The restorations, the sisters hope, will help bring renewed interest in Manila’s heritage, as well as its art scene. Camille and Angelique had long planned to make the Palacio de Memoria and its sprawling estate a hub for the arts, opening up its storied walls to the public.
“As this year goes, we'll be unveiling more and more to the public about our plans, but essentially we want this to be a center for the arts, so we're planning to have a restaurant, probably a museum, and more things like that,” Camille says.
Angelique adds: “Our first event here, open to the public, is our auction on March 9th. The third floor will be done by then, and we’ll be using it as part of the auction.”