Gala-Rodriguez Ancestral House in Sariaya Quezon

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There are almost no words to describe the elegance and beauty of the Rodriquez Ancestral Mansion; however, some words that come to mind are romantic, timeless, and magical. Situated at No. 44 Rizal Street, Sariaya, Quezon, in the Philippines, and constructed during the 1930’s, this mansion represents a love that knows no bounds.

Gala-Rodriguez House Facade by Zernan2014
Gala-Rodriguez House Facade by Zernan2014

The Rodriguez Ancestral mansion was built specifically as a gift for the late Doña Gregoria from her husband, Dr. Isidro Rodriguez. One of the things that make this mansion so remarkable is the tragic love story that surrounds it. Only two days before she and her family were set to move into her dream home, the chronically ill Doña Gregoria died.

Gala-Rodriguez Ancestral House 2nd Floor by Zernan2014
Gala-Rodriguez Ancestral House 2nd Floor by Zernan2014

The Mansion was designed in the Art Deco era by architectural genius, Juan Nakpil. The mansion is decorated intricately throughout with the most exquisite tapestries. The Terrace and Veranda are highlighted with glass made of the most vibrant colors. There are multiple bedrooms and two stunning dining halls. Exquisite living rooms put a nice finish on this house that is almost more like a palace than a mansion.

Gala-Rodriguez House first floor living area
Gala-Rodriguez House first floor living area by Zernan2014

One very interesting feature is the trap door that leads to the basement, which is located in the floor of one of the dining rooms. It is said that this door was used by Carmen, the lovely daughter of Dr. Rodriguez and Doña Gregoria, to evade a Japanese soldier with high rank who tried to court her.

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Gala-Rodriguez House Cellar, the hiding place of Dona Carmen during the Japanese era
Gala-Rodriguez House Cellar, the hiding place of Dona Carmen during the Japanese era by Zernan2014

The Gala-Rodriguez Ancestral Mansion has been well persevered and maintains its ageless magnificence. It is open to the public for guided tours, as well as for events such as birthdays, weddings, anniversary parties and a number of other special events.

Gala Rodriguez Ancestral House
Gala Rodriguez Ancestral House by Zernan2014

Many people book this place for weddings, as it is one of the most romantic mansions in the world to begin a new marriage in. The idea that the home was custom built out of love, for a woman the original owner cherished beyond words breaks the barrier of time itself.

Gala-Rodriguez House dinning area 2nd floor
Gala-Rodriguez House dinning area 2nd floor by Zernan2014

While the Philippines has many historical sites to see, and a number of museums and attractions, this one is special and recommended for anyone nostalgic, no matter their age. It is fascinating to see just how well the mansion has been up kept over the years, and the only way to realize its splendour is to see it for yourself. Gala- Rodriguez Ancestral Mansion is known by travelers who loves to visit heritage houses, and people come to Sariaya Quezon only to see this mansion.

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