Bacolod

Don Bernardino Jalandoni Museum

Don Bernardino Jalandoni Museum or locally known as the Pink House due to its exterior color features rare and priceless pieces from Silay’s rich past. Built in 1908, Don Bernardino and his wife Isabel Jalandoni y Ledesma had collected  fine pieces of silverwares, well designed -interiors and intricate artworks including its beautifully embossed steel tray ceiling molded in Germany.

 

It is  located at Rizal Street, it is open from Tuesdays-Sundays from 10Am to 6PM. Telephone number (034) 4955093 .

 

Bernardino Jalandoni Museum is one of the 3 Heritage Houses in Silay that is open for tourists. The 2 other Heritage houses are the Hofilena Museum and Balay Negrense.

Bernardino Jalandoni House
Bernardino Jalandoni House
Bernardino Jalandoni House
Bernardino Jalandoni House
Bernardino Jalandoni House
Bernardino Jalandoni House
Bernardino Jalandoni House
Bernardino Jalandoni House
Bernardino Jalandoni House
Bernardino Jalandoni House
Bernardino Jalandoni House
Bernardino Jalandoni House
Bernardino Jalandoni House
Bernardino Jalandoni House
Bernardino Jalandoni House
Bernardino Jalandoni House

 

Balay Negrense

Many 19th century houses are well preserved in the city of Silay.  The mansion of the son of the first Negrense sugar baron, Yves Leopold Gaston, Balay Negrense is one of them. Built in early 1900’s, the two storey 12, bedroom house features a huge front lawn, a huge receiving area and a beautiful staircase to the second floor. The second floor also has a receiving area with 3 bedrooms at each side of the house. The house of stone and wood fuses Spanish and American colonial architecture and features a double staircase. French windows and large living areas. The museum is a showcase of the province’s history based on the eyes of the hacienderos like Don Victor.

 

Balay Nengrense is located at Cinco de Noviembre Street and is open from Tuesday to Sunday , 10:00AM to 6:00PM, Tel. No. (034) 4954916.

 

 

Balay Nengrense, Silay Bacolod
Balay Negrense, Silay Bacolod

 

Balay Nengrense, Silay Bacolod
Balay Negrense, Silay Bacolod

 

Balay Nengrense, Silay Bacolod
Balay Negrense, Silay Bacolod
Balay Nengrense, Silay Bacolod
Balay Negrense, Silay Bacolod
Balay Nengrense, Silay Bacolod
Balay Negrense, Silay Bacolod

 

El Ideal Bakery

Since 1920’s, El Ideal has been making bread, pastries and local delicacies in Silay. El Ideal has been a favorite stop of tourists and locals to get a quick grub and enjoy El Ideal favorites like guapple pie, piyaya and panyolitos de mangga.

El Ideal Bakery

El Ideal Bakery

El Ideal Bakery

El Ideal Bakery

Since my friends ordered the guapple, I had the pleasure of asking a slice from them and order other house specialties. I ordered the bibingka and Buko pie! The buko pie at El Ideal is <3.

El Ideal Bakery

El Ideal Bakery

El Ideal Bakery

El Ideal Bakery

 

El Ideal is located at the corner of Locsin Street and Rizal Street Silay City of Metro Bacolod.

 

 

Hofilena Museum

 

Hofilena Museum

Hofilena Museum

 

Manuel Severino Hofilena Heritage House or Hofilena Museum was the first ancestral home to open its doors to tourists. Owned by Ramon Hofilena, he will charm you on his wits and knowledge about Negros’s history, culture and arts.

Mr. Ramon Hofilena

Mr. Ramon Hofilena

Hofilena Museum

Hofilena Museum

 

The first level of the Hofilena Mansion displays original furnitures from the 19th century, newspapers and magazines, antique  vases and jars including a 3,000 year old Israeli juglet  and rare collections of the Hofilena family including the world’s smallest doll from Japan! And did you know that the Philippines has been noted to be one of the most abundant sites of an outer space rock called tactites? To know more about tactites, visit the Hofilena Museum! 🙂

The whole second floor of the Hofilena Museum houses Ramon’s collection of paintings by the Philippines’ renowned artists from the 19th century to the present – Luna, Hidalgo, Amorsolo and Manansala to name a few.

