February 8, 2011

[MyWorld] Heritage Houses

In an earlier post I described our lovely rooms at the resort we stayed in between Christmas and New Years. One of a number of things that made this a great place to stay are the accommodations in authentic heritage houses. I quote from their website:
Sitio Remedios is a private village resort situated in an 18,000 square meter of land in Barangay Victoria, Currimao, Ilocos Norte, facing the South China Sea. It is a re-created Ilocano village typical of the mid-fifties, and stands as a reminder of a more genteel era. The houses and other buildings are made of vintage bricks and wood salvaged from mid-century structures mostly from the towns of Ilocos Norte. The lay-out is in a grid typical of Spanish times, the quadricula, respectful of spaces and ancient trees, amid which the structures are built. The houses were constructed by workers coming from the towns where the houses were sourced, guided by architect Rex HofileƱa, who without any detailed architectural plans, coached them to surface their innate artistry and skill to build remembrances of their Ilocano past.
Here are a few of the houses. Details can be seen when enlarged.


 
 

 
 Ilocos Norte, 2010

In a future post I will show some more scenes of this special place.

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14 comments:

Sylvia K said...

What beautiful houses! And what a delightful looking place, Francisca! It must have been great to stay there for your holiday! Hope your week is off to a great start! Enjoy!

Sylvia

ladyfi said...

What a magical place! Must have been a great spot for a holiday.

J Bar said...

These are most interesting.

Pat Tillett said...

Is this the style of homes during the Spanish period?
It looks like a really nice place!

Gizelle said...

Ilocos is known for it's Spanish style houses...I am so amazed seeing you post these shots...

cieldequimper said...

Wohoo, I loved the inside and this is getting better and better!

Francisca said...

@Pat... the unique style of architecture of these homes built by wealthy Filipinos in the mid-19th century was influenced by a rich mix of various cultures, from Malay, Chinese, and, as Gizelle correctly states, colonial Spanish, but there was also a very strong Filipino design element that came from the native nipa hut as well as local materials.

EG Wow said...

I am struck by the lushness of the foliage as well as the charm of the buildings. Thanks for sharing these photos! I feel warmer now. :))

Kristin said...

Beautiful houses. What a nice place for a holiday.

Pat Tillett said...

Thanks for the further info!

Carolyn Ford said...

These are beautiful...all so original and unique! This is such a lovely post, Francisca!

VP said...

I like this much more than the desert! More scenes of this place would be greatly appreciated!

snowwhite said...

Charming and lovely pictures!
I love traditional old houses very much. I hope to visit this place someday.
Thank you for sharing!

JM said...

Great selection! Hard to choose a favourite.