Pila Historical Society

Pila Historical Society Foundation Inc.

Pila Historical Society Foundation, Inc.

The Pila Historical Society Foundation Inc. was organized in 1993 by a group of concerned citizens with the objective of preserving the town’s heritage, cultural, environmental and historical landmarks.

The Foundation was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on November 10, 1993 as non-governmental organization (NGO).  On December 27, 1993, it was accredited by Pila’s Sangguniang Bayan (SB) and appointed as the caretaker of the town plaza.

Using funds raised and provided by the Foundation, and with the cooperation of the late Mayor Querubin Relova and the Sangguniang Bayan, the Foundation undertook the demolition or relocation of structures that detracted from the plaza’s historical relevance.  A portion of the old school building was also repaired to house the artifacts retrieved from the Pinagbayanan excavations of the 1960s.  Then, with additional funds solicited from Senator Rodolfo Biazon, a new pathway was built around the plaza.  Subsequently, development continued with funds approved by then Governor Lina for the construction of the Pila arch and installation of lights and benches at the park.  More recently, Senator Biazon granted new funds to enable the rehabilitation of the plaza’s old water fountain.

The Foundation is proud that its efforts in researching and documenting Pila’s culture and history played a major role in securing the declaration of the town as a National Historical Landmark by the National Historical Institute on May 17, 2000.

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