Hofilena Museum

Hofilena Museum

Hofilena Museum

Hofilena Museum

Hofilena Museum

Hofilena Museum

The world’s smallest dolls are among the collections of Ramon Hofilena. See the awesome details when you visit the museum.

World's Smallest Doll at Hofilena Museum

World’s Smallest Doll at Hofilena Museum

 

 

Manuel Severino Hofilena Ancestral House or Hofilena Museum is a heritage house pursuant to board resolution No. 3 dated April 6, 1993 of the National Historical Institute of the Republic of the Philippines.

For appointment, call 63-34-4954561 .

See more of Bacolod here: http://www.iluvcebu.com/what-to-do/around-the-philippines/bacolod/

Mambukal Mountain Resort

Spread of over more than 23 hectares of forests, hot springs, sulfur baths and 7 tier waterfalls, Mambukal Mountain Resort is a must visit when in Negros. To get there from the city of Bacolod, hop on a Mambukal bound bus at Libertad Bus Station and arrive at Mambukal Mountain Resort in 45 minutes to an hour. Of course if you have a car to drive you to Murcia Negros Occidental, that would be more convenient. 🙂

The ride to Mambukal Mountain Resort is an attraction itself. You get to see vast plantations of sugarcane and an awesome view of Mt. Kanlaon.

Mambukal Mountain Resort

Mambukal Mountain Resort

 

Situated in Brgy. Minoyan, Murcia Negros Occidental, Mambukal Mountain Resort was originally developed by Japanese architect Kokichi Paul Ishiwata in 1927. Main attractions that tourists come here for are the waterfalls and the hot sulfur springs which is said to have medicinal attributes.

Mambukal Mountain Resort

Mambukal Mountain Resort

 

A fee of 50php will be collected upon entering the resort. We started ascending to the mountain to see the 7- tier waterfalls, unfortunately due to time constraint we have for Mabukal, we only have time to see 6.  The climb to the 6 waterfall took us around an hour over lush forests, hanging bridges and steep stairs. And don’t forget to look up and see some fruit bats flying over the lush greens of Mambukal forest.

Mambukal Mountain Resort

Mambukal Mountain Resort

Mambukal Mountain Resort

Mambukal Mountain Resort

Mambukal Mountain Resort

Mambukal Mountain Resort

Mambukal Mountain Resort

Mambukal Mountain Resort

 

Mambukal Mountain Resort

Mambukal Mountain Resort

Mambukal Mountain Resort

Mambukal Mountain Resort

Mambukal Mountain Resort

Mambukal Mountain Resort

 

And at the 6th waterfall, you can do the 2 storey cliff jump on a 12foot- deep cold water. That’s if you have the courage to do so. 😛

Mambukal Mountain Resort

Mambukal Mountain Resort

Another attraction at Mambukal Mountain Resort is the hot dipping pool. Fee is 50ph.

Mambukal Mountain Resort

Mambukal Mountain Resort

 

Also come by Mambukal Mountain Resort every 3rd week of June for the Mudpack Festival where participants wear Mambukal’s multi-colored clay.

 

 

A list of places to visit when in Bacolod: http://www.iluvcebu.com/what-to-do/around-the-philippines/bacolod/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Negros Love Dance Festival 2013

Promoting love, peace and positivity through dance music, the first ever outdoor music festival of its kind in the whole of Negros took place at the upscale North District last May 4, 2013. Thirteen (13) Djs from which 10 are proud Negrense and homegrown, and three (3)  are renowned Djs in the clubbing scene, played from 12noon until 6AM the next day, lured people not just from Bacolod and Negros but also from the country’s major cities, Cebu and Manila.

