It was built by sugar barons of the yesteryears, the Lizares-Gamboa Family. That was used as headquarters with reputed torture chambers where some nuns and prominent Ilonggo Family members were killed during Japanese occupation in Iloilo. For many years, the place remained unoccupied and rumored to be haunted. Stories of dangling chains and queer sound heard during the night. For a short while in 1960's, it was rented by Manila gambling lords who operated & Monte joint until it was "help up" and robbed by a group of thrill seeking Ilonggos.
In early 1980's, this majestic Iloilo landmark was purchased by the dominican Fathers who renovated the place and established the Angelicum School of Iloilo (ASIL) chapel is located. Every Christmas season, the main building is full of Christmas lights that attracts passers by and onlookers especially the kids.
On the other hand, Bahay Kubo is the national house of the Philippines.
The native house is constructed out of bamboo together, with a thatched roof using nipa or coconut leaves. Nipa huts were the native houses of the indigenous people of the Philippines before the Spaniards arrived.
They are still used today especially in rural areas. In fact, I used to live in semi Bahay Kubo when I was a kid. We are still have Bahay Kubo in the province. It is located in the center of the farm as a rest house during summer. Bahay Kubo symbolizes the Filipino family ties where the family eat and sleep together.
There's a latest song Bahay Kubo by Hale. It's this week's number one song in local FM Station.