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2018 NEGROS OCCIDENTAL TRAVEL GUIDE |TOURIST ATTRACTIONS,ITINERARIES
Negros Occidental is located in the western part of the Negros Island – Philippine’s fourth largest island. It is the northwestern part of Negros Island; while Negros Oriental is the remaining southeastern. It is surrounded by the Visayan Sea, Panay Gulf, Tanon Strait, Negros Oriental, and the Sulu Sea. 13 cities and 19 municipalities are what comprise the province.
“Buglas” (which means cut-off) is the original name of Negros Island, however, during the Spanish colony, it has been changed to “Negros” due to the black natives that the Spaniards saw on the island. The island became a military district and has experienced an expansion in the economy when the population started to grow, so is the commerce of sugarcane. It was around 1890 when Negros Occidental got separated from Negros Oriental. Negros Occidental continues to grow their economy even during the American occupation as the province provides sugar in the US market. Since the early 1980s, economic and natural problems occur in the province causing it to be split into two different provinces but eventually united again in the year 1986. It was at the end of 1987 when the economy started to rise again.
Ever since the main source of economy of Negros Occidental is the sugar industry. In fact, the province is the source of sugar for almost half of the country which is why the place is said to be the “Sugarbowl of the Philippines”. Other industries/economy that Negros Occidental has are the fish industry, cottage industry, copper mines, oil factories, bottling plants, power generation, prawn culture, steel fabrication, aqua-culture ventures, agri-business, handicrafts and BPO industries. The province earns an average of 3.332 billion PHP by 2014, and this is why it became the highest earning province in the whole country at that said year.
Hiligaynon is the primary dialect of the locals while other spoken languages are Cebuano. Filipino and English are also used for official and educational purposes. Negrenses is how the residents of Negros are called. They mostly have pure or mixed Austronesian heritage; while the minorities have Chinese and/or Spanish heritage.
The capital of Negros Occidental is Bacolod – which is considered to be the city with the highest population in the Western Visayas. Though Bacolod is considered the capital, it is independently governed from the province of Negros Occidental since it is a highly urbanized city. Bacolod is “The City of Smiles” on where you can meet the most friendly and hospitable locals in the country.
Around 1980, the sugar economy of Bacolod city suffered a great problem and to uplift the spirit of the locals and bring back the smiles that they are known for, a festival of a smile started – “MassKara Festival”. Masskara Festival is considered to be the happiest and colorful festival in the whole country. It is a month-long celebration that starts in the first week of October and will end on the fourth Sunday of the said month. Street parties, concerts, pageants, talent competition, trade fair, and food festivals are just a few of the many activities that can happen on this festival but the grandest event is the street dancing competition. The said competition gives a colorful environment due to the dancers’ colorful costumes and masks; Latin music is the rhythm that the dancers need to dance to.
TOURIST DESTINATIONS / THINGS TO DO IN NEGROS OCCIDENTAL
Listed below are various travel guides and feature stories arrange according to the different cities and municipalities in Negros Occidental.
Being a capital city of the province of Negros Occidental paved the way for its development as a highly urbanized city. It is consist of 61 Barangays with a total population of 561,875 based on the 2015 census. One notable thing about the place is the hospitality of people as they welcome the tourists and visitors with warm smiles, this made the city well-known for being the “city of smiles!”
One event that is very famous in this place is the Masskara Festival that peaks every third week of October. The highlight of the festival is the street dancing, street party, and a lot more. More than that, there are a handful of places to visit in this city such as the Capitol Grounds and Lagoon, San Sebastian Cathedral and Bishop’s Palace, Pope John Paul II Tower, and Bacolod Public Plaza. Another imposing structure in the city is the Neoclassical Provincial Capitol Building which was constructed in 1927. The architectural design of the building was made to reflect the province’s stature as the wealthiest brought about by the sugar industry.
Don’t ever forget to bring food pasalubong with you as you journey back home because their Piaya and Napoleones are the best to take home.
The place is highly urbanized and home to some of the best hotels and restaurants in the province.
