Manuel Roxas Ancestral House: A Well Preserved Historical House

I have always adored Philippine heritage. There is a certain nostalgia whenever I chance upon the historic landmarks in the Philippines. Capiz, one of the four provinces in the island of Panay has a rich cultural heritage dating back to pre-Spanish period. Roxas City, its capital, is birthplace to President Manuel Roxas, the last president of the Commonwealth and first president of the Third Republic of the Philippines, the time when independence from the United States was proclaimed.

It was my second day in Roxas and had just finished lunch at the Seafood Court at People’s Park Plaza after a trip to Sta Monica Church, which is home to the largest bell in Asia and third in the world. I proceeded to check the Manuel Roxas Ancestral House located along Rizal Street is just a few minutes walk from the city plaza.

Roxas Ancestral House
Roxas Ancestral House

The Manuel Roxas Ancestral House is one of the landmarks to visit in Roxas City. But why is it closed when I got there. It was just in the middle of the afternoon. The gate leading to the house was even padlocked. Was it temporarily closed? I looked around to see if there is any caretaker but to my dismay, there was no one. I asked the store adjacent to the house and was informed that the house was opened just a few minutes before I arrived. I went back to try one more time but just got disappointed. I decided to go back to San Antonio Resort and rest early.

The following day, I went back to the ancestral house only to find it closed again. How the heck are they gonna attract tourist when the house is closed? I went around and asked at the store beside the house. The caretaker happens to be just inside. What? He is just there all along. Why don't they put a signage that says - Look for the caretaker in the store. Or put any contact number.

The caretaker, who happens to be a great grandson of the late President Roxas came to see me and said that I have to set an appointment if I wanted to go inside the house. I asked if it was possible to get inside right there and then since it was my last day in Roxas and need to leave for Kalibo that same afternoon. He insisted that they charge a certain amount, which is used for the maintenance of the house and so I agreed to pay the said fee.

Living and Dining Area
Living and Dining AreaLiving and Dining Area
Living and Dining Area

The ancestral house, built during the 1800s is well maintained and the interiors are still intact. The caretaker shared to me that the furniture are still those used by President Roxas's family when he was boy. I looked around and marveled at how they were able to maintain everything. He revealed that maintenance is a bit expensive that is why the house is not open for the public to visit anytime. They also restrict the number of persons who come in since they do not have any staff to watch over the house.

The next images are some of the photos I have taken inside the house.

Manuel Roxas' Bedroom
Manuel Roxas' Bedroom

President Roxas' bedroom was very spacious.

Manuel Roxas Ancestral House

Manuel Roxas Ancestral House
Other parts of the house and antique furniture

Manuel Roxas Ancestral House

Manuel Roxas Ancestral House
A fantastic spot for a grand view of the neighborhood

The house is very well maintained, but for how long, I do not know. Maybe the local government can help in providing funds for the management of the house. Perhaps, we can do something to help sustain such a historical landmark. Do you have any suggestion? Please feel free to give your insights and comments.






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  1. wla po ako mkita sa blog how to contact the caretaker of roxas house, nsa kapitbhay lng po ba sya? hw much po un binayad nyo for entrance fee? please enlighten me on this. thanks

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