Lola Charing Escudero, the ubercollector


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.




  1. aniway said,

    February 2, 2009 at 12:27 am

    hi, toto. I wonder why it’s only now that I’ve seen your answer.. anyway, my father, Antonio adap, must have known her since she was a direct Tia of his. Since I was the last child, my much older brothers and sisters must have met her, too. although, I remember one of the Escudero family members visiting us in that year also talking about bringing back “flores de mayo” in San Pablo again.. but I was young that time and not paying attention..
    could you tell me who she was in the photos?… thanks..

  2. May 11, 2008 at 10:47 am


    You should have met Lola Charing Escudero. She passed away in late 1999. She was still alive and active when you saw that bust of hers at the Villa 15 years ago [ 1993 ].

    Toto Gonzalez

  3. aniway mariano adap said,

    May 10, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    it’s good to see some pictures of my “never met” tia-abuela on the net. I just met her bust at the villa escudero 15 years ago. I wonder how her life was..

  4. myles garcia said,

    December 28, 2006 at 6:59 am

    So, Toto,

    What’s Ad* doing these days? Knew him from when he ran that restaurant in Manhattan, “The Islands,” in the early 70s.

    I know he eventually returned to Manila, and together with your other friend, V*ring de *sis, whom we knew from San Juan, kinda organized those Intramuros Santacruzans.

    Ah, those old days in Manila.


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