We started our day by trying TomNTom's, a Korean coffee shop franchise. It was actually recommended by my officemate who hails from Bacolod, her cousin is the co-owner of this branch. My sister and I wasn't able to try it in Korea so we dragged our parents and aunt there =)).
Our plan for our 3rd and last day in Bacolod is Museum hopping! We rented the same taxi for the whole day for PHP1500 again. It turned out to be a bargain because aside from the Bacolod, Talisay Silay musueum hopping, the driver will also send us off to the airport.
Our first stop is The Ruins, we paid a PHP100 entrance fee and got a free tour guide/photographer as well. My sister was taking photos when the male receptionist suddenly got her phone and started to direct our on the spot photoshoot.
|The Ruins, Hacienda Sta Maria, Talisay City|
He knows all the good spots for touristy and artsy shots. At one point he even bent to have this unique and funny photo of my parents.
When we finally entered The Ruins, he asked us to sit and started to tell the story of the house and their family. He claims to be one of the heirs of the famous ruins of the grand mansion built for the 1st wife of sugar plantation owner, Don Mariano. From what I remember, during World War 2, the Japanese wanted to use this place as a hideout so the Americans set the mansion on fire. The structure's foundation remained because it was solid, the secret was adding eggs on the cement. That's all I can remember from his talk, the other memory is filled with all of us laughing from his jokes.
We went to Silay City, famous for the heritage houses preserved from Spanish era. I studied at University of Santo Tomas, and I really liked the tall ceilings, intricate designs that are signature for Spanish era structures.
Balay Negrense, is the 1897 ancestral house of Gaston family that was converted into a lifestyle museum. The big rooms, furnitures, high ceilings gave us a glimpse of the luxury enjoyed by the family of another sugar plantation owner.
The museum also displays the antique furniture and memorabilia of famous people in Bacolod that was donated to the city.
|my aunt & mom =))|
Located on the same street is the Pink house or the Bernardino-Jalandoni House Museum. It is another heritage house that provides a glimpse of the elite life in 1900s. We explored the house along with a foreigner couple who was also amazed by the history of the family and their house.
A harp is located on the living room, my sister suddenly said, "imagine you're drinking coffee while someone plays the harp, sosyal!"
We really enjoyed our laid back Bacolod trip, the food and weather is great. We're lucky that we're 5 pax so the cost of taxi rental is cheaper. I like the mix of busy downtown and the nature resorts are just 1 hour away. I wish its just a few hours away from Manila!