 

Negros Love Dance 2013

Negros Love Dance 2013

Negros Love Dance 2013

Negros Love Dance 2013

Negros Love Dance 2013

Negros Love Dance 2013

 

 

With the line up of DJs, it was one awesome party!  Djs Elmer Dado & Druppo Tribale of Republiq, DJ Arra Pascual, DJ Clyde Harris, DJ Rex Tenio, DJ Lexi Locsin, DJ Eric Gella, Zeetrex, DJNav, DJ Miguel Rubin & DJ Jado GOnzales, Anton G and DJ Leandro Zayco.

 

DJ Clyde Harris at the Negros Love Dance Festival 2013

DJ Clyde Harris at the Negros Love Dance Festival 2013

 

And these ear candy mobile party pimped out cars are on display just before you enter the venue.With at least a dozen of these on display, Bacolod and Negrenses must be party animals! \m/

Negros Love Dance 2013

Negros Love Dance 2013

Negros Love Dance 2013

Negros Love Dance 2013

 

And yeaaaah,  booze kept on flowing! Beer bong stations were scattered across the venue for some crazy fun! \m/

Negros Love Dance 2013

Negros Love Dance 2013

 

Hosted by one of the country’s booming cities and the city of smiles Bacolod, can’t wait for  next year’s bigger and more awesome Negros Love Dance Festival!

 

 

This is your guide When in Bacolod : http://www.iluvcebu.com/what-to-do/around-the-philippines/bacolod/

Around Metro Bacolod

To put a check  on “Random Travel” from my bucket list, I decided to go to the city of smiles on my birthday. From Mactan International Airport, I took a 25 -minute direct flight to Bacolod (You can also take an 8-hour land trip from Cebu South Bus terminal to Bacolod). A first timer in Bacolod with no itinerary, I scanned foursquare for  the nearest attraction in Silay Bacolod Airport and while at it, a van driver approached me and offered to tour me around Silay and then drop me off my hotel in Lacson Street for less than a thousand pesos, a really great deal!  The main dialect in Bacolod is Ilonggo but most residents are fluent in both Tagalog and English.

 

Many 19th century houses are well preserved in the city of Silay.  The mansion of the son of the first Negrense sugar baron, Yves Leopold Gaston, Balay Negrense is one of them. Built in 1897, the house features a huge front lawn, a huge receiving area and a beautiful staircase to the second floor. The second floor also has a receiving area with 3 bedrooms at each side of the house. Balay Nengrense is located at Cinco de Noviembre Street and is open from Tuesday to Sunday , 10:00AM to 6:00PM, Tel. No. (034) 4954916.

 

Balay Nengrense, Silay Bacolod

Balay Negrense, Silay Bacolod

 

Balay Nengrense, Silay Bacolod

Balay Negrense, Silay Bacolod

 

Balay Nengrense, Silay Bacolod

Balay Negrense, Silay Bacolod

Balay Nengrense, Silay Bacolod

Balay Negrense, Silay Bacolod

Balay Nengrense, Silay Bacolod

Balay Negrense, Silay Bacolod

The Hofilena Ancestral House was under renovation that time, so I wasn’t able to get to look inside the house. Built in 1934 by Manuel Severino Hofileña and his wife Gilda LedesmaHojilla, it is an excellent example of a house style characteristic of its time and area. Its grand staircase came from Gilda’s ancestral house built nearby at the time when automobiles did not yet exist. Visits to the Hofileña house is by appointment, tel. no. (034) 495 4561

Hofilenia House

Hofilenia House

Then the last stop of my  Silay Heritage Houses tour was Bernardino Jalandoni House. Built in 1908, the house features how wealthy Silaynons live in the 19th century. It is  located at Rizal Street, it is open from Tuesdays-Sundays from 10Am to 6PM with telephone number (034) 4955093 .

