining up the streets are made for walking and exploring.

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1. Dapitan City Health Office and Police Office

A very old built structure housing the city health office and police office.

2. Pablo Page Ancestral House

Pablo Page and Petra Bajamunde Ancestral House. This is also used as a commercial food establishment of native delicacies. It is named Corazon de Dapitan.

3. Laput-Ancheta Ancestral House

This is said to be a century old house.

4. Aseniero Ancestral House

An ancestral house owned by the Asenieros.

5. Old Commission on Election Office

This is the abandoned office of the ComElec.

6. Junio Ancestral House

An ancestral house owned by the Junios located right behind the St. James the Greater Church.

7. Bajamunde Ancestral House

An ancestral house owned by the late Gregorio Bajamunde – one of the prominent families in Dapitan.

8. Aseniero-Adraincem Ancestral House

An ancestral house owned by the late Mariano Aseniero and Floria Adraincem.

9. Dionisio Chiong Ancestral House

An ancestral house owned by the late Dionisio Chiong. Today, it is being used as a pharmacy.

10. Aniano Adasa Ancestral House

An ancestral house owned by the late Aniano Adasa. Today, it houses the local tourism office of Dapitan City.

11. Tomboc Ancestral House

An ancestral house owned by the Tombocs possibly built in the 1900s.

12. Dondoyano Ancestral House

An ancestral house owned by the Dondoyanos possibly built in the 1940s.

13. Hamoy Ancestral House

An ancestral house owned by the Hamoys possibly built in the 1940s.

14. Saldon Ancestral House

An ancestral house owned by Benjamin Saldon built in 1951.

15. Padao Ancestral House

Originally owned by Patricio Eguia but later on acquired by the late Benjamin Padao Sr. (father of my tito/ninong Ibar Padao who is still spry, healthy, and energetic)

16. Office of the Sangguniang Panglungsod

Sangguniang Panglungsod of Dapitan City.

17. Singco Ancestral House

House built by Tolentino Singco in the 1950s.

18. Dalman Ancestral House

Heritage house owned by the Dalmans.

19. Adriatico Ancestral House

Heritage house built by Ester Adriatico in the 1920s.

20. Hamoy Ancestral House

Heritage house owned by the Hamoys which was erected on 1893. This is the house where our national hero dr. Jose Rizal delivered the eldest newborn of his good friend and business partner Mariano Hamoy.

21. Caidic House

Heritage house built by Gaspar Caidic.

22. Acaylar House

Heritage house built by Cadios Acaylar in the 1950s.

23. Cuartero House

Heritage house built by Tomas Cuartero in the 1940s.

24. Otchotorena House

Heritage house owned by Otchotorenas built in the 1950s.

25. Elumbaring House

Heritage house owned by the Elumbarings.

26. Bajamunde Ancestral

Heritage house built by Lorenzo Bajamunde in 1945.

27. Dalman House

Heritage house currently owned by Ruby Dalman. Possibly built in the 1940s.

28. Bagting Ancestral House

Heritage house currently owned by the Bagtings.

29. Jimmy Adasa Ancestral House

Heritage house buily by Jimmy Adasa. Today, the ground floor is used as a mechanical shop.

30. Severina Icao Ancestral House

Heritage house buily by Severina Icao. Today, the ground floor is used as small convenient store. Possibly built in the 1930s.

31. Sagario Icao Ancestral House

Heritage house buily by Sagario Icao. Possibly built in the 1920s.

32. Sy-Gaco Ancestral House

Heritage house buily by Calexto Sy-Gaco at around 1940s.

33. Elumbar Ancestral House

Heritage house buily by Victoria Elumbar.

34. Balisado Ancestral House

Heritage house owned by the Balisados. Their family is one of the political icons in Dapitan City.

35. Bajamunde Ancestral House (Sibling of Page Bajamunde)

Another heritage house owned by the Bajamundes, a prominent family in Dapitan indeed. Today, the ground floor of the structure is being used as a commercial/business establishment.

36. Carreon House (Sibling of Page Bajamunde)

A built heritage owned by the Carreons.

37. Philippine Coconut Authority Office

A heritage structure in Dapitan that currently houses the PCA office.

38. Public Services Division of Dapitan

A heritage structure in Dapitan that currently houses another public office of Dapitan.

39. Office of the Senior Citizens Association of Brgy Potol Dapitan

A heritage structure in Dapitan that currently houses the office of the senior citizens.

40. Dapitan City Department of Education

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9 comments to “Walking Down Memory Lane of 40 Old Heritage Structures in Dapitan City”
  1. House number 28 is Adaza Ancestral House, its the house of our former Mayor James Adaza.

    House number 29 is the house of Bert Te a Filipino Chinese.

    Thank you for visiting my hometown and spreading awareness of these historical structures.

  2. 15. Padao Ancestral House

    An ancestral house owned by the late Ebar Padao built in the 1910s.

    WRONG INFO. Originally owned by Patricio Eguia but later on acquired by the late Benjamin Padao Sr. (father of my tito/ninong Ibar Padao who is still spry, healthy, and energetic)

  3. Kindly valudate your data because those you got correct I think is just a lucky guess. Do your research! House number 18 is owned by Adaza Family. One in particular is the late GUADALUPE ADAZA former and first LADY GOVERNOR IN THE PHILIPPINES.

    So again get in right! Ayaw palabi sa pamataka na data!

  4. this is NICE! but kindly validate the data particularly the house owner—

    #Indeed, Dapitan is a perfect place for retirement. Fresh air, and Peaceful City.

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