The Cinco de Noviembre Revolution Marker in Silay

Cinco Noviembre Revolution Marker Silay City Negros Occidental Landmark History Political Movement Spanish Negrense Natives Republic Government Location Description Date Construction Monument IslandThe Cinco de Noviembre Revolution Marker is located in Silay City in Negros Occidental Province. The Cinco de Noviembre Revolution landmark was erected in memory of the first uprising of the Negrenses in Silay City during the revolution of 1898. The Negros Revolution was a political movement which established a government in Negros Island, informally ending Spanish control of the island and resulting in a government run by the Negrense natives. The newly established Negros Republic would last for approximately three months until the American forces arrived and took control of the Philippines. In Silay City, where the Revolution Marker is located, it was at this southern end of the street now bearing the historic date where the first exchange of shots took place between the local revolutionaries and the Spanish Continue reading

Yulo’s Park in Bacolod

Yulos Park Bacolod City Negros Occidental Location Ancestral Home House Don Alfredo Mayor Politicians History Construction Visit Tour Guide Description Architecture Center Social Recreation Province Yulo’s Park is located in Bacolod City in Negros Occidental Province. Yulo’s Park is the site of the ancestral home of the prominent Yulo family. The house was built in the early 1900’s and was the residence of Don Alfredo Yulo, the mayor of Bacolod City when World War II started. The Yulos is a clan of politicians who helped shape the structure of Negros Occidental – a premier province of the south. The park used to be the center for social and recreational affairs in Bacolod at the turn of the century. Continue reading

The Gaston Mansion in Manapla

Gaston Mansion Rosalia Manapla Negros Occidental House Hacienda Colonial American Architecture Yves Leopold Germaine Vintage Layout Location Size Ancestral Home Family History Description Street The Gaston Mansion is located in Rosalia, Manapla in Negros Occidental Province. The ancestral home of the Gastons stands in the middle of the family farm at Hacienda Rosalia, and is near the ocean. This house of early American colonial architecture and was home to one of the first Frenchmen to settle in Negros – Yves Leopold Germaine Gaston. At the back of the house one can find a vintage iron mill ran by steam in the production of sugar at the turn of the century. Manapla is approximately 55 minutes’ drive from Bacolod City by private car and over an hour by public utility vehicles that take off from Bacolod North Terminal. Air conditioned and non-airconditioned taxis, vans and buses for hire are also available from Bacolod. Continue reading

Bolila Island in Negros Occidental

Bolila Island Hinobaan Negros Occidental Mangrove Shoreline Beach White Sand Blue Water Resort Location Tour Guide Package Barangay Asia Swimming Snorkeling Scuba Diving Boat Rental History Info Bolila Island is located in the southern part of the municipality of Hinoba-an in Negros Occidental province. Bolila Island is a haven of sea grasses and different endangered species of mangrove growing in it. With the white sandy beach and crystal blue water which as quiet as the sea that embraces it, the island is best known of its exquisite marine ecology of coral reefs were the land and sea bound together to form this reach island paradise. Bolila Island is located in the barangay Asia of Hinoba-an. Continue reading

Mount Napulak in Iloilo

Mount Napulak Tigbanaba Igbaras Iloilo Mountain Elevation Summit Province Antique Kanlaon Negros Occidental Dental Womans Breast Shape Coral Rock Peak Hiking Trail Tour Guide Location Trekking Camp Mount Napulak is the highest mountain in Iloilo Province. Located in Barangay Tigbanaba in Igbaras, Mount Napulak stands at an elevation of 1,200 feet above sea level. At its summit, tourists can witness breathtaking views of Iloilo Province, Antique Province, Mount Kanlaon in Negros Occidental. Mount Napulak’s shape resembles a woman’s breast where massive coral rock as big as a one-storey building sits on peak, providing an eye-catching view of Iloilo and portions of the Antique Province. The trails getting to the mountain exposes the area’s virgin forests and abundant wildlife. Continue reading

