Tabacalera – Currimao

Here is another structure with cultural and historical value, which by the way appears to have been neglected, just like the watchtower in the previous post. This is known as the tabacalera, located in Currimao, Ilocos Norte, in the same vicinity where the coral rock formations and the watchtower stand.

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This tabacalera is claimed to be the biggest in the Ilocos region, and the best example of this genre in Philippine architecture. Its rectangular floor plan is not any different from the size of a normal church building(Ilocos Norte – a travel guide book; II Ed: 2005). This is bigger than the tabacalera in Laoag City which houses the Museo Iloko. If this was located in the city, it could have been given the proper restoration and maintenance for future generations to know more of their history and culture.

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The tabacalera, believed to have been utilized as warehouse of native products, such as tobacco and rice, for the purpose of trade, was built in 1869. As it is, the main structure is still intact but if not attended to soon, it may slowly deteriorate. I hope for future generations to see it in its entire form and glory, unlike the watchtower where half of it is already gone.

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I noticed that the structure is not far from destruction considering that its yard have been converted into a construction site where sand and gravel are dumped. Heavy equipments operate in very close proximity to the structure, thus, destruction is highly probable.

Update on the Tabacalera [Posted 05 January 2010]:

Three (3) years since I wrote about the Tabacalera, it has never changed. It is still a dumping ground for construction materials. I hope that someday soon, someone with much needed will-power shall emerge, preserve and restore the structure which is not only a part of Currimao’s history but the whole province of Ilocos Norte. It is always better to have other places to go to and visit aside from the beach of Currimao, especially that local tourism is picking up. Below are images I took last December 2009:

Currimao Tabacalera...

Wasted history...

Useless antiquity...

There is also a watchtower ruins, considered as another historical structure being neglected within the vicinity. It appears that there is a lack of historical and cultural consciousness somewhere.
More on Currimao:

Coral Rocks Formation [Pangil Beach]

Watchtower Ruins

Resorts. Places of Interests.

Playa Tropical Resort Hotel

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15 Responses to Tabacalera – Currimao

  1. donald says:

    Buhat ako sa bayan ng Mauban, lalawigan ng Quezon.. ayon sa tala ng kasaysayn ng aming bayan naging bahagi ito ng galleon trade sa panahon ng kastila.. may guho ng isang gusali rito na itinuturing na dating sentro ng kalakalan sa ilalim ng kompanya Tabacalera.. tulad ng nanyayari sa larawang nakapost tila ito’y di rin gasinong napapagtuuan ng pansin na kung tutuusin ay mahalaga sa daloy ng ating kasaysayan.. sino kaya ang may lehitimong tala mga lugar na pinagtayuan at ginawang babaan at kuhaan ng mga produkto sa panahon ng monopolyo ng tabako sa panahon ng kalakalang galyon..

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  3. Victoria says:

    same thing happening to the watch tower near sulvec. some of the roads even have those bricks which until now have withstood the test of time. maybe Gov. Imee should be forwarded this article. anyone know her email addy? since she has enhanced the museo ilocos norte she might as well set up the same thing for this structure and build on it a tourist destination. after all most ilocanos have never grown up in their own province and many balikbayans would love to tour!

  4. dhezsa RN says:

    malapit sa bahay nila daddy ko toh hehheh

  5. Basanglady says:

    Its only for their personal interest, not for the improvement of the Town… Walang pagbabago after Quilala time. Many years had past, pero its just the same… no chance to others to be a leader instead…

  6. JOEL says:

    WITH THE KIND OF LEADERS THAT CURRIMAO HAS RIGHT NOW,THOSE HISTORIC SITE LIKE TABACALERA HAD NOT GIVEN ATTENTION FOR HOW MANY YEARS,NOT A SINGLE MAYORS AFTER MAYOR QUILALA, WORK FOR IMPROVEMENT IN OUR TOWN,THEY JUST ONLY AFTER THEIR INTEREST,IT SAD TO SEE FOR MORE THAN 25 YRS.THE MUNICIPALITY THAY QUILALA DID DURING HIS LEADERSHIP, STILL THE SAME…W/ A LITTLE CHANGES…

  7. Eddu says:

    I can only wish that the “good” mayor of Currimao recognizes the historial value of Tabacelara and do something to preserve it. Currimao is a very quiet and peaceful town. A suitable place to rest for people who enjoy tranquility.

    • Basanglady says:

      I don’t think so if she (the Mayor) recognizes the historical value of Tabacalera. If she has the concern with the Tabacalera, she should reserve it as it is not a junk place for the construction materials.

      • michelle says:

        To Basanglady: Don’t try to use the English language if you don’t know how to. “If she has the concern with the Tabacalera” <– incorrect usage of words. Educate yourself with the language first before using it. Also, I personally think that she has set her priorities straight into helping the people first. You can't assume that she doesn't recognize the historical value of that wonderful structure just because of the presence of those construction materials. After all, they might already be doing something about it, which you are clearly unaware of.

      • michelle says:

        By the way, ‘reserve’ and ‘preserve’ are 2 DIFFERENT words. Check the dictionary before posting words that you don’t understand.

  8. handel says:

    I visited this tabacalera just recently. Fortunately it is still standing although it still remains neglected. Yes, there’s a lot of activity around it. It’s funny but the current mayor’s house is just across the tabacalera, and I was told that the tabacalera’s land is the mayor’s property.

  9. liz cabie says:

    I am also sad that Tabacalera was converted into a construction site. It is a historical building that should be preserved, good memories for kids who grew up and used that as their playground, but people with money bought it for their dumping site.

  10. Anonymous says:

    i really like the ruins

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