House owned by President Quezon for sale

by Alvin Elchico, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 19 2011 08:17 PM | Updated as of Aug 21 2011 10:50 PM

House owned by the former President Manuel L. Quezon along Gilmore Avenue in New Manila, Quezon City. Photo by Rem Zamora for abs-cbnNEWS.com

Quezon City gov't wants it preserved

MANILA, Philippines - The Quezon City government is set to meet with the family of former President Manuel L. Quezon to discuss the reported sale of a house owned by the former President along Gilmore Avenue in New Manila, Quezon City.

Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista wants the National Historical Commission to determine the historical significance of the Quezon Residence which was reportedly purchased in the 1930s as a "summer house" of the affluent Quezon family.

According to Bautista, it is the only house in Quezon City owned by the Quezon family which has a significance on the man whose family name the city was named after.

Bautista appeals to the family not to sell the house and instead consider making it a heritage place.

ABS-CBN was able to get footage of the facade and the front part of the two-storey house.

Its caretaker Jose Buyuccan confirmed that several buyers have already inquired about the house, which is reportedly being sold for P110 to P120 million.

Presidential Communications Office Undersecretary Manolo Quezon, one of the grandsons of the former President, says the family will not issue any statement since it's a private affair among family members.

But Quezon insists that his grandfather did not live in the New Manila house. The caretaker said the same thing, adding that President Quezon did not even rest in the house.

Another grandson did not want to react on the sale of the house during today's event commemorating Quezon Day.