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The magical 1760 Sandejas house
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“Don’t leave without seeing me!” I messaged, almost threatened my high school classmate Anna, who is visiting from Uruguay.
“Let’s have lunch in your house na lang,” Anna replied, “para we don’t have to rush out or be worried about being overheard by people in the next table (if we meet in a restaurant).”
So while having a hearty lunch of spicy crabs and Stevie’s chicken rice at home, the four of us—Anna, Loumag, her son Paolo, and I—discussed what to do next.

Two years ago I stumbled upon a blog called 1760 Sunday House and was spellbound by a retro wooden house owned by the Magsaysay family.
In June 2011, the house was featured in Metro Home magazine, where I saw my New York buddy Victor Magsaysay with his cousin, the aforementioned blog’s author Anna Rosete.
Sandejas house in Metro Home
Sandejas house in Metro Home

I wished to God I could see this house in person. But Victor lives in Paris and his sister Loumag I rarely ever see.
But today since Loumag was already in my home, I decided to ask if there was any chance I could visit the legendary 1760 Sandejas house.
You can imagine my excitement when she said we could drive to Pasay this same day.
So the four of us took my car and driver all the way to Pasay. We hardly felt any traffic as Loumag, Anna and I reminisced about our high school days and caught up with the latest Manila chismis.

It didn’t take long. Soon a caretaker was greeting us at the gate. Loumag introduced herself as the granddaughter of Jesus Magsaysay, who built the house for his wife Miguela and their children back in the day.
My jaw dropped at this sight of this—floor to ceiling narra.

Visit to Sandejas house

Loumag said only one craftsman built and finished the woodwork.
Check out the ceiling. I’m sure yoo would approve.

Visit to Sandejas house

The crystal lamps are really magical

Visit to Sandejas house

A portrait of the country’s most beloved President Magsaysay watches from the second floor.

Visit to Sandejas house

He was the brother of the owner of the house.

Visit to Sandejas house

Under the glass of a long table are photos of former inhabitants, including Loumag’s ’90s glamour shot

Visit to Sandejas house

How precious are these crystal ashtrays and antique bell

Visit to Sandejas house

The Last Supper was a fixture in every Filipino dining room when I was a child

Visit to Sandejas house

Many of the doors were locked. I wish I could’ve seen all the rooms.
Here’s a creepy corner with a built-in shoe rack at lower right

Visit to Sandejas house

This was a creepy bedroom

Visit to Sandejas house

Paolo shows us a secret passage or escape hatch from one of the bedrooms downstairs

Visit to Sandejas house

Loumag says this is a great spot for a photo op

Visit to Sandejas house

We went upstairs

Visit to Sandejas house

Illuminated by natural light from the glass-brick panels

Visit to Sandejas house

Here’s the view from the top

Visit to Sandejas house

I felt a bit sad when I saw the bedroom with the glass door. Loumag said his grandfather wanted to check up on the kids all the time. I feel sad when I think about lonely children who had to grow up with overly suspicious/strict parents.
(Then again, I don’t know these people…)

Visit to Sandejas house

I was amazed at the tall, slim doors. Loumag said this particular door opens up to three bedrooms. So sad it was locked!

Visit to Sandejas house

Loumag herself lived here for a few years as a school girl. I asked if there is mumu. She said it wasn’t exactly a child-friendly house, especially at night. I could only imagine.
And so I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this day, with Anna, Loumag and Paolo. It was one of those unplanned days that turned magical. Thanks so much for taking me! Finally 1760 Sandejas is off my bucket list!

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I remember when I was a kid we used to have crystal ashtrays too and some really cool antique furniture back in Cebu (I wonder where those are right now). This kind of setting brings back old vivid memories to me. Amazing and a bit scary.

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It’s a beauty indeed.. so sad it’s not open for public viewing~ >.<

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Napa-jawdrop ako. Ang ganda!

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I still can’t believe this is a house. It’s so beautiful!

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cza_0526

Is it open to public Ms. C?

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CVS Reply:

no it’s not :{

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hails ferrer

a beauty indeed. i wonder how many tress were cut just to have this.

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Lols 🙂  doors were locked as we came unannounced he he he. If my uncle tito Gil (he lives there thats his house now….but is mindanao with the keys) knew he would be proud to open as the rooms are more beautiful…. dunno about the pledge…. but I tell you you can mirror yourself on the floor… That glass door area used to be a balcony (open spaced area) my mom thinks in reverie…  If there is one house i have seen (in picture or live) THIS HOUSE will look good even without furniture. Even as a child I knew… Read more »

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Amazing house! They must hoard pledge and floor wax to keep it that shiny!

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My grandfather shunned doors with glass panels because it reminded him of coffins… he would have had a heart attack seeing these doors, narrow pa! 

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It’s not to everyone’s taste but kudos to the owners for having it lovingly preserved if only for the historical and unique design value

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Gratches

Afraid!! Parang may lalabas na mumu!

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Zambales naman tayo ok?

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CVS Reply:

pa see muna banyo pls 🙂

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KUMAGCOW

These things are priceless na,,, narra all the way O-o ganda siguro if seen not just in photos 

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Ana Maria Zamora

The house is amazing, Ate 🙂

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CVS Reply:

super!!!

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