When in Negros Occidental (Bacolod), don't fail to drop by this unique heritage museum located at Silay. You will be greeted by their caretakers dressed in saya, pay the entrance fee and off you go for about 45 minutes to 1 hour guided tour.
From their flyer, the house was first owned by Don Bernardino and DoñaYsabel Jalandoni. It was completed in the year 1908. Although grand in scale and strong in its construction, its design follows the typical Philippine Nipa Hut. The existing wooden structures are the same hardwood that the couple had originally shipped from Mindoro. Most of the embossed tin ceiling trays on the 2nd floor are the very ones imported then from even more remote Hamburg, Germany. Its wooden transoms done in "calado" or cut out style, using elaborate French design are a study of combined visual aesthetics and function. The creative use of glass,
"capiz" shells steel grills, wooden louvres and panels for windows continues to maximize light, ventilation and security today as it has since it was designed a century ago.
We were lucky to view a few pieces of gowns made by national artist for fashion, Ramon Valera, displayed for a limited run.
This Museum is open from 9AM to 5PM, Tuesday-Sunday.
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