Lizares House (Balay Ni Tana Dicang), Talisay, Negros Occidental

The Lizares house in Talisay, referred to as Balay ni Tana Dicang (The House of Tana Dicang) is on —  naturally —  Lizares Street.

Tana Dicang sits in the center (Self digs her native dress!). Dapper man to her right (wearing two-toned shoes -- I inadvertently left his feet out of the photograph -- AARGH) was the first president of the Philippine Republic, Manuel L. Quezon. The other guy might be Osmeña

A bust of Tana Dicang -- Self only wishes she knew the name of the sculptor! The woman lived to be 102. She bore 17 children.

Self loves the basket beneath the bed!

The occupants of the house ate their meals at this simple wooden table, adjoining the kitchen. The formal table and chairs in the house's main seating area were reserved for special occasions.

Self had the best tour guide: Fr. Bernard, a member of the Lizares family. Fr. Bernard is a Carmelite monk.

Prototype of an "icebox", the original refrigerator

Self doesn't know what to call this fruit tree, standing just beside the house.


  1. Maya said,

    October 6, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Bust is by National Artist Guillermo Tolentino (, said to have been cast in Naples, Italy. Fruit tree outside the window looks like it could be suha (pomelo). And “the other guy” is Sergio Osmena, Sr., yes. 🙂

    Been nice following your reflections from Negros. I haven’t been there in a long time.

  2. October 6, 2011 at 5:03 pm


    Thank you for the name of the sculptor (Guillermo Tolentino). Bust reminded me of a Rodin.

    Thank you, too, for name of fruit tree (pomelo) and identifying Sergio Osmeña, Sr.

    I have totally embraced Negros, my dad’s home province . . .

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