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