Balvino Mauricio

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The Balvino Mauricio is an 1864 painting that shows the prosperity of Manila in the mid-19th century. It shows a home of an upper-class citizen in the 19th century. It is part of the Alejandro Roces Collection.[1]


The painting measures 93cm x 113cm. It shows  the interior of a 19th century upper-class house, and is actually a picture of Balvino Mauricio's house.[1]


Mauricio was a well-known Binondo merchant who sold his house before he was deported to Hong Kong for participating inactivities against the government. It also shows the essential views outside Intramuros.[1]

The painting was done in the style of the Letras y Figuras genre of the time.[2]

According to local lore, Jose Rizal based his El Filibusterismo character Kapitan Tiago’s house on the Mauricio home.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Guillermo, A.G. "Altar." In CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art, 1st ed., Vol. 4, 224. Philippines: CCP Publications Office, 1994.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Roces-Santos, Chit. The lost painting. Inquirer Lifestyle, 2020. Accessed on 3 May 2021.



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