Bernardino -Jalandoni Ancestral House and Museum


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.

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Love in The Ruins

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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.

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Visita Iglesia in Southern Iloilo

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Parish of San Joaquin

During Holy Week, many Filipinos do the “Visita Iglesia” ( or Church Visits in English), a tradition done every Holy Thursday during Lent. This is to commemorate the 14 stations of the cross. Traditionally, 7 churches are supposed to be visited, praying 2 stations of the cross per church. In the modern times, the person who does Visita Iglesia visits 14 churches instead of the 14.

Iloilo is one of the provinces in Western Visayas that was infiltrated by Roman Catholicism and is frequented by those who still practice Visita Iglesia. Whether you are a believer of Roman Catholicism or not, it is still worthwhile to see these churches — for the sake of historical and art appreciation purposes. Here are some suggestions and must visits when doing Visita Iglesia in Southern Iloilo:

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Bacolaodiat: Bacolod’s Chinese New Year Celebration

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Bacolaodiat Festival is Bacolod City’s grand celebration of the Chinese New Year and they have been celebrating it for 6 years already. During our trip to Bacolod City, we were actually not aware of Bacolaodiat until Eric mentioned it to us.

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Feeling Like a Kid Again in Universal Studios Singapore

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I was feeling like a child again when we went to Universal Studios last September 2010 in Singapore. I’ve been to Universal Studios Japan in 2001 but Singapore’s is much smaller. Universal Studios in Singapore is located at the Resorts World Sentosa.

Once you enter Universal Studios, you can already get a map of the entire place which will help you locate all the rides and attractions in the area. Here’s one tip, buy your tickets online and make sure it’s a weekday because it’s much cheaper and for convenience. We went there on a Thursday and only paid SGD66 per adult. There’s what they call the Universal Express (costs SGD30 on top of your entrance fee), which is their priority lane on rides and attractions. I suggest that you get this only if you will be going there on weekend. It’s a waste of money if there’s no long queue! You can buy the tickets here.

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2nd Philippine International Pyromusical Competition

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After the success of the first Philippine Pyromusical competition held in SM Mall of Asia, this year, me and Sha had the privilege to go to the 2nd Philippine Pyromusical Competition last Saturday where Portugal and United Kingom showcased their fireworks synchronized with music.

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Shopping in Bugis

Bugis Junction
Bugis Junction

We’ve been looking where to shop to buy something for our family and friends back in Manila and Bugis was suggested to us since there are variety of stores there at relatively affordable prices. There is a Bugis Junction Mall which is connected to the MRT station. Shops in Bugis Junction Mall are the branded ones however if you really want bargain shopping, just cross the street and visit the Bugis Village. It’s a tiangge set up wherein you can haggle for the prices to be lower. You can buy clothes, Singapore souvenirs (key chains, t-shirts, etc.), food, and many others. They also have adult shops for those who are more adventurous ones.  I bought some bracelets 3 for SGD 10 (about PHP330 + ) for my mom, a whole bag of Milk Tea for about SGD 5.99 (about PHP200 pesos), and many more. It’s good to go there anytime of the year but it’s better if it’ s before the last minute holidays to avoid too much people.

How to go to Bugis? Just ride the MRT – Green Line. 🙂