The Old World charm of the Philippines is expressed in varying degrees. Some towns have a spattering of antebellum structures, a building here, a church there, a bridge, and still others have streets. Negros Occidental has an entire city – Silay.
In this National Heritage Month of May, Negros Season of Culture trains its lights on this part of Negrense history and heritage, the beauty of Silay’s colonial homes and the sense of history that they impart.
We begin with the Pink House. After all, this 1908 residence of Bernardino and Ysabel Jalandoni was the first National Historical Landmark of Silay, declared by the National Historical Institute. The preservation of its exterior architecture reflects the upkeep of its interiors. Original furniture pieces and furnishings offer students of design stunning period specimens. The embossed tin tiles on the ceiling have to be unique to the property. The window structures, the ventanillas, the woodwork craftsmanship are all in mint condition.