In the early 1870s, the wedding of Don Eulalio Villavicencio and his niece Gliceria Marella was likened to the merger of two big corporations. Both hailed from Taals wealthiest families, with businesses in shipping and sugar.In the 19th century, Batangas sugar was considered one of the best in the country. At the end of the milling season, boats came loaded with money in sacks.
bring the sacks to the house and lay them out on a mat. It would take
them two weeks to count the money and roll them up. Whoever came to the
house was asked to help out.The rich didnt have to work, says Martin
Tinio, co-author of the coffee-table book Philippine Ancestral Houses.
There were fiestas every month in every town. The well-to-do attended
nine-day novenas, went to picnics, danced, rested. That was the life of
For his young bride, he built a house next door
which was connected to his parents house by a bridgeway. Built in 1872,
the new house was called Casa Regalo de Boda or the Wedding Gift
Housewhich has now been restored by Tinio.The Villavicencios are
mentioned in history books for having helped finance the Philippine
Revolution. Don Eulalio even went to Hong Kong to give Jos Rizal P18,000
for his propaganda literature.
He came back with banned
publications and was later charged with sedition. He fell ill at Fort
Santiago where he was imprisoned.A famous account says the Spaniards
offered to release Don Eulalio in exchange for information about the
Katipunan. His wife, Do?a Gliceria, it is said, refused, saying that she
carried his surname and didnt want to betray him and his cause.
two years, Don Eulalio was released. But his condition worsened since
he had contracted tuberculosis. He died at home after three months.Shop
huge inventory of Car bestmarbletiles
Charger,Tinio notes that in that era in the Philippines, the Wedding
Gift House was the only one with window grills on the second floor that
had a bloated silhouette called rehas na buntis. The balconies were also
shaped like a squash.
A sign of wealth was the variety of
colors and patterns. The facade stood out for its yellow ochre and
indigo tones. When one looked at the stenciled patterns dominating the
interiors, one could only imagine the enormous amount of paint used. But
that didnt matter to the wealthy owners.The ground floor, or
entresuelo, featured patterned tiles from Spain. When the house was
renovated six years ago, the tiles were reproduced by Mariwasa.
tindalo staircase led to the caida or antesala,We offer the biggest
collection of old masters that can be turned into hand painted cleanersydney
on canvas. the transition space to the living room. It was called
caida, which meant to drop, because when women climbed the stairs, they
had to hold up their skirts and dropped them only upon reaching the
has real weight in your customer's hand.In renovating the house, Tinio
derived the curlicues and floral patterns for the stenciled walls from a
pattern book published in the 1870s. In some parts of the house, the
patterns were inspired by an old church and convent.
now has Art Nouveau furniture with carved faces by sculptor and
decorator Emilio Alvero. It is also decked with sillas Americanas, or
American chairs.At the turn of the 20th century, these chairs were
assembled in the same way the Ikea chair is put together today. The
sillas Americanas were considered the Monobloc chairs of their time,
given their ubiquitous presence, says Tinio.
For the comedor, or
formal dining room, Tinio had the narra chairs drawn from the
turn-of-the-20th-century designs of sculptor Isabelo Tampinco. The
carvings of cashews, bananas and guavas on the crests were appropriate
for this room, he says.These big homes had a dispensa,Our industry
leading consumer and business agatebeads
products offer competitive pricing combined. or pantry. If you were
rich, you didnt shop. When the shipment arrived, you would get the first
choice before the goods were displayed in the shops. There was a
selection of wines, chorizos, turrones, walnuts, jamon. These foods were
locked up in the dispensa, says Tinio.
The Meridian Public
School at Panthallur, near Manjeri, in the district on Wednesday
organised an indigenous sports festival, evoking curiosity among the
local people as well as the schools in the neighbourhood.The indigenous
sports fest, held as part of the National Sports Day being celebrated on
Thursday, turned out to be a unique event, attempting to revive some of
the old games played in the rural areas of the district.
spectators stood agape as the children from different schools displayed
great enthusiasm to prove that they too were adept at some of the games
their grandfathers played.They competed in marble ball games,
hopscotch, games with clay tile pieces, pulling games using arecanut
leaves, and jugglery with machinga or tiny coconut. Most of these games
have disappeared from our rural areas, said school principal K. Abdu
The physical education wing of the school took the
initiative for the festival as part of reviving these obsolescent
games.Akash Madhavan, who won two medals in the recent World Dwarf Games
held in Michigan, U.S., gave away the prizes to the winners. He said
that athletes and sportspersons were being given a lot more
encouragement in western countries than in India. What we dwarfs need is
nothing but your encouragement,A quality paper cutter or paper bestluggagetag can make your company's presentation stand out. and not sympathy, he said.
Read the full products at http://www.drycabinets.net/!