City Hall,Escalante City
NORTHERN NEGROS JOY RIDE (Part 3) – ESCALANTE CITY
After a mini stop in Calatrava, we continued our joyride and passed through Escalante City. Escalante City is 2 1/2 hours away from Bacolod via Northbound Bus or if you will use a private car, it will take you to 2 hours. The City’s old name is Manlambus, came from the word Lambus or Club which is a method of catching fishes in the coastal area. Manlambus is also the name of their festival celebrated during the 30th of May every year to commemorate its glorious past and rich heritage. Escalante City used to be a big town which surpasses the population of Bacolod until 1939, where Toboso, one of the biggest barangays of the town was separated from it and became a municipality in 1948. Escalante was changed into a component city of Negros Occidental signed by the former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on February 28,2001 and was then ratified on March 2001. The City is well developed with good infrastructures, hospital building , and well-paved roads. Tricycles are their famous mode of transportation. It was a fun ride for the happy trippers. Seeing the place for the first time is indeed a great experience.
This must try “Pan Bisaya” has a sweet coconut filling, the most popular bread in the Escalante City. Pan Bisaya is available at Escalante public market.
We were moving down south to reach Sagay but unfortunately, we headed to a different direction and bumped into a famous landmark of the City, the St. Francis of Assisi Church ruins located in Old Poblacion (old Escalante). The Church was built as part of the Mission of the Augustinian Recollects in the late 19th century. It wasn’t an unfortunate event for us at all, probably we were lead to the place to see its beauty and remind people of its significance in history. We went back and headed to the direction going to Sagay. We passed through their City Hall so we decided to stop and take some shots. Their City Hall is beautifully designed with glass panels in front. It is located along Gomez St. at the back of their public plaza.
Escalanate Massacre Monument located at the public plaza of Escalanate City
Within the public plaza, you can also find the famous Escalante Massacre (ESCAM) Monument where 20-30 people were gunned down on September 20, 1985. Escalante, aside from its rich historical background, the city is also famous for its caves and beaches. It was almost lunch time when we finished taking photos of the place so we decided to hurry up and move on to the next stop which is SAGAY.
INTERESTING LANDMARKS OF ESCALANTE CITY
St. Francis of Assisi Church Ruins at Old Poblacion, Escalante City
St. Francis of Assisi Church Ruins is located in Old Poblacion was built as part of the mission of the Augustinian Recollects in the late 19th century in the pueblo of Escalante (now Old Poblacion) . The church ruins is really not a big structure but this is a living witness of the spread of Christianity in the place .The ruins are now classified as a historical structure .
beautiful view of Bonista Beach Resort
Bonista Beach Resort in Brgy. Buenavista is 15 kilometers away from the city proper. This is a nice place to unwind and enjoy .It offers a beachfront, swimming pool, a restaurant and karaoke bar.
Jomabo Paradise Island and Beach Resort in Bag-ong Banwa Island. The Island is 6 miles away from the city. Jomabo offers exciting water sports like banana boat ride ,leisure fishing, wind surfing, scuba diving and water bicycle.