Unique Places in Bacolod City

  • Mt. Canlaon crater
    Mt. Canlaon crater
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  • The Expedition Team reaching the Summit ;)
    The Expedition Team reaching the Summit...
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  • Margaha Valley (old crater and lake)
    Margaha Valley (old crater and lake)
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Most Viewed Off The Beaten Path in Bacolod City

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    Climb Mt. Canlaon!

    by buenababe Written Jan 30, 2012

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    If you are in for a new adventure, go climb Mt. Canlaon. Mt. Canlaon is the most active volcano in Central Philippines. It has a peak elevation of 2,435 m (7,989 ft) with a base diameter of 30 km (19 mi) and is dotted with pyroclastic cones and craters.

    Bacolod serves as the gateway to Mt. Canlaon if you're flying from other provinces.

    There are a few trails to choose from when climbing Mt. Canlaon. For beginners, the advisable one is the Guintubdan entry-exit trail which takes around 6-8hours of trekking going to the saddle, another 30 minutes going up to the Summit and almost 7hours of trekking down to Guintubdan.

    The climb is tough and exhausting. It requires someone to be really physically fit. A permit needs to be secured first and a waiver to be signed.

    jump for joy after 8 hours of trekking @the saddle Mt. Canlaon crater The Expedition Team reaching the Summit ;) Margaha Valley (old crater and lake) hmmmm walking in the clouds...
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    Pass by where I work!

    by buenababe Written Jul 7, 2011

    I work in a local drug/food manufacturing company as a pharmacist/regulatory officer. We are the only Drug Manufacturing company in the province or perhaps the Region... so if you happen to be in Bacolod, pass by the office and i'll be happy to greet you with a smile. =)

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    Manny Pacquiao Immortalized

    by bike_packer Updated Apr 4, 2011

    On our way to Bacolod City coming from Dumaguete City, we incidentally noticed the Manny Pacquiao sculpture displayed by the national road in Himamaylan City - 1 1/2 hour drive before Bacolod City. Done by local sculptor Hermie Aurelio, the lifesize statue painted in gold depicts the boxer superstar in his fighting form.

    It was displayed in front of the sculptor's shop to be easily noticed by motorists passing by and carried a hefty tag price of P200,000.00 which there were no takers for about a year on display. The good thing is - Hermie would let anybody to take pictures for FREE. The last info about the sculpture was that it was eventually given to Manny Pacquiao for free on July 2006 and its final destination is GenSantos City, the hometown of Pacquiao.

    For Sale at P200,000.
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    Getting there: The Church of the Cartwheels

    by matt10gonzalez Written Jul 22, 2008

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    Getting to the Church of the Cartwheels can be hard.

    IF YOU HAVE CAR:
    If you have a car, it's in Manapla, around one and a half hours away. In Manapla, there's a really tiny sign along the highway pointing left to a farm road, saying "Church of the Cartwheels". Make a left and follow that sign, then just drive all the way straight until you reach an intersection and a private resident house. Make a left in that intersection and just go straight and wala! You've found the Gaston Ancestral House! The shoe house is hidden inside it. Keep going straight and wala again! You've found the Church of the Carthwheels!
    If you feel lost, don't be scared and just ask directions from the locals around here. You'll be surprised to find out a lot know this place here!
    Oh, and if you entered the town of Manapla, it's wrong. You don't enter the town of Manapla to go here.

    IF YOU DON'T HAVE A CAR:

    If you don't have a car, then getting to the Church of the Cartwheels can be pretty tough.

    If you're going to ride a jeepney, you will have to prepare lots of patience, adventure to get here! Watch carefully at the names of the jeepneys: You will need to ride a jeepney that goes to Cadiz or Escalante. Take note that Manapla is between Cadiz and Victorias. It's something like this:

    THE JEEPNEY MAP OF NEGROS OCCIDENTAL

    O - Escalante (Around 3 hours)
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    O - Cadiz (Around 2 hours)
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    O - MANAPLA (Around 1 hour and 30 Minutes)
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    O - Victorias (Around 1 hour)
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    O - Silay (Around 45 Minutes)
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    O - Talisay (Around 30 Minutes)
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    O - Bacolod (Starting Point)

    As you can see, Manapla is between Cadiz and Victorias. Take note too that it's an easy town to miss. So if you're not sure, don' t fall asleep in the jeepney!
    So for example, let's make our Starting Point Bacolod. To get to Manapla, you will need to take the jeep that goes to Cadiz or Escalante or if there's one, to Manapla.
    DON'T get off in any of them! It's like taking a subway: Escalante is the last station and Manapla is 2nd to the last. If you're impatient and you think you can't find a jeepney to Manapla, Cadiz or Escalante, you may take jeepneys to Victorias or Silay but you will eventually have to catch another jeepney again to Cadiz. Patience is the key!

