Monday, 24 June 2013

Bahay Nakpil-Bautista

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.

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Houses in Bambang

By: Paolo M. Bustamante

Last Monday my driver made a wrong turn in Bambang. I was a bit nervous because I may not make it to my first class. But, I trust my driver, he's good, he knows the streets of Manila better than me. I think he has google maps installed somewhere in his brain. So we were somewhere in Manila, I dont know where, and i noticed that while my driver is speeding up, I saw beautiful ancestral houses all lined up in one street. 

I told him to slow down because gurrlll... hello... We are going beyond the speed limit. I just took my camera and went down the car and I was able to take a lot of good pictures because part of the Alfonso Mendoza St. was closed.

I wanted to document the houses in Alfonso Mendoza St. by asking the owners about their houses, blah blah bah and.. like when was the house built and stuff like that. I first visited the white and green house well actually for me, it is not a house, it looks more like a mansion. The walls are too high for you to see the inside of the mansion. Good thing I am 6'4 tall. 

I noticed that most of the ancestral houses that i visit in manila has these lion statues outside of their house, like the ones in Leon Guinto.

 The embroidery of the details of the roof is superb and by looking at the house you'll see traces that the family came from a rich clan. I wasnt able to get the background of the house because there was no one around.

Moving on to the next house, I am not sure but it  a line of apartments. I was able to talk to the owner of the apartment. He told me that he does not know anything about the apartments but he is sure that it is a prewar house. I saw him collecting the rent from the tenants.

The next house looks like it was built during the 1930's. Old yet chic and classic. Notice the roof of the house, it has a pointy shaped thing. I noticed that most of the houses in Malate and in Manila has this pointy thing in their roofs. Call me Sherlock.

 There is also a symbol of a harp on the roof. unfortunately the house is dilapidated and is falling apart.

The last house that i visited is quite common. I have nothing else to comment. The fist level of the house is made of bricks and the second floor is made of wood. 

If you know the history or the background of these houses message me or post your insights at the comment box below.

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Anda Monument

By: Paolo M. Bustamante

When I went to the Simon Anda Monument, it is clear that only a few know who he is and his contribution to this country. The monument implies that it is evident that we also do not value him or his legacy as much as before.

For those of you who do not know Simon de Anda y Salazar was the Lt. Governor General of Spanish colony by Archbishop Antonio Rojo who was the current Governor General of the Philippines at that time. When the British successfully invaded Manila and Cavite, Lt. Governor Simon de Anda fled to Pampanga with half of his treasury and some import documents to lead his troops against the British. When the treaty of Paris was officially signed, Great Britain pulled out its forces and surrendered Manila back to Simon de Anda in Plaza Sta. Cruz. He went to Spain in 1770, he returned to Manila with a hero's welcome, eventually assuming his post as Governor General.

After Governor General Anda's death , a monument was erected in 1871 in his honour by Governor General Carlos Maria De La Torre. The Anda Monument was originally located near the Pasig River but During the 60's the monument was moved to its present-day location in Bonifacio Drive (near Intramuros).

Sorry, but I was really grossed out when I went to the Anda Monument. There are poop everywhere, can you believe that? Well I'm guessing informal settlers made the monument their public toilet. It is really upsetting because as decades pass, these monuments and the names behind these monuments fade. I think that the only monument in Manila that is in good state is the Rizal Monument.

 For me, even though Simon Anda is not a Filipino he should be honored for what he did for our country. Imagine our country being colonized by the Brits. If we were colonized by the Brits, our generation will suffer by memorizing loads of names and textbooks will be and inch thicker. Just kidding...