The Company House of Smith, Bell & Co., known as โ€œAngela Manalang Gloria Houseโ€, is an ancestral house located at Tabaco City, Albay. It was built by Don Mariano Villanueva who served as a five-time gobernadorcillo of Tabaco (equivalent of todayโ€™s mayor) during the 1880s. This house is of the type called โ€œBahay na Batoโ€which was common during the late Spanish to the early American Period. This type of house usually combines a lower floor made of stone walls and an upper floor of wooden materials. Most of the Bahay na Bato houses in the Philippines are built as residences. Those that were built as company houses are rare and distinguished by being spacious and being built for comfort. The Scottish trader Smith, Bell & Company that occupied the house entered the Bicol Region after the Legazpi Port was opened to international trade in 1873. Specializing in abaca trade, its presence in Tabaco signalled the importance of the Tabaco Port as a major abaca exporter.

The house was built in the Geometric Style of Bahay na Bato, which became dominant for a century from around 1780s to 1880s. In contrast to the later Floral Style of Bahay na Bato, the Geometric Style is distinguished by a prominent interior gallery (volada), two sets of shutters (the capiz shell shutter or concha and the wooden louvers or persiana), narrow roof eaves, and minimal exterior decorations. All of these are seen in the Manalang Gloria House. In addition, the house has two distinct features that make it easily recognizable from hundreds of other Bahay na Bato houses in the Philippines: the sunburst design on the fanlight of its lower floor windows and doors, and the wrap-around scheme of its upper floor windows.

In 1965, the house was bought by businesswoman Angela Manalang Gloria, who gained fame as the first Filipina poet who wrote and published a collection of poems in English. Born in Pampanga, Manalang married her fellow writer Celedonio Gloria and settled in Tabaco until her death in 1995.

The Angela Manalang Gloria House is a Level II historic structure (structure with NHCP marker).

Article: Provincial Tourism Culture and Arts Office (PTCAO)