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Oct 2, 2009

LIZARES MANSION AND THE BAHAY KUBO

This week's photo theme in FRIDAY- MY TOWN SHOOT OUT is THE STUDY OF A BUILDING. Here I share to you once again the Lizares Mansion in Tabuc Suba, Jaro, Iloilo City.

It was built by sugar barons of the yesteryears, the Lizares-Gamboa Family. That was used as headquarters with reputed torture chambers where some nuns and prominent Ilonggo Family members were killed during Japanese occupation in Iloilo. For many years, the place remained unoccupied and rumored to be haunted. Stories of dangling chains and queer sound heard during the night. For a short while in 1960's, it was rented by Manila gambling lords who operated & Monte joint until it was "help up" and robbed by a group of thrill seeking Ilonggos.


In early 1980's, this majestic Iloilo landmark was purchased by the dominican Fathers who renovated the place and established the Angelicum School of Iloilo (ASIL) chapel is located. Every Christmas season, the main building is full of Christmas lights that attracts passers by and onlookers especially the kids.


On the other hand, Bahay Kubo is the national house of the Philippines.

The native house is constructed out of bamboo together, with a thatched roof using nipa or coconut leaves. Nipa huts were the native houses of the indigenous people of the Philippines before the Spaniards arrived.


They are still used today especially in rural areas. In fact, I used to live in semi Bahay Kubo when I was a kid. We are still have Bahay Kubo in the province. It is located in the center of the farm as a rest house during summer. Bahay Kubo symbolizes the Filipino family ties where the family eat and sleep together.

There's a latest song Bahay Kubo by Hale. It's this week's number one song in local FM Station.



28 comments:

~JarieLyn~ said...

It's a fabulous building and it really looks pretty all lit up. After all the torture going on, I don't doubt that it's haunted.

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

WOW Redland,very interesting and beautiful!
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p0kw4ng said...

ang ganda ng Lizares Mansion...buti na lang at napakinabangan ulit!

kahit ngayon...kung magpapatayo ako ng bahay eh bahay kubo inspired pa din ang nasa isip ko...lab it..simple at napaka relaxing!

Sarah Lulu said...

Amazing building ....but I like the native house better!

Doreen said...

the second shot is so so cool! I would love to see that. I bet you can look at it for hours. have a great weekend!!

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

It's so European looking it would have looked out of place if it were surrounded by coconut trees.

Patty said...

That is one awesome building. That second photo rocks. Beautiful exposure.

Native house - cool.

Thanks for joining us again.

Mary said...

The lights must be beautiful. The contrast between the two buildings was a great choice.

Dennis Villegas said...

Wow Art Deco ang building. Very beautiful and majestic. Palatial na halos! Thank you for sharing it's bit of history, would love to go there in the future.

kuri said...

hi redlan, kumusta? ihope everything is ok back there.

maulan sa manila ngaun. sana umalis n ng tuluyan ang bagyo.

Gordon said...

Redland, you did a terrific job with the assignment. The building was fantastic, your photography was top notch, and I enjoyed the music. Thanks.

the donG said...

i remember your last post on this that i was really impressed. hope that youll be able to take a shot of its interior as well.

GingerV said...

extraordinary - the rounded staircase has a simularity to the French palace at Chambord (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C3%A2teau_de_Chambord)

hope you and yours are safe after the storms that have come through your part of the world.

hugs from Brasil

KRIS JASPER said...

permi ko da galabay sang una.... If I go to Balantang or even Maasin...

Nance said...

what a nice building specially the architecture!
i grew up in a bahay kubo with my grandparents...loved it!

Pauline said...

Redlan, I love the contrast between the two buildings, the two worlds. Lovely photos.

Kerry said...

I always like visiting you, because I never know what I'm gonna see. That day/night contrast with the Mansion is SO cool!

witsandnuts said...

I miss bahay kubos though I never lived in it, just the sight of it makes me miss Philippines.

.pOot! said...

nice. nice. nice. kuya red.

the mansion is just so elegant. :)

J9 said...

What an interesting history of the mansion!

GigiSxm said...

very cool

sheng said...

Red, is this the one that's in Jaro? Nadadaanan kasi namin palagi ang Angelicum in JAro eh.

Ellisa said...

beautiful. so very cool.

MeL said...

Ang ganda nun mansion ha! parang nasa fairytale lang sa Disney. :)

Anyway, I'm back to blogging na. Woohoo! Ingat ka lagi.

Ann said...

It is so good that the building is refurbish. It should be a national heritage.

nuts said...

haay, namiss ko ang bahay kubo..

Chef E said...

I am not suppose to be picking a winner per se, but I feel your building choices from what I have see rock in my unbias reality!

Also, I feel the same as you do on the 'blogging blahs' it is like PMS in many ways :)

Carrie said...

That mansion is absolutely stunning. It's too bad such a work of beauty had torture chambers. The Christmas lights are gorgeous.