Wednesday, August 02, 2006


Right directly across from Quiapo Church, nestled on the narrow Bautista Street behind Quezon Boulevard and amidst Quiapo’s lively commerce, is a historical landmark — the Bahay Nakpil-Bautista.

It is a classic example of Philippine architecture of its period, a typical bahay na bato-style (stone house) designed by Juan Arellano. This was built as the home of Dr. Ariston Bautista and his in-laws, the Nakpil family. Dr. Bautista was a philanthropist and a prominent historical figure deeply involved in the Philippine Revolution. He was a close colleague of both José Rizal and Juan Luna.

In this very same house lived Don Julio Nakpil, a Katipunan official who was to later marry Gregoria de Jesus, the widow of the national hero Andres Bonifacio. She was to spend the rest of her life in this house as Gregoria Nakpil. They had six children.

Juan Luna’s painting, "Parisian Life," which is now the centerpiece of the GSIS Museum, originally hung in this house. Bahay Nakpil-Bautista is now a venue for historical and cultural exhibits.

Sources on the Net:

Bahay Nakpil-Bautista
Conservation Success Story in Manila
Memories of the Revolution


posted by Señor Enrique at 7:41 AM


Blogger j said...

good morning Senor. my office computer cant open the pictures :( i'll check it out with my laptop later

August 02, 2006 8:52 AM  

Blogger Senorito<- Ako said...

Teka teka...Josie Natori started in divisoria ?? tama ba to ? Sorry about this hahaha... kagulat lang.

A friend of mine started the 'manila walks' tour and bahay nakpil is one of the destinations (I think).

I'm looking at 2nd had SLR's at (NZ's version of ebay)... since Nikon is coming out with a D80 (?) the market will be flooded with D70's (sana).

August 02, 2006 11:20 AM  

Blogger Senorito<- Ako said...

Know what... the pics that you post's makes me miss the pinas more and more. :(

I see interesting diagonal lines in your photo's.. took lessons or read books ?

Sayang at mahal ang airfare !! 1K USD ! ouch.

August 02, 2006 11:24 AM  

Blogger Senorito<- Ako said...

wait the nakpil house looks familiar... is that in between the police station and the horseracing betting stations ?

August 02, 2006 11:45 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

I wonder why that is, Jairam. Hope you're able to view it later on with your laptop.

August 02, 2006 8:21 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Now that I have a decent camera, Senorito Ako, I will sign up for one of Carlos Celdran's tours as I had told him I would months ago.

A Nikon D80? Whoa! And how much is the 2nd-hand D70 will be going for now?

Quite observant of you to notice those diagonal lines; actually, it sort of had become my signature style since I've been dabbling with photography -- found them more interesting that way.

Yes, you're right ... that's where that house is located!

1K USD? Jeeez, that's how much it costs to fly from Manila to NY.

August 02, 2006 8:28 PM  

Blogger Senorito<- Ako said...

D70 new is around 1.9k nzd when D80 is announced it might drop to 1.6-1.7k.

2nd hand wise I think around 900-1.2k nzd. Body only.. not certain though. I'm not buyin yet... lotsa bills to pay bein a new migrant and all.

Sony came out with a Fixed lens APS-C sized sensor (DSLR size) DSC-R1. The lens is quite wide 24mm.. should be enough pang pasyal and all.

August 03, 2006 5:28 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

You certainly know a lot about fine cameras, Senorito Ako! I will toss out a wish for you to own an ideal camera soonest, because I can't wait to see the kind of pictures you'll come up with. I'm sure they're going to be fascinating!

August 03, 2006 8:05 AM  

Blogger palma tayona said...

i should say, i am becoming addicted to reading your blogspot senor enrique, particularly your postings on this not-too known locations in the metro.

it is interesting to note though that the bahay-na-bato of the nakpils are now situated between a police station and a horserace betting station. i frequently pass that house whenever i'd go dvd hunting in the muslim sections of quiapo. (there's a particular stall there where one can get these really hard to find copies of old movies from the 20's, 30's up to the 70's) i've been wanting to hang around that house and get to peek into the insides of it. maybe one of these days, as i check out the dvd's in quiapo, i will.


April 19, 2007 12:51 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

They might still have the exhibit going on in that house, Palma. Go in and check it out.

There was a time I got addicted to those DVDs from Quiapo, but when the guy I bought them from sold his stall, the DVDs I bought from the others all had some defects. It came to the point that I just gave up. Perhaps, one day you'll introduce me to your suki so I will once again feel confident with my purchases.

April 19, 2007 2:48 PM  

Blogger Asian Views said...

An article about the house im reading mentioned the name "Julio Nakpil" as the one who married Gregoria. Your article says "Juan Nakpil". I'm just confused.

What NCCA article in its website says is that Juan Nakpil was the architect, born in 1899 in Quipo.

Senor Enrique, with due respect, maybe you need to get your fact straight. Thanks.

September 14, 2007 5:59 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Thank you, Asian Views for your comment.

I don't profess to be a historian ala Ambeth Ocampo; neither do I have the means to fund fact finding efforts for every article that I post. I do, however, cite the sources I used, and for this particular entry, there were three listed at the bottom.

I appreciate very much the feedback of readers like you who take their time to advise me and my readers of any corrections; hence yours is very much appreciated. Again, thank you!

September 14, 2007 6:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello I am Dominic Faustino, grandson of Architect Carlos Santos-Viola (great grand nephew of Dr. Maximo Viola) and Dña Cardidad Nakpil. I am greatful that you made a blog about our ancetral house.
**Asian Views, The father of my Lola is Don Julio Nakpil who was married to Dña Gregoria De Jesus, they had kids Juan Nakpil (national artist), Julia Nakpil-Casas, Josefina Nakpil-Tapales, Francisca Nakpil-de Lange, Mercedes Nakpil-Zialcita and my Lola Caridad Nakpil-Santos Viola.

July 11, 2008 9:57 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Many thanks, Dominic for stopping by and sharing with us you family's history. Much appreciated, indeed.

July 11, 2008 10:22 AM  

Blogger Baby doll said...

Hindi ba 8 yung naging anak nila? Ayun kasi nakalagay sa Familiy Geology nila. Juan, Julia, Juana, Francisca, Luisa, Josefina, Mercedez, Caridad

March 02, 2012 9:15 PM  

Blogger Dominic Benedict Santos-Viola Faustino said...

I beleive Juana and Luisa were born premature.

October 16, 2012 9:24 PM  

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