Bacolod: Balay ni Tana Dicang | Bacolod tourist spot you must visit!

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.

balay ni tana dicang - silay bacolod

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 and tana dicang

* Manolo Quezon with Tana Dicang (funky shades, yes?)

And here’s a cool trivia (well, for me and my friends at least! :D) — 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:

balay ni tana dicang |

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)

letters at balay ni tana dicang

And here’s the grand stairway leading to the 2nd floor of the house:

stairway at balay ni tana dicang

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.

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Mindanaoan is a multi-awarded blogger, social media strategist, publicist, Google Business Group - Women lead organizer, avid traveler and a proud relief operations volunteer. She is also a regular resource person for social media and blogging related conferences/workshops here and abroad. In 2012, Mindanaoan also completed a US Gov't. Department of State-sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program for emerging global leaders. She toured the U.S. for about a month for her IVLP experience. She is the founder of a bloggers group and social media club. She is also an active member of several online media, bloggers and social media enthusiasts groups all over the world. Mindanaoan is available for work and travel. Contact Mindanaoan at

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