Pila, Laguna is identified as a heritage site for on it rises several ancestral and historical houses which date back as early as the 1900s.
Hence, the town of Pila is recognized and is now protected by the National Historical Institute (NHI).
The aforementioned houses were spared from the bombings of the WWII unlike their neighboring towns of Santa Cruz and Pagsanjan.
This kind of town is a rarity, indeed.
Want to visit the historical site? Here’s how: ( lifted from lagunatravelguide.com)
How to Get to Pila Heritage Site
By public transportation:
Ride a bus from Cubao or Buendia going to Sta. Cruz, Laguna. If coming from Alabang, ride a bus going to Calamba and then take a jeepney to sta. Cruz, Laguna.
Tell the bus conductor to drop you off at Pila town proper (loob ng Pila) because sometimes, the bus takes the highway route. Get off at the town plaza; you won’t miss it because you will see the grand old church and the spacious lawn with concrete benches.
From here you will be able to see a lot of old houses and the municipal hall; the museum, a former school, is also within the vicinity (this was the town layout implemented by the Spanish wherein the church is the center of activity in the municipality). For your personal needs, convenience stores and dining areas are scattered throughout the town square.
By private vehicle:
If you are coming from Manila, drive through South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and take Calmaba exit. Take the national highway road and pass by the towns of Los Banos, Bay, and Victoria. Pila is the next town; turn left to Pila town proper.