Please check the following Travel Guides and Stories:
- Bacolod City Travel Guide
- 3-Day itinerary and Budget when visiting Bacolod City
- Masskara Festival
- Bacolaodiat Festival
- Panaad sa Negros Festival
- List of Hotels and Resorts in Bacolod City
- List of Restaurants in Bacolod City
- 12 Things to do in Bacolod City/Bacolod City Tourist Attractions
- Jojo Vito Designs Gallery
The City of Bago has a population of 170,981. It is considered as the “Home of Historical and National Treasures” due to its share of the colorful history of the entire province. It is as well as the “Boxing Capital” of the country because they were able to produce a handful of great boxers who competed not just locally but internationally. This place also serves as a sanctuary for the Irrawaddy Dolphin, an endangered species.
As to its tourist spots, it is a must to visit the Rafael Salas Park and Nature Center (perfect for the nature lovers), Buenos Aires Mountain Resort, Kipot Twin Falls, Pataan Mountain Resort, Tinago Mountain Resort, and Quite Place Farm Resort. If you noticed, most of the places are focused on resorts and falls, this is for the reason that they have the natural resources to build such spots without spending much. They were able to develop the place into an amazing haven for all the tourists. In short, this place is ideal for those who would like to spend their vacations with their families in experiencing the natural and unexploited beauty of nature.
Babaylan is Bago City’s major festival held every February of each year.
Listed below are guides to some of the tourist attractions in the City of Bago:
- Summer Resorts in Bago City
- Babaylan Festival
- Kipot Twin Falls
- Tinago Mountain Resort
- Buenos Aires Mountain Resort
The Municipality of Binalbagan is a 1st class municipality with a total population of 67,270 settlers and is divided into 16 Barangays. Thirteen of the Barangays are considered as rural while the remaining three Barangays are urban. The main source of living in this place is manufacturing and agriculture. The place is known for the Binalbagan Isabela Sugar Company and it also offers a way of living to the locals.
As to their festivities, they annually celebrate their fiesta on the 15th of May, “The Balbagan Festival”. They also have the celebration of the feast of San Isidro Labrador. Some points of interest located in the town are the Binalbagan Bridge, St.Isidore Church, Omot Falls, Locsin Ancestral House, Binadian Falls Tago-tago Falls, and the La Aplaya Beach.
This city is a home for the 154,723 people who make a living mostly through fishing and the production of sugarcane. Its fertile land made it possible to flourish in the aspect of agriculture. They are also rich in marine resources allowing them to harvest seafood due to the strategic location of the place. Indeed, the place is very busy when it comes to making a living.
On the other hand, tourists may find serenity as they experience the Lakawon Island. This is not an ordinary beach that you can see to usual places that you travel. This white sand beach is simply perfect in its own ways. Tourists visit the place not only to swim and take photos but to also experience the quiet and peaceful vibes of the island. Another point of consideration to include in your vacation in this city is their Dinagsa Festival celebrated every January.
The Municipality of Calatvara is a 1st class municipality with a total population of 80,624 and is divided into 40 Barangays. They mainly celebrate two festivals which are the Lilas Pandan Festival (fiesta in honor of their patron saints) every 29th of June and the Kasadyahan sa Pasko, a celebration where people gather together in streets and share the spirit of Christmas through dancing, eating, and sharing of good and inspiring stories.
For the prominent places to visit in this town, they have the Wildlife Monkey Sanctuary and Eco-Park, Lat-ason Falls, Nalundan Underground Creek, Mahilum Cave, Cassandra Beach Resort, Loly Beach, Palau Beach Resort, Tala Beach, Ralph’s Bay Town House and Resort, Villa Camara, Eljoy Beach, La Maring’s Beach, and the Municipal Guest House.
The Municipality of Candoni, a 4th class town, is the home for 21,789 people divided into a total of 9 Barangays. Synonymously, this town is also considered as the least populous town in the entire Negros Occidental province. They also have the yearly celebrations of two festivals, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes every 10th to 11th of February, and the Pabalhas Festival every 11th of February. As for the place to visit, they have the well-known Zone of Peace or the Sitio Cantomanyog, Sit-an Cave in Barangay East, and the Core Shelter Village.
The Municipality of Cauayan is a 1st class municipality with a total population of 102,165. Out of all the municipalities of the province of Negros Occidental, it is the most populated municipality. It is divided into 25 Barangays which are divided into two as well, the coastal and the upland Barangays. The place is famous for the scenic beaches found in the area characterized by white sand, amazing limestone, and clear water. The source of living is also focused on two, fishing and agriculture. They also have high quality dried fish products which they export to other places.
