Explore the colorful heritage of Bacolod and nearby towns with this history tour. This tour is perfect for those who are interested in heritage houses and century-old churches, along with the many stories they contain in their history.
You will be picked up from your accommodation in Bacolod and the tour heads straight to one of Negros Occidental’s most famous landmarks. Located in nearby Talisay town, The Ruins cannot be missed when traveling to Bacolod. Once an opulent mansion built by a sugar baron for his wife and family, The Ruins hold a tragic story which you'll learn on this tour. The Ruins is what its name suggests: a structure of remaining pillars and walls after it was burned down during the war, albeit well-maintained to still stand in all its grandeur.
About an hour’s drive from Bacolod is the Hacienda Rosalia in the town of Manapla. Built by the Gaston family in the 1930s, the Gaston Ancestral House is the centerpiece of the compound, with its colonial-style architecture furnished with French-Creole ornaments and furniture. Inside the compound is the interestingly-shaped Chapel of Cartwheels, named after its walls made of discarded carabao cartwheels used by the farmer families in the area. Another interesting (and controversial) church is next on the itinerary: Church of the Angry Christ. Locally known as the St. Joseph the Worker Parish Church, it features a huge mural depicting a more fierce-looking Christ, the artist’s interpretation of The Last Judgment.
Neighboring Silay City is the next destination, a town famed for its many preserved heritage houses including mansions, a pink house, and grand haciendero (plantation owner) houses turned into museums. All these structures depict an era when the sugar industry was at its peak and the region at its richest. You get to visit Farmacia Locsin, which put on a facade for buying medicines but had an even nobler and more patriotic backstory. Balay ni Tana Dicang in Talisay is a stone-house that now houses memorabilia and artifacts. The tour concludes with a stop at the Pasalubong Centers for souvenir shopping.
Relive the rich cultural and religious history of Bacolod with this tour! Check the availability by choosing a date.
- All our guides speak English.
- Not all establishments accept credit or debit cards, and ATMs may be limited.