SILAY: SHORT WALK

I went to great lengths to see Vigan, Ilocos Sur and Taal, Batangas because they have preserved their own historical architecture, and with heritage awareness.  But of they're not the only heritage town in the Philippines and Silay is among that list.   Silay City is about 15 minutes from Bacolod City by private car and around... Continue Reading →

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SIPALAY: 2014 NATIONAL AGE GROUP TRIATHLON SERIES

First time for me to shoot a triathlon.  I think, this also my first time to watch a triathlon event.  I saw some triptych photos of triathlons in the net which got me interested to try shoot one.  It was harder than I thought... and I thought shooting volleyball matches under poor lighting condition was tough.... Continue Reading →

ILOG: TALABA FESTIVAL

This is my first time to witness the Talaba Festival... though I've heard of it and Cong. Chedz Alvarez would invite us every year.   Finally, got to see this one this year... over the weekend.  The Municipality of Ilog celebrates Kisi-Kisi Festival every March 25, and the Talaba Festival (or the eat-all-you-can-talaba/oysters festival as I... Continue Reading →

SILAY: SAN DIEGO PRO-CATHEDRAL

The rain doesn't seem to want to stop and it was getting dark.  We needed to head back to Bacolod City, so we took the chance even with a soft drizzle of rain.  I was looking forward to visiting the Hofilena House, which was the ancestral house of a classmate from high school.  There were... Continue Reading →

SILAY: ANCESTRAL HOUSES

I've been wanting to visit Vigan and Taal, Batangas, which are both known for their heritage sites.  After doing some research , I realized that I should first pay a visit to Silay City.  Not that I have never been to Silay... but to take a closer look at the old charm of this city.  Dubbed... Continue Reading →

SILAY: BALAY NEGRENSE

Balay Negrense used to be the ancestral house of Victor F. Gaston.  The house was built in 1897.  The structure was used by Victor and his twelve children from 1901 until Victor's death in 1927.  It was left unused and abandoned in the mid-1970's until the Negros Cultural Foundation was able to acquire the house... Continue Reading →

BACOLOD: THE CAPITOL PARK

My parents used to take me to the Capitol Park and Lagoon when i was a kid.  Like many children in Bacolod, I took my first steps or those wobbly steps as a toddler in the park fronting the Provincial Capitol Building of Negros Occidental.  The pair of carabaos standing at opposite ends of the lagoon seemed... Continue Reading →

BACOLOD: THE SEAT OF POWER

The Provincial Captol of Negros Occidental was built on 1924 to 1935.  It has survived the Japanese bombing and occupation during World War II.  When the price of sugar dropped in the 70s, so did the economy of the province.  Insurgency and peasant unrest worsened with the deteriorating economy.  The building was then ignored and... Continue Reading →

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