Syquia Mansion or Quirino House is located in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur. The mansion is typical of the many ancestral Bahay na Bato in Vigan City; thick stone walls on the ground level, painted wood on the second. It is however, quite noticeably, larger than your average ancestral house, spanning almost a whole city block.
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Soon as the plane landed to the Philippines after my short stint in Bangkok, Thailand, I headed north with a 12-hour trip from Manila. This is my first vacation in the Philippines right after residing in Dubai, UAE and Ilocos Sur topped my to-go-to-list.
Ilocos Sur is a province of the Philippines located in the Ilocos Region in Luzon - one of the three major Islands in the Philippines. It is bordered by Ilocos Norte and Abra to the north, Mountain Province to the east, La Union and Benguet to the south and the South China Sea to the west. The provincial capital of Ilocos Sur is Vigan City ...
One of the treasured Filipino traditions of Pasko (Christmas) is the daygon, or caroling. Children, teens, adults, or even the elderly, whether singly or in groups, approach a residence and sing beautiful Christmas songs. After a song or two, the household rewards the performers with money, food, clothes, or other items. Listening to these gentle melodies on the second floor of a Spanish bahay na bato must be a totally awesome experience.
Albeit the absence of the daygon, we decided to visit some of the carefully preserved ancestral homes that make Vigan world-famous. These houses hold a lo ...
The small town of Vigan in Ilocos Sur has always been known as the door to our past. From the cobblestones of Calle Crisologo that thumps as the carriages and calesas pass by, down to the pinagburnayan that celebrates the pottery of the region, Vigan has been home to the country's preserved bygone era.
A UNESCO heritage site, Vigan is a bold statement of our rich history and culture. But down the road of this quaint town lies a silent witness to our past: the Syquia Mansion.
Built in 1830, during the Spanish colonial period, the Syquia Mansion served as the home of the late President Elp ...
I used to be an active lurker of Philippine travel forums when I wasn't still aware of the existence of travel blogs during the early 2010s. It was exciting to meet people who have the same passion as I do and I was amazed by how many Filipinos are traveling to the different parts of the globe. It was thrilling to read about their adventures even though I don't really know them personally. It was also at a forum wherein I saw an open invitation to join a group on a three-day trip to Ilocos. I was hesitant of course, it would be a first to join strangers on a trip. So I invited a kaladkarin fri ...
Today is the 125th birth anniversary of Elpidio Quirino.
But who among the millennials knows about him now? Indeed, who heard of that name except Quirino province, Quirino Avenue and Quirino Grandstand?
Quirino was Manuel Quezon's secretary of finance and of interior, Senate president during Sergio Osmeña's administration, Manuel Roxas' vice president, before becoming the country's sixth president, from April 1948 to December 1953.
He himself is said to have mentored three presidents, the so-called 3 Ms: Magsaysay, Macapagal and Marcos.
His administration was characterized by post ...
And one thing more, do you know what the sculptures of the mansion are for? So went Rusty, our very strict but informative tour guide at one of Vigan City's numerous museums.
Our group woke to a very wet day, the previous day's rain hasn't abated and it was still drizzling as we went out of Casa Caridad after a hearty breakfast. Our first stop of the day, Elpidio Quirino's home, the Syquia Mansion.
The mansion is typical of the many ancestral Bahay na Bato in Vigan City; thick stone walls on the ground level, painted wood on the second. It is however, quite noticeably, larger than your a ...