Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Bahay Nakpil-Bautista (The Ancestral Home of Nakpil-Bautista)

In the street of Bautista, you will notice a historical landmark: the ancestral home of Nakpil-Bautista. We all know Nakpil because of the name of Julio Nakpil – an artist, a composer and a revolutionary. The Nakpil-Bautista home is the house of his sister Perona Nakpil and her husband Dr. Ariston Bautista, but there’s more to it…

The house was constructed by in 1914 by Arcadio Arellano. This also became the house of Julio Nakpil and his wife Gregoria de Jesus. Gregoria de Jesus? That’s Andres Bonifacio’s wife!

Now, don’t let your imagination run wild here hehehe! Ok, now Gregoria De Jesus married Andres when she was still 18 years old and joined him on his revolution where she was known as the Lakambini ng Katipunan. When Bonifacio was executed because of sedition by the Magdalo under Emilio Aguinaldo (well, we know the story) Oriang (as what Gregoria De Jesus was called) was taken care of Julio Nakpil, then commander of the Katipunan in the northern Philippines who is loyal to Bonifacio. They fell in love and they got married. In the end of the war, they both lived in the Nakpil-Bautista house together with their 8 children.

Now the place is converted into a museum where you can see antique furnitures (circa 1900). You can also see some significant artworks that were created by the Nakpil-Bautista clan. The majority of them became artists.

Original Machuca Tiles.

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