Bacolod City Off The Beaten Path

  • 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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Bacolod City Off The Beaten Path

  • Bocal Bocal Springs

    Located in Alingalan town, Bacolod City is a resort only a few people get to visit. You may hire a trike in going here.

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  • Climb Mt. Canlaon!

    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...

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  • Pass by where I work!

    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

    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...

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  • Test your strength!

    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!

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  • Getting there: The Church of the...

    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...

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  • Gaston Ancestral House- Manapla

    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...

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  • Shoe House

    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!

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  • Manapla's Sights: Unique and it's in...

    What visitors usually miss when visiting Bacolod? Manapla's Sights! They're unique and it's in Negros! Church of the Cartwheels- ManaplaWhat'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...

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  • u missed it man

    ~ 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...

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  • The Rare and the Beautiful

    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 :)

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  • Visit the Churches

    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.

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  • Mambucal falls

    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?!

    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...

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  • Balay Negrense

    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...

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  • Balay Negrense

    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!

    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,...

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  • Mambukal Mountain Resort

    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...

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  • Find your own dipping pool

    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.

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  • Don't let someone else take a pic...

    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.

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  • Really off the beaten path

    Under the bridge I saw this bed of green with the water running over these rocks. Nature at it's undisturbed state...

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  • Go on the canopy walk

    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.Costs $2.

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  • Bats at noon?

    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?

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  • Mambukal Mountain Resort

    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!

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  • Catch the Sunrise

    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!

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  • Explore the beaches outside the city

    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...

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  • Sugary sweet

    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...

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  • Iron Dinosaur

    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...

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  • St. Joseph the Worker Parish

    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".

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  • Balay Negrense

    This is the upstairs "sala" or living room. A huge sitting area that's open and airy with a balcony overlooking the front yard.

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  • Balay Negrense

    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...

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  • Salvador Benedicto

    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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