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Historic houses in Santa Rita, Pampanga

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Historic houses in Santa Rita, Pampanga

The following lists down historic houses in the municipality of Santa Rita, Pampanga, Philippines.

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One of such houses is the Guanzon Ancestral House, or commonly referred to as Villa Epifania. Dubbed as the "Grand Old House of Santa Rita", Villa Epifania has been receiving attention due to alleged supernatural occurrences happening inside it.

Dominican Convent

Also known as the Convento de la Sagrada Familia, the Dominican Convent has hosted numerous retreats and spiritual recollections. Near the convent is a Spanish-era stone arch.

Gosioco Ancestral House

Commonly referred to as Salaria, the Gosioco Ancestral House is believed to be the oldest house in town, built in 1849. Its nickname has been derived from the Spanish wor Serreria meaning "a place for making candles".

Guanzon Ancestral House

Constructed in the 1930s, the Villa Epifania was named after Dona Epifania from the Alvendias clan, an affluent clan from Floridablanca, Pampanga. The ancestral lot was owned by the Guanzon patriarch Don Agapito Guanzon (Captain Pitong), then the Capitan Municipal of Santa Rita. Capitan Pitong’s son, Don Olympio Guanzon (former Pampanga Governor) would later inherit the lot and build an earlier old house in the same lot by 1925. The old house was later be dismantled to give way for the villa and would later be passed on to Don Felipe Guanzon. The villa was designed and constructed by Architect Mariano Pineda, a native of Santa Rita and relative of the Guanzons. Pineda would later join the Federal Architects of America. It was used as headquarters by the Japanese officers, USAFE guerillas and alcaldes during World War II.

Constructed between 1931-1932, the house was a standout among other houses during the period since it was the only all-concrete house in town. The entire house is made of concrete save for the upper wall on the western side of the house facing north, which showcases a gallery of windows. The main walls of the house are concrete, about a foot thick on all the major sidings. The concrete materials were imported from Guiguinto, Bulacan. The villa’s wood portions are of the Philippine hardwood (narra, camagong and molave) and the furniture is of King Louis style. The furniture was acquired for the villa in 1931 and was bought from the Philippine Carnival in Manila and allegedly made by the prisoners of Bilibid prison. An azotea flanks the north side of the house which gives a view of the western farm lands in Santa Rita, a large portion of which were once owned by the Guanzons and other notable landlords from the Pineda, Lansang and Gosioco families. The doors of the former house that stood are now on the second floor of the house. The doors and windows are made of colored glass with hues of green and orange. A porte-cochere with granite staircase is the main feature of the facade and above it is a grand veranda with baroque pillars. Another small porch is located at the second floor near the grand veranda. The interiors of the house is of similar design. The villa also features other verandas at the second floor and a minor rooftop and chimneys for the kitchen. The construction of the entire house reportedly costs 90,000 pesos, a relatively large sum during its era. In popular media, the house was first featured in the Lino Brocka film “Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang” in 1976. Later in the 1990s it was used as the backdrop for the movie “Tanging Yaman.”

Pineda Ancestral House

Construction of the Pineda House started on April 7, 1917 and was completed in January 10, 1918. The house is said to house images of saint carved by prolific 19th to 20th-century sculptor of religious images, Maximo Vicente. The lot of the house hosts the Santa Rita Catholic School.

References

Historic houses in Santa Rita, Pampanga Wikipedia


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