Hofilena Heritage House, Silay City

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The Hofileña Ancestral House is the residence of the late Manuel Severino Hofileña and his family located in Cinco de Noviembre Street, Silay City, in the province of Negros Occidental, Philippines. The home was built by Hofileña for his wife Gilda Ledesma Hojilla, a former Miss Silay, and their nine children.At present, Ramon Hofileña, one of the children and heirs, resides in this ancestral house and personally tours guests who visit his abode.HistorySilay City's stone houses, or bahay na bato—most of which are owned by landed farmers and sugar barons—are material reminders of the life of the affluent in the late 19th century to the early 20th century, the golden age of Silay and the peak of the sugar industry in the province. One of these houses, the Hofileña Ancestral House, was built in 1934.During World War II, when the family fled to the mountains, the house was used by Japanese commanders who had meetings here. The house was later occupied by the Americans.In 1962 the house was opened to the public. It was the first ancestral house to be opened in the city. The next house to do so was 30 years later.The Hofileña Ancestral House has a historical marker installed by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) on April 6, 1993.In 1989, the BBC TV series "Far Eastern Cookery" shot some of its scenes in the Hofileña Ancestral House when it featured Ilonggo delicacies. The house was also used as a setting by a Canadian movie company for its documentary on Sugarlandia, which was shown in the Toronto Film Festival in 2011.Art & architectureSince it was built in the 1930s, the period when Art Deco and Art Nouveau flourished in the country, the Hofileña Ancestral House also reflect such styles. Most of its architectural details were influenced by other houses. Its roof is of classic steep and wide eaves, unlike the galvanized iron sheets that have been the popular roofing material in Manila. The wide steps that lead to the portico is of American influence.
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  • Lots of beautiful art pieces on the second floor including a nice collection of national artists' works! Manansalas, Joya, Amorsolo, Abueva, even a small piece by Rizal  more »
  • This heritage house is a must place to visit. Well kept lived in house and beautifully manicured lawns give you a palapable feeling of nostalgia. The museum is a veritable time travel back to how baco...  more »
  • You can’t miss the imposing lemon-chiffon coloured Spanish Colonial house with the number 14 at Cinco de Noviembre Street. This house dates to 1934 and is occupied and curated by Ramon Hofileña, one o...  more »
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