This colonial mansion built in 1830 at the corner of Quirino Blvd. and Salcedo St. is the ancestral home of Doña Alicia Syquia, wife of Philippine’s 6th president, the late Elpidio Quirino.
It is today a museum that offers free entrance to visitors. In the house are 19th century furnishings, memorabilia and various photos, providing a glimpse to the man.
Doña Alicia did not live to become first lady however, because she was a casualty of World War II — she along with 3 of her children were killed by the Japanese. Elpidio did not re-marry and his daughter, Doña Victoria served as First Lady.
The mansion had become the official residence of President Quirino thus claimed as the first Malacañang of the north.
A single wooden stairs leads to the receiving room on the 2nd floor where a replica of the Spolarium hangs. Rumor has it that Juan Luna’s assistant painted the replica and this was what they referred to when the real Spolarium was restored.
The rooms are spacious with various doors linking one room from the other. One can enter one door and exit another door leading to another room.
Capiz windows up close
The mansion was well kept and retains a lot of the 19th century details.
I am a fan of Machuca tiles — flooring used in the Azotea
The guide was very knowledgeable and equipped with many information. Definitely a must see when in Vigan.
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