The old, historic and rundown Sanson Mansion in Molo, Iloilo

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A visit to another old, historic Mansion in the Molo area of Iloilo City. An old dilapidated mansion which may eventually disappear if someone does not step up to save it and soon.

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The old, historic and rundown Sanson Mansion in Molo, Iloilo

  1. 1. 1 photographed and written by: Fergus Ducharme, assisted by: Joemarie Acallar and Nilo Jimeno. proudly present: The old, historic and rundown Sanson Mansion, Baluarte, Molo, Iloilo City ©
  2. 2. 2 © The driving distance from our jumping off point at the SM City parking lot in Iloilo to the Sanson Mansion in Baluarte, Molo, Iloilo City is approximately 11 kilometres. Which translates into a driving time of about 20 to 30 minutes. HERITAGE RATING: This OP Heritage Rating indicates that the site visited has: “SOME HERITAGE INTEREST” Our Heritage Ratings are NOT a reflection of the quality of the attraction, nor a review of the visit! They are a very subjective assessment of the historic interest of the specific location or attraction. We only assign a rating to Churches, historic buildings & locations that we have actually visited & reported on for either of our websites historicphilippines.com or oldphilippines.com.
  3. 3. 3 © Our exploration of old, historical homes took us to Molo, this past week and we explored, to the extent possible, three prime examples of what we were looking for. Our first 'victim' was the Yusay-Consing Mansion facing the Church of St Anne from across the Molo Plaza. Our second, the former Sanson Home was a little farther down Lopez Jaena Street in Baluarte and, to our surprise, we found that we were not very welcome by the residents of the property. Given the condition of the place, we, perhaps, should not have been too surprised by their reaction to us arriving on their door step.
  4. 4. 4 © We knocked at the ominous looking metal gate and waited and waited. Eventually a dishevelled middle aged “gentleman” came to answer our calls. Nilo, in his usual 'laid back' style, told the man why we were there and what we hoped to accomplish. He asked for permission to enter the property and to take some pictures. The “gentleman's” response was, to be generous, unprintable. Now, as most of our followers know I am not fortunate enough to speak or even understand your language but I knew from the man's tone and the volume of what turned out to be his rejection of our request that he was not pleased. Maybe the slamming of the gate in Nilo's face should have been enough of an indication. I believe strongly in the dictum: “never give up, never, ever give up...” So, Nilo and I pressed on. The gate was not locked and after being slammed in our face it sort of inched its way open enough for us to squeeze into the opening enough to allow us to take a few shots, rather quickly, in case our “new friend” decided to come back. He didn't, we were home free!
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  11. 11. 11 If you have suggestions or recommendations on how we can improve our service for you please send your ideas along to: info@historicphilippines.com ©

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