QUEZON City Mayor Herbert Bautista on Friday announced the transfer of the ancestral house of the late president Manuel L. Quezon from New Manila’s Gilmore Avenue to the Quezon Memorial Circle in Diliman.
The old house will be part of the QMC attraction as part of the city’s continuing effort to preserve its historical heritage, he said, adding that at least P9 million has been allocated for the transfer and reconstruction.
The necessary works are now under way for the reconstruction and relocation of the Quezon-Avanceña house which “will be open to the public in time for the city’s celebration of its 75th founding anniversary in October next year.”
As part of the launch, he said a road show presentation will be organized to invite other cities abroad under sisterhood pacts.
Bautista signed a deed of donation with the representatives of the Zenara Holdings Corp., the owner of the Quezon-Avanceña house, to formalize the conveyance of the property to the city government.
As stipulated, the donation covers only the house, and not the land upon which the structure is built.
The corporation was represented by its president Manuel Q. Avanceña, the grandson of the late president by his only surviving daughter Nini Quezon-Avanceña.
Apart from the deed of donation, a contract of commodatum was also executed between Bautista and Benjamin Avanceña, another grandson, for the use of all historical memorabilia found in the Quezon- Avanceña house, including furniture and fixtures.