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Type
Museums
Location
Syquia Mansion Museum, Quirino Boulevard, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, Philippines
Distance From City Center
0.5 km
Family Friendly
No
Average rating
4.5
Number of reviews
254

Syquia Mansion

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

The mansion served as the residence to the Philippines’ 6th 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 days.

The mansion was originally owned by his wife, Dona Alicia Syquia. Her ancestors were Chinese who succeeded in gaining fortune through trading. The family even hanged a portrait of one of her ancestors, Sy Kia (from which the last name originated) as a tribute. His descendants changed their last names to a Spanish equivalent using Syquia as their last names later on.

Upon Dona 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.

 

How to get there

To arrive at the mansion, you can walk along Crisologo Street, one of the main roads in Vigan until you reach Quirino Boulevard, where the mansion is located. You can also join a guided tour. 

 

Best time to visit

The mansion is open from 9 AM to 5 PM daily except during Tuesdays. Take note that there is a lunch break so morning and afternoon sessions might differ everyday.

 

Entrance fee

There is a minimal entrance fee to the attraction. Take note that it is different for adults and for PWD, senior citizens, and children.

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.