They also have the Lubay-Lubay Festival and the Feast of St. Paul which happens both on the 25th of January. Some notable places of the area are the Punta Bulata Beach Resort (sandy white beach), Danjugan Island (a marine sanctuary and is a favorite of foreign divers) and the Suha cave (filled with stalagmites and stalactites).
Don Salvador Benedicto
The Municipality of Don Salvador Benedicto is a 4th class municipality with a total of 25,662 settlers and is divided into 7 Barangays. Being hailed as the summer capital of the Negros Occidental, the place is visited not only by local tourists but also with foreigners. People would love to enjoy the serene and peaceful environment aura of the place over the other nearby towns and cities.
Yearly, they celebrate the Kali-kalihan festival every 2nd of February which aims to uplift and promote their cultural heritage. Some of its famous landmark are the Viewing Deck or also called as Lantawan (a view of the Malatan-og waterfalls), Villa Ica (a natural man-made place perfect for those who would like to hibernate from the busy life of the town), and Pine trees( witness the beautiful line of pine trees that stretches up to 1.7 kilometre).
The E.B. Magalona (Enrique B. Magalona) Municipality or previously known as “Saravia” is a 2nd class municipality. They have a total population of 62,921 and it is divided into 23 Barangays. As of the history of the places’ name, it was anchored on the former senator of the country, Enrique B. Magalona (grandfather of Francis Magalona).
They celebrate the Ugyonan Festival every 1st of May which aims to celebrate the Labor Day since their patron saint as well as Saint Joseph the Worker. The prominent landmarks of the place are the Man-made Rice Terraces, Battle of Guintabuan, Century-old Mangrove, Dabo-dabo Falls and the Bat Sanctuary.
Bonista Resort, Escalante City
The City of Escalante is considered as a 4th class city consisting of 21 Barangays and with approximately 94,070 population. This place is unique compared to the other cities of Negros Occidental because it has coastal environment teaming with life. This is evident through the sprout of many diverse plants with two ecosystems (formerly three). The first one is the mangrove that is made up of a variety of trees and shrubs which is located in the land area of the coast. On the other hand, they also have another ecosystem, the seagrass, located in the nearshore area of the coast. Unfortunately, there is an only limited manifestation of the previous ecosystem, the coral reefs.
More than the marine life that they treasure, there are also two distinct spots found in the city. First is the Mt. Lunay, a mountain that is well-known for local hikers. Second is the Jomabo Island, a place where tourists flocks to enjoy the scenery of the two existing ecosystems and at the same time enjoy the great things the island has to offer. The City may not be as advanced as the others in terms of scenic spots but they are leading in terms of preservation of their existing ecosystems, and that is something really unique and admirable about the City.
Himamaylan City as a place situated in the center cove of Negros Occidental is consist of 106,880 settlers whose main source of living is focused on different types of seafood due to their coastal location. Their specialty harvest other than the fish are the oysters, mussels, and shrimps, something that not all the cities of Negros Occidental have. The deep water of the place is perfect for access to the different marine vessels for a variety of purposes.
Not only they are rich in marine resources but they are also into agriculture due to the fact that they are gifted with a fertile land. This makes it easier for them to plant, cultivate, and harvest different plants which they sell to the other parts of the province. The place that they are proud of in this place is the New Himamaylan Coliseum, which is intended as a gathering place for different events and festivities.
Sta. Maria Magdalena Church, Hinigaran
The Municipality of Hinigaran is a 1st class municipality with total settlers of 85,602 and is divided into 24 Barangays. They have the famous landmarks such as the Century-old Church (famous for its Romanesque Architecture), Senator Esperidion Guanco Bridge, Old Church Convent, Rizal Park (with World War II Soldiers Statues), Paradiso Beach Resort (a class resort with multiple amenities), Talabahan Plantation (focused on oysters), and the Canonoy Beach Resort (perfect for family outings).
The Municipality of Hinoba-an is also a 1st class municipality with a total population of 56,819 and is divided into 13 Barangays. They make use of the language listed in the Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino, the Minagahat Language. Such language is essential for the people of the town because they would like to preserve their old culture and arts using this language.
