The Santo Niño Shrine & Heritage Museum is just one of the 29 rest houses built by former Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos for his wife Imelda Romualdez Marcos. The two-storey Sto. Niño Shrine and Heritage Museum showcases the seven bedrooms of the Marcos family (one for each member, with Imelda's room with the jacuzzi as the highlight). Also on the second floor are a ballroom and a 30-seater dining conference room and downstairs are 13 guest rooms, each with its own native motif and dioramas of Imelda's growth to womanhood.
The Sto. Niño Shrine and Heritage Museum houses the Italian-imported ivory Sto. Niño which attractively surrounded by lighted diamond-pattern cut glass. A St. Remedios icon stands to its right, and a St. Vincent icon to its left (which are incidentally the names of Imelda's mother and father). A brass monstrance, studded with diamonds, stands next to the St. Vincent icon. There are also rows of narra pews and rows of chandeliers light the whole place.
Inside the heritage museum are priceless art pieces, antique Chinese jars and collections of icons, original paintings of noted Filipino artists (Malang, Manalad, and Amorsolo), Italian sculptures, and French and English-period furniture. At the back of the building is a stainless steel kitchen that will impress even a 5-star chef, and overlooking that is an Olympic-size swimming pool.
From: Southwall Magazine, Premier Issue, February 2005
The Sto. Niño Shrine and Heritage Museum