Mambukal is 35 min away from the city and is worth a visit. It has a dipping pool whose source are from the hot springs that abound nearby. Very refreshing. The hubby and I tried it and he swears the aches in his joints went away. After the dip we climbed up to see several falls. We only got up to the 3rd. Then we had lunch. There are several food stalls in the main area with good grilled porkchops, chicken and fishes. The rest rooms are clean if a bit wet owing to the fact that its located besides the pool. (which is clean too)
You can stay overnight as there are several airconditioned cottages.
For the more adventurous, there is a "Slide for Life" (zipline), a canopy walk among tall trees and Rock Climbing. There is also a clean comfy spa as well as a boating lagoon and a butterfly garden.
After lunch we walked about just taking in the mountain air and the great view of nature. We also splashed around in the mini-falls. I simply love hopping from rock to rock with cool water gushing about my legs.
Mambucal is a great place as a day trip from Bacolod as believe me: There are plenty of things to do here and despite being a developed resort already, there are still many chances to enjoy the nature and wilderness around here!
Bats- The bats are given the red carpet here, amazingly despite the rapid developments and the construction in the area, bats still call Mambucal resort their 'home'. You can see the bats flying just by looking up at the trees even in day time.
Beehives- Amazingly, the bees are also given the red carpet here! The beehives are easily missed (Our tour guide to the trek told us where to find them) which is no surprise since they're hidden way on top of the trees. Also, nobody dares to climb the trees just to shoo them away!
Falls- Mambucal ain't complete without its set of waterfalls!
With just these already in mind, it's already clear that Mambucal really has the word 'Nature.' So no wonder many people enjoy going here just to escape the city life and be out in the wild for a while! But that's not all what Mambucal has to offer! Apparently, Mambucal also has some other juicy things to enjoy!
Sulfur spring- It may smell like rotten eggs but legend has it that the one who baths here will look a whole lot younger! Despite this legend though, hardly anyone (Including me) seems brave enough to bath here! (Everyone just looks at it in curiosity!) Is the smell really a turn off?
Slide for Life- Finally! A place in Bacolod where you can fly like a flying squirrel! The Slide for Life isn't just an ordinary kiddy slide: It's much better! It's those things where you hang on a slide going down like a flying squirrel! Okay, it may not be as thrilling as a bungee jump but hey! At least it's still fun and for only 100 pesos ($2.5) for two trips, what's there to complain?
And there are other stuff like swimming pools, dipping pools, boating, rock climbing and more!
Fees and Cost:
Adult - P50/head
Dipping Pool- Same as Swimming Pool
Picnic Huts- (For the Day)
Slide For Life
Cottage (2 single beds)- P900
Additional Bed- P150
If you have time in Bacolod, try strolling down La Salle Avenue on a weekday! (Though,
best done by sunset so you won't die by the scourging heat of the sun, and most students
and people here don't enjoy wandering around this street from 1:00-4:00 PM) This
avenue is a magnet or young people and teens- no surprise, the University of St. De La Salle sits
here! If you're observant, you'll see students drinking, smoking (And getting rid of their
problems and maybe even bad grades! But what university in the world doesn't have that?)
and enjoying their break time in the restaurants in this street. It's also a haven for
computer gamer lovers who barge in the dozens of internet cafes in this street and can literally
stay there the entire night! And finally, drop by the Bob's Courtyard (You can't miss it, it's
just in front of the USLS gate 2), It's a cafe with a bright, gentle ambience and a place
where in you could just eat all you want and watch the warm, fun, & noisy world of the Filipinos
Pro's- Well, it's free! (Unless you eat of course) And it's a nice way to find out how
the Filipino youth live their lives!
Con's- It's dead at 1:00-3:00 PM (Because of course! Who wants to get burned in the sun?)
And when it rains, well, just ran quick to the shades and have fun in the rain!
Still at Palmas del Mar...We were there on a gray day recently. Although it's still officially summer, the monsoon season has started and the rains have been pouring down a lot.
As you can see, there's no beach...but the illusion is ok. Anything with water is good enough.
Junior zookeepers paying a visit to one of the hornbills they helped take care of for a week this summer.
