Information about Sanson y Montinola Mansion
Sanson y Montinola Mansion
The Sanson y Montinola Mansion is an ancestral home in Iloilo province that has stood for more than a century. It is also known as the "Antillian House" for its resemblance to the houses in Antilles in the Caribbean. This title has been considered a misnomer for the house's design is actually a play between the Filipino "Bahay na Bato" and motifs from Spanish, Chinese, and Muslim interiors. Nevertheless, it is an attractive remnant of Jaro's lush past.
The house sits along the popular "Millionaire's Row" in Jaro just beside Colegio de San Jose. The grand staircase is on the ground level of the mansion; the stairs had elaborately carved hardwood balusters. Once you reach the upper landing, the hardwood floor stretches up to the living room and through the bedrooms. Alternatively, the dining room contrasts the traditional wooden interiors with its colorful sliding windows. You can also see the influence of art deco in the pattern and colors of the cement tiles. In the corner of the dining room, you will find a cast iron spiral staircase leading to the third floor and the tiled rooftop balcony with a 360-degree view of the land it once commanded.
Best time to visit
The house is open to visitors all year round.