Alanaban Falls in Hinoba-an

Alanaban Falls Hinobaan Negros Occidental Province Waterfalls Hiking Trail Trekking Tour Guide Terrain Size Water Length River Depth Swimming Source Municipal Level Irrigation Bathing Camping History The Alanaban Falls is located in Hinoba-an in Negros Occidental province. The Alanaban Falls is an hour and a half hike and about 5.8 kilometers away from Hinoba-an. Most tourists love to make this place as a venue for hiking and trekking since the landscape offers a wide range of terrain and fascinating view of the entire Poblacion proper and other barangays close to it. The falls serves as the main source of water supply for irrigation and other industries that needs water for operation. Soon to be, this waterfall will serve as a main source of the Municipal Level III water system which will cater the residents of the entire municipality. Come and visit Alanaban Falls and indulge yourself in a nature trip beyond the usual thing. Continue reading

Balbagan Festival in Binalbagan

Balbagan Festival BinalbaganThe Balbagan Festival celebrates the founding of Binalbagan in Negros Occidental. It is said that in ancient times cargo of shrimps, so abundant then, often got wet and partially spoiled while in transit . To remove the slimy odor and preserve the shrimp, traders would beat barks from a tree and place them over the baskets of the shrimps. The juice of the beaten bard was believed to contain preservatives. The action of beating the bark was termed in the native language as “balbag” which later evolved into BInalbagan. Another folklore tells the story of a huge snake that blocked the mouth of Binalbagan River. People would refer to the place as “Binalabagan” which subsequently evolved to Binalbagan. The Balbagan Festival celebrates both historical and folkloric origin of Binalbagan through music and dance. The Continue reading

How To Get To Sipaway Island

Sipaway Refugio Island Negros OccidentalSipaway is accessible from both Negros Island and Cebu island. If your jumpoff point is Bacolod City, Ceres Bus service two routes, via the coastal highway or via Don Salvador. The coastal highway will take you 3 hours and a half by bus. I highly recommend the Don Salvador Benedicto route. This is the fastest route which will only take you more or less two hours from Bacolod to San Carlos at a little over P100. You will also enjoy the view and cooler climate of Don Salvador. If you’re traveling from Cebu, Ceres Bus Lines services the route between Cebu and San Carlos on an air-conditioned bus, for about P190, using the Lite ferry.  The trip will take you a total of about 3 hours, 1.5 hours by bus and the 1.5 hours on regular ferry. A more faster sea travel from Toledo to San Carlos is by fastcraft which will take about 35 minutes. Continue reading

Sipaway Island

Sipaway Island Refugio San Carlos City Negros OccidentalSipaway Island is geographically known as Refugio Island. A favorite rendezvous for both local and foreign guests, it is the home of a magnificent century-old Balete tree, delectable bokayo (coconut meat coated with sugar syrup), native salbaro or pan bisaya (homemade bread), the boneless dried fish, danggit (angel fish) and few stretches of white sand beaches and natural reefs for snorkeling, kayaking and scuba diving. The coastline of Sipaway is also the source of fresh and appetizing sea foods. Now it has an established marine protected area that houses numerous varieties of coral reefs and sea creatures. There are several ways to get to Sipaway Island; It is just 10 to 15 minutes away from San Carlos City, Negros Occidental by pumpboat. The island is only around 7 kilometers from tip to tip so you can explore the Island in one day with a motorcycle. Continue reading

Handurawan Festival in Sipalay

Handurawan Festival SipalayThe Handurawan Festival is an annual fiesta celebration in Sipalay City. This festival is held every December 18-20 which coincides with the yuletide season. This annual fiesta celebration commemorates the official declaration of Sipalay as a town in Negros Occidental in 1948. There are live performances by bands every weekend of December following the Festival. This event is also formally known as Feast of Sacred Heart of Jesus and Handurawan Festival. The three-day activity is scheduled to provide Sipalaynons and visitors a time to enjoy.