Saturday, April 23, 2011

Biyaheng Negros: Balay ni Tana Dicang

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Thanks to Animoto, here's another video slideshow for Biyaheng Negros. This time, it's a peek inside Balay ni Tana Dicang, the ancestral home of the prominent Lizares-Alunan clan. 

Like  The Ruins, Balay ni Tana Dicang (House of Capitana Dicang) is  located at Talisay, Negros Occidental.  The  well-preserved house reflects the old Spanish-Filipino architecture of Bahay na Bato  and evokes the opulent lifestyle during the early years of the Sugar Industry in Negros Occidental. What is wonderful about visiting this house, aside from its grand structure and elegant furnishings, are the interesting stories about its owner, the late Dona Enrica Alunan-Lizares, who was widowed soon after her last offspring was born. The hardworking woman was able to maintain a large house,  raise 17 well-bred children, manage various haciendas and run several successful enterprises. What was also amazing was how the house was designed so that the regal matriarch could keep an eye on her workers, her children, and most importantly, hide from "unwanted" guests. 

Balay ni Tana Dicang is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Consider including this  in your itinerary when you visit Negros Occidental, Philippines. To truly enjoy your visit, make sure to explore this heritage house, lifestyle museum and  art gallery with a tour guide.

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