If you go to Taal and ask for directions to the Agoncillo heritage house, it might get a bit confusing. There is more than one Agoncillo house in Taal.
This is the house of Gregorio Agoncillo whose uncle, Felipe, was the lawyer who took part in the Treaty of Paris negotiations that led to the sale of the Philippines by Spain to America. Felipe’s wife, Marcela, was the “seasmtress” of the first Philippine flag.
Felipe’s wife, Marcela, was Marcela Mariño before her marriage. The Mariño mansion where the Philippine flag was sewn is also known as Agoncillo house because Marcela became an Agoncillo after her marriage and she became the most prominent member of the Mariño family.
Now, Marcela Agoncillo the flag seamstress is not the Marcela Agoncillo who became the second wife of Emilio Aguinaldo, the first President of the Philippines. Aguinaldo’s second wife, Marcela, was the sister of Gregorio Agoncillo.
I’m not a fan of antiques but old houses intrigue me primarily because of the architecture. This heritage house of Gregorio Agoncillo is typical of houses of wealthy families circa 1800s and earlier.
The high ceilings and wide windows allowed maximum ventilation. I love the spaciousness and the generously-sized bedrooms.