Thursday, 25 July 2013

Boix House

By: Paolo M. Bustamante

Beside the Bahay Bautista-Nakpil house is the Boix House. A house that stands proud despite the challenges that it is facing. The house is currently overpopulated with families and boarders.

This two-storey building was originally known as the Crespo House. By looking at the house, you can see that it was built way before the American period. There are no records showing when this house was built but according to Stephen Pamorada, this house was built in the 1890's. Now the Boix house is owned by the Jesuits. This house is currently overpopulated with families and boarders.

 I am worried that this house will soon face demolition because developers usually eye on the weak, unstable and neglected heritage buildings. Remember the Meralco Building? what a sad fate. 

But there is a group a non-government organization that helps resotore the Boix house to its former glory and that is the Kapitbahayan sa Kalye Bautista. the people behind the organization are volunteers professionals and students.

About 5 years ago, a letter was sent to the Jesuits who owned the Boix house for the possibility for securing this structure for heritage. In a meeting last July 2012 at Bahay Bautista Nakpil-Bautista with Mr. Jun Naranjilla, the treasurer of the Jesuit and a group of volunteers said that the Jesuits wants to "secure the property for heritage" but they simply do not have the funds. In the meeting, Mr. Jun came up with the concept of Kapitbahayan sa Kalye Bautista to address not only the problems of the Boix House but also the Bautista St. as well.

In recent news, the students of Mirriam College in QC cleaned the Boix House as part of their NSTP class. These random act of kindness shows that there is still hope for humanity, showing that there are still people who care for our heritage.

Just a thought, the Bautista street can be the little Venice of Manila. I mean we have two very beautiful heitage houses, the Boix and the Bahay Bautista-Nakpil and in front of the Boix House is the Main Theater which was built by Juan Nakpil in the 50's and if youre worried about your safety, dont be (well the location is in Quapio) dont worry, there is a police station nearby.

Fun fact: Did you know that the late great President Manuel L. Quezon once stayed in this house as a boarder? Oh yes he did! When he was studying at Letran.

1 comment:

  1. Once this writer passed by and see the degeneration laid by so-called "urbanity." Yes, it's time to balance town and country.