Negros Occidental, Philippines


Where to go for old houses hunting in the Philippines?

It was my dream to do a backpacking around the Philippines.

I'm grateful that Frenchie made that possible. So for our #Pinas backpacking, we focused solely on Negros Occidental-- the neighbor island of Panay. We took the RORO from Dumangas to Bacolod. (Regular trips every hour from 5 AM. Php 60.00/person fare.)

Here was our tripline...

Our first stop was Silay and Talisay...

It was Frenchie's first experience to take a jeepney-- the major means of transportation around the country.

Silay City alone is an architectural haven. So if you're as culturally and historically interested like us of the Philippines, come and visit!

These cities are a haven for antique mansions and grand houses.

Dated way back in the 19th century when this island has lived in grandeur and class, even compared to the same lifestyle as that of the Europeans.

They have the sugar cane industry to thank for!

I admired the local government of Silay and Talisay for creating a government committee to be able to preserve these ancient houses. Way to go!!!

And they have also stood against strong typhoons for decades!

The most famous of these mansions...Bernard Jalandoni House Museum (The Pink House). (Php50.00/person for entrance and an English (moody) tour guide.) 

Balay Negrense Museum. (Php50.00/person entrance fee and English tour of the house.)

And the very famous-- The Ruins of Talisay (The Taj Mahal of Negros). (Php80.00/person entrance fee and funny tour guides.) The night view was such a delight to our eyes.


Thanks to my cousin, Ranulfo and his lovely family in Silay City who hosted us. A sumptuous-all-seafood-dinner was a nice ending to this cultural trip.


  1. Bring water and face towel. The heat can pretty much dehydrate you within hour.

  2. If you're being toured, don't hesitate to ask your questions and queries.

  3. Ask a local for a good place to eat and for directions. Make sure you interact to a local wherever you go.

  4. If you're shopping for souvenirs, make sure it's related to the place you went. Have a conscious effort that such souvenir will remind you after many years.

  5. Pay attention to details. Small details can already be a learning experience.

Have you been to any old houses tours?