Culture & Heritage

Popular Ancestral Houses in Pampanga

Written by Patrick

Pampanga is more than just a Culinary Capital or Christmas Capital of the Philippines.  It played a huge role in Philippine history being the first Spanish province created in the island of Luzon in 1571.  It was one of the eight provinces that first fought against the Spanish oppressors, therefore honored by one of the eight rays of the sun on the Philippine national flag.

During the Spanish, Japanese, and American eras, several structures were built and many of them are still standing up to this day.

Take a look at the ancestral houses in the province of Pampanga.

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Bale Matua

Bale Matua

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Location: Angeles, Pampanga

Bale Matua is the oldest structure in Angeles City.  Built in 1824, Bale Matua is a three-storey house of Don Angel Pantaleon de Miranda, the founder of Angeles City, and his wife Doña Rosalia de Jesus.  The house now serves as a museum containing old photographs and books, paintings, and other antique stuff of the family.  The house also hosts heritage dining experience but on reservation basis only. 

Camalig Restaurant

Camalig Restaurant

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Location: Angeles, Pampanga

Originally built as a rice granary in 1840, the structure was restored and converted into a restaurant in 1980.  The structure, also called Nepomuceno Ancestral House, is mostly made of wood with iron window grills and brick walls.  The interior is decorated with wooden furniture, old photographs, vintage items, old books, and sculptures.

Camalig Restaurant serves Filipino dishes with a twist but is more known for its Armando’s Pizza, also known as “Pambansang Pizza” (Filipino term for national pizza).  Toppings for the pizza include various Filipino food and ingredients such as tuyo, tinapa, chicken adobo, kesong puti, salted duck egg, longanisa, and many others.

Dycaico Ancestral House

Dycaico Ancestral House

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Location: Angeles City, Pampanga

Built in 1920, Dycaico Mansion was abandoned when its owner immigrated to the United States.  For around 50 years, squatters loot and overrun the mansion until renovated in 2016.  The mansion now houses a rural bank, a tutorial center, and a restaurant on the second floor.

Gosioco Ancestral Manor House 

Gosioco Ancestral Manor House 

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Location: Santa Rita, Pampanga

Completed in 1841, the Gosioco ancestral house is the oldest surviving ancestral house in the town of Santa Rita.  Also known as Salaria, the house was built by Domingo Gosioco, a Chinese immigrant, and wife Pascuala Amio, a Spanish mestiza from a rich and influential family.  The house, which is mostly made of wood, opens its grounds and gardens during Halloween and Christmas season for everyone to enjoy.

Henson-Hizon Heritage House

Henson-Hizon Heritage House

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Location: San Fernando, Pampanga

The bahay na bato (stone house) was built by Saturnino Henson and wife Maria Lacson during the Spanish era.  It was passed on to their children and eventually purchased by Pablo Panlillo and Dolores Arguelles.  The house was used by Nicolasa Panlillo, Pablo’s mother, for treating wounded Filipino soldiers during the Filipino-American War.  Beside the house is a monument to honor the efforts of Nicolasa.

Hizon-Singian House

Hizon-Singian House

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Location: San Fernando, Pampanga

Hizon-Singian House is another stone house in San Fernando.  It was built by Don Anacleto Hizon and Victoria Singian in 1870.  It was used as headquarters to a Spanish general, a military hospital and barracks by the Japanese Imperial Army, and headquarters of an American general.  The house, which is still intact, was declared a Heritage House by the National Historical Institute in 2003.

Lazatin House

Lazatin House

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Location: San Fernando, Pampanga

Built in 1925, the Lazatin House in San Fernando is one of the most well-preserved ancestral houses in the province.  Like the house, its ground and fence are well-maintained as well.  This stone house built during the American colonial period was used by the Japanese forces as residence of its commander.  The house was declared a Heritage House by the National Historical Institute in 2003.

These ancestral houses bore witness to significant events in the history of Pampanga and the Philippines in general.  They survived war and natural calamities.  It’s just amazing that we can still enjoy seeing their charm and make us think of what transpired within their walls and remind us of what our ancestors went through back in the day.

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Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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