MAKING your dream wedding come true means more than just having the right dress, entourage and cake. The setting for this milestone can help ensure that the occasion is as memorable as you want it to be. If you want a classic and elegant venue for your wedding, Palacio de Memoria is the place for you.
The seven-story Colonial Revival house on the historic Roxas Boulevard overlooking Manila Bay, formerly known as the Villaroman Mansion, stands tall on a three-hectare property. It is one of the valuable pieces of properties that survived the devastating Battle of Manila in 1945.
The Palacio, owned by the Lhuilliers and managed by sisters Camille and Angelique, showcases the best of Filipino, Chinese and European, particularly Spanish cultural heritage.
The spacious foyer displays an impressive collection of large objects d’arts, including a six-foot tall Murano chandelier with glass-blown crystal roses to light up the ornate furniture.
They are complemented by the carefully maintained terrazzo flooring.A fully airconditioned tent will soon open on the grounds to allow for alfresco gatherings or stylish garden weddings. Weddings can be celebrated on a gorgeous sunny day or a romantic evening under the stars.
Inside the Palacio are Art Deco accents and walls adorned with portraits from the 17th to 19th century. Celebrators can dance under the soft light of elegant chandeliers and revel in the charm of old Manila sophistication.
Palacio, which now houses Casa de Memoria, formerly on Jupiter Street in Makati City and holds Spanish, Chinese and European paintings and other art pieces, can also be a venue for other events. The second floor has a large events venue that may be booked in advance. Guests can also go on curated tours of the carefully restored and maintained house that evokes memories of old Manila.
Another jewel in the Palacio’s crown is the Mosphil Lounge, a passenger plane from a now-defunct airline that flew to and from Zamboanga. It reflects the swanky and hip spirit of the 1960s and ’70s and makes for a fun after-party place.
The Lhuillier sisters plan to make Palacio de Memoria an “arts destination.” Other plans include a chapel, so wedding ceremonies and receptions can be held in the same place; museum and a bar on the upper floor.
Holding your wedding reception at Palacio de Memoria promises to be a treat for the senses and a truly memorable experience.
Palacio de Memoria, which opened to the public in March 2019, is at 95 Roxas Boulevard, Barangay Tambo, Parañaque City.