The highlight of travelling and exploring the City of Vigan is not just its iconic Calle Crisologo. This is because a stone throw away from this emblematic street is the Syquia Mansion.
Well-preserved Syquia Mansion will give you an interesting glimpse of the lifestyle of a wealthy family during the Spanish colonial times. The majestic furniture will provide you hints on how prominent people in the past would conduct their lives.
They have an ante-living-room and a main living room! You would wonder how many living rooms do rich people need to live a full life. It is also amazing to know that affluent human beings in the past actually have a prayer room where they gather to pray the Angelus.
Paintings and sculptures scattered around the mansion were no doubt masterpieces! Skillful craftsmen were obviously commissioned to build the comfy beds, dressers and sofas!
Also, monied folks during those times though prayerful and have lavish chambers for prayers actually have slaves (known as Aliping Saguiguilid). And these slave-servants – who cannot marry without their master’s consent – only has limited access in the house which usually is the narrow hallway borders of the building!
Contents of the super house no doubt is indeed for the rich! And while breathing and walking within the confines of the house, the social climber in me whispers that I am so at home inside the Syquia Mansion!