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Batangas: Marcela Agoncillo Museum

Located beside Calle Marcela Marino Agoncillo in the town of Taal in Batangas, Marcela Agoncillo Museum is the ancestral house of the principal seamstress of the first Philippine Flag.

The Marcela Agoncillo Museum / ancestral house is a bahay na bato  built sometime around the 1780s and is one of the oldest houses in Taal. The house was built by Dona Marcela's grandfather, Don Andres Marino. Dona Marcela inherited the house after the death of her grandfather and she chose to live in the house even after being married in 1889 to Felipe Agoncillo who would later on become known as the "First Filipino Diplomat".
The historical marker of Dona Marcela
Marcela Agoncillo statue found outside her house

Batas Republika 8491
The Republic Act 8491

The ownership of the house was then passed on to the children of Dona Marcela after she passed away on May 30, 1946. Then on July 6, 1980, the children of Dona Marcela and Don Felipe, Gregoria and Marcela (named after her mother), donated the ancestral house and its furniture and family memorabilia to the government. The house was then converted into a museum and is presently being maintained by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.
Old Marcela Agoncillo
Dona Marcela Agoncillo

Visitors of the Marcela Agoncillo Museum can check out these galleries:

Gallery 1: Marino - Agoncillo Home
Gallery 1
The living room 

The bedroom

Gallery 2: Life of Marcela Marino de Agoncillo
Gallery 2

The panels shows the life of Marcela Agoncillo

Gallery 3: Memories of the Agoncillo Family
Gallery 3
Check out how they cooked back then
This video shows a lot of old photos

Gallery 4: Life and Career of Felipe Agoncillo

Gallery 4
Some works and books of Felipe Agoncillo

Gallery 5: Symbols of the Nation
Gallery 5

sagisag ng estado
Other symbols of the nation

Gallery 6: The National Flag of the Philippines

Gallery 6
The Philippine flag throughout the years
The Philippine Flag

Gallery 7: Philippine Sovereignty
Gallery 7
Wall panels showing the history of Philippine sovereignty

I got to visit the Marcela Agoncillo Museum during the annual field trip of my class. It was the last ancestral house in our itinerary. The house and its displays were well maintained and as expected, my students got a glimpse of the Spanish colonial era during our visits in the different ancestral houses in Taal. They also got to see the real house and stuff of a person that they only read in the books. 
The statue showing Dona Marcela famously sewing the flag

The only issue that I got during the said trip was the parking. Although there is an open lot in front of the museum for parking, it is also used (and probably owned) by the business office which is also located in front of the museum. Hence, parking becomes a first come first serve basis. Visitors may opt to park their car at the Taal Basilica grounds and walk at least 800 meters to the museum.

Overall, when in Taal, one should not miss out the chance of visiting the Marcela Agoncillo Museum. It is a great place to least about the past and also the life of the "Mother of the Philippine Flag" and her husband the "First Filipino Diplomat".

Getting there:

From Manila, ride a bus (Jam Liner) going to Lemery, Batangas. Tell the conductor to drop you off at the Lemery-Taal junction. From there, you can ride a trike or jeep which will pass by the museum.

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  1. being maintained by the NATIONAL HISTORICAL COMMISSION of the PHILIPPINES

  2. I missed this when we went to Taal last year, I guess I was busy scouring the streets for the best bulalohan!haha.

    1. Hahaha! I would love to know if you have found one.

  3. Thanks for the article , well described with so many visuals . just wanted to know that was she specifically chosen to design and weave the flag or was the design done by someone else and she was by history designated to make the national flag ?

    1. Since the government then was exiled in Hong Kong, there was no other choice for then President Aguinaldo but to choose from the few wives of fellow exile patriots to weave the flag to be used for their return. There where a lot of flags prior to this but this flag is recognized as the National Flag since it was the one used by the 1st Philippine Republic.

  4. I am glad that your photography skills are so good! Looking at your pics, I can almost walk through the museum. But with great history, there is an intriguing story and you have told that through your pics ! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Ambuj. Thank you for visiting my blog. =)

  5. I was here last August... There are so much to appreciate in this humble place. I think this place and others in Cavite should be included in my son's field trip itinerary instead of theme parks.. hmmm young children should be exposed to historical places

    1. I agree! I'm also wondering why field trip destinations nowadays are mostly malls or factories. DepEd should require historical places are one of the destinations in a field trip.

  6. I like the helpful information you provide in your articles.
    I will bookmark your blog and check again here frequently.
    I am quite certain I will learn many new stuff right here! Good luck for the next!

  7. I could not resist commenting. Welll written!


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