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 which can 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. Upon entering the garden of Villa Angela, one will see a wooden carriage, said to have been used by Irene Marcos, daughter of deposed President Ferdinand Marcos. It was used to transport her to Sta. Monica Cathedral in Ilocos Norte on her wedding in 1983.
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.
HISTORIC ROOMS WITH TODAY’S MODERN COMFORT
Effort has been made in each room to keep the ambience of the old Spanish period. Guests who come in large groups may opt to stay in the dormitories located on the first floor. They may also choose to stay in rooms with verandas and four-poster canopy beds. All the rooms are air-conditioned, with private baths and cable television. Breakfast is included in the rates.
CUARTO DE LAS HIJAS – ROOM DETAILS
• 2 Double-sized beds and 1 Single-sized bed (good for 4 people)
• Airconditioned Room
• Private toilet and bath
• Breakfast (good for 4 people)
• Television set
• WiFi internet access
• Tour arrangements
• Airport transfers
• Car park
• Extra Person with breakfast: PHP 600 nett/person (Regular); PHP 700 nett/person (Peak)
• Children 7 years old and below are free of charge on accommodation when sharing a bed with parents
• Check-in time: 2:00PM; Check-out time: 12:00NN