Saturday, December 19, 2015

Unknown to many Negrenses is a name which made itself famous on the golf courses in Manila.  The name was Vinice Godio-Estacion.

She was the pride of several golf clubs for bringing the home the bacon in her respective golf clubs. She has been the perennial champion of many big club tournaments.



Think of this:  Seven (7) years Ladies Club Champion in the prestigious Sta. Elena Golf Club, of which 2001 to 2003 were consecutive, as well as 2006 to 2008.  Six (6) Consecutive years Ladies Club Champion in Alabang Country Club.  She was also 2 years National Ladies Club Champion.

Vinice, was an alumna of Riverside College in Bacolod City.  Yes, that same Riverside College next to the former residence of another Filipino golfing great, Luis "Golem" Silverio.

Sadly, Vinice passed away on October 28, 2009.









Negros Island.  The SWEET Spot of the Philippines.






Remembering Vinice Godio, Champion Lady Golfer

Friday, November 20, 2015

The Barong Tagalogs that the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders and their spouses had a different kind of shimmer to it.  If you were one of those who wondered what made the barongs glisten elegantly, it's because they were made of a unique combination of Aklan Piña and Negros Island silk.

Designed by renowned Filipino fashion designer Paul Cabral, the heads of state who wore the pina and silk fabric were United States President Barack Obama, Mexican President Enrique Pe
ña Nieto, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, among others. 

Without much fanfare, it was on Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife, Akie, who displayed pride in the Philippine national dress.  In a commemorative photo posted on the Facebook page of the Prime Minister's Office of Japan on Thursday, Prime Minister Abe, and his wife Akie were seen smiling with US President Barack Obama, seated next to each other at the round table at the SM Mall of Asia Arena Wednesday evening.



"At the dinner banquet hosted by President Aquino, President Obama, my wife, and I had a commemorative photo taken. We are wearing Barong Tagalog, the ethnic costume of the Philippines," Abe said in a message that accompanied the post.

The silk from Negros Island is a product of the Silkworm Rearing Project in Bago City, less than hour south of Bacolod, managed by the Organization for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement (OISCA)- International, an NGO founded and based in Japan but extends help to developing countries mostly in Asia and the Pacific with agriculture as its main thrust.

Farmers from Bago and other neighboring towns rear silkworm whose cocoons are produced into silk yarns which are used as raw material for barong and other products.



With the Negros Island silk complementing the Aklan Pi
ña on a global stage, it won't be a surprise when the combined piña and silk "APEC signature fabric" comes into great demand from global designers too.


Officials during the formal turnover of Sericulture Tools : Japanese Embassy's First Secretary Ryutaro Aoki, Governor of Negros Occidental Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Outstanding sericulture farmer Mr. Dennis Florentino last February 2014.
  









Negros Island.  The SWEET Spot of the Philippines.

APEC Barongs Shine Elegantly Because Of Negros Island Silk

Thursday, November 5, 2015



The 5th of November is a special day in Negros Island.  The Negros Revolution, now commemorated and popularly known as Al Cinco de Noviembre or Negros Day, was a political movement that in 1898 created a government in Negros Island in the Philippines, informally ending Spanish control of the island and resulting in a government run by the Negrense natives, at least for that part of the archipelago and for a relatively short period. The newly established Negros Republic would last for approximately three months. American forces landed on the island unopposed on February 2, 1899, ending the island's independence.


Prelude to revolution

It has been stipulated that the Spanish civil and religious authorities in Negros did not initially suspect that the sugar barons and traders of the island would participate in an uprising against Spain.[1] The clergy in Negros had not acquired vast tracts of land, unlike their counterparts in the island of Luzon. Negros had become a rich province and "the local leaders were content, sharing even in many instances the social privileges of the Spanish elite."[2]

Negros did not seem enthusiastic about the August 23, 1896 Cry of Balintawak and the subsequent revolt headed by the Tagalog Katipuneros.[3] Rather, it disapproved the same as battalions of volunteers were organized in Bais, Valladolid, La Carlota, and Isabela in order to defend the island. There had been, however, early on, attempts by various groups on the grassroots level to revolt against the Spanish colonizers by figures like Diyos Buhawi and Papa Isio.

