Casa Mariquit

Casa Mariquit, Iloilo City: Address, Casa Mariquit Reviews: 4/5

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Mariann Tormon
Iloilo City, Philippines191 contributions
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, DC5,684 contributions
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
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
Philippines182 contributions
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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ChaoSev
Manila, Philippines51 contributions
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
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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friendnikim
Cagayan de Oro, Philippines193 contributions
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, Philippines267 contributions
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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Capt Mark O
Hong Kong547 contributions
May 2015 • Business
Looks well maintained by the people that run the place. It is not dusty and the arrangement of the items in this house-museum is not haphazard.

Do visit and enjoy the old house.
Written May 25, 2015
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dang123
Manila, Philippines15 contributions
Feb 2015 • Solo
It's an ancestral house where the memorabilia of our late Vice President Fenando Lopez were displayed. You can see amazing pictures of the owner of the house wherein you can see the eyes as if looking at you at all angles. Amazing experience.
Written February 23, 2015
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