By: Paolo M. Bustamante
In celebration of Manila Day, I would like to feature the Bahay Nakpil-Bautista in Quiapo Manila. This house played a very significant role in the history of the Philippines. Why? Well, let me take you back to 1900's. Is that okay with y'all?
In 1913 Petrona Nakpil and her husband, Dr. Ariston Bautista had a house constructed in Quiapo, Manila in the street of Barbosa (now Bautista St.). Like other houses of the district, it had two gates on the street, and on the stream.
The architect of the house was the well-known Arcadio Arellano. Though the basic style follows the traditional Wood-and-Stone style, (Bahay-na-Bato at kahou) he designed the house around the set od the Viennese Secession furniture that was given the couple. Though the furniture has been divided among the heirs, the stylise floral motifs linger on in the traceries and in the grillwork.
Petrona inited her two brothers, Julio and Ramon, to live with her. In 1897, Julio had been appinted the Vice-President of the supremo of the Katipunan before Andres Bonifacio left for Cavite. His wife was Andres Bonifacio's widow, Gregoria de Jesus, who had organise the Katipunan women into an active group, ready to fight along the men.
PS. Thank you so much Ms. Tess Obusan for giving me the information about the Bahay-Bautista Nakpil.