Weekend Getaway: The Vega House, Balingasag, Misamis Oriental

Tsadagyud brings you to Balingasag, Misamis Oriental. This peaceful town is known for its best Filipino ancestral houses of affluent families in the 18th and 19th century.

The oldest and the most famous ancestral house in Balingasag is The Vega House. It was built and completed around 200 years ago. It is primarily made of local wood Molave. But, what makes this house notable is the sculpted wooden man supporting the second floor structures. Some say that that man is a symbol of slavery while the others said that it is an interpretation of the Mythology of Atlas carrying the world.

Guess what? My folks in Balingasag said that the Vega House is owned by the late Maria Clara Vega Jimenez, the mother of showbiz personality Inday Badiday and Philippine Daily Inquirer Editor-in-Chief Letty Jimenez Magsanoc. Inday Badiday spent her childhood years there.

National leaders like Emilio Aguinaldo and President Sergio Osmeňa have visited this historical landmark in Misamis Oriental.

Photo by Vincent Tom Udasco Photography