She collected everything, and I mean EVERYTHING!!!
Today, the AERA Museum at the Villa Escudero in San Pablo City stands as a testimony ostensibly to the collecting passions of an aristocratic couple, but its continuity principally lay in just one remarkable woman, Rosario Averion Adap, a lady from an old Tagalog family of the historic town of Bai’ who married into San Pablo’s richest Spanish-Filipino hacendero family, the Escudero-Marasigan.
Rosario Averion Adap married Arsenio Marasigan Escudero and together, they untiringly created the fairytale but totally practical Villa Escudero. In true aristocratic fashion, they assembled a vast, privately-held collection of art, antiques, curiosities, and many other things which interested them. By the time antique collecting became fashionable in the 1950s, the Escudero couple had already long been collecting beautiful old things, so their Collection became a required destination for antiques cognoscenti.
Lola Charing Escudero. My Idol.