Monday, October 11, 2010

Our Ancestral House Part 2

Ancestral House in Cantilan. The original paint of the house was white and dark green. The roof is corrugated galvanized sheets which until now has been retained. The original structure has three parts, the living room with two bedrooms, the second part is the dining room and has two bedrooms, the third part is the kitchen, the three toilets and bathroom and a terrace (pantao) where my grandma displayed her numerous herb plants like Lemon Grass (Tanglad), Mint, and Oregano. She used the herbs in cooking her favorite Tinoling Isda (Fish Soup) and Bas-uy (Beef Stew). Sad to say that the kitchen and dining area are all in ruins now. What remains is the huge living room.
My cousin-Flor in our large spacious sala. The sala is also painted in white and green. A huge antique mirror hangs in the middle wall between two bedrooms.

Dark Balayong and Pale Tugas Wood Planks

I have been searching in the internet for the molave-mulawin hardfloor planks that is the flooring in our ancestral living room. It is naturally shiny, no need to put floor wax to make it shine. As far as I knew, there are only two ancestral houses (including ours) that has this kind of floorings in the town of Cantilan. Ancestral houses in Taal, San Juan, Batangas, Bohol and a coastal town in Balingasag, Cagayan de Oro have the same colored wood planks.


I found similar flooring in the American magazine which featured a house built in the New England town in 1790's


Another molave floorings in an ancestral house in Batangas. Alternate dark & yellow planks. This photo credit to Daily Inquirer










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