We were saddened by the news that the home of the late Philippine golfing great, Luis Fernando Cuenca "Golem" Silverio, the first Asian to step on the greens of Augusta, will be leveled off soon in his hometown of Bacolod City.
This house which is loaded with memories for all the descendants of the Silverio family will have to make way for the developments of the company which bought what was fondly known to Bacolod folk as the Riverside Hospital.
Situated right next to the river which divides Mandalagan and Villamonte, the house was often a wonder of sorts to those who would view it from the hospital. Really, it was a cute house to behold evoking memories of scenes from Grimm's Fairy Tales.
Unknown to many, before the Bacolod Golf and Country Club moved to its current location in Binitin, Murcia, the golf club was situated across the river in what is now known as Capitolville Phase 2.
From this house, Golem would go to the river bank and ride a boat to cross the river into Bacolod Golf. Little wonder then that with such easy access to the course, Golem gained his stature as one of the legends of Philippine golf.
We could only wish that this house could be preserved. Unfortunately, just like what's happening in Manila, Commerce triumphs over Heritage.
(photo by Maricar Dabao)
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