By: Paolo M. Bustamante
Everytime I pass by the great Ocampo Pagoda Mansion, I am filled with curiosity on what the inside of the Masion looks like. I tried asking the people around on how I can go in, but they have no idea.
I got a message from my friend Jam, and she said that the former tenant of the house, Senor Gomez will tour us inside the Ocampo Pagoda House. I was very excited when I heard the news. I set aside my school work and I prepared my camera for the Mansion visit.
About a month ago, one of the former tenants of the Ocampo Pagoda toured us around Quiapo. He told us stories about the owner who is Don Jose Ocampo. He told us various tales, one of them being, the fact that Don Ocampo used to scare people away every night by going up the tower of the Pagoda and making weird ghostly noises, to imply that the mansion is haunted.
He told us that the Ocampo Pagoda used to have a garden and it used to be big but unfortunately after the war and after the Don Jose died, his kids started selling parts of the lot leaving only the Mansion.
You can see that in Bilibid Viejo St. there are statues and ornaments and there are even penguin statues in the gate leaving the memory of what used to be a vast masion.
I was fortunate enough to be invited there. It is not everyday that you get the chance to be toured around a place like that. I hope that it will be open to the public someday, as I believe that it has a huge potential to attract a lot of people aside from heritage conservationists like me, due to its unique style and qualities.