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“Nice house, good chocolate drink”

Camina Balay nga Bato
Ranked #3 of 52 things to do in Iloilo City
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Reviewed 30 March 2018

Didn't know that we had to call ahead to book the lunch. They already had a group scheduled. They were accommodating enough to give us the chocolate and biscuits for a snack after the tour of the house..

Thank Seaking888
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"hot chocolate"
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"molo soup"
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"chocolate drink"
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"pancit molo"
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"biscuits"
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"old house"
in 13 reviews
"ancestral house"
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"entrance fee"
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"native chocolate"
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"short video"
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"dining area"
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"love history"
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"second floor"
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"dining room"
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"cultural experience"
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"heritage home"
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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

For Php 150.00, this is definitely a treat. The quick visit at Balay na Bato gave us a glimpse of tangible history. There were many beautiful items displayed from paintings, sculptures, plates, tables, chairs, jars, glasses, lamps and telephones to name a few.

The hot chocolate or sikwate served is delicious to the core. The staff are very knowledgeable about local history and were very warm.

This is one experience that must not be missed by anybody in the City of Love.

Thank Ma. Maida H
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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

The tour rates php150/head and comes with a small cup of tablea tsokokate-eh. Its an old house with old furnitures, the Camiña family's history is interesting which made the house a bit of tourist spot. But there's nothing much you can see there. They offer buffet which we didn't try, and some souvenir stuffs.

Thank Chinie Ann R
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

All travel guides of Iloilo will put Camiña Balay nga Bato first on the list of things to do in the city. It is the Avanceña ancestral house that is being managed today by a fourth generation descendant Gerard Camiña and his wife Luth.

Most visitors drop by for a house tour and its homemade tsokolate and some biscocho for Php150. For an additional Php50, a bowl of Pancit Molo will also be served. I had checked Camiña's Facebook page since months ago and knew that for Php500, we could have lunch buffet that included the above specialties as well. However, lunch buffet was available only for groups of ten, and we were only six. Thankfully, Lily, my friend who hails from Iloilo, kept in touch with Camiña and we were able to join a group of twelve. I consider our lunch at Camiña Balay nga Bato as the highlight of our Iloilo Trip.

We entered the house through the Almacen, still used today as a store selling handicraft and local produce. We were then shown the video in which Luth Camiña took a Rappler journalist around the house.

We climbed the grand staircase, the Escalera Principal, to the second floor and noticed our names on a welcome sign. We were toured around the prayer room Oratorio and the Sala Mayor and then led to the dining area for lunch. By this time we were all tired and thirsty so we helped ourselves to a refreshing cucumber and calamansi drink of which I drank several glasses.

Individually served Pancit Molo soup was the prelude to the delectable dishes of the buffet. Pancit Molo is the other signature dish of Iloilo and we all agree that the one served to us at Camiña is the best we have tried.

Four kinds of rice were served at the buffet and the one we found interesting was colored blue: the ternate rice. A cup of tsokolate and a few pieces of biscocho brought our meal to a satisfying end. The Camiña experience is not to be missed in any visit to Iloilo. Thank you again, Lily, for arranging this memorable experience.

Thank Jeffrey L
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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

Booked the whole place for a buffet dinner with my officemates. I’m so amazed by how they managed to take care of the house even though its 150 years old.

Their foods are tasty but nothing extraordinary. But the chocolate de batirol is the best!! Must try :)

Thank Nichole F
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