So a few weeks ago, I shared with all of you all about the New Bacolod Silay Airport and the two places where my friends and I dined in Bacolod City (Pepe’s Grill for the delicious ribs and Calea for the best desserts). Now I’ll share a nice tourist spot we visited at Talisay City (about half an hour away from Bacolod City) — Balay Ni Tana Dicang.
Located along Rizal Street, Balay Ni Tana Dicang (Balay means home while tana is shortcut for “kapitana”) stands as one of Negros’ most preserved ancestral homes. It’s so well-preserved, in fact!
These days, it’s now a museum and occasionally plays host to art exhibits and other mini shows. It was build in 1883 for Don Efigenio Lizares and Dona Enrica Alunan at the later stage of the Spanish era in the Philippines.
This bahay na bato is a proud survivor of wars, revolutions, and the ravages of time. It is a classic example of Filipino Ancestral Architecture complete with its original and authentic domestic paraphernalia.
Just how big of a deal is Kapitana Dicang? Let this photo fulfill your curiosity!
* Manolo Quezon with Tana Dicang (funky shades, yes?)
And here’s a cool trivia (well, for me and my friends at least! ) — Balay Ni Tana Dicang used to be our dear friend Crissa’s playground! She used to live here and she and her family (her mom’s a Lizares) actually lived here during her growing up years! Awww So yeah, we had our very special tour guide that time
Here’s a shot of the area upon entrance:
Meanwhile, here are a bunch of framed old letters (you will really see how formal-sounding their letters were before even those sent among siblings)
And here’s the grand stairway leading to the 2nd floor of the house:
Photography isn’t allowed at the 2nd floor so no shots, sorry! I guess you just have to visit Balay Ni Tana Dicang yourself
So the next time you find yourself in Bacolod, visit this tourist spot. It’s a must-visit! Entrance fee to this beautiful museum is P100.00.