Sunday, January 16, 2011
Hofileña Ancestral House - Silay City
When im doing my research about the ancestral houses in Silay City, the Hofilena ancestral house caught my attention because of of the "smallest doll in the world". I was so curious so i included that one in my itinerary. However this is not the main reason why i had a separate blog ... itS all because of OUR AMAZING HOST MR. RAMON "MON" HOFILENA. I was so amazed by this person, in terms of his personality, achievements and beliefs .. nakakaloka..
Wala kaming reservation mga nagwalk in lang kami since wala nmn kaming fix time kung anung oras kami makarating. However when we arrived sa bahay, Sir MON advised us na it would be better kung magpa appointment kami para mas maayos ang pagtanggap nya at sya rin ay nakapaghanda.. Mejo nahiya kami kasi he was doing something that rainy day pero sabi nga nya hindi naman sila tumatangi kapag may dumating na bisita lalo na ung galing sa malayong lugar. Pero please give them a call on this number for reservations (+63)(34)495-4561). They would appreciate it more.
He personally toured us sa bahay nya, we found out na madami silang magkakapatid ang all of them are achievers, kung di sa pagiging beauty queen, sa singing, dancing, or theater. We also found out na pamangkin nya si PJ abellana and JOjo abellana.. so ibig sabihin apo nya si Carla Abellana... He was a very good entertainer, di cya nakakabagot kausap, matalino and also a traveler (which i liked MOST about him) and pinaka da best he posed nude in some of the paintings..
The collections of these house really amazed me , aside from the fact that the it was the venue of the first wood printing in Negros, it also got hundreds of paintings by Rizal, Luna, Amorsolo, Hidalgo etc. Im not an avid fan of paintings pero ang mga paintings nya really got my attention due to the details of it. And ang astig pa doon ay ung karamihan sa mga painting nya ay may dedication na para sa kanya . Astig!
We found out also, before he usually travels alot, been working in New York for more than 10 yrs, been a CEO of two companies, been a Model, been a theater actor, a savior of historical artifacts, a dvd / movie addict ,a nude model , had a relationship with a famous celebrity (di nya sinabi), and a swimmer. Di maitatago ni Sir Mon na nahihirapan syang magsalita so he mentioned about this sickness na super rare and the medicine cost like 45k per tablet at di ito mabibili sa Pilipinas. At the aged of 77 yrs old he was ready to faced our creator pero according to him the House of Hofileña will be preserved by his family. He will also make a video documentary para nmn mashare nya knowledge nya sa ibang tao. Im so sad to hear this from him, kasi his so smart , ang dami kong natutunan at nalaman sa kanya about the history of negros, silay and ang pinas. His also a multi lingual marunong cyang mag japanese, english, frances etc. and a very good entertainer. I cant say anything bad about this person and im so happy that i met him during my short visit in Silay city. I hope those young peeps out there got the chance to meet SIR MON Hofileña in person. Madami kayong matututunan sa kanya, promise coz i did =)......
Hofileña Ancestral House - Silay City
Ramon Hofilena - House owner / Host / Guide (amazing person)
Infront Garden of Hofilena 's
Pictures of Sir Mon's siblings - total of 7 children all are achievers
Pamangkin nya ang mga artistang Abellana = PJ, JOJO and DINO
Tektite Stones = i learned na mayaman pala ang pilipinas sa ganitong uri ng bato
The smallest Doll in the world - nabili nya sa Japan. Maliit pa ito sa Butil ng Palay
Sir MON with his painting collections - BONGA!
Mga Amorsolo, Rizal, Hidalgo and other local artists ang mga may gawa nito
Both of this painting was done with in 10minutes isang Cristo and Judas both
images ay si SIR MON
This painting was done when Sir Mon was already 50 yrs old
Sir Mon loves to posed nude he actually encouraged us to do the same, (i think im gonna passed)
He actually sleeps without any clothing.