An educational tour at Balay Negrense in Bacolod City

Here’s a 4-day itinerary for an awesome visit to the City of Smiles!

Day 1: Bacolod City (of Smiles), Manokan Country, Baywalk, Pope John Paul II’s tower.

Day 2Mambukal Resort, The Ruins, ChinaTown, Bacolod City Hall, Provincial City Hall, SM City Bacolod.

DAY 3: Panaad Park and Stadium, Bong-Bong’s Pasalubong, Hinigaran.

DAY 4: Balay Negrense, El Ideal Bakery, New Silay. Whattatrip! :-D

LIFE MOVES ON and today I would like to share an entry on a famous museum in Bacolod City. The Balay Negrense or Negrense House was originally the ancestral house of Victor Gaston, a French man who married a Filipina from Batangas and settled in Bacolod with his 12 children.

Balay Negrense
Balay Negrense
My sister and I @ Balay Negrense
My sister and I @ Balay Negrense
Balay Negrense
Balay Negrense

Victor Gaston lived in the house with his family until his death. Afterwards, the house was abandoned and then later on donated to a group of concerned Negrenses. Through the help of generous individuals and the Department of Tourism, the house was repaired and transformed to a museum. It was inaugurated on October 6, 1990.

The garden
The garden

There’s a nice garden surrounding the house, and an old man looking after everything. It was kind of creepy to go there, but there are lots of things to learn for sure.

The first floor contains the living room, a very old piano, an office, and the dining and kitchen area. The house also has a scary basement. Basically, all the stuff there are antiques and they served as witnesses to everything there was in the old ancestral house.

The receiving area
The receiving area
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Old books and pictures
A dining table filled with porcelain kitchen wares
A dining table filled with porcelain kitchen wares
An old bicycle
An old bicycle
The super creepy basement
The super creepy basement

The house is made of concrete, but the floors are made of wood. On the second floor are bedrooms, tables, old photographs, old bathrooms, and exhibitions of old style dresses. It will make you feel like living there in the old past!

Old clothes and personal belongings
Old clothes and personal belongings
An antique piano
An antique piano
On the 2nd floor
On the 2nd floor

Here’s the view from the second floor:

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Me, my aunt, and my sister
Me, my aunt, and my sister

And that’s it. Hope you find it educational and interesting to visit this old ancestral house, because my sister and I did! I will miss my father’s hometown. I don’t know when I will be able to visit again.

A selfie in a beautiful, old mirror
A selfie in a beautiful, old mirror

And before we flew back home, we made sure to visit the El Ideal Bakery. It’s quite popular for its delicious bread, cakes and pastries. Another option is Bong-bong’s. Yummy pasalubong for the family!

El Ideal Bakery
El Ideal Bakery

Oh well. See you in my next post! Vi ses!

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