Old Houses of Silay and Iloilo City

Silay City, Negros Occidental

The City of Silay is often regarded as the “Paris of Negros” owe to its vibrant culture and art which can be found all over the charming city. One thing I enjoyed about my trip to Silay years ago was that, visitors like me can actually go inside the old houses like the Balay Negrense and the Bernardo-Jalandoni Museum to get the vibe of these old houses. I will be posting on a separate article, hopefully soon the pictures of these wonderful homes. But for now, here are some pictures of the old houses in Barangay Cinco de Noviembre in Silay City.


Silay1These two houses are still used as residential places.

Here’s a glimpse of Balay Negrense





Meanwhile in Iloilo City, here are some houses which called my attention.

Molo district, Iloilo City

Molo district, Iloilo City

This actually is a gated house and I just took this picture from the gate.

The two pictures below are houses near the Jaro Cathedral.

Jaro district, Iloilo City

Jaro district, Iloilo City

Jaro district, Iloilo City

Jaro district, Iloilo City


Baroque Churches of the Philippines

These four churches earned the distinction of being classified as UNESCO World Heritage Site under the classification of Baroque Churches of the Philippines. These churches’ unique architectural design which UNESCO  classified as a “reinterpretation of European Baroque by Chinese and Philippine craftsmen” serves as an inspiration of future churches built in their respective regions.

I am fortunate enough to visit three out of four churches listed herein.  Well, I actually saw all four churches but I was not able to take a picture of the Sta. Maria Church in Ilocos Sur because our bus simply passed by the area and I was not able to take a picture of the church.

The churches are:

San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila

Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion in Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur

(Picture courtesy of my friend Jenny Rose, taken last April 2012)

Church of San Agustin, Paoay, Ilocos Norte

Church of Santo Tomas de Villanueva in Miag-ao, Iloilo