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This project aims to list an inventory of Filipino ancestral houses all over the archipelago, to identify their prominent owners and occupants and to provide external links to maps and imagery. View the complete map.

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Image: The ancestral home of Emilio Aguinaldo, the first president of the Republic of the Philippines, was where Philippine independence from Spain was proclaimed on 12 June 1898.

Aguinaldo Shrine (Kawit, Cavite)

Almeda Ancestral Home (Naga, Camarines Sur)

  • During the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during World War II, this house was used as a hospital by the Japanese Imperial Army..
  • The structure is well-preserved and remains to be the property of the original owners' heirs.
  • Timeline: 1930s-built
  • Original Owners: Dr. Dominador T. Almeda and Josefa Mendoza-Almeda
  • Map :: Current Photo :: Old Facade

Aurora Aragon Quezon House (Baler, Aurora)

  • The structure is a replica of the original house which stood in the same location.
  • The original owner of the house was Zeneida Molina, who married Pedro Aragon. Their children were all born in the house, including Aurora -- the future First Lady of the Philippines.
  • The Aragon family lived with their four daughters in unassuming second-floor quarters that centered around a living room and small kitchen, with sleeping areas off to the side. The young Aurora sectioned off part of the house for use as a library and reading center to provide reading material to augment what was available at the local schools.
  • Aurora Aragon-Quezon often stayed in this house during the early years of her husband's political career.
  • Timeline: before 1877-built, 1900-rebuilt after being burned by American troops
  • Original Owners: Pedro Poblete Aragon and Zeneida Molina
  • Map :: Current Photos :: Old Facade

Bahay Nakpil-Bautista (Quiapo, Manila)

  • Bahay Nakpil-Bautista, maintained by a foundation run by descendants of the original owners, is now a museum and is a highlight of the walking tour of Quiapo.
  • Timeline: 1914-built
  • Architect: Arcadio Arellano
  • Original Owners: Petrona Nakpil and Ariston Bautista
  • Map :: Current Photos :: Old Facade

Balay ni Tana Dicang (Talisay, Negros Occidental)

  • Balay ni Tana Dicang stands on a 6,000 square meter lot along Rizal St. in Talisay and it is built in the quintessential style of Spanish-Filipino domestic architecture of “coquina” coral stone and various hardwoods.
  • Timeline: 1883-built
  • Original owners: Efigenio Lizares and Enrica Alunan-Lizares
  • Map :: Current Photos :: Old Facade

Baldomero Aguinaldo Shrine (Binakayan, Cavite)

  • The ancestral home of Baldomero Aguinaldo and his family has been converted into a museum dominated by a diorama of the Battle of Binakayan in 1896. Behind the house is the family plot where Aguinaldo and family are buried. Opposite the house is a storage shed converted into a museum showcasing Cavite's role in the Revolution. On the walls are photographs and drawings of Cavite's military heroes.
  • Original owners: Baldomero Baloy Aguinaldo and Petrona Reyes-Aguinaldo
  • Map :: Current Photos :: Old Facade

Casa Arrastia (Lubao, Pampanga)

  • Casa Arrastia was built in the early 1900's in the Arrastia rice and sugar hacienda in Lubao, Pampanga. It stood in front of the Lubao Municipal Hall.
  • The original structure had a wooden upper floor and concrete ground floor, a variation of the "bahay na bato" architecture -- a mix of Filipino, Spanish and American influences. It had large rooms and high ceilings, a grand staircase that led to the front door.
  • The structure was purchased by the Genesis Hotels & Resorts Corp. moved to Las Casas Filipinas de Azucar, a "heritage resort" in Bagac, Bataan, and referred to as Casa Lubao.
  • Timeline: 1900s-built
  • Original owners: Valentin Arrastia and Francisca Salgado

Casa Baliuag (Baliuag, Bulacan)

  • Casa Baliuag stood at the corner of Poblacion and Burgos Street in Baliuag, Bulacan, just across the Baliuag Church. It once served as the municipal hall of Baliuag in the 1950s. The house originally had elaborate adobe carvings at the facade and intricate wood "bandejas" in an elaborate floral motiff.
  • The structure was purchased by the Genesis Hotels & Resorts Corp. and moved to Las Casas Filipinas de Azucar, a "heritage resort" in Bagac, Bataan. It has been transformed to Spanish cuisine restaurant, Taberna del Señor Pepe.
  • Timeline: 1898-built, 2007-moved to Bataan
  • Last owners: Tolentino Family

