FOLLOW-ME-TO-PHOTOSHOOTS (HERITAGE HOUSES IN SILAY CITY)

Instagram-famous Russian photographer Murad Osmann has inspired couples from around the world including me his unique Follow Me To project, featuring stunning hands-holding photos in front of famous sites around the globe.

Here is my version of Follow-Me-To-Silay Heritages Houses:

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The HOFILENA ANCESTRAL HOUSE residence of the late Manuel Severino Hofilena and his family located in Cinco de Noviembre Street, Silay City, in the province of Negros Occidental, Philippines. The home was built by Hofilena for his wife Gilda Ledesma Hojilla, a former Miss Silay, and their nine children. At present, Ramon Hofilena, on of the children and heirs, resides in this ancestral house and personally tours guests who visit his abode.
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The HOFILENA ANCESTRAL HOUSE is now considered as one of Silay’s public museums. This house became a heritage house in pursuant to the Board Resolution no. 3 dated April 6, 1993 of the National Historical Institute of the Philippines.
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The BALAY NEGRENSE is a museum in Silay City, Negros Occidental in the Philippines, showcasing the lifestyle of a late 19th-century Negrense sugar baron. It is notable for being the first museum to be established in the province of Negros Occidental.
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The BALAY NEGRENSE was originally the ancestral house of Victor F. Gaston, a son of Yves Leopold Germain Gaston and Prudencia Fernandez. The elder Gaston credited as one of the pioneers of sugarcane cultivation in this part of the Philippine archipelago. A native of Normandy in France, he married a Filipina from Batangas where he initially began experimenting with sugar production before relocating to Negros.  Built in 1897, the house was constructed when Victor Gaston’s wife died during the time when he was residing in his father’s hacienda. Hacienda Buen Retiro. The structure house Victor Gaston and his twelve children from 1901 until his death in 1927. Left unused by the family, the structure  abandoned in the mid-1970s and fell into despair until one of the heirs, Msgr. Guillermo Ma. Gaston, together with a group of concerned Negrenses formed what would later become Negros Cultural Foundation. In 1992,  Msgr. Guillermo Ma. Gaston donated the Victor Gaston house to the Philippine Tourism Authority ( now known as the Tourism infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority). With donations from prominent individuals and a PHP5,000,000.00 assistance from the Philippine Tourism Authority, the structure  repaired and furnished with period furniture and fixtures. The museum was officially inaugurated on October 6, 1990. Pursuant to Board Resolution No. 1 dated March 8, 1994 of the National Historical Institute of the Philippines ( National Historical Commission of the Philippines), it  listed as a heritage house.
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TEODORO MORADA ANCESTRAL HOUSE is a two storey heritage house owned by the family of Teodoro Morada in Silay City in the province of Negros Occidental, Philippines. Because of its cultural, and/or historical significance, it is one of the recognized and declared heritage houses of the Philippines by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NCHP).
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TEODORO MORADA HERITAGE HOUSE
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Abandoned ancestral house in Silay located along Cinco de Noviembre or also known as the BOAT HOUSE.
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SEN. JOSE C. LOCSIN ANCESTRAL HOUSE. This heritage house is in the neo-Spanish Mission style popular during the American Period. American concrete  used as the preferred material, with a Mirador or watchtower in the near.
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GERMAN UNSON HERITAGE HOUSE – QUAINT AND CHARMING BED – AND – BREAKFAST IN SILAY CITY

Why choose Bed and Breakfast? Simply, people who stay at Bed & breakfast remember, because their experience is so unique and special. Innkeepers take great pride in their home, and enjoy sharing it with people who appreciate its distinctive history and personality. Just like the newly open Bed & Breakfast in Silay, The German Unson Heritage House, excel at providing their guests with warm hospitality and that home-away-from-home feeling.

A Brief History of the House:

According to Mr. Rolin Siglos, the House Manager of German Unson Heritage House who is very accommodating and warm enough to give us a tour and show to us the place, the original house was made of wood and built closer to Zamora Street.  Built in 1938 in the Neo-Spanish style popular before World War II, this charming four-bedroom, two storey house is just relatively new to the business, opened its doors to visitors and guests on June 11, 2016. Welcoming  both domestic and foreign visitors, either  coming to the area for a romantic retreat, family vacation, girlfriends’ gateway, or business travel this charming ancestral house will sit your needs perfectly.

