Iloilo City Cultural Heritage: Modesto Ledesma House

Text is originally posted by Dennis Ponce Tagamolila which was published here.

The house was named “Balay Sueño” (which means “dream house” in Spanish) because it was said to be the dream house of Don Modesto Ledesma. It is a two-story ancestral house in Iloilo City, Philippines. It was built in the 1940s by Don Modesto Ledesma, a wealthy haciendero who served as mayor of Jaro, Iloilo, from 1920 to 1931.

The house remained in the Ledesma family until the 1990s when it was bought by the Espinosa family. The Espinosas restored the house and opened it as a café in 2018. The café is now a popular spot for locals and tourists alike.

Here are some additional details about the history of Balay Sueno:

  • The house is a well-preserved example of Spanish colonial architecture.
  • The house has a large courtyard and a beautiful garden.
  • The interior of the house is decorated with period furniture and artwork.
  • The café serves traditional Filipino food and pastries.
  • Balay Sueno is a popular venue for weddings, events, and private gatherings.

Read also: List of Iloilo City Cultural Heritage Sites



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