However, a greater part of the sugar planters soon began to sympathize towards the proposed ends of the insurrection, until two years later, such sympathy bore fruit when these same sugar planters broke out in open revolt. By that time, Aniceto Lacson, a rich landlord of Talisay City had joined the Katipunan, and Juan Araneta, Rafael Ramos, Carlos Gemora, Venura, and other leaders of what would become the revolution of 1898 were negotiating with their comrades in Iloilo and were arming themselves.


By the middle of August 1898, as numerous rumors of a coming insurrection in the Visayas spread, a number of parish priests sought refuge in Iloilo. The Negrense revolutionaries agreed that the revolt would begin on November 3, 1898. It was to be led by Aniceto Lacson with Nicolás Gólez of Silay City as deputy commander. South of Bacolod City, the revolt would be led by Juan Araneta of Bago City with Rafael Ramos of Himamaylan City as deputy commander.

Chronicle of the revolt

November 3



Aniceto Lacson rode to Silay. A committee headed by Lacson and acting for the province included Gólez, Leandro Locsin and Melecio Severino assembled and decided to begin the revolt on November 5. They then advised Juan Araneta of their decision.

November 4

Juan Araneta, from one of his haciendas in Ma-ao, advised all the southern mayors to begin the revolt the following day. In the afternoon, a woman from Kabankalan Norte (the present-day barrio of Eustaquio López) in Silay told priest Tomás Cornago of the impending revolt, even though the planning for the same was held secretly. He inquired of his friend, Doroteo Quillama, cabeza of the barrio, seeking to verify the report. The cabeza claimed no knowledge of the revolt. That same afternoon, groups of armed men passed the haciendas of Silay, and proceeded towards the town. The guardia civil in Silay were, however, unable to report this to Bacolod; the rebels had cut the telegraph lines in Talisay the day before.[4]

November 5

The revolt began in Central and Northern Negros in the morning and by the afternoon had spread to other towns such as San Miguel and Cadiz. In Silay, Lt. Maximiano Correa, commanding the Spanish garrison, had ten Spanish cazadores (Spanish, literally, "hunters") and seven Filipino civil guards. They were entrenched inside the municipal building, but surrendered without a fight when they realized that the townspeople were determined to burn the building to the ground should there be resistance. The Silay parish priest, Eulogio Saez, a businessman named Juan Viaplana, and José Ledesma persuaded the Spanish forces to lay down their arms, but in order to save face, the lieutenant had it appear in the official records that the capitulation was the result of a bloody battle with "dead and wounded littered all over the field of battle".[4] Ten Mauser and seven Remington rifles were surrendered by the garrison. Later, a flag similar to the design of the Filipino flag embroidered by Olympia Severino and her sisters was hoisted by the victorious townspeople.




In Bacolod, the governor of the province, Isidro de Castro, sent a force of 25 cazadores and 16 civil guards to engage a swarm of rebels seen camping near the Matab-ang River. After a brief skirmish, they withdrew, leaving two of their number dead. The Governor decided to make a stand in the Bacolod Convent (presently the Bishop's Palace, the rectory of the San Sebastian Cathedral), where hundreds of Spanish families had taken refuge. They waited for the attack, but it did not come.




November 6


In the morning, the rebels advanced upon Bacolod. Lacson and Gólez approached from the north, crossing the Mandalagan River. Araneta with a thousand bolo-men took positions at the Lupit River in the south-east of Bacolod. The wily revolutionaries augmented their lightly armed forces with "cannon" made of bamboo and rolled amakan, and "rifles" carved out of wood and coconut fronds. The bluff worked; de Castro was persuaded that it was useless to defend the capital.

José Ruiz de Luzuriaga, a rich businessman who was deemed acceptable to both rebels and Spanish authorities was sent to mediate. At noon, a delegation from each of the major belligerents met at the house of Luzuriaga. The rebel delegation included Lacson, Araneta, Gólez, Locsín, Simeón Lizares, Julio Díaz, and José Montilla. In an hour, it was agreed by both sides that "Spanish troops both European and native surrendered the town and its defenses unconditionally, turning over arms and communication" and "public funds would be turned over to the new government".


