Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Iloilo City Heritage Mansions and Houses In Photos

Iloilo City is one of the Philippines’ oldest cities. Before the Spanish invaders arrived in Panay, Aeta tribes and Malayan settlers were already living in the island with their own ways of politics, religious beliefs, traditions and trade with the Chinese and other Southeast Asian Kingdoms.

Under the Spanish colonization, the weaving industry began to flourish making Iloilo the textile capital of the Philippines in the 1800’s. After half a century, the Port was opened and it started to export sugar to Europe, the United States, Australia and England. With so much developments in its Business district, Iloilo was the country’s most important city next to Manila during those times.

Many prominent families who were sugar barons have become influential in the city and in the entire country as well. They built grandiose mansions, houses and even commercial buildings all over Iloilo City. Here are some of the preserved heritage houses that are now considered as the City’s historical treasures. 

Some whose doors are opened to the public for tours let the Ilonggos of the present generation and the tourists to have a glimpse of how it was to live in the past and know their stories.

1. Nelly Gardens
2. Camiña Balay nga Bato

3. Casa Mariquit
4. Lizares Mansion

5. Sinamay House
 Source: localphilippines.com

6. Rosendo Mejica Museum
 AGBoi Photos
7. Celso Ledesma House
 Photos from Awanderersjourney.blogspot.com
8. Casa Rizaliana

Source: http://iloilo-travel-guide.blogspot.com/
9. Doane Baptist Bible Institute
10. Sanson y Montinola House
11. Eusebio Villanueva House

12. Joaquin Ledesma House
13. Lopez Boat House
14. Loring House
15. Lopez-Vito House
16. Arroyo House
 Source: Josefa Segovia Student Center Facebook Page
17. Consing Mansion
Source: Robert J. Hammerslag
18. Pison House
19. Lopez Mansion

Source: SSC-Iloilo
20. Juan Ledesma Mansion
 Source: Biagkensiak.wordpress.com
21. Montinola-Jaen House
Source: SSC-Iloilo
22. Magdalena Jalandoni House
Source: SSC-Iloilo
23. Sanson Mansion 
Source: OldPhilippines.com
 24. Locsin Ancestral House
25. Concepcion Chalet
Source: SSC-Iloilo
26. 1935 Pison Mansion in San Jose Molo