Part 8 Of Our Negros Occidental Tour
21 kilometres south of Bacolod is Bago City. Along the city's main street is the Balay Ni Tan Juan. Before it became a museum, the house was used as a school, and before that, from 1906 until World War II, it was the residence of General Juan Anacleto Araneta and his family. Juan is a favourite Negrense hero. In 1898, he, along with General Aniceto Lacson led a march of 10,000 men to Bacolod City, which led to the surrender of Spanish Governor Isidro de Castro.
The ground floor of the grand house has an exhibit of Bago's village life. On the second floor, the pre-WWII lifestyle is simulated with old furniture and family photos. Balay Ni Tan Juan was worth the stop.