A place that holds a lot of fun childhood memories...
For a while they closed down this resort because it had been run down and it no longer was the same peaceful retreat it once was.
Finally though, Negros Occidental's provincial government stepped up and went all out in putting Mambucal back together and on May 1st, 2003 they will again officially open the resort to the public.
April 14 was the first day they allowed people back in for a soft opening. The new cottages are not finished yet and there is a lot of construction going on but I was so excited and pleased to see all their efforts shaping up.
I can't wait until the whole complex is finished. Right now, the two pools are open, the boating lagoon, and the canopy walk. There's a wall for rock climbing and a dipping pool right next to the hanging bridge but those aren't open yet.
The best thing about Mambucal is that everywhere around you it's green and there are a lot of butterflies hovering over flowers. There are small pools like these fed by the springs. It looks like a pond but it's not...that's running water and it's not man-made.
Looked like fun...you get to walk on a hanging bridge. They have guides to make sure you'll be safe. Even if you're afraid of heights I don't think this would be much of a problem...it's not THAT high.
I woke up at 5am and took a stool to the edge of the cliff so I could wait for the sun to start peeking through the horizon. Sunsets are beautiful but if you can catch the sunrise...and watch the sky light up...unforgettable!
Escalante is a 2hr drive from Bacolod and Bonista Beach Resort is another 30 mins through rough roads. The beach itself isn't that great but the pools were inviting and the rooms had big beds and really clean bathrooms.
If you're a sunset chaser, this isn't the place to go but if you wake up at 5am and walk down a path towards the cliff, you'll be able to catch the sun as it rises.
The Victorias Milling Corporation compound is about a 50-min. drive from Bacolod City. As you drive through the guardhouse, you won't miss the Iron Dinosaur on your right but also, you will start to smell the strong scent of molasses in the air.
Sugar had been a major export of Negros Island for decades but in the last 20 something years, many farmers have started to diversify to other crops due to the drop of the price of sugar in the world market.
In the bygone days, they say the sugar barons and baronesses (what they used to call the landed rich), would spoon in sugar into their tea and coffee but not stir it because there was just too much sugar in Negros.
If you have a fascination for trains, this steam locomotive weighs 18 tons and was commissioned in 1925 and manufactured by Baldwin Locomotive Works, Philadelphia, USA. It was used to trek the dangerous 16km Tison-Amparo and Amanda lines passing Barangay Florencia. This iron dinosaur, powered by bagasse, ceased operating in the late 1960's and was ceremonially presented for public viewing on the 55th anniversary of the company.
Note: Description lifted from a sign right next to the train upon entering the VMC compound.
It has been many years since I've been inside the compound of the Victorias Milling Company and I've never had any reason to go but today I decided to take the 40min. drive north of the city to take pictures of an altar painting that has made this church controversial...
The mural is called "The Angry Christ".
An easy 15-min. drive north of Bacolod is the city of Silay. Known for its good native delicacies and homes with spanish influence in their architecture.
Balay Negrense was built in 1898 and was home to generations of the Gaston family whose ancestors hailed from France and started the cultivation of sugarcane in the province of Negros Occidental.
For many years, this beautiful old house was abandoned and I remember driving out to Silay with friends on Saturday nights looking to get scared by visiting "haunted" houses.
It was in 1994, I think that the Gastons donated their ancestral home to be preserved and made into the museum that it is now.
Walking through the main door you can actually imagine what it was like living in such a grand house which I believe was the center of a lot of social activities judging by the open concept of the living rooms and the staircase.
Located in Alingalan town, Bacolod City is a resort only a few people get to visit. You may hire a trike in going here.
Go to Mambukal Resort and trek your way from 1st falls to 7th falls. You can also take a dip at the 5th and 6th falls. Dont forget to bring lotza WATER!
If you let someone else handle your camera, make sure they get it right.
This photo shows the hanging bridge...not that high...even I can walk on that...I think.
Under the bridge I saw this bed of green with the water running over these rocks. Nature at it's undisturbed state...
Never thought I'd see this sight but there were thousands of bats hanging from trees and flying overhead at noontime in Mambucal. Is this unusual? Did Batman change his sleeping habits?
The boating lagoon...calm waters but fed by the mountain spring. They lined up lights along the path...I can't wait to try rowing here at night when they fire up the lamps...dreamily romantic, I bet!
52 San Sebastian Street, ex. Bacolod Executive Inn, Bacolod, 6100, Philippines
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