Juan Luna Shrine: Birthplace of a Great Painter

We passed by the town of Badoc, Ilocos Norte on our way to Vigan to visit the birthplace of yet another famous Ilocano, painter Juan Luna. ...

We passed by the town of Badoc, Ilocos Norte on our way to Vigan to visit the birthplace of yet another famous Ilocano, painter Juan Luna.


Whenever I hear the name Juan Luna, the first thing that comes into my mind is his famous painting: Spoliarium. The award winning painting earned a gold medal during the 1884 Exposición Nacional de Bellas Artes in Madrid. It is currently on display in the main gallery of the National Museum of the Philippines.

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The house is made of red bricks and wooden windows or shutters. According to our guide, the original house was burned in 1861 and was restored in 1977. The ground floor showcases family photos and artifacts including the palettes used by the famous painter. The living room, bedrooms and mini chapel are found on the second floor.


One interesting painting our guide showed us is the Parisian Life. He said the painting is actually an inverted map of the Philippines.


Outside, you will see a wishing well and replicas of his paintings printed on tarpaulins.


The shrine is open Tuesdays - Sundays, 9AM to 4PM. No entrance fee is collected but you are free to donate for the maintenance of the house.

Next stop: Sinait Church

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