NORTHERN NEGROS JOY RIDE (Part 2) – CALATRAVA
It was an easy breezy ride for the Happy Trippers. After San Carlos, we passed by Calatrava, the town next to San Carlos City and is situated in the Northern part of Negros Occidental. Calatrava was named during the prehistoric time as Nalub ang which means “LOW, FLATLANDS”. It was in the year 1873 when Calatrava Town was created and was named after the “CRUZ de CALATRAVA”, the highest religious decoration of the Military given by the King of Spain.
“The town is known for its pandan weaving products. Pandan, which is one of the major sources of its economy brought its HU’D’YAW in Lilas Pandan Festival which is a celebration of thanksgiving showcases .Lilas Pandan Festival displays some novelty items hand woven out of the pandan strands locally called lilas. During the festivities, you will see various bags using pandan as the main material. The pandan bags of Calatrava are a must- haves souvenirs, so don’t forget to grab some when visiting the place.
We dropped by Calatrava Town Hall and had our pictures taken. It was a short stop and we headed straight to next town.
Calatrava is known for its pandan weaving products such as banig, bags, etc. Pandan, which is one of the major sources of its economy especially for the people engaged in handicrafts bsuiness. The Pandan is also the main feature of the Lilas Pandan Festival of Calatrava which is a celebration of thanksgiving.
For travelers, some famous landmarks of Calatrava include the following:
Daan Lungsod Cave. might be a good place for spelunking. Daan Lungsod Cave is located in Sitio Daan Lungsod and is about 300 meters from the main highway. The cave measures 75 meters deep.
Bagacay Cave is about 8 kilometers from the town proper.It would be very exciting to see mat weavers, weaving inside this cave which has been a source of living of the residents.
Palau Beach Resort . A favorite place amongst the locals offers overnight accommodations. It has a restaurant and it is accessible any time of the day.
Century-old Roman Catholic Church of Calatrava was built in the year 1880. Situated in the town proper, it is the center of worship for all catholic devotees.
Monkey Sanctuary located in Sitio Palinpinon, Barangay Pagumayon is the home of hundreds of wild monkeys. These monkeys are people-friendly but very territorial in nature. They thrived on the food brought by visitors and tourists.
Lat-ason Falls is located in Brgy. Marcelo offers the radiance of cool waters cascading from falls traversing through rivers of cobbled stones
HOW TO GET THERE
Calatrava is a three-hour drive from Bacolod City by public utility vehicles and approximately two-and-a-half hours through a private car. Aircon and non-aircon buses plying the northern Negros route pass by this area.