In the land of chicken inasal, MassKara festival, sugar barons and hacienderos, Silay is famed for its impressive collection of heritage buildings. From ancestral houses, houses turned museums to its various repurposed architecture, walking around Silay feels like traveling back in time. 

Fusion of Philippine Art Deco and Art Nouveau inside the Hofileña Ancestral House
Fusion of Philippine Art Deco and Art Nouveau inside the Hofileña Ancestral House

Inside Hacienda Tinihaban is Silay’s (not so) well-kept secret. Punong Gary’s Place was once the Ledesma family’s private vacation home. After its renovation by renowned architect, Ed Ledesma, it now holds Balinese casitas for overnight guests, a restaurant for foodies and other amenities like a cafe and lap pool.

 Punong Gary’s Place, Silay
Punong Gary’s Place, Silay
 Punong Gary’s Place, Silay
Punong Gary’s Place, Silay

The repurposed structures seamlessly blend with the landscape; with giant trees and its thick foliage providing a welcome respite from the intense summer heat.

Traditional Philippine furniture mixed with contemporary pieces inside the café
Traditional Philippine furniture mixed with contemporary pieces inside the café
Garden inspired washroom
Garden inspired washroom

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