Don Antonio Bautista Heritage House in Malolos: A Photo Story

Don Antonio Bautista Heritage House in my hometown, Malolos, Bulacan is one of the landmarks that make Malolos a historic district.  I’m sharing with you images of this heritage house that will take you back in time.

 

Don Antonio Bautista Ancestral House

Don Antonio Bautista Ancestral House: Notice the Greek-style figures framing the windows. A rare find in Philippine ancestral houses.

I already have over 50 posts so far in this blog and it came upon me that I haven’t even featured my own hometown.  It’s easy to skip the place you call your hometown where everything else looks familiar and ordinary.  It was not until now that I realized I’ve been overlooking a city with so much historical treasures.

Every Juan will associate Malolos with Barasoian Church.  It wouldn’t be printed in the Philippine peso bill without a reason.  However, Malolos is not just about Barasoain Church. Much so as the more popular Silay City in Bacolod, Malolos is home to Spanish-era houses that served important parts of shaping the Philippines’ colonial past.

One such structure retained until today is the Don Antonio Bautista Heritage House.  It is located along the Camestizuhan District in Malolos town proper.    In this photo story, I attempt to take you back in time.  Hop in as I say, “Time space warp, ngayon din.”

Don Antonio Bautista Heritage House - Malolos, Bulacan

These figurines wearing the Filipiñana dress, displayed below the staircase, greeted us as we entered the house.

Don Antonio Bautista Heritage House - Malolos, Bulacan

Don Antonio Bautista Heritage House - Malolos, Bulacan

The Grand Wooden Staircase

So what’s the historical value of this old house?  It used to serve as the office of the Secretaria de Fomento or Ministry of Interior Affairs, and later became a municipal hall, primary school and even a Japanese camp.

The most famous personality who visited this house is no other than the Filipino national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, to form La Liga Filipina.  Unfortunately, the plan did not become reality because days after this meeting, he was arrested and exiled in Dapitan.

Don Antonio Bautista Heritage House - Malolos, Bulacan Don Antonio Bautista Heritage House - Malolos, Bulacan

Don Antonio Bautista Heritage House - Malolos, Bulacan

Don Antonio Bautista Heritage House - Malolos, Bulacan

The spacious living room reflects opulence during the colonial era

The living room is my favorite part of the house.  It displays old wooden furniture which up to this time can accommodate anyone’s butt.  This spacious room is also adorned with crystal chandeliers, and large paintings on the wall and ceilings by prominent Filipino artists.

The spacious living room provides a glimpse of opulence during the colonial era

A rocking chair is a winner in any house

Don Antonio Bautista Heritage House - Malolos, Bulacan

Don Antonio Bautista Heritage House - Malolos, Bulacan

Don Antonio Bautista Heritage House - Malolos, Bulacan

Iron ceiling with 3D effect painting, very European

Don Antonio Bautista Heritage House - Malolos, Bulacan

Don Antonio Bautista Heritage House - Malolos, Bulacan

Family portraits of Baustista descendants

Don Antonio Bautista Heritage House - Malolos, Bulacan Don Antonio Bautista Heritage House - Malolos, Bulacan

Don Antonio Bautista Heritage House - Malolos, Bulacan

The formal comedor (living room)

Don Antonio Bautista Heritage House - Malolos, Bulacan

Don Antonio Bautista Heritage House - Malolos, Bulacan

Veranda at the side of the formal comedor

Don Antonio Bautista Heritage House - Malolos, Bulacan

Next to the formal comedor is the informal comedor

Don Antonio Bautista Heritage House - Malolos, Bulacan

Saw these angels watching over me inside a small room. Not sure exactly whether it should be hair-raising or a glorious thing.

The house is now under the care of the well-known Mr. Dez Bautista, a set designer, writer and historian.  Unfortunately, Mr. Dez was not in the house when we paid a visit on a weekend.  It would have been a different experience to have him tell us his own stories of the house.

Overall, I enjoyed getting around the Don Antonio Bautista Heritage house as every corner was photogenic.  Likewise, the feel of Spanish era inside the house makes me want to practice Spanish as I caught sight of the entrada, salon, cuarto, muebles, veranda, comedor, sillas, ventana, mesa, plato, aparador…okay, that’s just as far as I could get.  🙂


Where is your hometown? Do you like it (or hate it)? What did you learn to appreciate in your place? Share your thoughts below.

 

18 thoughts on “Don Antonio Bautista Heritage House in Malolos: A Photo Story

  1. SindhuMurthy

    Regal mansions and heritage structures always have amazing stories to share. It should have been a wonderful experience going through the house inspecting every artifact in it. I love the way you have presented the pics in black and white.

  2. Nancy

    What a beautiful place from the statues decorating the outside to the fresco on the inside and all the historic decor it looks like a must see when visiting your town!

  3. Dang Travelers

    We are from Chicago and have a tendency to ignore it for the blog too! I think it’s because to us it’s home versus traveling, but we have a lot to share so we should! Thanks for letting us in on your beautiful hometown!

    1. findingjing Post author

      You are right with home vs traveling. I think sometimes we have to “defamiliarize” ourselves in our own homes also to appreciate the special in the familiar. Thanks for reading! 🙂

  4. Jimmy and Tina

    It’s funny but we have been so opposite, with all the travel and all the photos that we havn’t gotten to to write a story, we seem to keep featuring our home towns. Me from Minnesota and Jimmy from England! Once say we will get around to more writining 🙂 The Don Antonio Bautista Heritage House in Malolos is very beautiful and historical indeed! It looks as though it is from the Victorian era. I love the old black and white photos! There is so much heritage right out our back doorsteps and even for people who are not travelers there is so much to see right at home. I hope to see more about your home town 🙂

    1. findingjing Post author

      Jimmy and Tina, I guess I have to learn from you, to really appreciate one’s hometown more. The house is as old back as 1870’s I think. And yes, will post more about my hometown and my province, as well. 🙂

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