Photos by: Ricky D. Alejo
WANDERLUSTS have an additional destination to their long list of tourist spots in the City of Love – the Tinukib Café and Souvenirs located at the historic Gamboa Mansion in Jaro district.
Tinukib Café and Souvenirs is the second shop of Tinukib Foundation, Inc. (TFI). TFI markets the products crafted and developed by Western Visayas’s micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME).
Tinukib, a Hiligaynon word which means creation, aptly describes TFI’s goal of creating opportunities for MSMEs to grow and expand their markets, and eventually sustain their gains to cement its position as one of the key economic drivers and job generators in the region.
“The core of Tinukib is more than just rediscovering the rich culture of the Ilonggos and what it has to offer globally, but also the worthier cause to help communities and make a difference to the dynamic social enterprises it supports,” TFI said in a statement.
With the demand for local products continuously increasing, TFI finds it timely that Tinukib Café and Souvenirs is located in the historic house of Ilonggo heroine, Patrocinio “Tia Patron” Gamboa located at the corner of Commission Civil-Jayme Streets in Jaro.
“It was a perfect blend of culture, tradition and local craftsmanship combined in one place,” TFI said.
Gamboa is a Filipino revolutionary that made the Philippine Flag hoisted in Sta Barbara Church, when the Revolutionary Government in the Visayas was inaugurated on Nov 17, 1898.
Historian and Board Member Demy Sonza describes Gamboa as “The Heroine of Jaro”.
Born into a wealthy family, she is also known for secretly transporting the same Philippine Flag she made and a saber from Gen Emilio Aguinaldo to Gen Martin Delgado, the revolutionary leader in Panay.
Together with a young officer, Lt. Honorio Solinap, Gamboa risked getting caught by Spanish soldiers in the dangerous sojourn from Jaro, Iloilo City to Sta Barbara, Iloilo.
“With the saber hidden in the bundle of bungalan grass and the flag wrapped around Tia Patron’s waist underneath her saya, the pair drove out of Jaro after breakfast on November 16…The two posed as a quarreling husband and wife out to attend an important engagement. Whenever they were approaching a Spanish checkpoint, Tia Patron shouted dirty words at Solinap, pinching and striking him…instead of stopping their vehicle for inspection, the Spanish soldiers laughingly let them pass,” describes Sonza.
As a woman, Tia Patron’s role in the revolution was limited. The women not allowed to become officers of the Revolutionary Government or have a say in the operations. But Gamboa’s role is not forgotten. Delgado, who was installed governor of Iloilo on April 10, 1901, offered money on behalf of the government to compensate Gamboa’s service.
“I gave my services for the love of our country and I don’t want to receive any payment for my services,” Tia Patron said as she declined Delgado’s offer.
Tia Patron lived in her house until her demise in 1953. Sonza said that the house was acquired by the Bedia Family in 1958, and in 2011, by bought by Microensure Philippines. Recently, the property was bought by Taytay sa Kauswagan Inc., which renamed it to Casa Gamboa to highlight its historic and heritage relevance. The ground floor space is the Tinukib Café and Souvenirs showroom while the second story will be made a museum.
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