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

The Pangasinan Culture

Tuyo FishThe Pangasinan (Panggalatok, Pangasinense) live in the peninsula projecting west into the South China Sea just north of the Zambales mountain ranges. The densest areas are in San Carlos City (117,850), Dagupan City (101,131), and Malasique (79,808). The national population is some 1,159,176 (NSO 1990).

Made fertile by the Agno river and its tributaries streaming down from the southern end of the Cordillera mountain ranges, the area is lush with vegetation and agricultural production. To the west, at the tip of the peninsula are the Bolinao, a Sambal-related people; to the south are the Sambals. Continue reading