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Balay Negrense Museum

The year was 1897. Victor F. Gaston built a big house to cater his big family (has 12 children) from 1901 until his death in 1927. For several decades, the house slowly deteriorated, and finally, during the 1970's, the whole family (Victor's children) left the house for good.

The year was 1897. Victor F. Gaston built a big house to cater his big family (has 12 children) from 1901 until his death in 1927. For several decades, the house slowly deteriorated, and finally, during the 1970’s, the whole family (Victor’s children) left the house for good.

Now a small group in Silay City that is concerned about the house turned this simple home into a museum. Well they repaired the house, furnished and good thing, a lot of stuffs from the family has been there or might have been donated back, and so after a few years, around 90s, it was inaugurated.

We went there together with some friends in Lomomanila for a tour. Lovely house! 19th century styled mansion, complete with Azotea, and a few several rooms marked for the bedrooms of the twelve children. The first floor is indeed, for entertainment and guests purposes. Complete with piano, big mirrors and a wide living room, it’s actually a nice place. Outside lies a beautiful garden, and saw some kids playing there. At the back lies some goats eating in there.

It’s a museum to say, the clocks and everything brings you back to the past. Well if you drop by Silay City be sure to give a time here, you won’t regret it.

More information about this museum: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balay_Negrense

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