May 17, 2013

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL | SILAY ANCESTRAL HOUSES, THE RUINS & MAMBUKAL RESORT



I arrived early morning at the Bacolod-Silay airport. The excitement in me is immeasurable to finally land in the province which is a stone away from my hometown Iloilo. I have no problem communicating with the locals because I’m an ilonggo. I boarded a multi-cab bound for Silay but I ended up at Bacolod City north terminal. I’m supposed to explore Silay City first before heading to Bacolod. But as always my itinerary was not followed.



My first stop is the provincial capitol of Negros Occidental. Negrenses starts their day in the capitol grounds doing physical exercises like jogging, stretching and brisk walking. The design of the provincial capitol is elegant with a huge man-made lagoon in front of it. A national historical landmark designed by Juan Arellano.
I took some pictures while roaming around. Eager to explore more of the city has to offer I walked a few more blocks from the capitol grounds and I saw a tapsi stall. I ordered a tocilog for my breakfast. It was delightful meal to fill my stomach for a day long adventure.


After breakfast I proceeded to the old Bacolod City Hall and the San Diego Cathedral. Scattered rain shower were on and off during my visit in the province that made me stay for while. I'm standing in the fa├žade of a bank in front of the city hall waiting for the rain to subside.
Bacolod City is quite similar to Iloilo City and other urban centers in the country. Colorful jeepney and taxi are roaming everywhere in the busy street. Banks, restaurants and commercial establishment are in every corner.


Some minutes have passed and the rain subside I boarded a jeep bound to terminal were buses going to Silay City. The city has numerous well-preserved ancestral houses. The Balay Negrense and the Hofilena Museum were among the old houses along Cinco de Noviembre St. I keep on walking and ended up to the national highway were I made quick stopover at Maria Golez Ancestral House(RCBC Bank) ,Bernardino Jalandoni Museum, San Diego Cathedral and the Cesar Lacson Locsin  Ancestral House(Ideal Bakery).Spending some hours of exploring the historical city I dine at the Ideal Bakery. I ordered egg pie, pineapple pie and piaya.

From Silay I headed to The Ruins in Talisay City. The picturesque structure of Neo-Roman grand mansion is stunning. This is the gift of Don Mariano Lacson, a sugar baron, to Maria Braga, the love of his life. The mansion is burned during the US-Japan war and only the skeletal were remained. It is located in vast area surrounded by sugarcane plantations.




It’s been a fun-filled day and I took a rest at Bacolod Pension along 11th St.
On my second day I joined the Negrenses in their morning exercises before heading to the town of Murcia to experience adventure and to see the beauty of nature of Mambukal Resort. It is located at the foothills of Mt. Kanlaon and famous for its seven waterfalls. Outdoor enthusiasts would love the resort. There you can trek the mountain and explore numerous waterfalls.


After exploring the wonders of Mambukal I went back to Bacolod city. I have my lunch at the Manokan country and tasted their famous chicken inasal. Kanamit guid ah! I bought some piayaya in the nearby pasalubong shop. I’m supposed to go straight to the bus terminal bound for Dumaguete but I decided to stay for another night and opt to travel early morning the next day! I spend that night at Ong Bun Pension House. I have a great two days stay in Negros Occidental.


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this is part of my negros+siquijor trip

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