Bahay Nakpil- Bautista: Tahanan ng mga Katipunero

Attendees to the APO Philatelic Royal Heritage Tour inside Bahay Nakpil- Bautista



Bahay Nakpil-Bautista is a unique house at Quiapo, the heart of Manila. It was built in 1914 by the famous architect, Arcadio Arellano. The architecture typifies traditional urban Filipino style at its very best; a stone skirt for the first storey, a wooden frame and an upper storey of wood, sliding windows. The beautiful details were inspired by the 1900's Viennese art movement, Secessionism.*

GROUND FLOOR




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TAHANAN NG MGA KATIPUNERO.

It was the residence of the key figures in our nation's history: Gregoria de Jesus, Lakambini of the Katipunan revolutionary movement; her husband, Julio Nakpil, a musical composer and soldier appointed by Andres Bonifacio as Vice- President Supremo of the Katipunan; Francisco Nakpil, silversmith and member of La Liga Filipina; Dr. Ariston Bautista, doctor of medicine and member of the Propaganda movement; Juan F. Nakpil, architect of Quiapo Church after the 1929 fire, first Filipino National Artist for architecture; Angel Nakpil, architect of the Rizal Park complex.

Today, as a historic house museum and center of culture it has a permanent exhibit about the house and its former residents and, Quiapo; rooms dedicated to Gregoria de Jesus and the Katipunan; a small library of Filipiniana books available to researchers.*

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It was nostalgic as I walked in this old house in one of the streets of Quiapo. The woods, steel and rock that made this house transported me to a very remarkable era. The vivid imprints, the historical figures that once resided in this abode, and the rich colors and stain of this magnificent house were astonishing. 

It was rewarding to know that this house that has stood the test of times, a silent witness to the events of this nation and history, has not been sacrificed in exchange of profit and progress. 

So when you're in Quiapo, drop by A. Bautista Street and hear the story behind this house. It is guaranteed a sweet trip down memory lane.



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* from the Bahay Nakpil-Bautista promotional material

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About Allan Bough

Allan works full time as a Recruitment Head for an IT Solutions company in Makati and juggles blogging along side. He’s fond of travelling, a certified beach and nature lover and would want to explore more of Earth’s riches. A former community theater director, a pre school teacher and a frustrated Star In A Million contestant, Allan hopes of conquering the big stage for a spotlight one day. Conversation and people are his passion.
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