Camina Balay nga Bato

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Steve M
Clontarf, Australia269 contributions
Family
Didn't really know what to expect and I was pleasantly surprised. Staff were friendly and informative. The chocolate drink was an added bonus.
Written 4 August 2022
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Mai P
Cebu City, Philippines41 contributions
Couples
It felt like going back to history. Seeing all the old things like the huge Japanese door by the stairs, the wooden stairs that creaked as you walk on it, the beautiful wooden tables and chairs made from Nara and kamagong wood, made the experience so earthly. The history of the place is so rich, a few minutes wasn’t enough to hear all about it.

The highlight of the place was the homemade chocolate drink paired with a sweet biscuit/bread.
Written 15 June 2022
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Denise Nicole T
Bali, Indonesia29 contributions
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 15 March 2022
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Jake T
5 contributions
Had the tour in this balay na bato and was not disappointed. Also got to try their famous chocolate it was nice!
Written 31 January 2022
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC5,692 contributions
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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Czar Emmanuel
Manila, Philippines6,054 contributions
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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Mariann Tormon
Iloilo City, Philippines192 contributions
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 28 January 2020
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Franz Lowell L
Manila, Philippines126 contributions
Couples
It was my second visit to this house. My wife and I enjoyed the hot choco drink and the pastries very much.
Written 2 November 2019
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mhel74
Manila, Philippines418 contributions
Family
For me its just an average tourist spot. If you can skip if do it so.. So you can avoid trapic in the city
Written 18 October 2019
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LIDGE012
Luzon, Philippines30 contributions
Friends
When I found out that I'll be attending a wedding Iloilo, I tried checking the net of what other things to do in town. I told my dear friend about it so the day after the wedding, the newly wed couple decided to tour us around and brought us in Camiña Balay. There was a minimal fee that you need to pay which includes snack and a taste of the famous Batirol. The moment I entered the place, all my childhood memories went back as things that I used to have can be found here as an artifact and the highlight I've been waiting for..the chocolate and biscuits were served in a small teapot and using your teacups while drinking the best chocolate de batirol..felt that I am having a afternoon "tea party"..If you do love visiting ancestral or historical places, this is a must try.

Written 13 October 2019
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