November 01, 2017

Bacolod | Travel Back in Time in Silay City

Silay City is also known as the "Paris of Negros" because of its heritage and preserve houses. No doubt you'll walk down in time when you visit some of the old houses converted into museums



Some of these houses are Balai Negrense, the Pink House and the Hofilena Heritage House to name a few.

Silay is part of Metropolitan Bacolod which includes Bacolod City, Talisay City and Silay City. The airport is located at Silay so you can either do your travel in time before you proceed to downtown Bacolod or before you go back to Manila.


Cesar Lacson Locsin Ancestral House
It was a quick but fun stroll in Silay City. Our first stop was the Cesar Lacson Locsin House or commonly known as the El Ideal Bakery. We had  a snack in this ancestral house. We tried what made El Ideal famous, their Guapple Pie and Batchoy.



Beside El Ideal is the Soledad and Maria Montelibano Lacson Ancestral House. At this point, I ask my friend Ann to just ride the car since I want to walk to have the freedom to take pictures of the houses. Lana was with Ann, I ask them to park somewhere and Ill just walk up to the next street. 

Soledad and Maria Montelibano Lacson Ancestral House


While I was walking, I can't stop laughing because I have an SUV convoy on my back following me wherever I go. Ann was driving the car and she was all out in her support of my love for ancestral houses. Anyway, here are some of the notable Ancestral Houses in Silay City:

Balai Negrense







Manuel Severino Hofilena Ancestral House



Bernardino Jalandoni Museum / Pink House




Common denominator to the owners of above and below houses is that they were all in sugar business. Sugar made many rich Filipino and non-Filipino not just in Bacolod but in the while country. 

Other Notable Houses and Structure in Silay City
Dr, Jose Corteza Locsin Heritage House


Maria Ledesma Golez Ancestral House

San Diego Pro-cathedral

Heritage Structurues along the Main 
Locals of Silay City





Silay City is just a short ride away from Bacolod City. In fact, as I have said, you will set foot first in Silay City before Bacolod. Silay is worth visiting. Ancestral Houses and its story is like a time machine for us to know better or our rich past.  



How to go there: Take a bus in Bacolod City North Bus Terminal going to Victoria City or Escalate City. Travel time should be less than an hour. 
Fees: Taking pictures outside of the houses is free. There is a minimal fee however, when you enter some of the houses. Entance Fees ranges from Php50 to Php60 guide included.