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SILAY HERITAGE TOUR: The Bernardino Jalandoni Museum

I searched the map of Negros a few months ago and I realized that there are so many cities in the Island.Negros is of course divided into two provinces,Oriental and Occidental,nonetheless,I have never seen so many cities in an island its size.

Silay City is one of these cities which is a comfortable one (1) hour away from Bacolod City.Bacolod Airport is actually located in Silay,thus, it's called Bacolod-Silay Airport.On October 20,in line with Masscara 2012,Negros Bloggers and Merci Pasalubong Center organized a Blogger's Tour of Silay.Around 10 bloggers from Manila joined the tour.We were in the new bus of Merci Pasalubong Center along with members of ABS-CBN Bacolod's Regional Network Group (RNG).

It was of course my first time to visit Silay.I was surprised at the many historical interests of the city.Our first stop wasThe Bernardino Jalandoni Museum.
The Bernardino Jalandoni Museum Silay City

We gathered in the morning of Oct.20 in front of Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol.We waited for a few minutes for our companions so it gave us time to go around and appreciate the surrounding areas of the Provincial Capitol including the lagoon.
Negros Occidental Provinvial Capitol_Bacolod
the Merci Pasalubong Bus

We were in Silay after an hour and The Bernardino Jalandoni Museum was our first destination.
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Closed on Mondays

For Guided Tours:
Call (+324) 495-5093 
The museum is a two-storey house.Entrance fee is 50php per head.The ground floor is rather uninviting with barely two carriage occupying the large portion of the museum.But don't be disappointed,at the 2nd floor lies 99% of the significant artifacts.

 a lot of big,dull spaces on the ground floor
Ms. Maritel Riego Ledesma giving bloggers insights of the museum

The Bernardino Jalandoni Museum

The house was first owned by Don Bernardino and Dona Ysabel Jalandoni.It was completed in 1908.Although grand in scale and strong in construction,its design follows the typical Philippine Nipa Hut.The existing wooden structures are the same hardwood the couple originally shipped from Mindoro.

Most of the embossed tin ceiling trays on the 2nd floor are imported from as far as Hambug Germany.Its wooden transoms done in "Calado" or cut out style,using elaborate French design are a study of combined visual aesthetics and function.
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The Bernardino Jalandoni Museum

The creative use of glass,capiz shells,steel grills,wooden louvers and panels for windows continue to maximize light, ventilation and security today as it was since it was designed a century ago.

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In 1993,the National Historical Institute recognized it as the first museum and heritage house in Silay City.The heirs,Mr and Mrs. Antonio J. Montinola have entrusted its care to the Silay Heritage Foundation Inc, and non-government organization.

I suddenly remembered Penang Peranakan Mansion and the intricate antiques in there.The Bernardino Jalandoni Museum is in itself impressive but I am sure a little more upgrade will go a long way.

If you are coming from Bacolod City, The museum is located in Rizal St.Silay City Negros Occidental,that's  along the main road and is just a few blocks away from The Church of San Diego,one of the main attractions in Silay.If you drop by the city,make sure you don't miss it.

Thanks to Negros Bloggers,especially Ms. Maritel Riego Ledesma and Ms. Maricar Dabao for taking care of us and Merci Pasalubong Center for the tour and to Abs-Cbn RNG for the Choose Philippines shirt. Also to Enrico Dee of for helping organize this tour for Manila Bloggers.

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  1. galing nu na preserve nila tong mga items na to

  2. Thank you for this Anton. I grew up on this city and it's really nice for someone from Manila blogging about this.

  3. Silay is well-known in Negros for it's preserved ancestral houses. It's nice to see that your photos captured the still life inside the museum. Hoping to get there soon and see them for real. :)


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