On our way to San Pablo City town proper to get some supplies for our overnight stay at Casa San Pablo, a well-preserved pre-war mansion along the road caught my attention. This is the Fule-Malvar Mansion. Built in the 1915 Romantic-Classicism style, it served as home for spouses Eusebia Fule and Potenciano Malvar.
Dr. Potenciano Malvar received the title as the Grand Old Man from the people of San Pablo. He became a medical officer during the Filipino-American War. In 1909, he became Deputy to the Philippine Assembly until 1912 when he became Governor of Laguna. In 1940, he became the first appointed mayor of the first city in Laguna –San Pablo City.
The house hosted distinguished guests like Presidents Manuel Quezon and Sergio Osmeña. The house was bequeathed to their nephews and nieces who sold to the National Life Insurance Company in 1966. It was acquired in 1988 by the Philippine American Life Insurance Company which undertook the restoration and refurbishment in 1990.