If you enjoy visiting cultural treasures and appreciating beautiful architecture, the Forbidden City in China is a must visit. You can go there via subway by going down at the Tian’anmen East station (along Line 1).
It took us two hours to go around (including Tiananmen Square). We did not go beyond the Hall of Supreme Harmony (Tai He Dian) because it’s the biggest ans the succeeding palaces are smaller. However, we were still able to go at the back of Tai He Dian which is the Hall of Central Harmony.
Here in PinoyTravelr, we’re celebrating 150 years of Rizal by listing here the sites we have recently visited that are included in the Rizal at 150 Heritage Trail.
1. Rizal Park and Rizal monument
The Rizal monument is a bronze sculpture by a Swiss sculptor (Richard Kissling). Anyway, there was actually a design competition for the monument and Kissling’s entry landed in second place. Read more about this in Wikipedia. Be sure to ride the tranvia jeepney in Rizal Park. It’s a fun experience if done with family or friends. 😀 Fare for each person is 50 pesos.
2. Rizal Execution Site
Rizal was executed here in December 30, 1896. The Rizal Execution Site is just located beside the Rizal Park. If you’re already there, be sure to visit it.
3. Paco Park
After Rizal was executed in Luneta (formerly known as Bagumbayan), he was later interred at Paco Park [via Wikipedia]. Today, Paco Park has been a famous venue for weddings and a venue for engagement shoots. Paco Park has an entrance fee of 5 pesos.
4. Molo Church
The Molo Church is one of the places that Rizal was visited when he was in Iloilo. During that time, he was on his way back from Manila after his exile from Dapitan. He went there to meet with this friend Raymundo Melliza [via The News Today].
5. Fort San Pedro
The SS Panay, the steamship that he took on his way to Manila, has stopped over at Fort San Pedro, Cebu City so that they can get more coal and also some more passengers [via The Philippine Daily Inquirer] The entrance fee here costs 30 pesos for adults.
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This is an entry to the PTB (Pinoy Travel Bloggers) Blog Carnival in commemoration of the 150th birthday of Dr. Jose P. Rizal. Our theme for June 2011 is “Rizal and Travel”. This blog carnival is hosted by Ivan Henares.
Rizal Street in Silay City (main street going to and from Bacolod City)
Silay City is popularly known as the “Paris of Negros Occidental” because this was where the rich hacienderos and pillars of the sugarcane industry in Negros Occidental lived during the late 1800’s. Silay is also the bastion of arts and culture – thanks to Jose Pitong Ledesma, a pianist and conductor, the first one to bring the European operattas and zarzuelas in Silay. High Culture prevails in this area (if we are to look at this in the Western Marxist perspective). If you are into historical architectures, local arts and culture, this is the place you must visit. Silay City is just around 30 – 45 minutes away from Bacolod City. This is also where the new Bacolod Airport is located.
The Gaston family is one of the prominent families in Negros Occidental. The French patriarch and sugar baron Yves Leopold Germain Gaston and his Batanguena wife Prudencia Fernandez are the pioneers in the sugarcane industry in Negros Occidental. Their eldest son, Victor Fernandez Gaston had a house built in 1897 which is now popularly called “Balay Negrense”. He lived here with his family only in 1901 until 1927 however his family stayed until around the 1960’s. Balay Negrense is not where the classic film of Peque Gallaga “Oro Plata Mata” was shot, only a few scenes were shot here according to the caretaker (the Oro Plata Mata house was also owned by the Gastons, in Hacienda Rosalia, Manapla).
The Hofileña residence is truly a house filled with rare Silay artifacts. Built in 1934 however it was only opened to the public in 1993. One of the living direct descendants of Manuel Severino Hofileña, Ramon Hofileña, is an art enthusiast and the one who also conducts the tour of the house. Actually, their family is composed of artists in different genres. If you are familiar with the Abellanas such as Ray “PJ” Abellana and Jojo Abellana (from a youth-oriented pop culture show “That’s Entertainment”, they’re blood related. Anyway, Ramon Hofileña, is also the expert in Negrense History. He conducts the Silay Cultural-Heritage Tour every Saturdays of December for free, as his contribution to Philippine art and history. If you are a Philippine art enthusiast, you will definitely enjoy this house. I suddenly remembered the things that were taught to me during my Art Studies classes in UP 😀 There are paintings and sketches of Juan Luna, Jose Rizal and Fernando Amorsolo. Aside from art during the Spanish invasion, there are also paintings and sculptures by Silay artists. Truly, this is a place where you will appreciate Philippine art.
The Jalandoni Ancestral House is owned by Don Bernardino Jalandoni and his wife Ysabel Ledesma-Jalandoni. The house was completed in 1908. It’s very easy to see the Jalandoni Ancestral House because it’s just located in Rizal Street, the main street that you will pass by going to and from Bacolod City. It was only in 1993 when public viewing was allowed and was the first heritage house to be opened in Silay City.
The Don Mariano Lacson Ancestral House (or commonly called “The Ruins”) is one of the places that you shouldn’t miss when you’re in Bacolod. The Ruins is also called the Taj Mahal of Negros Occidental because this house was built by a sugar baron, Don Mariano Lacson for his first wife, Maria Baron dring the 1900’s. The house survived the Japanese occupation; guerillas at that time utilized this place as one of their hideouts.