    To make things much easier, any jeepney you board, just ask if it's going to Manapla and tell them you want to go to the Church of the Cartwheels. If you're shy, just write it on a piece of paper and show it on board and they'll tell you.

    Take note that the jeepney doesn't work like a robotic public bus that just stops in a sign saying 'Bus Stop' or a subway! You can just get off anywhere you feel like even if it's in the middle of no where! (Just knock on the ceiling of the jeepney!)

    Remember too that the Church of the Cartwheels isn't in the town of Manapla but rather on the highway. Watch carefully for the sign and get off the jeepney when you see it. After you do that, you should be on a highway in the middle of sugar canes. Do you see a farm road with a really tiny sign saying 'Church of the Cartwheels?' If you do, good. You can walk that farm road but warning! It can take 30 minutes. (And in the hot sun, this can be torture!) There should be tricycles around and they should be willing to take you all the way to the Church.

    If you were able to do this all this way, wow! Congratulations! You've learned to ride a jeepney. Now, wasn't that an adventure?

    Go ahead and try it this way, it's really a fun way to get here!

    FOOD: Take note that there's NO restaurant here! Either you will have to eat a heavy breakfast or a late lunch, or bring some food here! Oh well, you were warned it was off-beaten.

    COSTS: It'll be wise to prepare 150 pesos for all this including the jeepney rides and the tricyles rides. (There's to fee to the Church of the Cartwheels as of 2008) But make sure it's all in small bills or coins so it'll be much easier to get change.

    BEST TIMES TO GO:

    7 AM to 12 PM- It isn't too hot in the morning. Eat a heavy breakfast first. If you leave 7 AM by jeepney, you will probably arrive this place around 9 AM. 2 hours here is more than enough to savor the whole place. If you leave by 11:00 AM, you'll probably be back in a mall in Bacolod by 1:00 PM. Perfect timing for a wonderful lunch!

    3 PM to 6 PM- Although this looks tempting because this is the time when the sun sets, this is best done by car or taxi so that you won't have to worry when it'll get dark.

    WEATHER: ALWAYS BRING AN UMBRELLA. You'll never know when it'll rain. A super hot sunny morning can turn into a strong, rainy day in the Afternoon. Don't do this when it's raining hard, it'll be pure torture.

    BEST ADVICE: Just ask, ask and ask and you'll make it! It isn't that hard as long as you ask.

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    Gaston Ancestral House- Manapla

    by matt10gonzalez Written Jul 22, 2008

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    And finally, there's the house. This pretty, mestizo (It has a lot of European influence) house sits proudly like an oasis in the middle of the sugar cane fields of Manapla. Here, you can really see the glorious past of Bacolod when the sugar industry was really booming and making a hit worldwide!

    Take note that the Church of the Cartwheels, the Shoe House are all part of the Gaston Ancestral House in Manapla, 1 and a half hours away from Bacolod.

    Welcome to the Beautiful Ancestral House! Wow! That's European! Looks like everyone enjoyed!
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    Shoe House

    by matt10gonzalez Written Jul 22, 2008

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    There's still one more exciting thing to see in this Ancestral house and that's the shoe house. that's right! A house that's literally a shoe! It was probably a playground or a siesta place. Though it's falling apart already, it's a still a good place for the mom or the dad to take refuge and hide in peace if your kids are driving you bananas!

    Wow! What's this? A house that's a shoe?
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    Manapla's Sights: Unique and it's in Negros!

    by matt10gonzalez Written Jul 22, 2008

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    What visitors usually miss when visiting Bacolod? Manapla's Sights! They're unique and it's in Negros!

