Villa Angela Heritage House
Visitors who want to experience the charm of old
world Vigan, can seek accommodations at the Villa Angela
Heritage House. Located along Quirino Boulevard, this
house is typical of those constructed in Vigan in the
1800s. Agapito B. Florendo, a gobernadorcillo, had it
built in 1870.
The house itself is part of a 2,000 square meter
property owned by the prominent Versoza family.
named it after their matriarch, Angela Verzosa
Villanueva. The property was restored by descendants in
the eighties. It has since then become a depository of
the mementos acquired by the family from the earliest
years onwards, which they proudly share with their
Villa Angela counts among its visitors Hollywood actor
Tom Cruise. This heritage house is said to be where
Cruise stayed in 1989 while he was shooting Oliver
Stone’s Born on the Forth of July. A picture of him
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,
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.
Villa Angela’s living room area has huge windows made of
capiz or windowglass shells. There visitors can rest in
big, old wooden chairs called butakas while imagining
listening to the victrola (old phonograph) or giant harp
that decorate 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.
Effort has been made in each room to keep the ambience
of the old Spanish period. That’s why Villa Angela
even been used for the filming of the movie “Jose
Guests who come in large groups may opt to stay in the
dormitories located in the first floor.
They may also
choose to stay in the rooms with verandas and
four-poster canopy beds. All the rooms
air-conditioned, with private baths and cable
television. Breakfast is included in the rates.
Since being opened to the public, Villa Angela has also
been the venue for weddings, birthdays, baptismal
parties, workshops, meetings and other important
gatherings. They specialize in catering traditional
Ilocano food to guests and participants.
Holy Week and Christmas are Villa Angela’s peak seasons.
Its low seasons are from June to September, during the
traditional rainy months.