They have the Pagbanaag Festival which aims to have a day of merry-making. The place is also home to of many landmarks such as the Salvacion Cave (it has a natural covered pools which are perfect for those who would like to go for a day swimming), Ubong Cave, Happy Valley Beach Resort (high-class resort with modern and imported facilities), and the Brazaville Resort (simple yet affordable resort perfect for those who would like to have beach celebrations or gatherings).
The Municipality of Ilog is a 2nd class municipality with a total population of 57,389 and is divided into 15 Barangays. The reason for the place being named as “ilog” is because it is surrounded by the longest river of Negros Occidental. They also have the celebrations of three amazing events, the Kisi-Kisi Festival, Feast Celebration, and the Ilog Talaba Festival.
The Kisi-Kisi Festival is a street dance parade and competition that aims to give tribute to the gift of marine resources of the town. The feats celebration, on the other hand, aims to celebrate and honor the Senor Santo Nino as their patron saint. While the Ilog Talaba Festival is perfect for those who are fond of eating because this is a competition of eating all you can oysters. They have three landmarks which are the Mt. Kanlaoron , Dancalan Cave System (divided into three caved, the Cueva Kabog, Cueva Tubig, and the Cueva Intsik), and the Andulauan Bird Sanctuary (a safe haven for the migratory birds).
The Municipality of Isabela, a 2nd class municipality is consist of 62,146 people and is divided into 30 Barangays. In their desire to come up with a celebration that they could be proud of, they came up with the idea of Tigkalang Festival. They annually celebrate this and it is something unique to all the festivals. This is for the reason that this celebrations peaks every all souls day and they have a variety of activities inclined to this. They have horrific presentations at the streets with ghosts’ characters and they end it with a pageant which aims to hail a winner labeled as “White Lady”.
Ultimately, the places to visit in this town are the Glory Hill (a hill most visited during Holy Week as a form of pilgrimage), Ancestral House of the Miranda Family, Century-old Bell, and the Lima-lima Falls.
The City of Kabankalan is divided into 32 Barangays with a total population of 181,977, which makes it second to Bacolod City in terms of population. Just like the other cities, this city is focused on two primary sources of living, agriculture and marine life. More than that, they also serve as host of three major festivals of the province. First is the Kabankalan Sinulog which peaks every 3rd Sunday of January, they celebrate this event simultaneously with the celebration of Sinulog in Cebu. Second is the Udyakan sa Kabankalan, and Lastly, the Charter Anniversary.
The City is also rich when it comes to tourists’ spots, they are proud to have the Mag-Aso Falls, Balicaocao Ecological Park, Mag-Aso Cave, and Hagdanan Cave. The local tourism of the City exerts effort in order to further develop and enhance the tourists’ spots they have so as to attract more visitors.
Pasalamat Festival, La Carlota City
La Carlota City
The City of La Carlota or formerly known as “Simancas” is consist of 14 Barangays with a total population of 64,469. Due to the small number of population of the city, it is also considered as the last city in the province in terms of the number of settlers. Being a landlocked area, the primary form of living in this place is mostly agriculture, divided into two, planting/ harvesting of crops and tending of animals.
Just like the rest of the country, the climate here is also divided into the dry season (January to May) and wet season (June to December). The place is also a haven of many tourists’ spots such as the La Granja Agricultural Research Center (a place for those who would like to learn more about agriculture), Central Azucacera de La Carlota or also known as the Iron Dinosaur, Guintubdan Pavilion, Muscovado Sugar Mill Brick Chimney Ruins, Mt. Kanlaon Natural Park, ECJ Durian Farms, Haguimit Hill Top Resort, Le Grand Dairy Products, Paraiso Masulog Spring Resort, Catholic Church of Our Lady of Peace, and the Lenten special Good Friday re-enactment, the Kalbaryo. Given the many activities to do in the city, it is inevitable to see foreigners moving around the city at any time of the year.
The Municipality of La Castellana is a 1st class municipality divided into 13 Barangays with a total population of 74,855. With its location situated at the bottom of the Kanlaon Volcano, this provided the town with a lot of natural resources and advantages such as natural hot springs as well as scenic waterfalls. The source of living of people in this town is focused on sugarcane, and farming of rice and banana.
