Mabuhay, and welcome to Villa Angela Heritage House!
Villa Angela has been the venue of many historical and social gatherings in the Vigan of yesteryears and remains so today, as a preferred venue for both grand and intimate gatherings, garden weddings, baptismal parties and even retreats, seminars, workshops and training courses for various groups and organisations. The upper floor has been continuously maintained to be as elegant as it was over 100 years ago. The rooms are filled with antique furniture seen only in big colonial houses. On the lower floor, what was once storage areas for the family’s farm produce of rice, corn, maguey, and tobacco have been converted into cosy dormitory-style rooms that accommodate larger groups.
Villa Angela was built in 1873 and stands proudly as a shining example of a Vigan heritage house and was transformed into a charming country inn in 1988.
Built by Gobernadorcillo Agapito Florendo y Bonifacio in 1873, Villa Angela stands proudly on a 2,000-square-meter lot as a shining example of a Vigan Heritage House. Being a rich depository of the family’s relics and memorabilia acquired through the years, Villa Angela remains a showcase of the family’s past and present standing in the Vigan community.
Villa Angela counts among its visitors Hollywood actor Tom Cruise. This heritage house is said to be where Tom Cruise stayed in 1989 while he was shooting Oliver Stone’s Born on the Fourth of July. A picture of him with the owner hangs in one of the main rooms. Other well-loved possessions can be found all over the property. Apart from this, amongst the most recent ones, Villa Angela has also been the venue for location shooting of historical films like Jose Rizal, Noli Me Tangere and the current TV series Maria Clara at Ibarra.
THE ARCHITECTURAL DETAILS
Villa Angela’s living room area has huge windows made of capiz or window glass shells. Visitors can rest in big, old wooden chairs called butakas while imagining listening to the victrola (old phonograph) or giant harp that decorates the living room together with antique oil lamps and jars. In the dining room or comedor, visitors will also see many antique dining and kitchen objects like copper pots, porcelain and china ware. There is even a huge old jar that was used to keep food fresh or chilled, much like a refrigerator in today’s modern world.
Whether you're a tourist or travelling on business, Villa Angela Heritage House is a great choice for accommodation when visiting Ilocos Sur. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. The house is strategically located near the famous Calle Crisologo street, where you can enjoy a variety of restaurants, souvenir shops, and other local boutiques. Villa Angela is also a walking distance from the well-known Syquia Mansion and a few blocks away from the historic Plaza Burgos and Plaza Salcedo.
Villa Angela is named after Angela Villanueva-Verzosa, 3rd generation owner of the house. Her son, Candelario and his wife, Purificacion Lahoz-Verzosa, undertook its restoration in 1986. On December 24, 1988, with the restoration almost complete, the house served as a lasting memento of the couple’s Golden Wedding Anniversary. They have since bequeathed this home and this treasure to the family's present generation. Emmeline L Verzosa serves as president of the family corporation and manager of the heritage house.