Eulogio Rodriguez Ancestral House

In 2005, we noticed the massive bahay-na-bato near the Montalban town plaza in Rizal. Although it looked uninhabited, the stately ancestral house was in excellent condition but at that time we have no one to ask about the house and so we missed the chance to see “what’s inside.”

We found a historical marker stating that the house belonged to Montalban’s most illustrious resident. In fact, proud as they are of their town’s homegrown political figure, the people of Montalban renamed their town after the house’s original resident –Eulogio Rodriguez Sr.   

Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Sr.

Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez has a life-long career as a public servant. He was elected Senate President from 1952 to 1963.

Prior to being senator, Amang has held different appointed and elected positions in government as Mayor of Manila (1940), Secretary of Agriculture and Commerce (1934), Congressman of 2nd district of Rizal (1925, 1931, and 1935), representative of Nueva Viscaya (1924), Governor of Rizal (1916), and President of Montalban (1909).

Although looked upon as an important political figure in the local government and in both Houses of Congress, Amang has humble beginnings as a farmer. Being a farmer, he preferred building the house for his family near his farm.

While the huge track of land behind the old house is now part of a cemetery, the Rodriguez Ancestral House has been converted into a private museum showcasing mementoes and collections of the longest serving Senate President.

The Ancestral House

During our unplanned visit to the Rodriguez Ancestral House, we met Jojo at silong who cordially led to what was then the second floor living quarters. Just as we expected based from the imposing exterior, the upper floor has an airy interior.

Just like in most traditional bahay-na-bato, the sala occupy most part of the second floor. The sala is separated from the dining room and further beyond it is the kitchen which we were told is still being used on certain occasions. There were two bedrooms but it was off limits during our visit.

Jojo told us that the interior is maaliwalas not only because of translucent capiz windows around the house but also due to the selected pieces furniture displayed in the spacious rooms. Jojo explained that most of the heirloom furniture has been distributed among Amang’s children and grandchildren.

Those items selected for the exhibit however were mostly artifacts and memorabilia that inform visitors about Amang’s career as a public servant.

Rodriguez Museum

The Rodriguez Musuem shares space with one of Amang’s grand children who held office as  an elected government official at the entresuelo.  According to Jojo, The upper floor is still used for caucuses and assemblies. There have been occassions when the museum artifacts are being rearranged or temporarily removed from the exhibit areas to avoid damage.  

On our visit, we viewed interesting museum pieces quartered in the house like the commissioned paintings and furniture sets, rare vintage photographs, and other personal effects including a collection of baston displayed in an antique bastonera and another set of canes encased in a glass drawer. 

The chairs and desk commissioned with official seal is the focal point of the sala. The senate president’s desk is recreated complete with tobacco boxes, inkwell, and a gavel.

Car Plate No. 3

On our way out of the museum we passed by again the cavernous silong which served as a massive storeroom for the season’s harvest. Amang’s official vehicle while serving as Senate President, still bearing the plate number 3 is displayed in the silong near the zaguan.

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15 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Can we shoot a movie in there?? Please Reply.. anyone I need to know for our school project

  2. I was interested with this house since the first time I saw it without even knowing it was the Eulogio Rodriguez house. I just wat to ask if the house is open to public for viewing or does it require scheduling of visit. And just in case, does it have entrance fee? I am frequent hiker in Montalban and I am really interested with heritage structures.

    • We walked into the house on a weekday RJ and requested if we can take pictures inside.

  3. i am proud to be a Montabeños… since i was a child i always passed by the Bahay na Bato from my alma matter and i was so curious what’s inside the ancestral house… and always reading about the history of late Senate President Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Sr. how he served our country… every time i saw his name in any articles i’m always excited to read to know more about him… thanks glenn for the additional information….

  4. I’m so proud of my Lolo Amang!!! This article brought back the best memories when I was a child. There is no doubt he is a legend through the years

    • Hi I would like to know of ur address pls i work in d senate and we need to get ur mailing address we will be sending an invitation to d relatives or nearest kins of d late senate pres. rodriguez for the centennial celebration of the senate. thank u. by the way u can get in touch with me at my ofc no. 5526831 look for angie resulta- research service. thank u po.

  5. Hi, I really appreciate your blog. It is very helpful since I am searching for tourist spots near Manila. I was just wondering if the ancestral house is still open for public viewing? And what is its operating hours? Does it have an entrance fee? Thanks in advance!🙂

  6. Im proud that EUGLIO “AMANG” RODRIGUEZ, Is my GREAT GRANDFATHER🙂

  7. Thank you for this piece about my great great grandfather and our ancestral home. I’m proud of my heritage and I hope I still get to know more about this man who made his mark in Philippine history.🙂

  8. Im so glad to see a piece of this important person in our history. While growing up, I sometimes heard the name Amang Rodriguez but did not really know much until I read this story. Thanks a lot Glenn.

  9. This is very helpful. Do you have the contact number of the ancestral home? Do you know when they are open? Thanks!🙂

  10. im glad i signed up with this blog of yours it helps me feel im at my home country.. thanks to both of you i hope i would be able to visit some of your post here personally when i come home..

  11. Interesting insights on what would otherwise be a token name of a learning institution (EARIST). Not everyone has the wherewithal to preserve the family’s heritage as the uncertain times can cause family fortunes to change but the Rodriguez clan deserves a pat on the back for doing their share of keeping this remnant from a glorious era alive.

    • Well said Ogie. This generation of Rodriguezes are commendable. I still hope to find well-kept ancestral houses near our area (San Mateo and Montalban). There is much to discover and be proud about places that are close to our hearts.

  12. How nice that the family preserved their ancestral home. They understood that it’s part of their heritage!


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