Today, the Balay ni Tana Dicang stands as one of Negros most preserved ancestral homes and is now open as Lifestyle museum. It was built in 1872 for Don Efigenio Lizares and Doña Enrica Alunan at the later stages of the Spanish era in the Philippines.
This bahay-na-bato is a proud survivor of wars, revolutions, and the ravages of time. It is a classic example of Filipino Ancestral Architecture complete with its original and authentic domestic paraphernalia.
Location and Contact
Balay ni Tana Dicang is located at 36 Rizal Street Talisay City, Negros Occidental Philippines 6115. [email protected]
(034)712-6800 or (034)495-2104
Museum hours: 10am – 5PM
Guided tours: 10:30am to 03:00pm
How to Get There
From Bacolod City, take a jeepney with route Bata or Mandalagan and go down at Ceres North Terminal or Bacolod North Terminal. You can take a bus or double tire to Talisay which is just few minutes away. Talisay is just a small town and you can ask any driver to bring you to Tana Dicang at 36 Rizal Street.
The ancestral home of the Efigenio Lizares and Enrica Alunan clan was buolt c. 1972 as a classical bahay-na-bato “house of stone” set on 6,000 square meters of property in Talisay, Negros Occidental.
Situated within close proximity from the town church, the architecture reflects clearly the style of the moment and the Lizares’ family way of life in their environment during the late 19th century.
The house has a total of 18 rooms, most of which are bedrooms, the biggest areas being the formal living and dining rooms. The walls that wrap the ground floor areas are constructed of stone bound together with an organic mortar and clad on the exterior by rare quarried coral “coquina” and bricks, and covered with a layer of lime wash. The partitions and elements of the interior are made of tropical Filipino hardwoods mostly molave, balayong and narra. To protect the house from the heat, Venetian style window shutters let the air in and keep it in shade, and Persian style windows keep the rain out while allowing the light in thru translucent “capiz” shell panes. The property is surrounded on one part by a stone wall and in another a more decorative hand-forged iron fence.
Now called the Balay in Tana Dicang, this is the beloved ancestral home of the Lizares family and the diligence of its several descendants account for the careful maintenance of the house’s all original structure and authentic contents – which tell the story of Negros, its culture and the family stories over the century.
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