Ilocos Norte: Juan and Antonio Luna Museum

Located in Barangay Garreta in the town of Badoc in Ilocos Norte, Juan and Antonio Luna Museum is the two-storey ancestral home of the Luna clan which presently serves as a museum for the Luna brothers.

Built sometime in the early 19th century, the ancestral house of the Lunas is a typical bahay na tisa which was common particularly to the middle and upper class society during the Spanish colonial period. Sadly, the original structure was damaged by fire in 1861. The house was then ceded to the government in 1954. The Department of Public Works and Highways and the National Historical Institute completed its restoration in 1977. The house then became a museum for the Luna brothers. The museum got some technological upgrades last 2016 with the installation of touch screen TVs and the face projector which projects Antonio Luna's speaking head. 
Welcome to the Luna Museum

NHC Marker

A more detailed NHC Marker
The Luna Brothers
Juan on the left and Antonio on the right

To date, the museum has six galleries. These galleries are:


Gallery 1: Life and Career of Juan Luna

Gallery 2: Juan's Studio in Paris
Gallery 3: Life and Career of Antonio Luna

Gallery 4: The Luna Home in the 19th Century

Gallery 5 Antonio's Letter to Conchita Castillo


Gallery 6: Trench Warfare

For my foreign readers, here's a quick history lesson about the Luna brothers:


Juan and Antonio Luna are both known for their participation in the struggle for Philippine Independence. Each has his own unique contribution to this cause and are both considered heroes in the Philippines. 
Juan Luna

Juan, the older of the two, became a world class painter when he was in Europe. There, he joined other illustrados in the propaganda movement who were calling for reforms for their Motherland. In 1896, a few years after his return to the Philippines, he and his younger brother Antonio were imprisoned for being suspected of having an involvement in the Katipunan, a group pushing for armed revolution. He was eventually released and served as a diplomatic agent in France for the Philippine Revolutionary Government. He died of a heart attack in Hong Kong on the 7th of Dec. 1899.
Antonio Luna

Antonio, studied as a pharmacist, he also joined the illustrados in Europe. As a propagandist, he campaigned for reforms through his political writings for the reformist periodical, La Solidaridad under the pen name Taga-Ilog. Together with his briother, they returned to the Philippines in 1894. He was also imprisoned in 1896 after being implicated in the armed revolution. After his release, he went back to Europe to study military science in Belgium. Upon his timely return, he served in Emilio Aguinaldo's army. This time against a new enemy, the Americans. He was considered, even by the enemy, as a very talented and disciplined general, but he was very strict and bad tempered. He does not think twice of punishing erring troops. Due to this and the politics inside the unstable Philippine Revolutionary Government, he was assassinated by fellow Filipino soldiers in June 1899. His life was portrayed in the hit 2015 movie Heneral Luna.
A replica of Antonio Luna's military cap
Badoc, ilocos Norte
A replica of Juan Luna's Parisian Life
Some of Juan's pallates
A replica of Luna's portrait
A replica of the Spolarium


I got to visit the Juan and Antonio Luna museum last December 2017 during our Ilocos Sur - Ilocos Norte family road trip. I was actually very eager to see the museum as I missed visiting it during my 2011 Ilocos backpacking trip with my wife. Aside from that, I was really hyped to see what personal paraphernalia of the two brothers (particularly Antonio) were one display in the museum. I was a bit disappointed as many of the things in the house were mere replicas. Then again, visiting the house gave me a sense of connection to the life and works of the two heroes. 
Visit the historical church after
OK... family picture time!

Overall, the Juan and Antonio Luna Museum presents a good side trip for those visiting Ilocos Norte. History  lovers and fans of the film Heneral Luna would surely enjoy visiting this place.

Getting there:


From Cubao, ride a bus heading to Laoag City. Tell the conductor to drop you off at the nearest road going to Badoc town proper. From there, one can ride a tricycle to the museum.


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Comments

  1. thanks for writing about the life in brief of the Luna brothers , it helped me to relate to the article itself , such a diverse occupation both the brothers had and such a diverse end they both finally drifted to ... quite interesting

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  2. I particularly like that steel palette model.This museum looks so beautiful and realistic and the pictures captivated my attention,couldn't stop gazing at them throughout the post

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