NO FILTER | Molo Mansion lights up the night

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BY RHICK LARS VLADIMER ALBAY
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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IT’S breath-taking scenery lifted straight from the movies – bright lights hanging gracefully from tree branches, swaying ever so slightly with the wind; a little coffee shop in the corner that serves the best cups of tablea, with tables in the garden so you can eat and drink your coffee near the balete trees; and at the center of it all an ornate mansion standing tall and beautiful, its decades of history radiating through its doors.

The Molo Mansion is a worth-while destination. Truly, you can still be a tourist in your own home city.

New Beginnings

Built in the 1920s, the Molo Mansion also known as the Yusay-Consing Mansion, was owned by Don Estanislao Yusay, a prominent judge from Molo, and his wife Doña Petra Lacson-Yusay.

Facing the famous Sta. Ana Church and the Molo Plaza, the mansion had a unique vantage point, its windows and balcony treating visitors to views of Molo’s central hub of activity. Many historical figures are said to have stayed at the mansion during their Iloilo visits, among them former presidents Manuel Quezon and Sergio Osmeña.

But recent years saw the decay of the mansion. Falling into disrepair, shopping mall developer SM Land Inc. acquired the property; the Molo Mansion was thought to be slated for demolition. But with SM’s commitment to cultural preservation, the Mansion was renovated and restored to its former glory, reopened during the 2015 APEC Meetings held here in Iloilo as a heritage museum.

Rediscovering Molo Mansion

Now the Yusay-Consing Mansion is a stunning view to behold especially at night – with Its ornate details echoing to days of the past, its hanging lights and brightly illuminated façade evoking thoughts of a brighter tomorrow.

The mansion is well-suited for groups of friends or families who wish to revisit the past. Be awestruck by the Mansion’s beauty and have your pictures taken at one of the many Instagrammable angles. Step inside the mansion and marvel at its interiors and hard-wood floors, while shopping for Philippine products at SM’s Kultura store.

After, you can enjoy a cup of hot tablea at Café Panay on the left side of the Mansion. I also recommend the Chorizo Recado Pan de sal sandwiches. You can opt to eat outside, near the balete trees for a unique experience with Table Matters that serves the most peculiar blue ternate (yes, the blue flower in your lola’s garden) and dragon fruit ice cream. Best of all, enjoy the Mansion’s lights at night, the picturesque views, inspiring and nostalgic.

The Molo Mansion, with its new life and lights is one of our city’s newest tourist destinations. This just proves the many unexpected gems our city has yet to reveal, Iloilo with its overabundance of beauty still unfolding before our eyes. Truly, you can still be a tourist in your own home city. ([email protected]/PN)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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