Ancestral House of Manuel Severino Hofilenia
Silay city, Negros
Negros is the seat of the country's sugarcane industry. Many sugarcane plantations flourished and brought wealth to a number of families here. Silay was home to the wealthy and influential families like the Ledesma, Montelibano, Gaston, Lacson, Locsin, Bascon, etc. Silay was then the social and economic hub of Negros. European intellectuals and musicians would make Silay their haunt. It was dubbed the Paris of Negros.
Today Silay has a number of well preserved ancestral houses that are made into museums. These majestic houses were built between 1880 to 1930, following the pioneering success of Yves Gaston to cultivate sugar commercially in the area.
One of the ancestral homes is the Hofileña Heritage House. Built in 1934, it houses an art collection that includes works of Dr. Jose Rizal, Juan Luna, Hidalgo, Amorsolo, Manansala, Hechanova, etc. The Hofileña Ancestral House is now considered as one of Silay’s public museums.