Back when I was still a gangling college student, I used to see San Sebastian Church every day. I cast interesting glances here and there but never had the urge to see it up close and more. Nearly two decades later, I have finally managed to pay San Sebastian Church a visit upon the urgings of a dear friend. Basilica Minore de San Sebastian is the only all-steel church in Asia. Although Spanish architect Genario Palacios is widely recognized designer of the church, Gustave Eiffel is attributed by historian Dr. Ambeth Ocampo to be involved in the design and construction. Previous church buildings were ruinedRead More →

Deep into the heart of Manila is a house replete with history. It was here where the Lakambini of the Katipunan spent her life after the Philippine-Spanish Revolution. It was also here where a famous family of jewelers lived. This historic house was built in 1914 by Dr. Ariston Bautista for his wife Petrona Nakpil based on the design by famous architect Arcadio Arellano. It was built on the site of a previous Nakpil house. Dr. Bautista was a Propagandist and friend of Dr. José P. Rizal. He was a physician, a philanthropist and the discoverer of a medicine that cured cholera. Julio Nakpil (1877-1960),Read More →