    Church of the Cartwheels- Manapla

    What's this? A church literally made out of cartwheels? Wow! Who could have thought of that? The person who made this must have really love kalesas! (Horse carriages) To make things even more exciting, it's hidden in a beautiful farm and that just makes things mofe off-beaten and adventurous. (You'll have to go inside the sugar canes!) Isn't that exciting?

    A Church Made out of Cartwheels? Wow! Welcome to the Church of the Cartwheels! Wow! Look at all the cartwheels! The Church of the Cartwheels- Mysterious...
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    u missed it man

    by ahnntootz Written May 15, 2008

    ~ Bacolod City has 2 major festivities and its being celebrated the whole month of april for panaad festival and 2 weeks celebration for Maskara festival every month of October.

    ~ Mother of all Festivals"
    The biggest festival of them all in Negros Occidental, the PANAAD FESTIVAL, started in 1993 as a thanksgiving celebration and a fulfillment of a promise and vow to the Divine Providence in exchange of good life.
    It features 32 festivals that brings together 13 cities and 19 towns of Negros Occidental. In theme booths that showcase their history, culture, trade, agriculture, tourism and other industries. The annual PANAAD sa NEGROS FESTIVAL held at the Panaad Park and Stadium, Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City.

    Municipality of Toboso Theme Booth Pintaflores Festival Talisay City Theme Booth

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    The Rare and the Beautiful

    by tidzy Written Nov 28, 2007

    I've always loved to travel and explore with my dad around Negros, especially the areas near Bacolod. I've found this beauty with her baby--an albino carabao! :D

    My recommendation, explore the place! Just don't get lost! haha and if you DO get lost, there would always be locals to ask for directions, we're always willing to help lost visitors :)

    an albino carabao and her baby

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    Visit the Churches

    by tidzy Written Oct 24, 2006

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    Most tourists come to Bacolod to get a taste of the night life or to take a look at the wide fields of sugarcane but what most tourists miss are the beautiful churches of the city. We have a number of them, in fact but you have to get a local to show you since most of these churches are hidden in little barangays.

    Lupit Church
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    Mambucal falls

    by MartinD70S Written Jun 27, 2006

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    IMHO, the bats are cooler than the falls, hahaha. But I can't talk, I have been there twice now and have not been to all the falls. My suggestions is go there very early. I went there in the middle of the day in the middle of summer both times and it was more work than fun.

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    Volcanoes anyone?!

    by MartinD70S Written Jun 27, 2006

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    Mt. Canlaon semi-active volcanoa. Took a bus there, about 4-5 hours from Bacolod. Then we had to hire a motorcycle to get us up some of the mountain. And then had to hike a little. Friendly locals waving along the way. Wish I spent the night for some more serious exploring, but got to see a natural spring river flowing down the mountain. Two days after we left the volcanoe shot off some gas and ash and a safety perimeter was established. It is my understanding that this happens off and on occasionally.

    mountain spring

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    Balay Negrense

    by yellowbell Updated May 30, 2006

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    Balay (House) Negrense is a traditional haciendero house and was said to be owned by French sugar baron Victor Gaston.
    Note that the rooms are connected to each other by side doors (Filipino families love to congregate) and the intricate air passages above each wall panel. Hacienderos (land owners) entertain their guests through the piano recitals held in the sala.

    Take a jeep from the Robinson's Mall bound for Silay and get off at the church. It's a trip (45 min-1 hour) along sugarcane plantations. If you go further than Silay, you would reach Victorias (the largest sugar milling in Asia).

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    Balay Negrense

    by syllybabe Updated Oct 28, 2005

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    Click on the picture and read the sign which describes the 12 bedroom layout of the house. It describes how the family used their home as a place to welcome and entertain guests...clearly representing Negrense hospitality.

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    Go Fish!

    by syllybabe Written Sep 9, 2003

    If you drive 30 mins north of Bacolod you will find Jewels to your right on the highway. If you see a big alligator on a post, you're there!

    This should also be a restaurant tip since Jewels has a good restaurant where they serve...what else? Seafood, of course! Their buffet lunch on Sundays is great and you get all you can eat prawns, crabs, fish, and desserts.

    To rent a hut for the day so you can catch your own fish (tilapia...no idea what that is in english) to take home is less than $5. You can rent fishing rods and buy bait for P15 or less than 30US cents.

    fresh catch of the day
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