Casa Bizantina (Binondo, Manila)

  • Casa Bizantina was built at the corner of Madrid and Penarubia Streets in San Nicolas, Binondo, Manila.
  • The structure was among the first to adapt galvanized iron sheets instead of curved roof tiles and was among the first wave of three-story structures in the commercial district outside Intramuros. It demonstrates the characteristics of a "floral" bahay na bato and a Neo-Mudejar structure.
  • The building was leased to the Instituto de Manila (1914-1914), the University of Manila (until WWII), among others. By 2009, it was home to about 50 squatter families.
  • The structure was purchased by the Genesis Hotels & Resorts Corp, moved to Las Casas Filipinas de Azucar, a "heritage resort" in Bagac, Bataan, and referred to as Casa Luna.
  • Timeline: 1890s-built, 2009-moved to Bataan
  • Architect: Lorenzo del Rosario
  • Original owners: Primitivo Norvicio

Casa Enriquez (Quiapo, Manila)

  • Casa Enriquez was built at the corner of Calle San Sebastian (now R. Hidalgo Street) and Callejobn de Carcer in Quiapo, Manila.
  • The building was used as the first campus of the University of the Philippines School of Fine Arts (of which Rafael Enriquez was the director from 1909 to 1926) and the School of Architecture.
  • Artists and architects who have trained in these halls include Emilio Alvero, Fernando Amorsolo, Carlos Francisco, Felix Resurrecion Hidalgo, Juan Luna, Tomas Mapua, Agustin Saez, and Guillermo Tolentino.
  • After 1927, the house became a bowling alley, a dormitory, a live sex show house and fell into decay.
  • The structure was purchased by the Genesis Hotels & Resorts Corp, moved to Las Casas Filipinas de Azucar, a "heritage resort" in Bagac, Bataan, and referred to as Casa Hidalgo.
  • Timeline: 1867-built, 2006-moved to Bataan
  • Architect: Felix Arroyo Roxas
  • Original owners: Rafael Enriquez

Casa Novicio (Luna, La Union)

  • Casa Novicio was built was in a town that was once called Namacpacan -- now called Luna -- in La Union.
  • The house fronts the plaza across the St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish Church, the convent and the municipal hall.
  • The house served as the headquarters for the United States Armed Forces in the Phlippines, Northern Luzon (USAFIL-NL), where they planned the capture of General Yamashita.
  • The structure was purchased by the Genesis Hotels & Resorts Corp, moved to Las Casas Filipinas de Azucar, a "heritage resort" in Bagac, Bataan, and referred to as Casa Luna.
  • Timeline: 1850s-built, 2007-moved to Bataan
  • Original owners: Primitivo Novicio

Casa Reyes (Candaba, Pampanga)

  • Casa Reyes has been in the hands of the Reyes Family of Pampanga since it was built in the 1780s. It is used by the Governor General of the Philippines in his visits to Central Luzon.
  • The structure was made of narra, lauan and molave. The original ceiling was made of steel sheets and insulated with dried carabao dung. The house was built simultaneously with the Candaba Church -- with the same maestro de obras (the overall designer, contractor, architect) behind both structures.
  • In 1961, National Artist for film Jerry de Leon used the mansion as a backdrop for the film adaptation of the Rizal novel "Noli Me Tangere" as the home of Kapitan Tiyago and Maria Clara.
  • The structure was purchased by the Genesis Hotels & Resorts Corp, moved to Las Casas Filipinas de Azucar, a "heritage resort" in Bagac, Bataan, and referred to as Casa Candaba.
  • Timeline: 1780s-built, 2005-moved to Bataan
  • Last owner: Estanislao Reyes, 1941

Casa Maxino (Unisan, Quezon)

  • Casa Maxino was the first bahay na bato in Unisan.
  • Timeline: 1839-built, 2007-moved to Bataan
  • Last owner: Antonio Maxino

