Ferdinand, the tour guide in the Syquia Mansion, says the elegant mansion in the heart of Vigan is the first Malacañang of the North. He explains that the ancestral home of Doña Alicia, the former first lady and wife of Elpidio Quirino, the sixth president of the Philippines and the first Ilocano president (being a native of Caoayan, Ilocos Sur), was scene to various presidential affairs.
The impressive, nicely preserved Syquia Mansion is one among the heritage houses in old city Vigan, the capital of southern Ilocos.
Rarities such as paintings done by national artist Fernando Amorsolo and a century-old poster bed bespeak the affluence of the Syquias (a family of Chinese origins) and the Quirinos, who still get to live in the house while vacationing in Ilocos.
They don’t charge for entrance, but you can leave donations if you wish. It is situated along Calle Quirino.
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