Historical marker commemorating the surrender of Spanish forces in Bacolod in 1898. Installed at the Fountain of Justice in 2007.
November 6, 1898, therefore, is the day that the revolution in Negros concluded.[5]:476



The Spanish signatories of the surrender document included Isidro de Castro, Braulio Sanz, Manuel Abenza, Ramón Armada, Emilio Monasterio and Domingo Ureta. Those who signed for the Negros revolutionary forces were Aniceto Lacson, Juan Araneta, Leandro Locsin, Simeón Lizares, Julio Díaz, and José Montilla.[6]

Forty-seven eminent Negrenses formulated and ratified a constitution to create a new republic. Signatories included among others Aniceto Lacson, Juan Araneta, Simeón Linárez, Antonio L. Jayme, Eusebio Luzuriaga, Nicolas Gólez, Agustín Amenabar, Rafael Ramos and Rosendo Lacson.[6]


Notes and references

  1  Calma, Ma. Cecilia C. and Concepcion, Diana R.: The Revolution in Negros., Raison D'Etre, University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos Research Planning and Development Office, Bacolod City, 1998
  2  Sa-onoy, Modesto P.: Negros Occidental History., Today Printers and Publishers, Bacolod City, 1992
  3  Cuesta, Angel Matinez, OAR: History of Negros., Historical Conservation Society, Manila, 1980
  4  Sa-onoy, Modesto P., Parroquia de San Diego, Today Printers and Publishers, Bacolod City, Philippines, pp. 49-50
  5 Foreman, J., 1906, The Philippine Islands, A Political, Geographical, Ethnographical, Social and Commercial History of the Philippine Archipelago, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons
  6 "Zamboanga: The Greatest Republic in History (Part 10): The Uprising in Negros". Zamboanga Today Online. 2005-08-09. Retrieved 2009-10-23.
  7 Jose Paolo Ariola (November 7, 2006). "El cañon de Cinco de Noviembre". SunStar Philippines. Retrieved 2006-11-18.
   8 "Negros Occidental to commemorate Al Cinco de Noviembre". Sun.Star Bacolod. 2006-11-03. Retrieved 2009-10-12.


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Information has been drawn from the post : Negros Island History : Why People of Negros Celebrate on Cinco de Noviembre (Nov. 5) of el Talonggo (blog by Lloyd Tronco)













Negros Island.  The SWEET Spot of the Philippines.


You've Heard of Heneral Luna, Now Learn About Henerals Araneta and Lacson

Monday, September 21, 2015

Migo Adecer of Starstruck 6 popped in right in time for the last two hours of the 30th Negros Trade Fair.  Migo is Negrense-French, born in Bacolod but raised in Australia.

To vote for Migo, via text, just type:

STARSTRUCK<space>MIGO then send to 4627.
To vote via online, just visit: www.gmanetwork.com/gma/starstruck

Migo Adecer of Starstruck 6 At The Negros Trade Fair

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Association of Negros Producers President, Christina Gaston,
opening the 30th Negros Trade Fair
The Negros Trade Fair is a journey of already 30 years. From the dismal depths of the collapse of the Philippine Sugar Industry in the early 80s, Negros and the Negrenses refused to go out silently into the night. Having a heritage of having the finest things in life, the Negrense also found itself to have the finest character when faced with adversity.

In 1984, “14 Housewives and a Gentleman”  rolled up their collars so as to enable the thousands of economically displaced sugar workers and families  to have an alternative source of income. Having sought training from the then Ministry of Trade and Industry (now the DTI), these intrepid band of Negrenses were able to establish production centers for crafts and foodstuffs produced and indigenous to the people of Negros. Thus, in 1985 the 1st Negros Trade Fair was held.

The 1st Negros Trade Fair was held at the then Makati Car Park. This was graciously offered free of rent by Ms. Bea Zobel. Owing to its advocacy in helping the struggling but persevering people of Negros, even Manila based Negrenses  campaigned  for the success of the trade fair.

But the trade fair also served as quilt for the people of Negros. Each product was a patch that was interwoven with those from others until a quilt of culture and society was crafted. This showed the resiliency of the people of Negros together with highlighting their culture and craftsmanship.

There were many challenges along the way such as globalization, rampant copying of products by competitor countries and the financial shocks of 1997 and 2008. And yet after each challenge, the Negrense managed to adapt, adjust and overcome. Each obstacle and roadblock was met by being more creative and having the ability to reinvent themselves and their products.

Now, the Negros Trade Fair has arrived at 30 years after 1985. A long journey that will continue towards an ever brightening future.








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Resilience, Recovery, and Reinvention : The Story of The Negros Trade Fair

One of the favorites at every Negros Trade Fair - Victorias Sardines.  At the Negros Trade Fair, they can be purchased at 3 for PhP100.00.

