Quezon City government tapped experts to restore and transfer the ancestral house of the late-President Manuel Quezon from its erstwhile site in an upscale subdivision to the Quezon Memorial Circle (QMC).
Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte announced the transfer of the 500-square meter Quezon abode to an open space inside the park after a series of negotiations with Quezon family heirs since November last year.
A private developer, New San Jose Builders Inc. owned by Gerry Acuzar—known for his cluster of rebuilt heritage homes in Bataan province—has helped the city restore the house to its “original beauty” and save its intricate design, she said.
“At first, the Quezon family was skeptical. They could not give in to our request to save and restore the house. After several talks, they donated the house to the city,” Belmonte told The Manila Times.
“The family had realized how serious was the city government to own the house and showcase it as a city heritage. They even allowed us to display the house furniture, and the late president’s shoes, beds and other personal belongings.”
Belmonte said the Quezon family had already sold the 3,678-square meter lot to another developer.
“I understand, the one who bought the real-estate property of the Quezon family did not want the house there, and he wanted it dismantled,” she said.
She said the city has allocated P9 million to transfer the house to QMC from Gilmore Avenue, New Manila.
“You go and see the house at the QMC for you to be able to appreciate its original beauty. The reconstruction is ongoing. In fact, I am endorsing this heritage to the Department of Interior and Local Government’s Galing Pook Awards,” Belmonte enthused.
The property is of two structures—a two-story colonial style residential house built in the 1920s where Quezon stayed before World War II.
The late first lady Aurora Aragon Quezon bought the property in 1941, but the family started to stay there after the war in 1945 upon their return from the United States.