Along the shores of Iloilo Strait, there is a palatial house built on a rock. The Roca Encantada was built in honor of Doña Presentacion Hofileña Lopez in 1910. It was then the summer home of the Lopez clan. Roca Encantada was declared by National Historical Institute as a National Heritage House on August 14, 2002. It is found in the town of Buenavista in Guimaras. (458)Read More →

During its golden days, Silay City was the center of commerce, arts and culture in Negros. The beginning of industrialization of Silay City coincided with the growth of sugar cane plantations in the island. Yves Leopold Germain Gaston, a French in origin, spurred this sunshine industry in Silay which even spilled over to other towns and cities all over the island. His eldest son, Victor Fernandez Gaston, built in 1897 what is now Balay Negrense, arguably the single most important landmark in the city. At the height of trade and commerce, the barons would bring in performers and artists not only from Manila but alsoRead More →

During my first visit to the City of Majestic Falls, my good friends Joselito and Gline Mirasol brought me to an ancestral house.Although it was not part of my itinerary, it was a pleasant surprise to pay the Macapagal-Macaraeg Ancestral Housea visit. It was well worth it. When she was a child, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo used to stay here. It contains several artifacts and memorabilia of the Macapagal and Arroyo families. The ancestral house has been declared as a National Heritage House by the National Historical Institute on August 14, 2002. How To Get There: From Manila: take any Cagayan de Oro-bound flight ofRead More →