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Bahay Nakpil-Bautista is an early twentieth-century house in Quiapo that has been made into a museum. It is both an architectural and historical attraction. It was built in 1914 by asuccessful physician, Dr. Ariston Bautista and his wife Petrona Nakpil. Having no children, they shared the house with Petrona's two brothers and their families. Bautista was a philanthropist and prominent figure in society who was deeply involved in the Philippine Revolution and was a good friend of José Rizal and Juan Luna.
One of the brothers who joined the couple in the house was Julio Nakpil, the Vice-President Supremo of the Katipunan and a pianist who composed patriotic pieces such as Marangal na Dalit ng Katagalugan. His wife was Gregoria de Jesus, the young widow of Andres Bonifacio, who organized the women of the Katipunan to aid in the Revolution.
The celebrated painting Parisian Life by Juan Luna, now the main attraction of the GSIS Museum, originally hung in the Bautista-Nakpil house.
The architecture of the house itself is unique. It was designed by architect Arcadio Arellano in the classic bahay na bato style with detailing in turn-of-the-century Viennese Secession style done to complement the Viennese Secession furniture given to Dr. Bautista. The carvings, woodwork and grillwork are executed in the same abstracted, geometric lines that depict floral patterns.
Bahay Nakpil-Bautista is located on A. Bautista (formerly Barbosa) Street, perpendicular to Hidalgo Street opposite Quiapo Church. A. Bautista Street is parallel to Quezon Boulevard in Quiapo.
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