Syquia Mansion Museum
Syquia Mansion Museum is a historical attraction in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. It is the former residence of Elpidio Quirino, the sixth president of the Philippines, and his wife Alicia Syquia, who belonged to a wealthy Chinese-Filipino family. The museum showcases the elegant lifestyle and legacy of the Quirino family, as well as the rich cultural heritage of Vigan. Here are some facts about Syquia Mansion Museum that you might find interesting:
• The mansion was built in the late 19th century by Alicia Syquia's ancestors, who were successful traders from China. The mansion has a two-storey structure made of stone and wood, with a spacious courtyard and a garden. The mansion has a total of 105 rooms, each with its own function and design.
• The mansion was inherited by Alicia Syquia when she married Elpidio Quirino in 1919. Quirino was a lawyer and a politician who rose to become the president of the Philippines from 1948 to 1953. He was also born in Vigan, in a provincial jail where his mother worked as a cook.
• The mansion displays various memorabilia and artifacts related to the Quirino family and their political and social contributions. Some of the items include paintings by Fernando Amorsolo, furniture from different countries, antique books and documents, personal belongings and clothing, and even the bullet-riddled car that Alicia Syquia used to escape an ambush in 1961.
• The mansion also features a gallery dedicated to the life and achievements of Elpidio Quirino as a president and a statesman. Some of his notable accomplishments include establishing diplomatic relations with foreign countries, promoting economic development and social welfare, and supporting Philippine culture and arts.
• The mansion is open to the public from Monday to Sunday, except on Tuesdays, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. There is a minimal entrance fee of 30 pesos for adults and 20 pesos for students, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities. The mansion is located at Quirino Boulevard, corner Salcedo Street, Vigan City.