They also celebrate yearly the Bailes de Luces every 5th of January (a street dancing competition), Banana Festival every April (showcasing the variety of Banana) and Senior San Vicente Ferrer Feast Day whereas tourists along with devotees attend for enjoyment and for healing purposes. As for the landmarks or place to visit, they also have a number of places which attracts the tourists. They have the Mt. Kanlaon Natural Park Administration Center (a man-made forest), Caduhada Spring Resort (the water is said to have therapeutic and healing features), Tulo-tulo Cave (source of spring water), Hda. Luisa Farm and Resort (botanical paradise with an amazing view of the Mount Kanlaon), Mandayao Twin Falls (health spa), Tikoy-tikoy Spring Resort (resort with mini-zoo and variety of tree species), Baji-baji Spring Resort (big and small pools with fresh spring water), and the Mandayao Shell Cave (beautiful scene of stalactites).
The Municipality of Manapla is a 2nd class municipality divided into 12 Barangays and with a total population of 54,845 people. The town is famous for producing high-quality delicacy called puto. They annually celebrate the Pinta Puto festival every 15th and 16th of August which aims to promote their special delicacy. The famous landmarks of the town are the Chapel of the Cartwheels, Ancestral Home of Gastons (American Colonial Architecture), Seaside Beach Resort, Balulan Beach Resort, and Caferina Beach Resort.
The Municipality of Moises Padilla, a 3rd class municipality is divided into 15 Barangays with a total population of 41,386 people. The place is rich with dairy products as well as animals which makes it as their primary source of living. They export dairy animals to other parts of the entire Negros Occidental.
One good thing about the place is that it offers an amazing view of the perfect cone shape Kanlaon Volcano. They also have an existing natural spring at the center of the town whereas they try to maintain it organically as much as possible. They do not make use of any chemical and other scientific resources to maintain and clean the natural spring. They celebrate the Magayon Festival whereas the people dress imitating any livestock animals which can be found in the town. The place which deserves a visit is the Ang Turuban sa Balanhigan (resort), Old Municipal Building (historical place because it was built in the year the 1950’s), Japanese Barracks (historical place during the World War II), and the Kaitulari Eco-Tourism Zone.
Mambukal Mountain Resort
The Municipality of Murcia is a 1st class municipality divided into 23 Barangays with a total population of 81,286 people. They have the Mudpack Festival every 3rd week of June which happens at the Mambukal Resort. This festival primarily aims to promote awareness of nature and of the environment. Another is the Tinabuay Festival which functions as a celebration of harvest and thanksgiving as well as a celebration of the feast of their patron saint, the Immaculate Conception.
Mambukal Resort (natural springs), Bacolod Golf and Country Club, Calibago River Resort (perfect for those who would like to go for a camp), Pandanon Silos Mountain and River Resort, Barangay Sta. Rosa (the specific place where the Japanese soldiers surrendered to the Americans at the end of the World War II), and the Hacienda Kaftrees are some of the perfect place to visit in town.
The municipality of Pontevedra is a 3rd class municipality divided into 20 Barangays with a total population of 51,866 people. Mostly, the way of living of people in this area is through fishing. The town proper or poblacion of the town is famous for the newly renovated St. Michael the Archangel Parish near the Saint Michael Academy. The place offers a great view of the Panay Gulf, Guimaras, and Panay.
More than that, they also have the Gallera de Pontevedra (cockfighting arena), Sugbahan sa Punong (relaxation and recreation site), Balangingay Beach Resort, Caingin Beach Resort. Anchorville Beach Resort and Galve Beach Resort are placed that you will surely do not want to miss as you journey in this town.
The municipality of Pulupandan, considered as the smallest town in terms of area in Negros Occidental, is a 3rd class municipality divided into 20 Barangays and with a total population of 27,735 people. It also has an available port for RORO vessels leading to the Guimaras province. They have the yearly Salapan Festival, a celebration featuring different tournaments such as fishing, boxing, and football to name a few.
The two iconic place to visit in this town are the Green Beach Liberation Stone Marker (landing of the American liberation) and the Jewels Restaurant (fishing your own food to eat).
The City of Sagay is consist of 146,264 settlers divided into 25 Barangays. The name of the place was derived from the word “sigay”, a shell found in the place. The source of living in the place is focused on harvesting different types of fish. Aside from that, they also have a share of agriculture in the middle part of the city. The place is well-known to neighboring cities and municipalities due to its different points of interest. People from other places find themselves traveling to this place to experience a variety of adventures.