Bernardino Jalandoni House

Bernardino Jalandoni House

Bernardino Jalandoni House

Bernardino Jalandoni House

Bernardino Jalandoni House

Bernardino Jalandoni House

Bernardino Jalandoni House

Bernardino Jalandoni House

Bernardino Jalandoni House

Bernardino Jalandoni House

Bernardino Jalandoni House

Bernardino Jalandoni House

Bernardino Jalandoni House

Bernardino Jalandoni House

Bernardino Jalandoni House

Bernardino Jalandoni House

San Diego Pro-Cathedral is a 20th century church and is the only pro-cathedral outside of the national capital, Manila. It is also a unique church in Negros Occidental as it’s the only church in the province featuring a dome.

San Diego Pro-Cathedral

San Diego Pro-Cathedral

 

San Diego Pro-Cathedral

San Diego Pro-Cathedral

 

San Diego Pro-Cathedral

San Diego Pro-Cathedral

Well, that’s about it for my Silay City tour. Next stop the city of smiles, Bacolod.

 

The Ruins. What remains of  the home of Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson after it was burned down by the U.S. Army to prevent the Japanese from using the Mansion as headquarters.  This is what’s left of the mansion built by Don Mariano in memory of his wife Maria Braga, who died while giving birth to their youngest child in 1911. The mansion’s classic beauty reverberates to the time of the wealthy hacienderos of Negros.

I had my birthday dinner here but was disappointed with the food not to mention a bit pricey. Service was good though.

The best time to visit The Ruins is at sunset. <3

How to get there: The Ruins is located  in Talisay City, Negros Occidental and is around 10- 15 minutes by  cab/taxi from Lacson Street from the city of Bacolod.  Telephone #: (+6334) 476-4334 . Mobile  (+63917) 832-6003

 

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The present cathedral of San Sebastian was built from 1876-85. This bell is donated by Fr. Julian Gonzaga which was removed from belfry in 1976 during the centennial celebration of the church.

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Negros Museum is a blend of artwork and artifacts. The Negros Museum is located at Gatuslao St in Bacolod City and is open from Mondays to Saturdays from 10AM until 6PM. Entrance Fee: 30php.

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The Capitol Park and Lagoon. Just a walking distance from the Negros Museum and China town is Bacolod’s provincial park.

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Pope John Paul II Tower, Bacolod. The 7 floor building stands on a reclaimed area where the Pope held a Mass in February 20, 1981. It was built to commemorate the event that when the late Pope John Paul II visited Bacolod City. The view at the top is awesome. You get to see the a beautiful view of the Guimaras Straight and the city of Bacolod. Entrance: 20php

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Bacolod  Baywalk. A few minute walk from the Pope John Paul II Tower is Bacolod Baywalk, a very popular spot to see the beautiful sunset in Guimaras straight. Entrance fee: 20php

Bacolod Baywalk

Bacolod Baywalk

Bacolod Baywalk

Bacolod Baywalk

 

Bacolod City Hall.

Bacolod City hall

Bacolod City hall

 

 

Traveling to a new place is not complete if you dont indulge on the best food the city has to offer. A few of my favorites are Nene’s Chicken at Manokan Country, Pepe’s Salpicao and roasted ribs and Calea’s desserts.

A very Ilonggo way to eat chicken is pour chicken oil on rice. 🙂 At Manokan Country

Nene's at Manokan Country

Nene’s at Manokan Country

 

Salpicao at Pepe's

Salpicao at Pepe’s

Grilled ribs at Pepe's

Grilled ribs at Pepe’s

Calea's Blueberry Cheesecake and Mudpie

Calea’s Blueberry Cheesecake and Mudpie

Merci's Napoleones for Pasalubong

Merci’s Napoleones for Pasalubong

 

That’s the most I can go around and visit on my short 3 days and 2 nights in Bacolod. Will surely be back in this wonderfully laid back city. ‘Til we meet again. 🙂

 

( Bacolod mode of transportation: Taxi, Jeepney, tricycle | Malls: The District, Ayala | Sm City Bacolod | Robinsons)