Casa Mariquit
Casa Mariquit
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Mariann Tormon
Iloilo City, Philippines204 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
Wanna learn about a supposed arranged marriage that was ditched by Mariquit for her one true love? Visit this place and be enthralled as the guide retells the story of Mariquit and her husband, the then Vice President of the Philippines, Fernando Lopez Sr.

Their antique possessions are still preseved, including their shoes, telephones, bags, cameras, and more. You can sit down in the living room for all the time you want and look at their photo albums. Find and be amazed of the portrait of the couple whose eyes seems to follow you wherever you go.

Pay an extra tip to the guide for beautiful photos. There’s an ample parking space at the back. No food is served though, just plain tour of the house with minimal entrance fee.

No need to reserve or set an appointment in visiting.
Written January 30, 2020
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,641 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
I was not impressed when we stopped here! Outside, it seemed dirty and not well maintained.

Inside: Personal stuffs on display such as desk used by VP Lopez, pictures, bedroom, dining room, kitchen w/o appliances, etc.

Entrance fee is 50 pesos per person.

Needs major cleaning and dusting up here!
Written February 22, 2020
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Walter_triccie_reese
Las Pinas, Philippines91 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Friends
This house offers more than just history but a haunting experience. Mingle with the spirits freely roaming the mansion in broad day light and they are inside and out. Shivers will go up your spine as you enter the prayer room where the resident spirits abound. Enter at your own risk!
Written June 18, 2018
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esmodes
Philippines158 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018
This lovely ancestral home offers Dinner Buffets but you have to be at least 10 persons in your group. We were only 4 so felt sad that we can't experience this. Luckily I saw that they have a booking that evening so I immediately seized the chance and we were booked. The buffet spread was abundant and very good. They had veggie dishes, fresh lumpia, salad, soup, roast beef etc. We enjoyed the food and we were impressed by the owner/host who made us feel at home. The staff were all very welcoming and friendly.
Written May 24, 2018
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Czar Emmanuel
Manila, Philippines9,424 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Solo
Casa Mariquit is considered as the oldest heritage house in Iloilo City. Yes, there are many heritage houses in the city, not all of them open to the public, unfortunately. This one is open to visitors daily from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The main entrance is often closed, but don't be fooled by this. Look for the house care taker who will open it for you and tour you around the house for a minimum fee (free donation?) of 50 pesos per head.

The house was built by the grandfather of Maria Javellana (nicknamed "Mariquit" perhaps with reference to her beauty), Ramon Javellana, more than 200 years ago. She later married Fernando Lopez, Sr., one of the former Vice Presidents of the Philippines. It is a silent witness to the wealth and grandeur that the city once enjoyed in the second half of the 1880s when it was the major producer of sugar in the region.

Most part of the house is open to visitors, beginning with the basement ("silong") that once served as the office of Mariquit's grandfather, who was a banker. From the basement you go to the upper floor taking a beautiful staircase and you'll immediately see some memorabilia associated with Lopez's being the former Vice President of the country. To the right you have the access to the main sala full of memorabilia, and from there you are guided into master's bedroom, the dining room, and a small family chapel.

The house, I should say, is well-maintained. The wooden floor and walls brought back to my mind the time of my grandparents when our house in Manila was still made of wood and concrete houses were still rare. Although Casa Mariquit is quite small (compared to other heritage houses in the city), it gives you a glimpse into the lifestyle of rich Ilonggo families of more than two centuries ago as you go over the collections ... old photographs, antique objects and furniture, porcelain wares, etc. ... on display in its various rooms.

The house is located just a stone's throw away from the Jaro Cathedral. Look for Sta. Isabel St., which is a small road marked by Shell gasoline station and Coffeebreak cafe at the corner.
Written September 3, 2017
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ChaoSev
Manila, Philippines46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Friends
This was the last stop of our whirlwind tour of Iloilo City, courtesy of our history buff friend Adrian. It was late in the afternoon and we were allowed to enter almost every room of the ancestral home of the Javellana-Lopez family, reputed to be one of the richest families in the city. The memorabilia of Fernando Lopez, who was Vice President of the Philippines during the Marcos years, were interesting but it was the house and its contents that were the real stars of the show. The engaging caretaker told us stories about secret escape tunnels and underground vaults that were kept underwater to store all the gold bars and other statues made of solid gold that were owned by the family. With the setting sun, they told stories of how the house had its own (ghostly) means of keeping intruders away - old grandfather and grandmother clocks that still chimed with rich notes, pictures of the couple, made in France, whose eyes and shoulders turned to follow you as you walked around the room, and restored gramophones that would suddenly start playing by itself. There was even a photo of the lady of the house where the eyes would blur and her hairstyle would change as you walked past it! Altho they later explained how the photo worked, it was still worth a jolt and a slight tinge of discomfort when I first set eyes on it. The house itself was a beauty, a typical rich man’s house, with wide planks of hard wood flooring, unusual glass designs inserted into capiz windows, wood carvings and strategically placed air vents which rendered the house cool and inviting. If you like a bit of history, old homes and period pieces, then you will enjoy peeping into this stately home of a Haciendero, or sugar cane plantation owner, during their heyday.
Written March 1, 2018
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Frederick Evans
Iloilo City, Philippines92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Solo
built by the banker Ramon Javellana for his granddaughter Maria "Mariquit" Javellana more than 200 years ago, this heritage house is owned by the Javellana-Lopez Family. this was once the home of former vice president Fernando Hofilena-Lopez, Sr. and his wife Mariquit.

if you are into trinkets of the past and paintings, this house is surely for you. you can access this amazing museum-like house for just 50 Pesos as entrance fee (which is quite small a price for the caretaker's great service). reachable by a walking distance from the front of PRC in Arguelles Street, Jaro.

experience the life of the illustrious patrician Ilonggos and enjoy your stay in Iloilo!
Written July 2, 2017
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Arj H
Iloilo City, Philippines6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Family
A 300 yr old house owned by former vice president Lopez and his wife Mariquit.. it's like going back through time for it's full of historic portraits and paintings as well as old stuff like Phonograph (and century old telephones).. It's nice to have some pictures on some parts of the house especially on the basement (where it's a bit spooky) where the it houses the once tunnel from the said house up to the Old Jaro Belfry as a sort of hideout to the Japanese forces during WW2 (i really had noted down a lot of infos from the guide..LOL)
Written February 11, 2017
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friendnikim
Cagayan de Oro, Philippines202 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Solo
As you open the portals of this house, you will think of the Hacienderos and Hacienderos of the colonization period. The house is made of hard woods with ancient designs and carvings. The place was owned by former Vice President of the Philippines Fernando Lopez . The house will really remind you of the rich cultural heritage of the ilustrados.
Written January 5, 2016
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trainer_2015
Cebu City, Philippines265 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015
Visiting Ilo-ilo, one must expect to experience its rich cultural heritage. Finding Casa Mariquit was both hard and easy. Easy because it located in the middle of the urbanized City of Love, right at the back of a gasoline station, hard because we could not believe it is just in the middle of the city. When we arrive in the place, children were playing "patintero" in the backyard. The museum guide is simply amazing, he has a good sense of humor, not camera shy, knows photography very well and keeper of the history of Jalandoni & Lopez family. Casa Mariquit has a well maintained structure & furniture. It houses memorabilia of the political & family life of the former Philippine Vice President Manolo Lopez. The living room & chandelier is worth a thousand photo.
Written December 12, 2015
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