Silay City Balay Negrense, Heritage Mansions & The Ruins Tour with Lunch & Transfers from Bacolod

Visit the Hofileña Ancestral House, a stone house or “bahay na bato,” from the late 19th century to the early 20th century
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Bacolod, Negros Occidental, Philippines
9 hours
English, Tagalog
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Learn about the rich history and culture of Silay City in Negros Occidental through this day tour. This Silay City tour is perfect for people who appreciate architecture and stories as you will be visiting some of Silay's most historic buildings. Along with the tour, the package already includes transfers, the service of a guide, hotel pick-up and drop-off within Bacolod City, a seafood lunch, and complimentary bottled water. 

You will be picked up from your accommodation within Bacolod City in the morning. From there, you will begin making your way to your first stop of the day: the Provincial Capitol Building and Lagoon. You can stroll through the beautiful park, which features a calm lagoon and beautiful statues. Just across the park stands the Provincial Capitol Building, which currently houses various government offices. 

After your time here, you will continue onto Balay Negrense. This ancestral house now serves as a museum that depicts the life of its owner, Victor Gaston, during the 19th century. Next, you will go to the Ramon Hofileña Ancestral Home. This historic site has been a must-visit place since it first opened its doors to tourists in 1934. It has continued to display artworks and antiques that preserve Silay's history from then on. 

You will then travel to the Silay Pro-Cathedral and Mini Ruins after leaving the heritage home. This 20th-century church is best known for being the only pro-cathedral. It also features Romanesque-style architecture and is the only church in Negros Occidental with a dome. Afterward, you will enjoy a delicious seafood lunch at the Balaring restaurant before continuing your tour. 

Your next stop will be the Cinco De Noviembre Mark Point. This historic structure commemorates the Negros Revolution that finally ended the Spanish control in the province. Following your stop here, you will go to the Bernardino Jalandoni Museum. This is another heritage house that dates back to 1908 and now functions as a museum. You will also visit Balay ni Tana Dicang, another heritage home turned into a museum that displays Spanish-Filipino domestic architecture. 

You will then stop by the El Ideal Bakery, a bakery inside a heritage home. After buying some of their tasty pastries, you will end your day at The Ruins. Previously serving as a mansion for a wealthy sugar baron, its beautiful architecture has now made it one of the best spots in Negros Occidental that is also perfect for photo-ops. 

Discover the beauty of Negros Occidental's deep history by booking this day tour. Check availability by choosing a date. 

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Private Silay City heritage day tour
Tour Itinerary: Capitol Park and Lagoon Walk, Balay Negrense, Hofileña Ancestral House, Silay Pro Cathedral Church, Balaring, Cinco De Noviembre Mark Point, Bernardino Jalandoni Museum, El Ideal Bakery, The Ruins
Complimentary lunch and bottled water
Local driver guide and local site guide
Free hotel pick-up and drop off within Bacolod City
Not Included: Other activities onsite, Tips and Gratuities


Culture, Arts & Historical Tours
Private Tours

What to bring

Camera, phone, charger, and power bank
Extra money in Philippine Peso Currency
Personal drinking water and or snacks
Personal medicine
Personal sanitizing alcohol and face mask
Covid-19 vaccination card and valid ID

Good to know

This is a private tour. Lunch will be served during the tour. Activities not indicated are to be paid on site should guests want to avail themselves. This tour is not available during Mondays. In any case that one tourist attraction is not available, you will be brought to an alternate tourist destination.

Children Friendly: Children 0-3 are free of charge but are not included in the complimentary meals. Parents may share their meal or pack food for their children.

Pet Friendly: No. Please understand that this is for your fur baby's safety.

Senior Citizen/PWD Friendly: There are no extreme activities included in this experience.

Pick-up time is at 8:00 AM Philippine Standard Time from any hotel within the vicinity of Bacolod City. To change the pick-up time and location please request in advance so our operator may check if the itinerary will fit as we may need to move the pick-up time if the location is far and additional fee may apply.

The operator may cancel the tour in case of force majeure or unforeseen circumstances like weather conditions. In this case, you will be given the option to reschedule or request a full refund. Note that being late by 15-30 minutes without any advice is considered a no-show. Schedule cancellation requests must be made 24 hours before your original subject to approval.

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