These houses will teach you a thing or two about Philippine history and culture.
Travel back in time with a visit to the Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar. The vintage houses epitomize the grandeur of a bygone age, perfect for a photo session.
Vigan City is part of the Unesco World Heritage list, thanks to 187 preserved structures that date back to the 18th-century Spanish colonial period. Begin with a kalesa horse-drawn carriage ride, then take a stroll along the famous cobblestone street of Calle Crisologo.
From Bacolod, take a short drive to nearby Silay to marvel at the well-preserved ancestral houses near the town hall. You can even take a ride on a steam locomotive at the Hawaiian-Philippine Company, the oldest sugar refinery in Silay that is still operational.
Along Zulueta Street stands the Jesuit House, also known as the Museo Parian sa Sugbo, one of the oldest houses in the Philippines—its foundations can be traced back to the year 1730. Sometime between the ’50s and ’60s, it was known as Club X, an exclusive club where government officials enjoyed food, cocktails and music. Aside from being a historical treasure, the Jesuit House also acts as a warehouse for the present owner’s business.
This article first appeared in the August 2019 issue of Smile magazine.