|Merienda of Arroz Caldo and Calamansi Juice before the Walk|
We learn and draw from our past. In Silay City, the past comes alive in the architecture and fine craftmanship of its ancestral homes. These jewels continue to inspire awe and imagination to whoever enter their doors. A confluence of foreign and local ingenuity, these palatial dwellings tell the tale of an era made sweeter by the sugar produced and the colorful life lived.
Built between the late 19th century and the prewar years, 29 surviving ancestral houses were identified by the National Historical Commission as national treasures. Because of this, Silay was dubbed by travel writers as "Museum City".
Three of these structures, The Balay Negrense, Don Bernardino Jalandoni Ancestral House and the Manuel Hofilena Heritage House were converted into museums, providing us glimpse to once glorious past - a past worth revisiting.
Upon stepping out from a bus, treat yourself first to a snack in El Ideal. Then head right into the City's Tourism Office to get some insight and information about the heritage tour. I would advise you to get a brochure with a map featuring the location of 31 heritage sites and houses of Silay. The entire walk will last for about 3 to 4 hours depending on your pace. So bring your bottle of water, open your minds and explore:
|Soledad and Maria Montelibano Lacson Ancestral House|
|Antonia dela Rama Locsin Ancestral House|
|Sen. Jose Corteza Locsin Ancestral House|
|Jose Ledesma Ancestral House|
|Cinco de Noviembre Monument|
|Digna Locsin Consing Ancestral House|
Sugar Baron Don Victor Gaston built this two-storey, 12 bedroom home in historic Cinco de Noviembre Street in the early 1900s. The house of stone and wood fuses Spanish and American colonial architecture and features a double staircase, French windows and large living room areas. The museum is a showcase of the province's history based on the eyes of the hacienderos like Don Victor.
|Teodoro Morada Ancestral House|
|Delfin Ledesma Ancestral House|
|Leandro dela Rama Locsin Ancestral House|
|Public Restrooms beside Silay North Elementary School|
|Arsenio Lopez Jison Ancestral House|
|German Unson Ancestral House|
|Josefita Tionko Lacson Ancestral House|
|Manuel dela Rama Locsin Ancestral House|
|House of Antonio Novella Sian|
|Kapitan Mariano Montelibano Ancestral House|
|Vicente Conlu Montelibano Ancestral House|
|Lino Lopez Severino Ancestral House|
|The Cathedral of San Diego de Alcala|
Designed by Italian architect Lucio Bernasconi in 1920, the Cathedrals's silver-colored Byzantium dome was inspired by that of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Its architectural grandeur and treasury of religious art is testament to the people of Silay's deep faith and religiosity. The ruin of the old church whose foundation date back to 1776 is located at the back of the present church and is now an adoration chapel.
|Silay City Hall|
|Sangguniang Panlungsod Building|
|Generoso Gamboa Ancestral Twin House|
|Alejandro Amechazura Ancestral House|
|Angel Araneta Ledesma Ancestral House|
|Manuel Hofilena Ancestral House|
The first ancestral home to open its doors to tourists, it houses Ramon Hofilenas' collection of paintings by the Philippines' renowned artists from the 19th century to the present - Luna, Hidalgo, Amorsolo, Manansala to name a few. One can also spend the entire day chatting with amiable Ramon on everything from history, culture and arts to local and national intrigue that you won't catch in your history books.
|Maria Golez Ancestral House|
|Don Bernardino Jalandoni Museum|
Locally known as the "Pink House" due to its exterior color, the museum boasts of a collection of rare and priceless pieces from Silay's rich past. Built in 1908 by Don Bernardino and his wife Isabel Jalandoni y Ledesma, the house is a treasure chest of well-designed interiors and intricate artwork including its beautifully embossed steel tray ceiling molded in Hamburg, Germany.
|Old Silay Puericulture Center|
|Jose B. Gamboa Ancestral House|
How To Get Therea?
14 kilometers north of Bacolod City, Silay City cab be reached within 10 minutes. There are taxis and public transportation readily available.
By plane, Silay is 50 minutes from Manila and 30 minutes from Cebu.
By boat, travel first to Bacolod City from Manila (18 hours) and by fast craft from Iloilo (50 minutes).
By land via "RORO" from Cebu, Silay is approximately 6 to 8 hours away.
For more information and assitance, contact Silay City Tourism Office at (34) 495-5553 or thru fax (34) 495-0848 or you can e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org