Titans of Taste: Lindy and Cecile Locsin

There are many rich, even superrich, Filipinos.  But only a few of them have style, and even fewer still have the high style which compare to their peers in New York, Paris, and London.

Architect Leandro “Lindy” Locsin and his heiress wife Cecilia “Cecile” Araneta Yulo along with their friends personified Filipino high style.

Lindy and Cecile kept a close circle of friends — Jimmy and Maribel Ongpin, Ting and Baby Paterno, and Manolo and Rose Agustines.



  1. August 11, 2012 at 9:47 am

    lindy locsin also designed UP’s church of the holy sacrifice which has been declared a heritage building and with it the manansala stations of the cross, abueva’s crucifix, regerio luz’s floor river of life – all national artists. building was inaugurated christmas l955.

  2. Enrique Bustos said,

    August 5, 2011 at 4:59 am

    The exhibit tiled gold of our ancestors in the Ayala Museum was owned by the late Lindy Locsin and his wife Cecile Yulo-Locsin it was their desire to share their collection to the Filipino people, Cecile Locsin sold their collection to the Ayala Museum she stipulated that their collection should be place in the museum permanent exhibit

    Gold of Ancestors

    This exhibition of 1,059 gold objects dating to the tenth to thirteenth century celebrates the sophisticated cultures that flourished in the islands that came to be known as the Philippines after western colonization in the sixteenth to the twentieth century. While some of the objects found in this collection are likewise represented in other collections, many objects in this exhibit are unique and have never been seen in public.

    A dramatic succession of high points leads to the exhibit’s treasure—the golden Sacred Thread. Until now, this prized object has been known only through a watercolor illustration in the sixteenth century-manuscript called the Boxer Codex, now in the collection of the Lilly Library at Indiana University. These lustrous objects bear witness to a golden age of Philippine culture when the islands shared political, religious, cultural, and economic affinities with their Austronesian-speaking neighbors, in particular the people of the Indonesian archipelago to the south.

    Precolonial affinities with Southeast Asian cultures are affirmed by related iconography, such as anthropomorphic images of the pre-Hindu type, and Hindu-Buddhist icons such as the extraordinary Agusan Image believed to represent the Tantric Buddhist deity, Prajnaparamita. Previously unknown ornament types such as large garuda pendant earrings point as well to connections between the Philippine Islands and Indonesia.

    A Golden Era: Death and the Afterlife situates the archaeological material in the context of related collections in the region, such as those in Java and Vietnam. Archaeological interpretation of this spectacular collection spurs major revisions in the understanding of Philippine and Southeast Asian history. Re-creations of three archaeological sites (Daet, Nabua and San Juan Hill) and accessible interventions illuminating the science of archaeology are incorporated in the design. The purpose of this section is to explain how archaeology allows the retrieval and reconstruction of the past, and how valuable resources transferred to funerary offerings become major sources of knowledge for the living.

    The exhibition Gold of Ancestors is curated by Florina H. Capistrano-Baker, Ph.D. is part of the tripartite exhibition entitled Crossroads of Civilizations. It will be on view at the Fourth Floor Galleries of Ayala Museum beginning 1 May 2008.

  3. Paul Blasco said,

    December 24, 2010 at 5:07 am

    Among the buildings designed by Locsin:

    Cultural Center of the Philippines
    Ayala Museum (old)
    Makati Stock Exchange
    Philippine International Convention Center
    Mandarin Oriental Hotel
    Manila Hotel
    National Arts Center

    From the names of these buildings alone, Lindy is undoubtedly a Titan…

  4. Enrique Bustos said,

    December 20, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Also close friends of Lindy & Cecile Locsin are Jaime & Bea Zobel de Ayala. They are neighbors in Puerto Galera, Mindoro. All of the houses of Jaime Zobel de Ayala and his children are designed by Leandro Locsin & Associates.

    Lindy Locsin was also a patron of the performing arts. He served as member of the Board of Trustees of Ballet Philippines. He also loved to watch opera. Lindy and Cecile always attended the Salzburg Summer Festival to watch world class performances.

  5. Enrique Bustos said,

    December 7, 2010 at 7:35 am

    The wife of Senator Ting Paterno is Baby Pardo-Paterno.

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