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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Kasa Boix


Thanks to APO Philatelic Royal Heritage Tour, I was able to set foot in Kasa Boix last Sunday! I've seen several articles about this house before and I've always been intrigued to explore its corners.

Built in 1895 by Don Marciano Teotico and Juan Hervas, this architectural gem stands at Bautista Street in Quiapo, Manila. 

The ground floor is occupied by some informal settlers. A small hall at the right side of the building leads to a stair.


Obvious is the wear and tear of the building. Thanks to the efforts of Kapitbahayan sa Kalye Bautista, a group of volunteers who advocate cultural and heritage preservation, Kasa Boix is, little by little, coming into shape.





This may seem old, shabby and crumbling but one can still notice the intricacy and ornate details of its neo- renaissance architecture.

Notable personalities people who lived here after the Teoticos were the Crespos then the Catalan-Boix family. Former President Manuel L. Quezon once slept in one of the quarters of this house, too.

This house is a part of our history. And history matters. I wait for the day when this threadbare becomes polished again.



On my next post, my visit inside Bahay Nakpil- Bautista.

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