VIGAN TRAVEL: Syquia Mansion Museum Showcases Elegant Spanish Lifestyle in the 1800s
Updated as of April 5, 2021
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.
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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.
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.
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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, former President Elpidio Quirino’s daughter/IMAGE from The Happy Trip
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 75 for adults, Php 60 for senior citizens, and Php 1o for students. Public school teachers can visit the place for free.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, interested parties must follow the Interagency Task Force and Department of Health’s health and safety protocols before entering the museum.
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.
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., (Except Tuesdays)
Contact Information: 077-674-1643
This first appeared in Philippine Primer’s Japanese and English February 2019 issue.
Written by Deneca Ordinanza