The recreation of Juan Luna's home in Ilocos Norte reveals not just the artist but also the simple man behind the person we know as a patriot. His ancestral home has been turned into a repository of his masterpieces and some personal memorabilia, as well as antique household items that remind visitors of its occupants' lifestyle during its time.
The Juan Luna Shrine is a two-storey structure made of clay bricks and molave wood. The first floor is where the treasure trove of collections is categorically displayed, while the second floor is divided into 4 sections: the living room, the bedroom, the chapel and the azotea.
A few things that represent Juan Luna’s brother, General Antonio Luna, are also displayed in the shrine. These include his sword and uniform and the letter he wrote to Leon Apacible.
Like old edifices, the Juan Luna Shrine's vintage touch evokes natural charm.Juan Luna's paintings in the shrine are merely reproductions, yet none of them fails to do its purpose – that is, to arouse sympathy for our country and to inspire hope.
It goes without saying that Juan Luna’s personality and ideology are stamped on his canvases. Hence, learning about his paintings could be the shortest way possible to know him as a distinguished man, a patriot and as an individual.
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