The perpetuation of the memory of a tragic event is an
interesting impetus for establishing a museum. However,
it is from where the intent for converting the imposing,
century-old family mansion of the Crisologos into a
Floro S. Crisologo was the patriarch of the clan and a
congressman known for being responsible for landmark
legislations that not only benefited his constituents
but the whole country as well. He authored the laws
behind the creation of the North’s first state
university, the University of Northern Philippines, and
the establishment of the Social Security System, which
serves the whole working populace to this day.
On a Sunday in October 1970, while he was inside the St.
Paul’s Cathedral, Congressman Crisologo was shot in the
head by a still unidentified gunman. Survived by his
children and wife, Carmeling Crisologo, the family
announced that they will not take any action to exact
revenge. Although, they made sure that the life and
death of their patriarch will not be forgotten through
the establishment of the Crisologo museum. Floro
Crisologo’s murder during that bloody period in
Philippine politics remains unsolved to this day.
The mansion of the Crisologos is open for public viewing
throughout the week. Visitors may find it in Vigan’s
Liberation Boulevard. One may enter for free the museum
and view the antiques, memorabilia and other prized
possessions of the Crisologos steeped with history.
Starting with the displays in the first floor, visitors
will find an antique calesa that is still being used as
film props and as a wedding carriage. There is also an
old car where Floro Crisologo’s wife survived an attempt
on her life while she was pregnant and serving as
governor of the province. Her child was given the name
of bullet because of that incident.
The first floor also houses the library and study, where
visitors can view the book collection and numerous news
clippings about this political family, especially about
their patriarch’s death. There is a central exhibit in
the house that shows the bloodied clothing of the late
The museum is managed by the Crisologo family and is
well-maintained. This is evident in the polished floors
of the second floor as well as the well-kept details of
the various rooms. One may enter the master’s bedroom
and view private possessions and clothing as if one just
intruded into an everyday scene and a member of the
family might catch you looking at any time.
It is interesting to know that before he was killed, the
congressman was in the process of having a bill approved
to abolish the death penalty because he believed that
death was not the solution to stopping crime.