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Well-Preserved Heritage / Old Houses in the Philippines

HereÂ’s a list of old houses or heritage houses in the Philippines. Most of these houses are already centuries-old.

In the Philippines, old houses are commonly referred to as “bahay na bato” (stone house) although stones are not the primary material used in the construction of such houses. Here’s a list of old houses or heritage houses in the Philippines. Most of these houses are already centuries-old.

Henson-Hizon House

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The Henson-Hizon House is a heritage house located in San Fernando City in the province of Pampanga. It was built by the couple Saturnino Henson y David and Maria Lacson. Henson was the Gobernadorcillo (Municipal mayor) of San Fernando from 1882-1883 and 1896 and the first tesorero municipal from 1900-1902. The old house was inherited by their eldest daughter Juana Henson y Lacson who was married to Florentino Hizon. This bahay na bato of the Spanish colonial period was declared a Heritage House by the National Historical Institute or NHI in 2003.

Hizon-Singian House

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Another Heritage House that can be found in San Fernando City, Pampanga is the Hizon-Singian House. This 140 year-old house was built in 1870 by the couple Don Anacleto Hizon and Victoria Singian de Miranda y de Ocampo. Hizon was Gobernadorcillo of San Fernando from 1877-1879 and 1886-1887. This stone house was inherited by their daughter Victoria Hizon y Singian who was married to Godofredo Rodriguez y Yabut from Bacolor.

Historically, the house was occupied during the 1896 revolution by Spanish General Antonio Ruiz Serralde. During the Second World War, it was appropriated by the Japanese Imperial Army to serve as a military hospital and barracks from 1943 to 1944. It served as headquarters of American General Walter Krueger of the 6th American Army during the liberation period until the end of 1945. This old house was named a Heritage House by NHI in 2003.

Balay Negrense

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The Balay Negrense was the ancestral house of Victor F. Gaston, one of the pioneers of sugarcane cultivation in Negros Occidental. This Frenchman from Normandy married a Filipina from Batangas. This old house was built in 1897. The house was abandoned in the 1970s but purchased by concern citizens and refurbished the house.

The Balay Negrense or Negrense House is now a museum located in Silay City, Negros Occidental. The museum showcases the lifestyle of a late 19th-century Negrense sugar baron. It is remarkable for being the first museum to be established in the province of Negros Occidental. The museum was officially inaugurated on October 6, 1990.

Dayrit-Cuyugan House

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Majority of the declared Heritage Houses by NHI are located in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga. The Dayrit-Cuyugan House which was built in 1920 by the couple Joaquin Dayrit y Singian and Maria Paz Cuyugan y de Leon is also in San Fernando City. The stone house was inherited by their eldest daughter Luz Dayrit y Cuyugan who was married to Ulderico Rodriguez from Bacolor. This ancestral house, which exemplifies the architecture prevalent during the American colonial period, was declared a Heritage House by the NHI in 2003.

Lazatin House

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The Lazatin House is a heritage house owned by the Lazatins in San Fernando City, Pampanga. It was built in 1925 by the couple Serafin Lazatin y Ocampo and Encarnacion Singian y Torres. Lazatin was the 6th Filipino billionaire and was president of SFELAPCO. The house was appropriated by the Japanese Imperial Army during the Second World War to serve as a residence of the 14th Army Commander of the Japanese Imperial Army, General Masahuru Homma in San Fernando, Pampanga. This ancestral house was named a Heritage House by NHI in 2003. The house is currently owned by Carmen Lazatin.

Mariano Ramos Ancestral House

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The Mariano Ramos Ancestral House is the residence of the late Don Mariano Ramos, first appointed Presidente Municipal of Bacolod City, Negros Occidental. The house was built in the 1930s and its architecture is a combination of Castilian and Tuscan. It was seized by the Japanese forces during the Second World War and used it as a watchtower and as a headquarters.

Santos-Hizon House

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Another heritage house located in San Fernando City, Pampanga is the Santos-Hizon House. This Victorian-style house was built by the couple Teodoro Santos, Jr. and Africa Ventura. It was later purchased by Maria Salome Hizon, a volunteer of the Red Cross during the Philippine Revolution. The property was acquired by her brother Ramon Hizon and is currently owned by the heirs of his son Augusto Hizon.

Consunji House

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This stone house is originally the residence of Antonio Consunji, the Presidente Municipal of San Fernando during the Philippine Revolution. Consunji House was declared as Heritage House by the National Historical Institute.

Archdiocesan Chancery

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This stone house is originally owned by the couples Luis Wenceslao Dison and Felisa Hizon. It was purchased by the Archdiocese of San Fernando, Pampanga and is now being used as the Archdiocesan Chancery. This old house is located in San Fernando City, Pampanga.

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Comments (10)

Such an intriguing style of architecture Norbert! - there were some similar examples in Mocambique

Good. I learned something about the Philippines.

Great article about some of the philippine treasures! :)

Rikuju

We should keep the tradition of Bahay Na Bato, like Jose Rizals Bahay Na Bato without that spanish garbage and be more like our neighbors in Asia, we’re not spanish we’re Asian!.

Rikuju

We should keep the tradition of Bahay Na Bato, like Jose Rizals Bahay Na Bato without that spanish garbage and be more like our neighbors in Asia, we’re not spanish we’re Asian!.

Rikuju

We should keep the tradition of Bahay Na Bato, like Jose Rizals Bahay Na Bato without that spanish garbage and be more like our neighbors in Asia, we’re not spanish we’re Asian!.

Good. Nice photos.

justin

Hi! I'm looking for old spanish house floor plans in the philippines do you know where can i see one? Thanks!

@Justin,yes there is one I know,where are you from?

justin

i'm a bicolano by descent but currently im out of the country and im gathering enough info regarding house floor plans particularly old spanish houses, it will give me ideas and plan in designing my house project..

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