I spent considerable time in Talisay since my mom’s sister lives there. That side of Talisay, I am familiar with (the other side is the coastal area along Sorsogon Bay).
One of the interesting sight in the said barangay is the ancestral house of the Monjes. I call it “ancestral” because it’s simply old and it’s been there as far as I can remember; of course, someone can argue about its architecture (seems to be early 20th century) and building materials (capiz, wood).
I know 3 members of the Monje family – one is my classmate in elementary, Eugene, Monsignor Monje and Dr. Monje, who happened to be my auntie’s colleague back in the Sorsogon Provincial Hospital. But I can’t remember if I ever sep foot on their front lawn even.
It would be interesting to know the story of this house. Maybe the next time I go home, I will drop by – this is another one for my bucket list.
Lately, I became more interested on old houses. So when I passed by the old house, I took a couple of pictures.
Perhaps when I get old, I want to buy one and convert it into a library.
A feedback from a reader: “Monje house is already part of brgy. Bitan-o. An boundary san Talisay is an creek after san house nina Ma’am Jimenez. After that, it’s already Bitan-o. Sa Highway near Capitol, an boundary an house ni Dr. Estrellado. After that, Bitan-o-Dalipay na. Sa Centro, an St. Peter and Paul Cathedral an boundary. The church is still part of Talisay, after that…Sirangan na. .”
Author’s note: The comment came from somebody who lived and grew up in the vicinity, thus, can be considered reliable.