Titans of Taste: Luis Ma. Araneta

He already had good taste even as a child, which wasn’t surprising considering that his family lived in the most beautiful residence along aristocratic Calle R. Hidalgo.



  1. Alfee Rei Galapon said,

    September 7, 2015 at 1:57 am

    Good morning Ma’am/ Sir,

    I am Alfee Rei Galapon and I am currently taking Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of the Philippines-Diliman. In line with the 50th anniversary of Philippine Institute of Environmental Planning, our class under Prof. Roque Magno is tasked to consolidated the biographies of remarkable people in the field of Environmental Planning in the Philippines. As such, may I know who can possibly be interviewed regarding the life and works of Mr. Luis Ma. Araneta?

    You may reach me through my e-mail address Alfeereigalapon@ymail.com for any recommendation.

    Thank you very much and regards!

  2. Enrique Bustos said,

    December 20, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Don Luis Araneta was imprisoned during World War II during his incarceration he even bought a painting from behind his cell at Fort Santiago he carried some his paintings Luna’s Hidago’s in his back when they evacuated to the Mt Province during world war II he later donated a number of his antiques to the San Agustin Museum in Intramuros to remind the Filipinos about our rich heritage but today much of his collcetion has been dispersed when he was still alive he was secure enough not to mind people knowing he sells once in a while some of his prized collection because he needed cash for his buying spree for Filipiniana Antiques which he would find during his travels around the Philippines

    Don Luis Araneta was an advocate of Civil disobedience against the Marcos regime despite the fact his son Greggy married Irene Marcos daughter of President Ferdinand Marcos he said he had grown to love Irene more than his own son Greggy because she is very sweet and caring but for Don Luis Country came first before personal relationships

  3. Enrique Bustos said,

    December 20, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    The wife of Chito del Castillo Charing is an original member of the Blue Ladies of Mrs Marcos he got some projects courtesy of Mrs Marcos like the Nayong Pilipino and the Bataan Monument in Mt Samat

  4. Regina Lopez Araneta-Teodoro said,

    December 11, 2010 at 3:37 am

    The man had taste, style, and elegance beyond compare. NO ARANETA has ever matched that.

  5. Alexandra Laguda Sotto said,

    December 10, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    There were even anti-Marcos signs in front of his house in San Francisco.

  6. Regina Lopez Araneta-Teodoro said,

    December 10, 2010 at 2:19 am

    Tito Luis was vocally anti-Marcos. In the last years of the regime, and towards the end of his own life, Luis Araneta published a very scathing article in the newspaper criticizing Ferdinand Marcos, of course with an aside that was something like: “although I love my daughter-in-law, Irene…….” Shortly thereafter, he stayed in San Francisco. In his beautiful house there, as you entered the door, he had a huge portrait of Aquino ( who was still alive ) as a testament of his defiance against the regime. He died shortly thereafter.

    Tito Luis may have had the persona of an aesthete but he was a nationalist and patriot. During the war, he left the family refuge in Baguio and joined the guerrillas. He was what you would call a “subversive”!

    You can confirm this with CAS and other relatives.

  7. Alicia Perez said,

    December 8, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Dearest EMP likes to relate this amusing, perhaps apocryphal, story during the evening of the “pamanhikan” / engagement party of Greggy Araneta and Irene Marcos:

    In the presidential car along the way from Malacanang Palace to the Luis Araneta residence on McKinley Road in Forbes Park, President Marcos joked to the First Lady and to his daughter Irene: “Tonight, the Marcoses are social climbing at the Aranetas! What are these poor Ilocanos going to do at the rich ‘Castilas’? My Ilocana daughter is marrying into aristocracy! Hahahah!”

    You have to give the fairy tale couple credit, they’ve been married for 27 years and still going strong. [ Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s, it turns out, was doomed from the start as he was really in love with Camilla Shand Parker-Bowles. ] To think that they were already steady for many years before their marriage, and that they were each other’s ONLY girlfriend and boyfriend, ever. True love. How romantic!

    Alicia Perez

  8. Myles Garcia said,

    December 7, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    /\ Well, #1 – I thought Lindy was Madame’s favorite architect at the time?

    #2 – And of course, little did Don Luis know that one day, same said IRM would be his own chummy biyanan. Funny how fate plays its hand. So…other than the wedding, how many times did the in-laws see each other socially? Zero?

  9. Enrique Bustos said,

    December 7, 2010 at 5:23 am

    Don Luis Araneta was know for his lavish parties; he was particular about his guests. Everything about his parties were done impeccably. During his time, whenever Hollywood celebrities would come to the Philippines, they were given a round of parties they had not seen before. Don Luis Araneta would always host a party for the Hollywood celebrities. Some of the guests were William Holden, Linda Christian, John Wayne, and Gregory Peck. “Barrio fiesta” was the usual theme for these parties. The food was always delicious, the champagne was always flowing, and the girls were lovely in their native dresses.

    During the presidency of Diosdado Macapagal, Don Luis Araneta was commissioned by then First Lady Eva Macapagal to renovate the Malacanang palace. Don Luis Araneta decided to expand the Heroes hall; for the reception room, he decided to paint the walls and ceiling in white. During the Marcos administration, then First Lady Imelda Marcos decided to make the second floor of the old Executive building, beside the main palace, as a big ballroom. Mrs Marcos got the services of her favorite architect then, Chito del Castillo, it was dubbed as the Maharlika Hall. In one party there, Don Luis Araneta described the Maharlika hall as “one big Tabacalera cigar box.”

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