Day 1 - A Quick Silay City Historic Walk


I chose the seat with a view of sunrise but even as we landed at 545am there was a shy shade of daybreak.   I dismissed any negative feel as I have a full itinerary ahead before the PICPA Convention proper. At the airport, I boarded the shuttle to Silay and in less than an hour, the Paris version of the Philippines hailed before me.


It was only 6am then and like other provinces in the Philippines, the morning usually come sluggish with handful of people around and some streets desolated.  With the maps apps as guide, I made my way around Silay.   

I passed by Rizal Park on my way to San Diego Pro-Cathedral where I prayed for safety as I embarked a full 2-day solo trip.

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After the Cathedral, I continued my stroll along Rizal Avenue. Establishments are starting to open and people waiting for a ride slowly filled the streets.  Some of the historic buildings along the main highway are the Gil Severino Ancestral Building, the Maria Ledesma Gomez Building (RCBC) and Bernardino Jalandoni House Museum.  The museum visit was deferred as it opens at 9am, beyond my Silay time.

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I proceeded to Cinco de Noviembre Street for more heritage houses.  Balay Negrense and HofileƱa Museum are also closed around that time.  There are also other heritage structures along the street.

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On my way back to Rizal Avenue, I passed by Silay City Hall and Sen. Jose Lacson Cultural and Civic Center.  

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At the rear side of the Cultural Center is a marker in memory of World War II.  It says: War is evil! Mankind can only survive when there is love, peace, unity, cooperation, respect for human dignity.  Say no to war!

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I concluded my one-hour Silay walk with a visit to El Ideal.  After having some for home, I joined the rest of commuters bound for Bacolod…

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