In the highlands of Negros Occidental, there is a small landlocked municipality that, by virtue of its location, is gifted with cool breezes and with a significantly lower temperature than the surrounding lowlands. This is Don Salvador Benedicto, named after a former vice governor of the province, who distinguished himself during World War II. The municipality is one of the youngest in the province carved out of 2 older ones, and was formerly a hotspot for armed conflict between government forces and communist rebels. This is all in the past as peace and local governance has stabilized the place and it has since been designated as Negros Occidental’s summer capital. Continue reading
Mambukal Resort in the neighboring municipality of Murcia is probably the most popular day trip destination for those who live in Bacolod. It’s actually quite old, dating back to 1927, when it first opened its gates to the public. Originally designed by Kokichi Paul Ishiwata – a Christian Japanese – the resort is now ran by the provincial government. Because it’s located in at the foothills of Mt. Kanlaon, the area is dotted by hot sulfur springs and waterfalls. Continue reading
“Talisay” is the name of a type of tree, and is also a pretty common place-name in the Philippines. As far as i know, there are 2 cities and 2 municipalities that are known by this name in Negros Occidental, Cebu, Batangas and Camarines Norte, respectively. What sets apart the Talisay of Negros Occidental is undoubtedly the remains of the building formerly known as the Mariano Ledesma Lacson Mansion, now referred to as “The Ruins”. Talisay is adjacent to both Silay and Bacolod and I planned to spend the afternoon viewing The Ruins. Continue reading
When one flies to Bacolod City, one doesn’t really land in any airport within Bacolod. Like most airports named after major cities, they’re usually actually located in a neighboring city or municipality where there’s much more open space. This is the case with the “Dumaguete Airport” located in Sibulan, the former “Manila International Airport” located in Parañaque, the “Iloilo Airport” located in Cabatuan, and of course, the Bacolod Airport, which is located in the city of Silay. Continue reading
At around late November of last year, 2012, I undertook a trip that brought me to 11 cities and municipalities in 4 provinces within the Western Visayas region (and a bit of MIMAROPA). This was the most number of places I’ve visited in a single vacation, and was in many ways a great learning experience for me. Continue reading
One of my pleasant discoveries last year was the almost-unknown municipality of Don Salvador Benedicto in Negros Occidental. And within this municipality in the mountains is a majestic 100 ft.-tall waterfall named Malatan-og.
I’ll begin blogging about my Negros Occidental solo trip after I finally wrap up the Taiwan series. Hopefully, I’ll be able to do that before I leave for Myanmar at the end of this month.
The above video had, at one point, made the rounds in the social media among Filipinos who either feel nostalgic about the Philippines of their youth (if they’re old enough), or are simply fascinated that the Philippines of today ever resembled the beautiful country that was presented in the video. Continue reading
I looked through my past entries and noticed that the photos contained in each one increased progressively as a new one came out. This had the unintended effect of making my early Biri Island blogs look really plain in comparison to the later ones. So to rectify the situation and to generate interest in Biri as a tourist destination, I’m posting this slideshow.
The photos shown here are of the Macadlao rock formation, taken during my solo trip to Biri Island in April 2011.
In terms of travel and tourism, there is only one issue that can make me flare up and hound an opposing opinion (and beat it down to a bloody pulp long after it has stopped having a pulse.) I am talking about the widespread belief that high air fares are necessary in order to preserve whatever is beautiful about Batanes. Continue reading