October 05, 2017

Bahay Nakpil-Bautista in Quiapo: Tahanan ng mga Katipunero

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  • In the heart of Manila is a unique house in Quiapo, Manila called Bahay Nakpil-Bautista, built in 1914 by the famous architect Arcadio Arellano. Upon first look, the house is a traditional Filipino house during the Spanish Era; it’s composed of wooden frames and an upper stoey of wood, complete with sliding windows. The materials that are used on the windows are made from capiz shell (window pane oyster) that are common in traditional Filipino homes.

    Bahay Nakpil-Bautista in the present time /IMAGE Bahay Nakpil-Bautista Unofficial Page

    The house’s intricate design is beautifully-detailed, inspired from the 1900’s Viennese art movement, Secession. Bahay Nakpil-Bautista is a “Tahanan ng mga Katipunero” (House of Brotherhood), that used to be a residence of known people such our Gregoria de Jesus, the Lakambini of Katipunan (Lady of Brotherhood) and her husband, Julio Nakpil, who is a musician and soldier appointed by Andres Bonifacio as Vice-President Supremo of the Katipunan (Supreme of the Brotherhood).

    In the present time, Bahay Nakpil-Bautista is a historic house museum and a center of culture that not only holds heritage but also memories decades ago. It has a permanent exhibit about the house and its former residence. The rooms are dedicated to Gregoria de Jesus and the Katipunan. You can also find a small library filled with Filipiniana books that are available for researchers.

    Some of the pieces of furniture are still kept inside the house /IMAGE www.lonelytravelogue.com

    The house serves as the community center for Quiapo, where young and new artists, photographers can have their exhibit done here. Advocacy groups, passionate people about the common welfare of our country are also welcomed here. Recently, this is also included as a destination for walking tours of Manila. You can also rent out their spacious rooms for meetings, workshops, seminars, photo shoots, and open mic nights.

    Taken decades ago, during Christmas where different lanterns and designs are hanged outside the house

    Visit them at 432 A, Bautista St. (formerly Barbosa St.), Quiapo, Manila. Museum Hours are on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. They are closed on official holidays. Entrance fee for adults and college students are Php 80 each, Seniors (Php 50 and children up to 5 years old are free. Contact numbers are; (632) 731 0305 and (63) 917 851 7455.


    Written by Edlaine “Mintzy” C. Flor

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