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An Ancestral Home in Talisay, Negros Occidental

A house-turned-museum shows how a bahay na bato can exist in the modern world.

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Original Article: Rachelle F. Medina Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Pictorial Direction: Gwyn GS Guanzon

Restoring an ancestral home to its former glory can be daunting. Such was the case for this house-turned-museum called Balay ni Tana Dicang in Talisay, a town located north of Bacolod City.

With no blueprints as guide, it was only through careful research and unearthing of period photos that a meticulous vision was pieced together by Adrian Lizares, a descendant of the owner. Original design features and period antiques have been maintained or restored. More notably, the commercial ground floor of the house was turned into an art gallery and a future café, following a tradition that separates the upper domestic area from the lower space.

Original article by Rachelle F. Medina. Pictorial direction by Gwyn GS Guanzon. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Read the original article ("Capitana of my Heart") in the May 2010 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at  https://summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living.

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