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.
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.
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.
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.
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. =)
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 :)
~ 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.
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.
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.
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!
This is the upstairs "sala" or living room. A huge sitting area that's open and airy with a balcony overlooking the front yard.
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?
Under the bridge I saw this bed of green with the water running over these rocks. Nature at it's undisturbed state...
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.
About 40 mins. from the city is the town of Salvador Benedicto. Easy to make a day trip to have lunch in huts by the river.
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