Badoc Things to Do
On our way to Vigan, we made a quick stop at the the birthplace of Juan Luna. The original country home he grew up in was ravaged by fire so what you will find on this Badoc street corner is a reconstruction. Luna was a celebrated artist who won accolades in the art capitals of Europe, and he was a passionate man who lived in the moment. His story is darkened by scandal and crimes of passion and life behind the prison walls, all fodder for a painter’s canvass.
The two-story house is a repository of the Luna memorabilia and replicas of his works including the masterpiece Spolarium which won him a gold medal at the National Exposition of Fine Arts in Madrid in 1884. My favorite parts of the house were Luna’s bedroom which is decorated in period furniture and dominated by a large four poster bed, as well as the azotea that connects the 2nd floor living area to the chapel and from which you can walk down to the well and garden.Related to:
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Favorite thing: Badoc was where one of the first recognised Philippine artists, Juan Luna was born in 1857, but in 1861 the family moved to Manila where the young Juan later attended the Ateneo Municipal de Manila where he obtained his Bachelor of Art Degree. He became a sailor but later returned to Manila and enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts, but he was not considered a good enough artist so he was thrown out of the school. When he was 20 he traveled to Europe where his artistry improved and he became very successful.
In 1886 Juan married his friend's sister, Maria de la Paz Pardo de Tavera and settled down in Paris. After some years Juan accused his wife of having an affair with a so called Monsieur Dussaq and after a while he succumbed to a fit of jealousy and murdered his wife, mother-in-law and wounded his brother-in-law. So in September 1892 he was arrested and murder charges were filed against him. Five months later he was acquitted of all charges under the grounds of temporary insanity, but at the time it was an "unwritten law" that men were forgiven for killing unfaithful wives. He was ordered to pay the Pardo De Taveras 1,651 francs.
But all was not over for Juan, as he returned to the Philippines and was imprisoned by the Spanish authorities for being a member of the revolutionary group, Katipunan. However he was pardoned the following year (also painting a masterpiece while in jail), and in December 1899 after hearing of his brother's murder by the Kawit Batallion he had a heart attack and died on the spot.Related to:
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