A new venue combines art and elegance to bring couples and other individuals celebrating important milestones a memorable occasion.
Palacio de Memoria, a seven-story Colonial Revival house on the historic Roxas Boulevard overlooking Manila Bay, formerly known as the Villaroman Mansion, is a charming destination for weddings and other events.
The structure stands tall on a three-hectare property. It is in itself filled with memories as it is one of the valuable pieces of properties that survived the devastating Battle of Manila in 1945.
The Palacio, owned by the Lhuilliers and managed by sisters Camille and Angelique, showcases the best of Filipino, Chinese, and European, particularly Spanish, cultural heritage.
The spacious foyer displays an impressive collection of large objets d’arts, including a six-foot tall Murano chandelier with glass-blown crystal roses that light up the ornate furniture, as well as Art Deco accents and walls adorned with portraits from the 17th to 19th century.
Complementing the décor and furnishings is the carefully maintained terrazzo flooring.
Palacio, which now houses Casa de Memoria, formerly on Jupiter Street in Makati City and holds Spanish, Chinese, and European paintings and other art pieces, is also open as a venue for other events.
The second floor has a large events venue that may be booked in advance. Guests can also go on curated tours of the carefully restored and maintained house that evokes memories of old Manila.
Another jewel in the Palacio’s crown is the Mosphil Lounge, a passenger plane from a now-defunct airline that flew to and from Zamboanga. It reflects the swanky and hip spirit of the ’60s and ’70s and, not to mention, makes for a fun after-party venue.
According to the Lhuillier sisters, they plan to make Palacio de Memoria an “arts destination.” Other plans include a chapel, thus wedding ceremonies and receptions can be held in the same place, as well as museum and a bar on the upper floor.
A fully air-conditioned tent will soon open on the grounds to allow for al fresco gatherings or stylish garden weddings. Couples can tie the knot on a gorgeous sunny day or a romantic evening under the stars.
Palacio de Memoria, which opened to the public in March 2019, is at 95 Roxas Boulevard, Barangay Tambo, Parañaque City. Call (02) 8253-3994 or e-mail [email protected] for inquiries and more details.
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