Museum for Tia Patron, Ilonggo Heroine. An initiative of the Tinukib Foundation, the Casa Gamboa was opened by the foundation to honor Patrocino Gamboa or popularly called ‘Tia Patron’, the revolutionary heroine of Jaro. Patrocino Gamboa was among the first to join the revolution against Spain in Panay Island and also among the Ilonggo revolutionaries responsible for forming the Comite Central Revolucionario Visayas.
The Ilonggo Revolutionary Heroine
Tia Patron played an instrumental role in Philippine history. She nursed the wounded and sick soldiers on the battlefield, collected contributions from donors, gathered food, medical supplies, and ammunition for the revolutionary forces. She also prepared a replica of the Philippine Flag for the inauguration of the revolutionary government of the Visayas on November 17, 1898, at the headquarters of General Martin Delgado in Sta. Barbara, Iloilo, popularly known as the ‘Cry of Santa Barbara’. The ‘Cry of Santa Barbara’ was a momentous event for the freedom of the Ilonggos.
On December 21, 1980, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) placed a historical marker in honor and recognition of Patrocino Gamboa, as daughter and heroine of Jaro, at the Jaro Plaza. Moreover, on April 30, 2015, and in celebration of her 150th birthday anniversary, the NHCP placed another historical marker at the entrance of Gamboa’s house, a historical landmark at Jaro District. Casa Gamboa has been under different guardianship for years. The Bedia family acquired the property in 1958, then followed by Microensure Philippines in 2011. In 2017, Taytay sa Kauswagan, Inc. (KSI) purchased the property and named the ancestral house ‘Casa Gamboa’, to honor the Ilonggo heroine and preserve its historical significance. The Casa Gamboa was designed to become a multi-purpose structure. It serves as offices of TSKI Jaro Branch and of Tinukib Foundation, Inc. and a Tinukib Cafe and Souvenir Shop is located on the ground floor. “Jaro was the richest municipality in its time…it is a rich town of ‘mestizos’ who own great fortune.” as per Hon. Demy P. Sonza, Board of Trustee, TSKI, and TFI. Moreover, the second floor is now Casa Gamboa Jaro Museum and highlights 19th Century Jaro with historical mementos about Patrocino Gamboa. Patrocino Gamboa died in 1953, and was buried with full military honors at the Balantang Veterans’ Cemetery, Jaro, Iloilo City. Some of the highlighted exhibit of the Casa Gamboa Jaro Museum: Exposicion Regional De Filipinas – showcasing Iloilo as the ‘Textile Capital of the Philippines’. It features the first regional exposition organized by the ruling Bourbons outside Spain. The Jaro District and the Huebesan showcases the old Jaro and its famous Huebesan or weekly market that attracted people all over the province and some parts of Panay. Casa Gamboa Jaro Museum is located at Casa Gamboa Cor. Commission Civil – Jayme Streets, Benedicto, Jaro, Iloilo City.
Tinukib Foundation, Inc.
Tinukib Foundation, Inc. is a non-stock, non-profit organization, and the marketing arm of Taytay sa Kauswagan, Inc. The foundation provides marketing avenues for the micro and small entrepreneurs it supports, as well as in product development, business diagnosis, and market linkage. “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 enterprises.” -Tinukib. Tinukib is a Hiligaynon word that means ‘to discover’. The name is carefully thought of to let visitors discover the rich heritage of Iloilo and the products made by the Ilonggo micro-entrepreneurs. Tinukib also aspire to aid communities and provide an impact to the social enterprises it supports.