Elpidio R. Quirino

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6th President of the Republic of the Philippines

[ 1948 – 1953 ]

– President Elpidio R. Quirino
February 1949

President Elpidio R. Quirino was born into a modest family from Vigan, Ilocos Sur. At a very young age, he became proficient in sketching and drawing. He took painting classes in Universidad Ilocana, where he won 1st prize at an art contest, which would serve him well, as he took on a side job of painting portraits to help pay for his college education at the University of the Philippines.

This room is blessed with a lovely view of the swimming pool and garden and it is only right for this space to bear this former president’s name. His love for taking weekly dips in the pool during his presidency are well-documented. Back when office hours were reduced every summer, Elpidio Quirino, the second president of the Independent Republic of the Philippines, spent his spare time dipping in the pool.

He would swim at least once a week accompanied by an assigned physician from Malacañang. The seagrass wallpaper in the bedroom, layered with antique Spanish plates and carefully picked artworks gives the room fresh and inviting architectural dimension—a strong sense of symmetry ensures that the mood remains restful—as such was the disposition of the former leader. Apart from swimming, he also enjoyed playing poker and a round of golf, hence the portrait of him on the green.

The room has touches of eccentricity, with cheetah printed fabric, aged cane in bronze, ikat headboards and dusty pink drapes with scalloped valance. Hints of chinoiserie in the bathroom were inspired by his Filipino-Chinese roots, the first of his kind to reach our nation’s highest office.

Designed by :

Raul Ramon Lopez – Vito Bucoy II
February 2024

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