February 14, 2019

VIGAN TRAVEL: Syquia Mansion Museum Showcases Elegant Spanish Lifestyle of the 1800s

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  • One of the most elegant examples of big stone houses in Vigan is the Syquia Mansion, owned by the sixth Ilocano-born President of the Philippines Elpidio Quirino’s wife, Doña Alicia Syquia Quirino.

    IMAGE looloo iNSIGHTS

    This century-old mansion was built in 1830 and was given as a dowry when President Quirino married the descendant of the Syquia family. Previously, it was used to hold government functions and meetings by the Quirino administration. At present, it is a museum.

    Also read: List: Must-Visit Heritage Houses in Vigan, Ilocos Sur

    Its facade was inspired by the fusion of Filipino-Spanish architecture made from durable stones and wood. Just like any other house of the prominent mestizos back in the Spanish era, it features a wide open-air balcony called Azotea, with peeping holes in the second-floor salas or living room wherein they can see visitors from the ground floor.

    Living area inside the Syquia Mansion /IMAGE The Happy Trip

    One feature of the old stone house is the capiz windows, while each room is equipped with Kama ni Ah-tay, a four-post bed which serves as a status symbol back in the days.

    Inside, tourists will find large rooms filled with antique memorabilia like paintings, housewares, and furniture from different parts of the world. A huge portrait painting of Quirino’s family and a replica of Juan Luna’s Spolarium can also be found in the living area.

    Portrait of Victoria Syquia-Quirino, daughter of former president Elpidio Quirino /IMAGE The Happy Trip

    Also read: VIGAN TRAVEL: Embark On A Historical Journey in Calle Crisologo

    Tourists who fancy antique items and history will surely have a worthwhile tour inside the museum mansion. Entrance fee for Syquia Mansion Museum costs Php 50 for adults, while PWDs, senior citizens, and children below 13 years old can enter the museum only for Php 40.

    How to get here:

    • From Calle Crisologo, walk north and turn right onto Liberation Boulevard. Make a left turn at Quirino Boulevard. Syquia Mansion is adjacent to the CARD SME Bank.

    General information:

    Address: Quirino Boulevard, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
    Business hours: 9 a.m. to 12 n.n. and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., (Mon, Wed to Sun)
    Contact Information: 077-674-1643
    Entrance fee: Php 50 for adults, Php 40 for PWDs, senior citizens, and children below 13 years old.

    This first appeared in Philippine Primer’s Japanese and English February 2019 issue.
    Images courtesy of The Happy Trip and looloo iNSIGHTS
    Written by Deneca Ordinanza

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