Photographer's Note

This is the Goco Family Ancestral House. It was built in the early 1800. This house is in the Historical Registry of the Philippines. This is also one of the very well restored houses in Taal. This is typical design of the old houses in the Philippines. The roof is of corrugated galvanized metal. All framings on the second floor are of wood. The sliding windows are all around the house and made of Capiz shells. Below the windows are sliding panels that can be opened for more ventilation. Above the windows are some more sliding Capiz shell panels to let the hot air out. The lower part of the house is constructed of stone, and is used for the horse driven "Karomata" or carriage. The ground floor is also used for food storage and has rooms for household helpers. The second floor is usually painted in very dark chocolate brown. Some houses have the stair inside but some have a grand staircase on the exterior. On this particular house the stairwau is on the exterior but not visible from this photograph.

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