Bacolod · Sights

Bacolod: Places of Interest (Part 3)

1. Balay Negrense

Balay Negrense is one of the few old mansions open to the public. The ancestral house was built in 1897 and owned by the sugar baron Victor F. Gaston. The architecture is called bahay ria mestiza — meaning housed that is mixed because the first floor was built using stone and the second floor built using wood.

Balay Negrense
Balay Negrense

It was one of the biggest houses of that time having 12 bedrooms and a sala the size of a tennis court.

Balay Negrenese - Sala
Balay Negrenese - Sala

It is now a museum that showcases authentic furniture used and how the upper class lived during the late 19th century.

Trivia: The descendants of the Gaston Family occasionally conducts their family reunion in their ancestral home.

Balay Negrense
Cinco de Noviembre Street
Silay City, Negros Occidental
Tuesday – Sunday
10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M
Entrance Fee: Php 40 (Adult); PhP 20 (Student / Children)

2. Bernardino-Jalandoni House

The Bernardino-Ysabel Jalandoni Ancestral House was built and owned by Don Bernardino Jalandoni and his wife Ysabel Ledesma-Jalandoni back in 1908.

Bernardino Jalandoni House Sketch
Bernardino Jalandoni House Sketch

The museum has a guided tour conducted by a guide wearing a Filipiniana attire who narrates how the people in the upper class lived, the tools they used, as well as their lifestyle during the early 1900s.

Bernardino Jalandoni House - Sala
Bernardino Jalandoni House - Sala

One can easily see that the house is owned by one of the richest people of that time because of its proximity to the plaza and market place.

Gallinera – A double seater from the early 1900, coined from the word “gallinula” or chicken. Traditionally, hacienda workers of old would come to their employer’s house bearing native chickens as gifts. The chicken were placed in the cage-like drawer under the seats.


Bernardino-Jalandoni Museum
Rizal Street
Silay City, Negros Occidental
Tuesday to Sunday (including Holidays)
9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M
Entrance Fee: PhP 40

How to get there:
Take a jeep with the Bacolod – Silay Route and get off at the San Diego Cathedral. You can walk to the houses and eat some of the street food along the way. (Just ask the locals. They are very friendly) You can also opt to hire a tricycle but that will be a bit more expensive. (Around Php 30 per trip)


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