Bacoor’s Bahay na Tisa

The town of Bacoor, also named Bakood or Bakoor (named after a species of bamboo), was founded in 1671. Legend has it that when Spanish troops arrived in this town, they encountered people who were building a fence around their houses. The Spaniards then asked the men what the place?s name was but because the locals could not understand what the visitors were saying, they answered “bakood,” purportedly to describe what they were doing. It was then given the Spanish pronunciation which is “Bacoor.??

Bacoor Bahay na Tisa

It was also in Bacoor where the first capital of Gen. Aguinaldo?s revolutionary government was established before being transferred to Malolos. Gargano was the revolutionary name given to Bacoor in its attempt to abolish vestiges of the colonial past. This also lives up to the accepted statement that it was in Bacoor where the independence movement bore fruit; without the events that took place in Bacoor, the Malolos Convention would not have happened.

Bacoor bahay na tisa

A living proof of Bacoor?s colourful, exciting history still lives on in the Bahay na Tisa, the first Malaca?ang of the Philippines during Aguinaldo?s time.

Constructed during the mid 1700s and an epitome of Spanish colonial style adopted to suit the Philippine climate ?thanks to the use of an indigenous material for its roof called tisa that was baked and cooled before application — Bahay na Tisa was a temporary residence of Gen. Aguinaldo for three months and also the headquarters of the revolutionary government.

Bacoor bahay na tisa

It is where Aguinaldo wrote the draft of the Constitution together with Apolinario Mabini.

Enhancing that air of intrigue in Bahay na Tisa are the three deep wells (one on the second floor, another on the side leading towards the huge balcony or azotea and the last, near the santol tree) and tunnels that lead towards Bacoor Catholic Church, the Imus River, and other strategically-devised points unknown to the Spaniards but only to the crafty Katipuneros– perfect escape routes indeed in case of sudden attack!

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Comments (6)


  1. Nicely says:

    i definitely would love to visit the place.

  2. edelweiza says:

    lived in bacoor for three years. worked there part-time as a jollibee crew during my college days.that was where i met my bestfriend. she lives in brgy. maliksi.recently, i learned my cousin now lives there, too. we used to passed by the bahay na tisa on our way to san miguel church. bacoor is a peaceful place and there are lots of nice things to see.and you’re right, it’s very historical, too.

  3. nina says:

    hi. blog hopping…it would be interesting to see this :) It’s unfortunate that I haven’t seen much of Philippines. Now that I work in Qatar I only come home once a year :)

  4. Frederick Torres Nangca says:

    we used to hang around in front that house. there was even a time during our town fiesta when we were invited to watch the evening processions through the same windows of that house overlooking the Poblacion Road now Gen. Evangelista Rd., such a site to see. and i believe its one of the many if not the only remaining antiquity of historical importance that is still inhabited to this day by one of the living direct descendants of the de Chavez-Cuenca family of Bacoor. inside the house, you’ll also find antique furnitures including what was once used by Pres. Aguinaldo as well as antique images of saints – both carved woods and ivory. the old tunnel that linked the house to the church has now have been long impassable. they even house some antique carrozas specifically being used for the town’s patron saint – San Miguel Arkanghel.

  5. Nancy says:

    love bacoor? visit Bacoor Watcher

  6. nadadaanan ko lang ‘to palagi, pero never ko pa pinuntahan… hehehe! :)

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