Victorias Sardines

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Unearthed from the "ba-ul" of yesteryears, an old photo of the Sea Breeze Hotel.  Taken during a time when indeed the waves from the Guimaras strait lapped against the beach alongside San Juan Street.

The Sea Breeze Hotel

Monday, August 31, 2015

The newly created Negros Island Region (Region 18) is one blessed island which serves as a shining example of how a province can chart a pathway to its own food sustenance.  Slowly but surely, Negros Island is showing the rest of the Philippines that going organic makes sense. 

Despite being physically separated by the Mt. Kanlaon range, the provinces of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental are of one mind in harnessing land resources towards organic farming.  In fact, Negros Island Region 18 now exceeds the world average in terms of lands allocated to organic agriculture.

The global average for agricultural land dedicated to organic farming is 3 percent.  Negros Island is currently at 4%, and growing!  An enthusiastic group dedicated to organic farming, Organik na Negros! Producers and Retailers Association (ONOPRA) is spearheading various awareness campaigns to attract not just consumers but potential organic farmers into this food sustenance revolution.

Last year, Negros Island was featured
in a 25-minute Living Asia Channel documentary dubbed as the Organic Bowl of Asia.

For those visiting Negros Island, one only needs to make their way to Rapha Valley in the uphill municipality of Don Salvador Benedicto to learn from Dr. Albert Jo, a medical doctor who explains to his visitors the various health benefits of various plants and flowers. 

It is through small platforms for education as these as well as wider scale public media awareness (now even made easier via the use of social media) that helps Negros Island move further in its emphasis and thrust for organic farming.

With this in mind, 5% in terms of agricultural land use for organic farming for Negros Island Region 18 will not be surprising at all.




Negros Island Region 18 Surpasses The Global Average For Organic Farming Cultivation

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

It is a matter of city-wide, even province-wide pride, when one of our own get recognized, internationally.

Eduardo Sicangco, son of Titong and Nena Varela Sicangco, was a graduate of La Salle High School Batch 1971 (Kauturan Class). His talent shone early in his years, as, while studying at the Ateneo de Manila University, National Artist Salvador Bernal took him under his wing. His talent for stage production design was already apparent in his teens as Bernal put Eduardo “Toto” Sicangco’s skills to the test through making the then-young artist try his hand at designing the Le Carnaval for Ballet Philippines.



As they say:

    “A little fish in a big pond can get to be a big fish in that pond, but a big fish in a little pond cannot get any better off.”

Indeed, for talent as big as Eduardo Sicangco’s, he won’t benefit from being kept in the Philippines, much less in his beloved hometown, at all.

And neither will it benefit the Philippines if we kept him in our shores.


So after his BA in Mass Communications at the Ateneo, he proceeded to get his MFA in Stage Design at the New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, where he got the J.S. Seidman Award for Excellence in Design. From that point on, “Toto” Sicangco’s star shone. From 1996 to 2004, he was the Master Teacher of Design, also at the New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. At the same time, he also worked in various Broadway productions, in Hollywood, as well as quite an impressive portfolio of set and costume designs for theater productions around the US. He also has work for international companies and showcases, and was even brought back home to the Ayala Museum in Makati for an exhibit. This exhibit, entitled: “From Inspiration To Illusion: The Scenographic Works of Eduardo Sicangco,” opened on October 26, 2008 and ended on January 11, 2009. It featured Eduardo Sicangco’s prized work, with media ranging from drawings, actual scale models of stage designs and costume plates, and actual stage costumes. In short, the last exhibit in the Ayala Museum was a summary of Toto Sicangco’s life’s work thus far.



According to the Ayala Museum:

    Scenic design is an artistic discipline that crosses over artistic disciplines. The skills of a painter, sculptor, architect, and lighting designer combine to conceptualize what is essentially literature and interpret it visually in three dimensions.



From an old PhilStar article, excerpts as to where Eduardo Sicangco gets his inspiration for his craft:

    “Sometimes I find myself on the subway looking at an outrageously dressed passenger and thinking to myself: ‘If I put that on stage, no one will believe me.’ Ditto with my block’s resident homeless person/beggar. He is a 6′ 3″ tall and skinny black man, dressed entirely in white from head to 6″ platform shoes, no matter the season. I kid you not.

    Some smart person once said that ‘originality is looking at things everyone sees and thinking thoughts no one else does.’ Another smarty-pants also said: ‘Originality is the art of hiding your source.’

