Camina Balay nga Bato

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Denise Nicole T
Bali, Indonesia29 contributions
Mar 2022
For P150, you get to tour this historical house and have a taste of their famous traditional hot chocolate paired with a few biscuits. Unfortunately, availing of the set meal requires a minimum of 18 people. I don’t know who travels with 17 friends. Definitely not me and that was a bit of a disappointment. I hope they consider smaller groups in the future.

There is a 5 min video at the beginning of the tour that explains the history and parts of the house. The artifacts are interesting but could also use a bit of dusting. Also, the plain computer-printed signs “Don't Touch” posted all over the place could maybe be made more aesthetic or themed because they kind of ruin the nice photos that one takes of the place.

This is still a worthy visit for any Iloilo City itinerary. The staff are also very friendly and accommodating. A few improvements could make a big difference for one’s tour experience.
Written March 15, 2022
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Mariann Tormon
Iloilo City, Philippines191 contributions
Feb 2019 • Friends
Loved the native chocolate!

Entrance is good for a no-time-limit tour after the guide has introduced you to every nooks and crannies of the historical mansion. You can stay as long as you want to enjoy the native chocolate and biscuits. There were also brochures that were handed out for free that you can read while examining closely every antique housewares that are no longer used nowadays.

There were displays of various merchandise at the entrance from food to accessories to scarves. I bought two nice beaded necklaces.

My friends and I took time chatting while enjoying the picture taking inside the house.

A must-visit for lovers of history.
Written January 28, 2020
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Thea V
Manila, Philippines73 contributions
Oct 2014 • Friends
This place may not be as spectacular as some of the more well-known old Filipino houses but it still has its charm. I learned that Camina Balay nga Bato was only considered as an "upper middle class" Filipino home during its time. Despite this, I was still amazed with the place. I think the entrance fee of P120 was worth it.

Upon entering, you will see ladies weaving cloth. The first floor is a shop with some interesting antique items, patadyong cloth (woven by the ladies), and some paraphernalia that can be used for preparing traditional hot chocolate.

They serve hot chocolate (which is already covered by the entrance fee) with some local Ilonggo pastries like mamon tostado. It was the richest, most flavorful hot chocolate I've ever had but the sweetness is just right. You can also opt to have the pancit molo (a must try!) for an additional fee but they require a minimum number of guests for this (I think there should be at least 10).

This is one of the best attractions in Iloilo City.
Written November 17, 2014
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Czar Emmanuel
Manila, Philippines5,997 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
Some of my friends from manila are in town and they have a bit of free time this afternoon. I decided to bring them to the Camiña Balay nga Bato in Villa to visit this 19th century heritage house, buy some souvenirs and, of course, have a taste of the best batirol chocolate in town.

Visiting this place is like travelling back in time. This house may not be as big as the other heritage houses in Iloilo and is a bit dusty, but it still looks good and gives you a feel of the olden times. We would have loved to have dinner here, but we were not able to make the necessary reservation ahead of time. Just the same, I recommend that you visit this place when you're in the city. For only Php 150 per head you can visit the house and enjoy its hot batirol chocolate drink!
Written February 3, 2020
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Washington DC, DC5,689 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
I liked the hot chocolate and cookies they served me. The video shown before the tour and friendly guide are good.

Don’t like: Divisoria-like exhibits! Many tabes in each room full of stuffs. They look like having a garage sale inside!

Written February 22, 2020
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Leny Wanders
cebu city59 contributions
Aug 2013 • Couples
My husband and I went there since we found in the internet that it's a must-see in Iloilo. It was closed when we got there arouns 11am, the signage was so small we also almost missed it. We rang the bell, somebody peeped but did not move. We persisted and somebody ran to the gate to tell us that they don't accept visitors that are less than five. We tried to beg if we can just be allowed to go in, anyway we' re willing to pay their entrance fee of 150pesos each. She went inside and got back to tell us that they can only let us in if we pay 750 pesos! We were so disappointed and angry to be treated that way. How are they allowed to operate that way? It is such a shame to iloilo tourism!
Written August 13, 2013
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Joseph Bernard A
Marawi, Philippines295 contributions
Jul 2014 • Friends
We tried checking out this place for the first time last month and we were rejected cause they don't accept groups of less than 5 persons and those who doesn't have any reservations. But my friends were so eager to try it so we decided today to call in for reservations (033-336-5075). We were accommodated well by their staff. And we enjoyed looking at the antique memorabilia and items for sale and displayed. There is a fee of Php150 for a tour and inclusive of hot choco drink and sweets. They also serve breakfast and lunch for Php500 per person for a minimum of 10 persons. A must try as well was their pancit molo for Php200 for a minimum of 5 persons. You have to call for reservations at least 3 hours before a major meal. Not bad for those who seek gastronomic adventures and who loves antiques and history. When we went here, we have the place on our own. The choco drink is so delicious that we even asked for more. Though we find their service and the food stellar. Not forgetting how lovely and romantic their ambiance was. At the end of the day, it's still expensive.
Written July 29, 2014
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Klaus P
Cebu City, Cebu City, Philippines21 contributions
Jul 2014 • Couples
Here the best hot chocolate espresso is being served ever in my life. And I´ve seen a lot! It worths even just to come for that.
Written July 14, 2014
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sandra v
Cebu City, Philippines57 contributions
Apr 2013 • Family
Most excellent place. Quiet, breezy and pleasant place to be. You cannot miss visiting the house. It's owners still occupy the house. The 150-peso entrance fee is nothing to the experience. A taste of the past and its culture. If you happen to chance on the owner, do request a guided tour as she is most affluent in its history. You will be served their famous chocolate drink, which they themselves make. Sometimes they serve pancit Molo. Before you go, do visit their souvenir shops below the house. Shawls and patadyongs (skirt-like designs) which they wove themselves are for sale. I bought 3 pcs. Ask about the hablon. The frame-like structure they use for weaving, a disappearing craft in this country. The owner had other visitors to attend to but we asked to linger for another hour just to look, touch and feel everything in the room. I suggest you start taking a video of your visit the minute the owner invites you to go upstairs. The tour starts on the 1st step.
Written April 25, 2013
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Kristhea P
Auckland Central, New Zealand121 contributions
Camiña Balay nga Bato (built in the 1860s) is an ancestral house of the Avanceña clan. 4th generation members of the family live here, but they opened the place to the public in 2010 to showcase bits and pieces of the Ilonggo heritage. This year, 2015, is its 150th year. I've been to heritage houses in Cebu City and Bohol with more extensive collection of relics and other display items but being an Ilonggo, visiting this place has a special feel and charm.

Entrance fee is 150php, inclusive of a guided tour and merienda (hot tablea drink and kinihad / toasted mamon). You have the option to upgrade the snacks to pancit molo (200php) but you have to be 10 in the group to avail this. Plus you have to call in advance so they can prepare it for you. Breakfast, lunch or dinner available upon reservation. My brother and I came for a visit without reservation though, but we were accommodated. :) Parking also available.

Visit time - give yourself at least 30 minutes to complete the tour, stay in for merienda to enjoy the vibe of the place. It's quiet and quaint. also, if you wish to observe traditional weaving, visit in the morning. :)
Written March 18, 2015
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