The Gaston Mansion in Manapla

Gaston Mansion Rosalia Manapla Negros Occidental House Hacienda Colonial American Architecture Yves Leopold Germaine Vintage Layout Location Size Ancestral Home Family History Description Street The Gaston Mansion is located in Rosalia, Manapla in Negros Occidental Province. The ancestral home of the Gastons stands in the middle of the family farm at Hacienda Rosalia, and is near the ocean. This house of early American colonial architecture and was home to one of the first Frenchmen to settle in Negros – Yves Leopold Germaine Gaston. At the back of the house one can find a vintage iron mill ran by steam in the production of sugar at the turn of the century. Manapla is approximately 55 minutes’ drive from Bacolod City by private car and over an hour by public utility vehicles that take off from Bacolod North Terminal. Air conditioned and non-airconditioned taxis, vans and buses for hire are also available from Bacolod. Continue reading

The Magsaysay Museum in Zambales

Ramon Magsaysay Ancestral House Museum Castillejos Zambales Residence History Construction Location Memorabilia Historical Marker Enscription President Home National Commission Map Layout Collection The Ramon Magsaysay Ancestral House and Museum is located in  Castillejos, Zambales. This is the same house where the late President Ramon Magsaysay, popularly known as “The Guy”, grew up. At present, it is a a museum that contains his memorabilla. He attended the University of the Philippines and the Jose Rizal College, worked as the chief mechanic of a bus company, fought in World War II, was appointed as the Military Governor of Zambales in 1945, elected to the House of Representatives in 1946, was appointed as Secretary of National Defense in 1950, and elected into the presidency in 1953. As secretary of national defense in 1950, he was instrumental in breaking the backbone of the Hukbalahap movement in Central Luzon. He died in a plane crash on March 17, 1957 at Mt. Manunggal in the Continue reading