Iloilo is not short of well-preseved old Spanish-era houses. One example is the old Avancena house called Camina Balay na Bato. My sister who working in Manila went home to Iloilo after I give birth to Naj. It was timely that her Manila workmates are also visiting Iloilo for a quick vacay. So my sister decided to play tourist to her Tagalog friends. Since that time, I just got out of the hospital after giving birth while our little one was still left at the NICU. My husband and I together with my niece and nephew decided to tag along with the tour group.
The Balay na Bato visit consists of a guided-tour of the house and a served meal of a popular Ilonggo dish, Pancit Molo and tsokolate (hot chocolate). This tour cost 200pesos per person.
The authentic Pancit Molo is so yummy. It was raining that day so it was just perfect dish together with the hot tsokolate. It is definitely worth the trip to visit this charming heritage house of the Melocoton-Avancena clan, both for Ilonggo who doesn’t know about this little gem in our city as well as tourists who can experience first hand of how charming our city is.
Camiña Balay nga Bato c. 1865
20 Osmena Street, Villa De Arevalo
Iloilo City, Philippines 5000
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