Here’s a 4-day itinerary for an awesome visit to the City of Smiles!
DAY 4: Balay Negrense, El Ideal Bakery, New Silay. Whattatrip!
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.
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.
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 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!
Here’s the view from the second floor:
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.
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!
Oh well. See you in my next post! Vi ses!