What  great in this place is the location. Conveniently located from all the tourist areas ( Silay public plaza, Silay Parish Church, Heritage and Ancestral Houses, Museums), convenience stores, coffee shops, restaurants  and a walking distance from the airport shuttle bus terminal.

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Photo  Credit to German Unson Heritage House

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Located at No. 5 Zamora Street in Silay City, Negros Occidental, the ancestral house of German Locsin Unson and Fe de la Rama Ledesma Unson  declared a heritage house by the National Historical Institute on April 6, 1993.

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Photo Credit to German Unson Heritage House

The home built in 1938 has been completely renovated and allows one to feel like “home”.  Warm hardwood floors, cozy living room, the owner’s antique collections and old family photographs hang on the wall  of the living area on the first floor counts part of the house character rich in history and decor.
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Photo Credit to German Unson Heritage House
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A veranda downstairs where guest can relax.
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Photo Credit to German Unson Heritage House

Mr. Rolin Siglos, said the property has four bedrooms, two downstairs and two upstairs: the German-Fe Room, the Rene Room, the Lourdes Room and the Carmen-Cristina Room. Each room has its own characters that added more beauty and uniqueness for a quiet restful atmosphere and comfortable sleeping accommodations that sure to visually please your taste.

The German -Fe Room the master bedroom on the ground floor named after German Unson and his wife, Fe. It has a king-sized bed, air-conditioning, private  bathroom with hot and cold water, its own sitting dining areas and a study. The room is ideal for couples but can comfortably accommodate a maximum of four person.

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The German-Fe Room
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The German-Fe Room

The unique features of the German-Fe bathroom are the stepping tub and Fe Unson’s shell collection.

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Steeping Tub photo Credit to German Unson Heritage House
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German-Fe Bathroom. Photo Credit to German Unson Heritage House
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Fe Unson’s shell collection. Photo credit to German Unson Heritage House
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The German-Fe Bathroom. Photo credit to German Unson Heritage House.

The Rene Room named after the only son of German and Fe used to be the German’s study/office room. The room has a two single beds, air-conditioning, private bathroom with hot and cold water. The room can accommodate a maximum of three persons.

The Lourdes Room which is named after the eldest daughter known as “Uding” on the second floor had two doubled beds, air conditioning, private bathroom with hot and cold water,  its own sitting and a dinning areas a study. The room is ideal for families and can accommodate up to four persons.

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The Lourdes Room
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The Lourdes Room

Not like the German-Fe Room instead of having a big bathroom “Uding” wanted to have an office or a study room.

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‘Uding” study room / office

The Carmen-Cristina Room  is named after their youngest daughter. Located on the second floor, the room has two singles beds, air-conditioning, private bathroom with cold and hot water,  and a balcony overlooking the front yard garden and  a view of the dome of the Silay Parish Church. The room can accommodate a maximum of three persons.

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The Carmen-Cristina Room

Mr. Siglos said they serve home-cooked breakfast included in the price of your room. Breakfast can be served in the privacy of your room or on their comfortable modern but homey dining area on the second floor. However, they don’t offer lunch and dinner but allows guests to bring their food inside. Guests can use the microwave oven to warm their food, coffee machine to brew coffee.

Convenience stores are just walking distance from the place if you need to buy some snacks.

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Room rates range from PHP1,800.00 to PHP2,300 including breakfast and a free Wi-Fi access. In order to support the tranquil and intimate atmosphere, there are no televisions and telephone, in  each room.

For bookings or inquiries, please call (034)432-2943 between 9:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. Philippine time or you can send them message through their Facebook page ” German Unson Heritage House”. 

Warm, personalized service and mingling among guests are part of the appeal of bed and breakfasts. If you enjoy the experience of a “home away from home”, having personal attention and expertise of an innkeeper at your disposal, prefer charm over amenities, appreciate rooms that are individually decorated and prefer smaller, more intimate accommodations than a large hotel, German Unson Heritage -Bed and Breakfast is the right place for you. So the next time you plan a visit to Silay, stay in this place. You would definitely love it here!