They have the Sagay Marine Reserve, Suyac Island Mangrove Eco-Park, Museo Sang Bata sa Negros, Sagay City Garden and Living Tree Museum, Margaha Beach, Panal Reef, Himoga-an River Cruise, Our Lady of Rosary Church, and the Cabiao Cave as some of their tourists place.
Sipaway Island, San Carlos City
San Carlos City
The City of San Carlos is the home of 132,536 people divided into 18 Barangays. This place may be considered as a busy city because of a variety of factors, number one is that it serves as a departure point for those who are going the Cebu City. Another reason is that it has a 40km coastline and a part of it is developed into a port by the government. This way, the place serves as a venue for imports and exports of local goods in the area.
The tourist’s spots are divided into two, the natural attractions and the man-made attractions. For the natural spots, they have the Sipaway Island (perfect palce for get-away of the family), Prosperidad Hills, Alinsyawan Falls, Mabuni Hot Sulfur Spring, and the Cave LapusCentury-Old Balete in Sipaway. For the man-made attractions, they have the People’s Park, Codcod Rice Terraces, Pabu-olan Clay Pottery, SCBI Bioethanol Plant, Whispering Palms Resort, City Wharf, and the La Basilia White Sand Resort among the few.
The municipality of San Enrique is a 4th class municipality divided into 10 Barangays and with a total population of 23,907 people. The place is famous for its delicious delicacy called buko pie. They have the annual Bukang-bulang Festival every 2nd to 9th of February to give recognition to the fowl industry of the place. Additionally, they have the Annual Town Fiesta every 9th of February to honor their patron saint Nuestra Senora de Candelaria.
The tourists’ attractions of the place are the Our Lady of Candles Parish Church, Las Olas Beach Resort, Soleo Beach Resort, Gregory Beach Resort, Barangay Tibsoc Wetland 2004 Min-Winter Bird Count (bird watching of 12 migratory birds), Kamunsil Integrated Farm, and the Tignanam Tree.
San Diego Pro-Cathedral, Silay City
The City of Silay, with a total of 16 Barangays and 126,930 settlers, has been one of the famous city in Negros Occidental. The reason for being is that it is considered and labeled as the “Paris” of Negros because of its richness in heritage sites, cultural shows, and artists. They also have a small fishing port making it easier for local fishermen to sell their goods not only to their immediate markets but to those who are getting supplied from their city.
Some of the events that tourists look forward in this city are the Cine Kahirup (a film-making content) and the Hugyaw Kansilay Festival (an annual festival showing the progress and development of the city). To add more, there are also places that deserve a visit in his City. For example, they have the Balay Negrense Museum, Hofilena Heritage House, San Diego Pro-Cathedral, Bernardino Jalandoni Museum, Silay Public Plaza, Tinagong Dagat, and Malisbog Waterfalls. Indeed, the place is a combination of old and as well as new culture making it a good place to visit.
The City of Sipalay is a home for 70,070 people and is divided into 17 Barangays. It is well-known for its pristine beaches making at as the New Boracay, to name a few beaches they have the Dive Center in Nataasan Beach Resort, Campoquino Bay, Punta Ballo Beach, Perth Paradise Resort, Tinagong Dagat, Campomanes Bay, Punta Ballo Parrot Farm, Sipalay Food Park, Sugar Beach, and the Poblacion Beach. The place is fitted to those who would like to experience a different level of beach hopping as well as diving.
Aside from the beaches, they also have the Mariculum Mine, a once flourishing mine site that was shutdowned and now serves as a tourists spots since it looks like a big lagoon. They also celebrate a festical called as Pasaway Festival every 31st of March which serves a s a worship of copper due to their copper industry.
The City of Talisay is a home for 102,214 individual divided into a total of 27 Barangay. Although the place is being confused by many as the Talisay of Cebu, the Talisay of Negros also has distinct features that make it different from the other. The place is known for the two major tertiary universities, they have the Technological University of the Philippines-Visayas (TUP-V) and the Carlos Hilado Memorial State College, Main Campus.
Uniquely, a BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) company named iQor opened the first ever call center company in the city two years ago (2016). This establishment added so much to the growth and progress of the place as a City. Some of the place being traveled by the tourists are The Ruins, Bantug Lake, Malatan-og Falls, and the Old Mambulac Pier. In the few coming years, we can still foresee a better and more developed city in this place.
