|The Crisologo Museum Signboard|
|Crisologo Museum - the residence of the Crisologo |
family in Vigan converted into a museum
Floro S. Crisologo was the patriarch of the clan and a congressman; he was responsible for landmark legislations that not only benefited his constituents but the whole country as well. He authored the laws behind the creation of the North’s first state university, the University of Northern Philippines, and the establishment of the Social Security System, which serves the whole working populace to this day.
|The large sign board at the museum entrance|
On October 18, 1970, Congressman Floro Crisologo had just stood at Sunday mass and about to fall in line for communion when a lone gunman darted behind him and shot him in the head. According to eye-witness accounts, while the terrified crowd rushed to the exits in the back of the church, the killer ran in the opposite direction towards the altar, exited near the front and disappeared. Crisologo's widow Carmeling, then the province's governor denounced the cruel act and promised she would not exact revenge. But her distraught eldest son Bingbong did, infamously burning down a village occupied by followers of their family's political opponents. Congressman Floro Crisologo’s murder during that bloody period in Philippine politics remains unsolved to this day.
|News archives of the Congresman's assassination|
Displayed in the ground floor is an antique Calesa that is still being used as film prop and as a wedding carriage. There is also an old car where the Congressman’s wife survived an ambush while pregnant and serving as Governor of the province.
The museum houses the library and study room, where visitors can view the book collection and numerous news clippings about this political family, especially their patriarch’s death. One main attraction of the exhibit displays the blood-stained clothing of the late congressman.
The master’s bedroom and personal belongings like clothing and accessories are well preserved. The exhibit gives a mixed feeling of uncanny; intrusion into the daily ritual and a haunting sense that a member of the family might be watching all the time.
|Calesa - a horse-drawn buggy|
|A Careta - an ox driven carriage|
|Collection of Hats and Salakot or traditional wide-brimmed hats|
|A wooden plough and collection of salakot|
|A mortar - an indirect fire weapon that fires explosive projectiles|
|A Dulang - a small table use for eating|
|One of the function office of the late Congressman|
|The large open dining hall|
|Photo of the large dining table taken from another angle|
|The kitchen area|
|Kitchen utensils and stoneware|
|An entertainment room showcasing bar with wooden refrigerator|
|Close-up photo of the wooden refrigerator|
|North wing of the large receiving area|
|The Master's Bedroom|
|An extended dining room with plateria or China Cabinet|
|Dressers inside the Master's Bedroom|
|The television set in the living room|
|The antique "colored" television set|
|The altars inside the Master's Bedroom|
|Opposite wing of the large receiving area|
|The Garderobe toilet|
|Detailed view of the Garderobe type toilet|
|Preserved archives on politics|
|One of the campaign posters on display|