Time stands still at the Don Antonio Bautista Mansion in Malolos

Guardian

The Bautista-Uytangcoy Mansion on Sto. Niño in The Camestisuhan District (the old enclave of rich Sangleys and Ilustrados) in Malolos is a beautiful oddity in this day and age when bygone residences and buildings are one by one being torn down, letting remnants of the past vanish into thin air. This 1850s neoclassical mansion, redecorated in 1877 in French Art Nouveau style was witness to multifarious conversations, including classified, for the most part near the turn of the century after Jose Rizal returned to Manila to form La Liga Filipina and before his exile to Dapitan (when he met the 21 women of Malolos), and the different periods when the house was converted as a municipio, and then as a Japanese barracks, until current resident, famous film set designer Dez Bautista (filmography includes Katorse, Nympha, Diosa, Stepsisters, Tatarin, etc.), restored his ancestral home and added touches of Chinoiserie, blending gracefully with Filipiniana and colonial-style decor, and his vast collection of antiquities, among them artworks from the masters like Juan Luna, Fernando Amorsolo and Hidalgo.

The Bautista MansionA Maloleño MansionFilipinianaChinoiserieOriginal Fernando Amorsolo Sketch

An original sketch by Fernando Amorsolo from his younger days as artist.

Touches of ChinoiserieMemorabiliaVerandahGramophoneDEZ with FVR

Dez Bautista founded the Production Designers Guild of the Philippines (PDGP). He is also a food historian and a professor.

Remembering History

An original Juan Luna sketch hangs on the wall. The Ilocano in me got wild a little inside:)

Original Juan Luna SketchColonial CeilingEmpanada de KaliskisHamon BulakeñaHeritage Bulacan Dishes

The most bracing atsara (atchara) ever! Made with dampalit, indigenous to Bulacan, usually found in fish ponds. Awesome with Dez’s yummy sweet and saltish Hamon Bulakeña!

Meeting Dez Bautista

My brief convesation with Dez Bautista

Do you cook yourself?

I tell my cusinera… I direct.

How would you describe Filipino food in 3 words?

Varied, original, fresh. When I say fresh, it needs to be cooked agad.

If you were gone tomorrow, what would you have for dinner?

We’re having crabs tonight. Whatever comes.

VintageTime Stands Still

Thanking the FoodPrints hookup for making this post possible. Did you watch FoodPrints on the Lifestyle Network last night? How was it? Make it a habit every Saturday, 8:30 PM.

Photographed by Melanie de Leon and Blauearth
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Old Gold: Syquia Mansion, Vigan

Patio

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.

Syquia MansionJust another mirror shotOld GoldTour Guide

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.

Tawa1830 RevisitedHorse HeadVigan HouseBaldoza TilesCalle Quirino

The Syquia Mansion, under the management of the Quirino Foundation, charges a regular entrance fee of Php50.00 and Php30.00 for student/ PWD/ Senior Citizen. (Thank you for the update Bradley S. de la Cruz. Very much appreciated.)

Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2013