Juan Anacleto Araneta Home (Bago, Negros Occidental)

  • The house was passed on by relatives to Juan Anacleto Araneta, pioneer sugar farmer and revolutionary leader of the Negros Revolution against Spain.
  • Prominent owner: Juan Anacleto Araneta
  • Map :: Current Photo :: Old Facade

Ledesma Mansion (Silay, Negros Occidental)

  • Land owned by Jose del Rosario Ledesma
  • Built by Emilio Ledesma Ledesma and Rosario Locsin Locsin
  • Timeline: 1919-commissioned
  • Architect: Lucio Bernasconi
  • The Mansion has stood as silent witness to the life and times of the Ledesmas. The Mansion once hosted many opulent gatherings and celebrations of decades past; now, it has its share of stories and secrets. Upon the passing of its longest occupant Adela Ledesma, the mansion has undergone renovation towards the creation of an event space.
  • Map :: Current Photos :: Old Facade

Legarda Mansion (San Rafael, Manila)

  • Built by: Filomena Roces-Legarda
  • Timeline: 1937-built
  • The Legarda Mansion was one of the first art deco homes built in Manila. Only a few paces from the Presidential Palace of Malacanang, the home was built in a neighborhood once considered Manila’s most elegant district.
  • The house was later occupied by Dr. Alejandro Roces Legarda, prominent physician and Ramona Gavira Hernandez-Legarda. Dona Ramona (Tita Moning ) was fond of throwing grandiose and lavish parties in the house where her culinary skills and perfection as a hostess became known all over Manila.
  • The Legarda house still stands today and houses the restaurant “La Cocina de Tita Moning”.
  • Map :: Current Photos :: Old Facade

Quezon-Avanceña House (Quezon City)

  • The two-story house where Quezon lived was described as a colonial-type structure which stood on a 3,678-sqm property along Gilmore Street. The family rented the with five-room property before they purchased it. The property has since gone through multiple renovations.
  • The family donated the house (not the lot) to the Quezon City government in 2013. The house will be transferred to the QC Memorial Circle and will be open to the public in time for the city's celebration of its 75th founding anniversary in October 2014.
  • Timeline: 1920s-built
  • Original Owners: Manuel L. Quezon and Aurora Aragon-Quezon
  • Map :: Current Photos :: Old Facade

Reyes-Tantoco House (Malolos, Bulacan)

  • Built by scions of prominent Malolos clans, the house's street front has been converted to shops. Sadly, the heirs have long left; and the house and its antiques have been endorsed to caretakers.
  • Timeline: 1900s-built
  • Original Owners: Maria Tiongson Tantoco
  • Map :: Current Photos :: Old Facade

Rizal Shrine (Calamba, Laguna)

  • The Rizal Shrine is a reconstruction of the ancestral home of Dr. José P. Rizal. The original house was destroyed during World War II. Through President Elipidio Quirino's EO145, the house was restored under the management of National Artist Juan Nakpil.
  • Timeline: 1840s-built, 1942-bombed, 1950-restored
  • Original owners: Teodora Alonso de Quintos
  • Map :: Current Photos :: Old Facade

Santos-Uitangcoy House (Malolos, Bulacan)

  • This home which stands on Calle Electricidad (now FT Reyes Street) in the affluent “Pariancillo” residential district in Malolos, is a block away from the Parish Church. It became home of the Santos couple and their brood of nine. The couple's children, converted parts of the house into a clinic and pharmacy.
  • Timeline: 1890-built, 1910s-destroyed by fire, 1914-reconstructed
  • Original owner: Alberta Santos Uitangcoy
  • Map :: Current Photos :: Old Facade

Yap-Sandiego House (Cebu City, Cebu)

  • This house in the old Pari-an was built by a Chinese mercant in the late 17th century. His eldest daughter, Maria Yap, married Mariano Sandiego, a cabeza de barangay in the late 1880’s. It was after this couple the house was named. Valentin Sandiego, the current owner, is carefully restoring the structure for outfitting into a museum. More:
  • Timeline: 1675 to 1700-built
  • Original Owners: Juan Yap and Maria Sofia Florido
  • Map :: Current Photos :: Old Facade