    Everyone and everything has a story to tell. If you bother to dig deep enough, more often than not, the story proves to be fascinating. And that is why I love the theater. We are storytellers. Sir Peter Hall, the famous stage director, said it best. To paraphrase him: back in prehistoric times, the cavemen would wake up, hunt for food, then gather in their caves at night and over a fire, tell (or probably grunt) each other stories. Today, our caves are air-conditioned and our fires are electric. Yet we are still doing the same thing: telling each other stories.

    The humanity of the creative arts is what floats my boat.”

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On July 2, 2012, the voting for The Outstanding Filipino Americans in New York (TOFA-NY) for 2012 was opened. On October 5, 2012, voting for the TOFA-NY 2012 awardees was closed. On October 27, 2012, the TOFA-NY awardees will be bestowed their awards at the Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, from 8 PM to 10 PM.

And this year’s The Outstanding Filipino Americans in New York awardee for Arts & Culture is none other than consummate artiste, Bacolod’s own, Eduardo Sicangco: Stage and costume designer for Broadway and Hollywood, extraordinaire.

To sum up this latest achievement, nothing would do greater justice than a quip from Toto Sicangco himself:

    “I’ve always felt that life should glitter more. I am a bit of a glitz queen, which is an understatement. Everyday life is inherently theatrical, in my book.”

With that, we at You Know You’re From Bacolod If… and FromBacolod.com laud you, Bacolod’s own, Eduardo “Toto” Sicangco.

Thank you for doing us proud!

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Epilogue: We may ask, why do geniuses like Eduardo “Toto” Sicangco have to migrate to the US or elsewhere outside the Philippines, in order to get recognized? To become a big fish in a big pond, so to speak? Here are words straight from Toto Sicangco, via Rinnah Sevilla, in Philippine Star:

    Despite spending three decades abroad, Sicangco still looks to and is proud of his Filipino roots. “They inform my sensibility and sensitivity as a designer and as an artist. And what advantageous roots! Malay/Pacific Islander, Spanish/European/Latino, Asian/Oriental, American/Hollywood, even Muslim. For a designer, the Philippines is a fortuitous and lucky place to be from, specifically in terms of frames of reference. Look around: Spanish cathedrals and cobble-stoned streets, mosques and minarets, McDonalds and Starbucks, pagodas and nipa huts, primitive tribal art and Juan Luna! Short of African, I am fortunate enough to possess a natural affinity for most sensibilities required by various projects. Now take all these and combine them with the ultra-sophisticated mindset of a world-class city like New York and you have quite an edge.”

    Asked to set his sights on theater and the arts in the Philippines, Sicangco gives an all-too-familiar sad refrain. “With all due respect to whomever and without ruffling any feathers, I would like to see more support for theater design in particular and the performing arts in general,” he says. “With regards the latter, one can’t help but applaud the valiant efforts of the committed artists in Manila who keep theater, dance and opera going, defying all odds. One wishes for more funding, from the government and from the business and private sectors.”

    He admits that if he were to design a show in Manila, he would “miss the technical and artisanal support” from scores of craftspeople – wig makers, cobblers, embroiderers, jewelers and the like – that he has access to in New York.

    “The reason they are so good at what they do is quite simple: they get paid well for it. It is a career,” he says. “There is a huge demand for their services and talents. And the reason for this is that the performing arts is a viable and fairly profitable business in that part of the world.”

    He continues: “As I used to tell my NYU (New York University) students, it ain’t called ‘Show Art;’ it’s called ‘Show Business.’ For me as a designer, the challenge becomes: ‘how much art can I inject into the business and vice versa?’”

    But he is ever optimistic. “I hope for the day, hopefully sooner rather than later, when we won’t have to ‘make do’ and that there is high demand for good-caliber performing arts in our beloved country and that we artists can make a decent living doing what we love and have to do. Note I said ‘decent;’ I do not ask for more – unless you insist. Please insist. The rest is icing on the cake.”

    “The natural talent is definitely here and always has been. In spades, mind you. Just look at Ms. Salonga for starters. The lack of patronage and support is the major challenge, along with good training and self-discipline, which both translate into a high level of professionalism.”

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Eduardo Sicangco: Broadway Scenographer And Consummate Artist, TOFA-NY 2012 Awardee For Arts & Culture

Sunday, July 26, 2015

There was a time when ready to eat snack food wasn't predominantly packed in foil printed with brightly colored labels.  Those were decades ago.

