Category: Negros Occidental (page 1 of 2)

How to Get to Don Salvador Benedicto

If you haven’t read my insights about Negros Occidental’s Don Salvador Benedicto, I suggest you read Invigorating Nature of Don Salvador Benedicto to get acquainted with its unspoiled beauty. Read more →

Invigorating Nature of Don Salvador Benedicto

On that very moment, I stood there and glanced on the verdant slopes of Don Salvador Benedicto. The chilling breeze blew through my hair as I patiently waited for the azure clouds to give way for the sunlight. The wind whistled through the air and slowly, streaks of light from the sun flashed upon its unspoiled perfection. Read more →

Christmas Day in the Province: A Different Kind of Celebration

Huge gift-wrapped presents with glimmering ribbons under the tall, green, Christmas tree; stockings of various sizes hung along the walls – filled with candies, chocolates, gold, edible coins scattered everywhere; the smell of honey-glazed ham, pasta, and hot bread, filled the atmosphere as the whole family awaits the birth of Jesus Christ; the dancing lights of different bold colors twinkle as the music plays in full tune during a cold, breezy, Christmas eve… Read more →

Mangrove Forest to Thrive in Punta Taytay, Bacolod

It was lunchtime then and we were having Calamares, Grilled Squid, and Oysters at the Viewing Deck, overlooking the Panay Gulf – staring at the Island of Panay and Guimaras. On the far right of the coast, I saw a woman, bending her body towards the earth. “What is she doing?” I asked myself. Immediately, I finished my last bite, washed my hands, and went down for a walk. Read more →

Malayan-Indian Tradition: Seaweed Flour

Conversations coming from experiences in Belize, Central America are quite rare to have with someone whom you just met for a brief moment. His tales of hidden paradise and unforgotten cultures, caught my attention as I was holding on to a seaweed freshly caught from the shore – locally known as “guso.” I enjoyed talking to a man who might have been to most parts of the world and my eyes we’re like puppy dogs’ that were so eager to know more. Read more →

Desperate to Ride an Iron Dinosaur

Frankly, I have never rode a train before in my entire life. Yes. Count those miniature trains and mall trains where you get to pay Php50 for a ride around the mall – scratch those out. LRT? MRT? Nah. It never crossed my mind. I was more of a cab fanatic and now, I’m a jeepney lover! 8) Part of my Bacolod itinerary was to visit the Central Azucarera de La Carlota Iron Dinosaurs – that was scheduled to be for a day so that I could have that “time of my life” with the sugar milling and the visit with the trains that is. Read more →

The Dying Tradition of Budbud Making

Budbud is a “first class” salt produced in towns like Miag-ao, San Joaquin, Guimbal, Igbaras, Tubungan and even Tigbauan and Oton – these salts were pain-stakingly made from bamboo nodes and sells for about P1,500.00 to P2,000.00 per sack. In the book of Failagao entitled “History of Miagao” (read blog post of iloveiloilo) the author mentioned that the salt-making industry in Miagao, Iloilo, originated in Barangay Guibongan in the year 1823. 8) Now, that’s history! Read more →

An Afternoon at Mambukal Mountain Resort

Located at Minoyan, Murcia, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Mambukal Mountain Resort is truly something to adore. A 45-minute ride from the city will bring you to a scenic place unlike any other – indeed, nature at its best! This area covers more than 23 hectares at the foot of Mt. Kanlaon Volcano (highest mountain peak and most active volcano in Central Philippines) and lies 1,200 feet above sea level. Isn’t that marvelous?! Read more →

A Kayak And A Drowning Woman

I opted to try kayaking at the Linaon Bay in Negros Occidental. It was my first time and I definitely sucked at it – BIGTIME! The bay stretches at about 4 kilometers having those calm, wave-less, waters. It has an average of probably 15 to 18 feet from the surface to the floor. Well, it sounded like  a great opportunity for me to practice and hone my “kayaking” skills, right? Read more →

Buro Buro Resort: Free Flowing Spring Water

A spring is any natural situation where water flows to the surface of the earth from underground. Buro Buro Resort is already 15 years old and is known for it’s abundant, fresh, spring water, and rustic ambiance. But because it is far from the city’s reach, not all people are aware that there is this little gem in Negros Occidental waiting to be that “next” spot for locals and tourists. Just head on to Granada and you could see for yourself! Read more →