Here's How You Can Go on a Tour of a Historic Pre-War Mansion

Travel back in time to centuries past.

(SPOT.ph) Going on a tour of Art Deco structures and pre-war buildings in the City of Manila is nothing new. You would always hear of walking tours around Escolta's First United Building, Lawton's Manila Central Post Office, and Quiapo's Basilica Menor de San Sebastian. But not so much in Parañaque, especially in Barangay Tambo, which is often just lumped together with the rest of "the South." So when restored pre-war mansion Palacio de Memoria opened its doors to the public in March 2019, the excitement was a given. And you can now check it out yourself through a guided tour of the property's galleries, grounds, and museum.

The seven-storey Palacio de Memoria stands on a three-hectare property along Roxas Boulevard.
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Art Deco-inspired terrazzo flooring is just one of the foyer's standout features.
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Fast becoming a popular venue for weddings, private parties, and photo shoots, the seven-storey Palacio de Memoria stands on a three-hectare property along Roxas Boulevard. It now serves as the bigger gallery and outpost of the Makati-based auction house Casa Memoria, which is known for showcasing antiques, heirlooms, and Old-World works of art.

The Red Room, as it is called, features Venetian and Florentine furniture, religious paintings and sculptures, and Neoclassical drawers and rare commodes.
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It is only apt that this collection from the past is housed in a grand manor overflowing with history. Palacio de Memoria, after all, lived through the Battle of Manila when it was a still a two-storey structure. And—prior to that—through days of revelry as a beach house in front of Tambo Beach along what was formerly known as Dewey Boulevard.

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Palacio de Memoria’s guided tours are at P500. Included in the tour are an in-depth tour with a private guide explaining the story behind every piece of furniture, the terrazzo flooring and wrought-iron decor, and works of art now adorning the house. If you wish to explore the house on your own, there’s an admission fee of P200 for adults, P160 for students, and P143 for senior citizens and PWDs. To book a visit, send an e-mail to hello@casadememoria.com with your name, e-mail address, and contact number; preferred date and time of tour; and number of visitors.

Palacio de Memoria is at 95 Bayview Drive, Los Tamaraos Village, Barangay Tambo, Parañaque City. It is open from Monday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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