Cavite: Casa Hacienda de Tejeros

Located in Rosario in the province of Cavite, Casa Hacienda de Tejeros is famously known for as the location of the historic Tejeros Convention of 1897.

Casa Hacienda de Tejeros was originally built in the 17th century. It, and its surrounding lands were formerly owned by the Augustinian Recollects. The estate was once the largest and grandest estate in the country. It once covered as much as 1,125 hectares with the casa occupying 4 hectares of it.
The NHI Marker of the Casa Hacienda de Tejeros
The name tejeros came from the Spanish name tejer, which means "to weave". It's due to the fact that the weaving industry  is one of the major industries of the municipality of Rosario. Going back to its historical importance, Casa Hacienda de Tejeros played an important role in in 1897 when it hosted the assembly that the new leaders of the revolution was elected. These officials were Emilio Aguinaldo (President), Mariano Ponce (Vice President), Artemio Ricarte (Captain General), Emiliano Riego de Dios (Director of War), and Andres Bonifacio (Director of Interior).
Emilio Aguinaldo Statue
The NHI marker for Emilio Aguinaldo
Sadly, the original adobe Casa did not survive the years of turmoil in the Philippines. A new building now stands to commemorate the original casa but it pales in comparison to the grandeur of the original. Visitors can still see the ruins of the old casa though. It's found behind the new building. Parts of the original stone stairs leads you to the secret tunnels. These tunnels are said to lead to the Tejero River and also to Aguinaldo's house in Kawit, Cavite. However, the tunnel entrances are already blocked by vines and weeds and some parts of it are said to have eroded already.
The first "historically" significant thing that you'd see when you enter the casa
The interior

I got to visit Casa Hacienda de Tejeros when I went on a side trip during our company outing. It was easy to find the Casa because it's near the welcome arch of the municipality of General Trias. It was harder to find a parking space though. Although the vicinity of the casa is spacious, a gate bars tourists from parking in it. I managed to park at the side of the road (thank God the was wasn't towed) near the casa.


I was in luck that the groundskeeper was present during my visit because there is no way one could enter the building without a contact inside. However, my excitement immediately faded down once I entered the casa. To be honest, there's nothing to see in the new building except for several busts of the people involved in the Tejeros Convention and also in the Revolutionary War. If not for the students practicing their dance numbers and the groundskeepers, the casa would pass as a haunted house. 
This is what the house originally looked like
Now only these stone steps remain of the original
Plus some parts of the original wall
Overall, tourists who gets the chance to visit the casa would surely never return for another visit nor refer it to a friend (because there is absolutely nothing there to see). That my dear readers is a sad reality. 

Getting there:

From Baclaran, ride a mini bus that goes directly to the town of Rosario. Check the signboards first before boarding though because some mini buses are bound for Cavite City. Tell the conductor to drop you off at Casa Hacienda de Tejeros. It's near (actually beside) the arch of General Trias Cavite. (Pictured below) 
Look for this arch!
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