Quirino Blvd. cor. Salcedo St., Vigan, Ilocos Sur
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The Syquia mansion was the official residence of 6th President of the Philippines, Elpidio Quirino, and it is claimed to be the first Malacanang of the North.
The mansion is actually the ancestral home of Alicia Syquia - Quirino, the president's wife, and was given as a dowry to the President when they got married. That is why it is still named after the Syquia's, which have ancestors rooted in China. In fact, their surname is just a Hispanized version if Sy Kia.
Segway: Doña Alicia did not live to become first lady because she was one of the casualties of World War II. During President Quirino's term, their daughter, Victoria, served as the first lady of the 6th Philippine president.
Situated at the corner of Quirino Boulevard and Salcedo Streets in Vigan, the mansion is a typical bahay na bato -- thick stone walls at the ground level, painted wood on the second. However, it is quite larger than the average ancestral house as it occupies almost a whole block.
The Syquia's social standing at the time was quite high, as can be seen from the antique furniture and European decor that dot the entire second floor. Amorsolos and versions of Juan Luna's paintings line the walls. A passageway for servants is found along the outer wall of the house. A golden vase, a gift from the Emperor of China, greets you as you reach the second floor.
From the intricately carved four poster beds to the grand dining room with manual ceiling fans, it is a true sight to behold.
Pay close attention to everything Rusty, the caretaker cum tour guide, has to say. He has a lot of stories to tell. Don't be put off by his strict demeanor. You'll learn a lot if you just listen.
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A must see Ancestral Mansion owned by our former Pres E. Quirino, it was full of old memorabilias & interesting things like the purpose of a hole in the floor. U'll love the witty & funny caretaker, Mr Rusty :)
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I like museums. I get to see old and random stuff, left down the memory lane, and compare them to ours at home. I like old stuff, because they're sad and nostalgic, like that of my old family computer--left to rot in memory of childhood dreams.
I enjoyed my visit at Syquia museum, because it reminds me of the history classes I took for granted in high school and college and the old rocking chair we had in the 90s, and because it has an interesting tiled floor (as depicted on the picture, and yes, that's a hipster shot. Lol.)
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The old ancestral house is awesome, but whats more awesome is the history behind it. The tour guide will tell you the story behind the family, the house and all the things inside it
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