Gota de Leche

Squeezed between modern buildings in Manila’s university belt is Gota de Leche.

Modeled after Brunelleschi’s Ospedale degli Innocenti (an orphanage in Florence), the building is a fine example of Italian Renaissance design adapted for the tropics. The building was designed by architects Arcadio and Juan Arellano. It was completed in 1915.


Gota de Leche means a “drop of milk.” It was home to the charitable organization established by Teodoro Yangco, La Proteccion de Infancia, Inc. which provided free pediatric care and food to the poor children of Manila.

In 2003, the building received the prestigious Asia-Pacific Heritage Conservation Award from UNESCO for its restoration.




Gota de Leche is located at 859 S.H. Loyola St (formerly Lepanto), Sampaloc, Manila.

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