Molo Mansion: A Neglected Mansion Turned to Iloilo's Restored Gem
Belle Piccio | Sep 28, 2015
The Yusay-Consing Mansion, popularly known as the Molo Mansion, is a significant and historic house in Molo, Iloilo facing the town plaza and the St. Anne Parish Church.
The mansion was neglected for several years and was thought to be good for demolition because of its very poor state. One of the gems of Western Visayas once, a private developer rescued and restored the mansion.
The mansion was turned into a heritage museum. Not only preserving what’s inside and outside the house, it also showcases local delicacies, products and arts made by Ilonggos. The mansion-museum also has a cultural retail shop while the façade is made into a public garden plaza.
The Yusay-Consing Mansion was built in the 1920s. The first resident was Doña Petra Lacson who married Manila’s judge of the Court of First Instance, Estanislao Yusay. They had a big family with 10 children: Jose, Ramon, Vicenta, Enrique, Rosario, Trinidad, Mariano, Manuela, Manuel and Soledad. The family was said to possess and have power over the Molo district.
The mansion was later passed on to Timoteo Consing Sr. and his family. He served as Iloilo’s governor in 1935 to 1937. The mansion was believed to have hosted and accommodated two Philippine Presidents, Manuel L. Quezon and Sergio Osmeña, during their visit in Iloilo.
(All photos courtesy of Antoine Greg unless otherwise stated.)
How to Get There
From Manila, you can fly to Iloilo (estimated cost of Php3,000++, round trip, one hour). From Iloilo Airport, you can hail a cab and ask to be dropped off at your destination. You can also ride jeepneys marked with routes “Villa/Arevalo” or “Molo”.