The municipality of Toboso is a 3rd class municipality divided into 9 Barangays with a total population of 42,114 people. Unfortunately, the town is labeled as the poorest municipality in the entire Negros Occidental. This is due to the reason that the growth and progress of the economy in this place is slow. This may be brought by the fact that there are only limited business establishments and work opportunities in the area. Inhabitants of this town usually depend on sugarcane and farming. Other than that, there is also a noticeable number of settlers here who chose to go to neighboring towns and cities to find a job.
They celebrate the Sag-ahan Festival which aims to give thanksgiving and praise for all the blessings that have been given to them yearly. Some of the attractions are the Kevin’s Reef, Mainit Hot Spring, Kampanoy Cave, Dalisun Falls, and the Trangkalan Cave.
The municipality of Valladolid id divided into 16 Barangays with a total population of 37,833 people. As to their celebration, they have the Humay-Humay Festival as a form of thanksgiving for the good harvest. This is also to honor their patron saint, Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe.
The notable places to visit are the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church (biggest church in the province), Balay Dolid (ancestral house), Sunset Boulevard, Century-old Acacia Haven, Relic of an 18th Century Graveyard, Fruit Stand by the Highway, Highway Food Park, Tabao Fish Terminal Food Court, and the Tabao Weavers Association (TWA).
The City of Victorias is divided into 26 Barangays with a total population of 87,933 settlers. The place is well-known because it has the worlds’ largest sugar mill, the Victorias Milling Company. Additionally, the place also serves as a starting point for the hikers and tourists who would like to go to the Northern Negros Natural Park, Mount Mandalagan and Mount Silay.
Situated in this place is the St. Joseph the Worker Chapel, an important cultural property of the National Museum of the Philippines. Of course, the journey to this place will not be complete without taking an experience to their unique festivals. The Kadalag-an Festival every 21st of March (Charter Anniversary), the Malihaw Festival every 26th of April, and the Kalamayan Festival every month of December (a tribute to sugar farmers). Because of the fact that their main source of living is inclined to sugarcane, the tourist’s spots of the place is also related to it, places such as Gawahan Ecological Park and the Penalosa Farm.
NEGROS OCCIDENTAL TRAVEL ITINERARIES
Negros Occidental is so big to explore thoroughly in just a few days. So you can just pick what you wanted to visit if you are visiting only with limited time. There are itineraries in various guides included to some of the Municipalities and Cities Listed above.
Recently, the author joined a media trip organized by the Tourism Department of Negros Occidental. This fam trip was organized in connection with the Silver Panaad Festival. You can use this itinerary as a guide.
4-Day Negros Occidental Tour (Included Places: Bacolod City,Silay City, Kabankalan City Murcia (Mambukal Mountain Resort), Sipalay City, Bago City, Manapla and Victorias City)
8:00 AM Estimated time of arrival in Bacolod-Silay Airport
Breakfast in Silay City
Proceed to Sipalay City (with a stopover in Kabankalan City)
1:30 PM Coastal tour (Campomanes Bay and Punta Ballo Beach)
6:00 PM Dinner
8:00 AM Leave for Danjugan Island via Punta Bulata (http://www.danjuganisland.ph)
2:00 PM Leave for Bacolod City
6:00 PM Estimated time of arrival in Mambukal Resort (http://mambukalresort.negros-occ.gov.ph)
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Tour of the resort
10:30 AM Leave for OISCA Silk Farm in Bago City
Check out the reeling station, weaving area, etc)
11:30 AM Leave for May’s Garden (an organic farm tourism site) in Bacolod City
12:30 PM Lunch
2:00 PM Hotel check-in
3:00 PM Proceed to Panaad Park and Stadium for the Panaad Opening Ceremonies
Festival Dances Competition
7:00 PM Dinner with the Governor at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City
8:30 AM Check out the Destination Pavilion at the Panaad Park and Stadium
10:00 AM Proceed to Manapla
Tour of Hacienda Rosalia (chapel, ancestral house, Hacienda Crafts)
12:30 PM Lunch at Gaston Ancestral House
2:00 PM Leave for Victorias City
Tour of the milling compound and the Church of St. Joseph the Worker
Snacks at Penalosa Farms
4:30 PM Leave for Silay City
Running tour of Silay’s Ancestral Houses
6:00 PM End of tour