Revel In The Intricate Interiors And Preserved Heritage At Casa Juico!
Old houses have a certain charm to them that condos will never be able to replicate. Sure, houses might eventually age with a rusty roof and squeaky floors to prove it, but time does so much magic to a home. The gradual collection of memories turn a house into a home. These are not just places where people bathe and sleep, it is where people relax and connect. Homes are a treasure box of memories, and preserving them are so important despite the rise of vertical spaces.
Casa Juico is a mansion owned by Felipe Sangil Juico, the man who started the first travel agency in the Philippines. The house was designed by National Artist for Architecture Pablo S. Antonio, Sr., who is known for his love of minimalism and purposeful design. Antonio was the brain behind the Manila Polo Club and FEU’s Administration and Science Buildings. His philosophy in design is simple: Design, especially architecture, “should be planned with austerity in mind and its stability forever.” And Casa Juico is no exception. It is now being preserved and managed by the same group that manages Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bataan.
Back in 2016, the Juico family asked Jerry Acuzar to sell the property. However, being an advocate of preserving old homes, Acuzar acquired the property himself. “He could not fathom the idea of tearing down such a beautiful house and a property that he had seen some of the most grandest ancient trees,” shares Jovy Acuzar, daughter of Mr. Acuzar. In order to share this architectural and interior marvel to the public, the house was preserved for more families to make memories in it. Be it through weddings or intimate dinners.
For eight months, Casa Juico has gone through interior renovations and exterior preservation. As of writing, the house is an events space and restaurant. To say that it is beautiful is an understatement. The amount of time and effort given to the details are incredible. Come the next few months, they will be opening a boutique hotel in the property. Think of having Maria Clara-inspired staycations!
“Every intricate detail is handmade by our local craftsmen who also worked on Las Casas in Bataan,” points out Jovy. Some of the woodwork are recycled leftover wood from furniture pieces in the property in Bataan. “We are very proud of our artists and craftsmen as they have such a great work ethic and have a genuine love and interest for what they do,” Jovy adds.
Casa Juico is the first of many more houses that the Acuzar family plans to add to their Heritage Collection. “The collection is our series of boutique hotels and events spaces in major and up-and-coming cities in the Philippines,” Jovy points out. These spaces are extensions of the vast and one-of-a-kind resort in Bataan.
This story first appeared on CondoLiving June 2018. Edits have been made for CondoLiving.OneMega.com.