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Bernardino Jalandino Museum
Ranked #4 of 12 things to do in Silay City
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Manila, Philippines
Level 6 Contributor
182 reviews
36 attraction reviews
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“Worth a Visit”
Reviewed 22 August 2013

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.

Visited July 2013
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“A beautiful well preserved guided peek into teh heritage of Silay”
Reviewed 17 March 2013

The Bernardino Jalandoni museum was our first stop in Silay - and it led us to discover the rest of this beautiful heritage town

How to get here -
Take a bus from Bacolod city North bus terminus (bus stop = Silay). You can see a big board on the right side advertising the museum. It is easy to spot the cathedral (with it's white dome) on the left side. The Jalandoni museum is just a few meters after it.

How good s it?
Very good! In my opinion, Jalandoni museum, with Balay Negrense and Hofilena house are the 3 "must sees" in Silay.

Description -
The entrance looks a bit decrepit, but it is the upper floor which is really beautiful. (see the photos). As we entered, the curator (dressed in a heritage costume dating back to the dress worn by rich Filipinas during the Spanish period) took us on a guided tour - which was splendid and unhurried. While the items are reasonably well sign boarded, her uided tour added nuggets of stories which mad eit more interesting.

The old chariot used has been well preserved, and so are a HUGE number of dolls from all over the Philippines. One room is FILLED with old photos of Silay (donated by a photo studio) - and as I saw each of them with nostalgia, I could have really sat there for hours...

The tour starts in the basement (which was used as a granary and horse stable) and after ambling through the rooms, you are taken up to the sala. It is well preserved, and each room has been kept as thoug the residents have "jsut left it for a while". The childrens room has old toys, the Master's room has an old type writer and book.s There is an old hat and cane stand for the Master's accessories.

They have a beautiful old piano - hundred years old - made by "Grotrian Steinweg" (who later escaped to USA during the Nazi regime and now make the Steinway pianos). We were prompted to play on it (which we did!).

The kitchen has oddities such as an ice box (with ice imported from abroad!), antique furniture, orate ceilings, and a fantastic view

All in all, it is easy to lose yourself here for a few hours.

For more photos of Silay heritage houses, see heritagesilay.blogspot.com

Visited November 2012
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“Pretty in Pink”
Reviewed 25 January 2013

The Bernardino Jalandino Museum is really a very big place. when you enter, you're transported to the glorious past. Lots of pictures in the ground floor, and would take hours if you scrutinize them one by one. Upstairs, I was awed by the spaciousness of the house. the wood used for flooring, they are huge. Also the tables, they are now very rare. It is truly refreshing to visit houses of the past.

Visited December 2012
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