New cafes and restaurants in the metro have this harking for the past—whether it’s through vintage decor or recipes from one’s grandmother. The days of the industrial design composed of exposed pipes, Edison bulbs, mismatched chairs, and wooden everything is almost gone. Nowadays, the older, the better. But sometimes, the ambience is just not right. It almost seems like the recreation of old things are too pretentious, if not inauthentic.
But something old is now re-emerging as the “newest” events, dining, and recreation space that Filipinos have been craving for. Casa Juico is an old structure in Manila that is re-opened to the public not just to capitalize on nostalgia, but to show the artistry and creativity of Filipinos, particularly National Artist for Architecture Pablo Antonio who designed it in the late ’60s. It was acquired by Jose Acuzar of New San Jose Builders Inc. from the Juico family in 2016 and has been renovated with a touch of grandeur and European aesthetics that Las Casas Filipinas De Azucar in Bataan is known for.
The property was once owned by the family of Felipe Sangil Juico, who established the first travel agency in the country. It’s not only a stunning events place that’s perfect for weddings, parties, and luncheons, or simply an “Instagrammable” place, it’s also a symbol of the Philippines’ golden era, a structure that reflects the opulence of some of the prominent Filipino families in the 50’s. Check out the breathtaking 19th century inspired decor, authentic antiques from the Juico family’s travels, and memorabilia that stood the test of time:
The mansion partnered with Cibo di M group headed by Asia’s Best Female Chef in 2016, Margarita Fores, to create its restaurant called “Las Casas Manila by Margarita Fores.” Guests can reserve tables prior to their arrival.
The expansive and elegant courtyard is a perfect place for lavish events and gatherings.
Casa Juico by Las Casas Filipinas De Azucar is located at 134 Roosevelt Avenue, San Francisco Del Monte, Quezon City. +63 2 866 8500.
Photo credit: Facebook Las Casas Quezon City