We refer to those days simply as "childhood". 

In those days when not even Pringle's was in sight, we resorted to a favorite known as Lubid-Lubid.

Lubid-Lubid is a sugar coated treat made from regular dough, shaped into twirls resembling short pieces of rope, then deep fried. When cooked, the are rolled in sugar for coating and flavour.

Lubid-lubid derives its name from the Hiligaynon word for rope which is "lubid".

Food is about memories and whenever baby boomers eat lubid-lubid, they are easily transported to a magical place called 'My Childhood'.----Lubid-lubid will be available at the Negros Trade Fair which happens on


September 16-20, 2015, 
Glorietta Mall, Makati.
Negros Trade Fair at 30

"Truly Negros"

30th Negros Trade Fair






Lubid Lubid : A Favorite Childhood Delicacy

The Philippines is made up of 7,107 islands composed of three main aggrupations - Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.  Luzon to the north, Mindanao in the south, and the Visayas right smack in the middle.

In the heart of the Visayas is the island of Negros.  It is the fourth largest island in the Philippine archipelago, located between the islands of Panay to the west and Cebu to the east.  Shaped like a boot, the island is split diagonally by a chain of rugged mountains into the northwestern province of Negros Occidental and the southeastern province of Negros Oriental.

In the past, this natural graphic separation and the long-time lack of a proper road infrastructure resulted in two provinces that do not even share a dialect, nor were they classified in the same political region.  Rather, each became more aligned with the provinces that they face across the water:  Oriental with Cebu, and Occidental with Iloilo, adapting their respective language and culture and, certainly, their food.

This site, www.bestofnegrosisland.com aims to introduce to the world, this wonderful island we call, Negros. 


Welcome to Negros Island.  The Sweet Spot of the Philippines!

 

Negros Island, The Sweet Spot of the Philippines

If you are a fan of the Filipino favorite, Dinuguan, the best place to try Dinuguan is at Twenty Six Herb Garden along 6th Street.

With the deluge of quick service restaurants in the city, nothing is more refreshing than old fashioned home style cooking.

Dinuguan is just one of those favorites which easily takes us back to our own kitchen.

Menu for the week of July 27 is listed below:





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Best Dinuguan In Bacolod City

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Whenever Bacolod or Negros Island is mentioned, images of the famous "Ruins", ancestral home of Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson are easily conjured.

While indeed the Ruins attest to classical European influence on the Negrense way of life and outlook on design, another important house best represents a more modern yet equally sublime pull on Negrenses.  We're talking of Art Deco.

Art Deco, or Deco, is an influential visual arts design style that first appeared in France after World War I and began flourishing internationally in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s before its popularity waned after World War II.   In what is known as Bacolod's "Millionaire's Row", a grand art deco house known as Balay Daku serves as a testament to the sophistication of Negrenses in that the influence of Deco easily crossed the oceans to make its way not only to Manila, but down south in Negros.

It was back in the 1930s when Generoso M. Villanueva, a prominent sugar planter, and his wife Paz, built the first art deco  structure in Bacolod City. Designed solely by the owner, the three-story, poured-concrete steel reinforced building with graceful curved balconies, parapets, and porthole steel-cased windows looks like the Titanic on land. It was known among the locals as the Boat House. Among family, though, it was simply called Balay Daku (the big house).


We now show you some of the pics of Balay Daku as taken by architect-photographer Voltaire Siacor, whose lens helps us appreciate the grandeur of this treasure.












Art Deco Staircase of Balay Daku
Museum Curator John Silva recently made a public post on Facebook entitling his posting, "The Most Beautiful Art Deco House in the Philippines".


With this house still intact and in very good condition, Filipino heritage advocates can find solace in the fact that structures like these are treated with respect, unlike in Manila where the  number of Deco buildings which are laid to waste only seem to be increasing.

In response to John Silva's post on Facebook, Ms. Bambi Harper had this to comment, "Negrenses appear to have better taste than Manileños.  Think of all those Art Deco houses in New Manila that were replaced by condos of no particular artistic value."





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Negros Trade Fair at 30

"Truly Negros"
30th Negros Trade Fair, 

September 16-20, 2015, 
Glorietta Mall, Makati












Inside The Most Beautiful Art Deco House In The Philippines

 
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