The Architect

                                           Mausoleum of the Veterans of the Revolution, North Cemetery, Manila

Arcadio Arellano


(1872 - 1920)


  • Born in Tondo, Manila
  • Father, Luis Arellano, native of Bulacan, Bulacan;  Mother, Bartola de Guzman;  the third of fifteen children
  • One of his uncles was Deodato Arellano, a propagandist and the first president of the Katipunan
  • Married to Amalia Ocampo, daughter of Martin Ocampo, who was the owner of the publications El Renacimiento and Muling Pagsilang
  • Had nine children: Luis, Araceli, Natividad, Irma, Friné, Arturo, Raul, Otilio, and Elsa


  • Received elementary education from schools in Tondo
  • Received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Ateneo Municipal de Manila in 1892
  • Took further courses in business and maestro de obras (construction foreman) from the Escuela de Artes y Oficios where he graduated in 1895

Patriotic Service

  • Served in the engineering corps and attained the rank of captain during the second stage of the Revolution
  • In 1898 supervised the repairs to the Malolos Convent which was used by the Revolutionary government during the Revolution

American Regime

  • Under the Schurmann Commission supervised the assessments in Intramuros
  • Was Governor W. H. Taft’s private consulting architect
  • Under Act 2494 in 1915 prepared the plans and specifications for the construction of a monument for the heroes of 1896

Architectural works

  • Was considered a pioneer during his time
  • Departed from American and European designs, instead incorporated Filipino native plants and motifs
  • Built famous edifices and the residential buildings of the elite
  • Residential Buildings:
  • Gregorio Araneta’s home on R. Hidalgo Street
  • Ariston Bautista’s residence on Barbosa Street
  • Gonzalo Tuazon’s home
  • Commercial and Industrial Buildings
  • “El 82”
  • The former Hotel de Francia
  • Carmelo & Bauermann building
  • Gota de Leche on Lepanto Street
  • Casino Español on Taft Avenue


  • Mausoleum of the Veterans of the Revolution
  • Legarda crypt at North Cemetery