Camina Balay nga Bato
Camina Balay nga Bato
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Czar Emmanuel
Manila, Philippines10,062 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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 3 February 2020
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,630 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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 22 February 2020
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mamabelz
Los Banos, Philippines3,124 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
So it’s an old house. I was told it’s a living museum- the house is still being used by the family.

There was A video presentation. Then you are led to the second floor for the snack that comes with the tour. I had unlimited hot chocolate on a very hot day plus pancit Molo (dumpling).
Written 4 May 2024
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Leny Wanders
cebu city60 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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 13 August 2013
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Thea V
Manila, Philippines72 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 17 November 2014
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Joseph Bernard A
Marawi, Philippines289 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 29 July 2014
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Klaus P
Cebu City, Cebu City, Philippines21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 14 July 2014
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sandra v
Cebu City, Philippines51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 25 April 2013
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Kristhea P
Auckland Central, New Zealand122 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 18 March 2015
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TravelBug1469
Manila, Philippines1,709 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Couples
Camina Balay nga Bato is just a few meters after the Villa Arevalo Plaza coming from Molo Iloilo, the heritage house can be found on the right side of the road going to Oton. Built in 1865 and originally called the Avancena Ancestral House, it is now being managed by fourth generation of the family related to former Chief Justice Ramon Avancena.
The first floor is used as office and store named Lola Rufina Heritage Curio Shop where 'everything here is for sale' said the care-taker, offering housewares, woven bags and slippers, decors, tableya, tsokolateras and baterol of varying sizes, and other souvenir items
The second floor serves as 'house' and 'museum' showcasing antique furnishings and other artifacts. It is here where 'hot tsokolate' and cookies are served all prepared in traditional way. It is included in a 150 peso 'package' paid when you enter the premises. They entertain advance booking for groups who would wanted to try other Ilonggo cuisines.
It was refreshingly hot experience.
Written 11 November 2014
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