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Syquia Mansion Museum, Quirino Boulevard, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, Philippines
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Syquia Mansion

Syquia Mansion is one of the perfect examples of stone houses or bahay na bato in Vigan, Ilocos Sur. It showcases a combination of Filipino-Spanish architecture, as the two-story mansion is made with a combination of stones and wood.

The mansion served as the residence of the Philippines’ sixth president, Elpidio Quirino. Aside from being one of the Spanish-colonial-inspired architecture, the mansion also depicts the lifestyle of a prominent Filipino family back in the day.

His wife, Doña Alicia Syquia, originally owned the mansion. Her ancestors were Chinese who succeeded in gaining fortune through trading. The family even hung a portrait of one of her ancestors from the Sy Kia family, as a tribute. The Sy Kia descendants later changed their last names to a Spanish equivalent, Syquia.

Upon Doña Alicia’s wedding to Don Elpidio, the mansion served as her family’s dowry to the Quirinos, making it the former President's family’s ancestral house. Today, it remains one of the popular tourist attractions in Vigan.

Tickets and entry

There is a minimal entrance fee to the attraction. Take note that the entrance fee varies between regular adults, senior citizens, students, and public school teachers. 

Best time to visit

As of this writing, the Syquia Mansion is undergoing restoration from the damages of the 2022 earthquake and is temporarily closed to the public.

Frequently asked questions

What can you expect upon entering Syquia Mansion?

Upon stepping inside, you will feel like you are inside a time-warp. The black carriage that served as Dona Alicia and Don Elpidio’s matrimonial car will greet you on the mansion's first floor.

What can you do inside the Syquia Mansion?

As you approach the family’s reception area, you can see the couple’s painting on display as well as some of Fernando Amorsolo’s original works. You might hear from the tour guide that the house actually has holes on the second floor, so they can see if the guests are worthy to be invited upstairs. Walking through the pieces on display, you can easily identify how rich or prominent the family was back in the day.

Is photography allowed inside Syquia Mansion?

Yes, you can enjoy taking photos of the antique pieces and memorabilia of the Quirino family while walking around the mansion.

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