Where: 118 Rizal St., Silay City, Negros Occidental
Travel Time: 8 minutes from Silay Airport
Recommended Budget: PhP17 for the bus fare from North Ceres Terminal
Located along the main highway of Silay is El Ideal Bakery, a well-known bakery and a food landmark set up in 1920. It was founded by Cesar Locsin, who baked bread for the locals and gamblers. The legacy was soon passed on to his daughter, Alice Locsin, and then was given to Ma. Teresa “Tess” Villanueva Sanchez. Tess expanded the brand and added new products.
The bakery has expanded into a restaurant so tourists can have a stopover while visiting the ancestral houses in Silay. Some of El Ideal Bakery’s best-sellers are the señoritas (dessert made of layers of buttered crust and dulce de leche) and lumpiang ubod (heart of palm spring rolls). It also has a pasalubong (take-home gift) area filled with delicious packed delicacies like the goat’s milk barquillos (rolled wafer), angel cookies, biscochos (twice-baked bread coated in butter and sugar), and many more.
Update (June 2020): El Ideal is currently open only for delivery for a minimum purchase of PhP300.
If you want to visit Negros, don’t just go for its beaches and mountain resorts; drop by one of these sites, too! Having fun is good, but it’s always worthwhile to learn about the history of the land.
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This article was originally published in Yoorekka on July 03, 2019.
Note that Bacolod City is under modified enhanced community quarantine until September 30. Due to quarantine measures in place, some of these destinations might be temporarily closed or may have adjusted operating hours. Please contact the management before visiting.