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The House Of Dr. Luis Santos

Our tour of Malolos continues, from the Cojuangco ancestral house http://myrefrigeratordoor.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-cojuangco-ancestral-house.html, our gracious host Melecio Cojuangco brought us to the house of Dr. Luis Santos. Mel arranged the visit with one of the heirs of Dr. Santos, George Imperial.
From the outside, one would already be in awe of the sheer size of the house. The house was built in 1933, according to the marker by the gate. Upon entering, you will marvel at the grand staircase, the expansive receiving room and the foyer filled with hard bound medical books and mementos of Dr. Santos' career as a well loved doctor in this town. The second floor was something else, as our group slowly ascended the magnificent staircase, my heart literally skipped a beat at the sight of the ceiling mural and Art Deco details. We found out later that the mural was painted by the great Fernando Amorsolo himself. There was a private chapel in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes and a bedroom where a figure of the Santo Entierro lies. It is brought out on Good Fridays for the procession. Through the kitchen, was what I imagined as a secret door to the tower. The house is very much intact, George told us that termites gave up on the hard wood used to build the house, the floors a combination of four tree varieties.
It was 36 degrees outside that afternoon, but the visual spectacle was worth the sweat.

Thank you very much to Mr. George Imperial for welcoming us to this beautiful house.


The house of Dr. Luis Santos




Upon entering, you will be awed by the sheer size of the rooms.

Medical books


A photo of Dr. Luis Santos

The grand staircase leading to the second floor.



I wasn't prepared for this, a breathtaking Fernando Amorsolo mural on the second floor living room.

Art Deco at its peak.

Hanging above the piano in the living room, Kundiman 1932, by Fabian de la Rosa

Our group shot with Melecio Cojuangco and George Imperial.

The private chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes.


The Kitchen.

The spiral staircase leading to the tower.

A divan for two at the tower room.

It was 36 degrees that afternoon, but the visual spectacle was worth the sweat.

Comments

  1. An extraordinary beautiful House! Art Deco at its best! I can just imagine how magnificent the mural on the ceiling done by Armosolo is!

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  2. who is Sir Mel? Can he also arrange a visit for us?
    Please let us know. Thank you! :)

    Rischelle

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  3. I'm still learning from you, but I'm making my way to the top as well. I definitely love reading everything that is posted on your website.Keep the stories coming. I liked it!Bespoke Kitchen Design Hertfordshire

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