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A Heritage Home Restored to its Former Glory

From an office to a cozy home, this bahay-na-bato is reconstructed to save a piece of Vigan’s rich heritage

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Original Article: Coni Tejada Photography: Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions Styling: Gwyn GS Guanzon

Restoring a heritage home to its former glory not only takes a lot of time and money, it also entails a good amount of patience and vast reserves of persistence. That's what businessman and public servant Roland Singson found out.

About 15 years ago, his father acquired a bahay-na-bato in the UNESCO heritage city of Vigan. After being rented out as an office space by a friend, however, it fell into disrepair. Wanting a house that he could call his own, Ronald took on the restoration project himself. Planning took the better part of six months. Every detail had to be submitted to the Vigan Heritage Commission, which it in turn forwarded to the National Historical Institute in Manila for approval.

The reconstruction itself was another story. The house was stripped to its shell; its foundation reinforced with steel and covered with concrete. All these took three years. The result is a bahay-na-bato which respects its storied heritage, but also gives a nod to its new owner's distinct personality.

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Original article by Coni Tejada. Styling by Gwyn GS Guanzon. Photographed by Ocs Alvarez / ACME Visual Productions. 

Read the original article ("Metamorphosis") in the April 2007 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/real-living/id553158056?mt=8) now! Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details.  

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