Negros Forest and Ecological Foundation Inc.'s chairman, Donato Poblador, happily announced at the end of the week-long program that this year's zookeepers did a great job because they did not lose a single animal this summer thanks to the kids' conservation efforts.
That made the kids proud.
The Capitol Lagoon is located across our Provincial Capitol and is designated as KM 0. There is a lagoon that isn't as clean as it was in my childhood days but still a refreshing sight. A playground which is always full of kids. A skating rink that is being used for other stuff. A lot of benches and greenery. Music is played over the loudspeaker which adds to the festive air. here you will find a good cross-section of Negrenses. You have families, young lovers, teenagers practising their dance moves, athletes exercising, older people doing tai-chi in the morning and people who just want a feel of nature in the middle of the city.
Mambukal is a 45-minute drive from Bacolod City located at the town called Murcia. The Mountain Resort is managed by the provincial government and considered to be a protected area. Mambukal is home to the 7 waterfalls, plenty of bats, hot sulfur spring, swimming pools, butterfly garden, the mini-lake, wild flowers and trees. Room hotels/lodging rooms are offered for an overnight stay. There are also cottages available for day visit.
Since I was a kid, Mambukal has been the place where we hang out and have fun, either with family and friends. It always feel nice to commune with nature while you relax and enjoy. I love the Hot sulfur spring a lot and i recommend one should try it for a soothing feeling and its health benefits. One should not also miss hiking the the 1st up to the 7th waterfalls. It is somewhat a test of endurance yet a fulfilling thing to do.
The best time to go to Mambukal is on the 3rd weekend of June since the Mudpack Festival is celebrated during that time. Be sure to have early bookings though since plenty of people go there to enjoy the festivity.
This building is now restored to its former glory and is again being used as the provincial capitol.
The provincial capitol building used to house the Negros Museum. It is now in its own building a short walk from the capitol. Worth the visit to see a bit of the the city and province's history. Inside there's a collection of toys and dolls from all over the world which was donated by a woman who's been collecting those toys all her life. On the second floor are artifacts and other objects showcasing the sugar industry that has been the biggest source of income for the province since the 1800's.
I thought the Masskara Village was the only exhibit at Robinson’s Place. As hubby and I went up to the 3rd level of Robinson’s Place to look for restaurants, we discovered the Masskara Festival Mask & Costume Display. On exhibit were the masks and costumes to be used by participating schools and barangays in the 2011 Masskara Street Dancing Competition. Each group had a pair of mannequins wearing their masks and costumes. My eyes feasted on the colorful and intricate masks and costumes, just looking at them heightened my expectations of the Masskara Street Dancing Competition.
(Note: For next year's display, watch for announcements re: venue. Last year, it was in another mall so next year, they might change venue again.)
Finally! Something that will put Talisay city, the peaceful, sleeping town wedged between two nice cities: Modern Bacolod and historical Silay, on the tourist map! The Ruins!
This century plus years old ancestral house that was burned to ruins due to prevent the Japanese invaders for using it as a base is not only a fantastic remainder of the destruction impact of World War 2 to the Philippines, but is also rather a beautiful place; It's like an oasis, in the middle of all the monotonous sugar canes!
There are only 3 rules for you here:
1.) DO visit the place on sunset! (4-7 PM+) Seriously, this is where the magic of the ruins starts! The house honestly looks a whole lot more dull from 10 AM to 3 PM but on sunset, it's really a different story; It's really a WOW! The walls suddenly turns from dull grey to colorful yellowish-orange just like magic! The once Italianate architecture and neo-Romanesque columns suddenly takes a beautiful and mysterious transformation: The whole place suddenly looks more Moorish and Moroccan. (Because of the orange walls and the orange arches) The sunset really does make a BIG difference!
2.) Don't forget to bring a camera! It's a mortal sin if you don't bring!
3.) Have fun! What's the use of going here if you'll get bored or cranky?
Fee: As of March 2008, it was like 25 pesos per person.
Directions: The ruins has quite a problem when it comes to getting here: As of March 2008, it's still quite a hassle and adventure to get here if you don't have your own private car. I didn't see any jeepneys here (Unless you rent one for yourself), just motorcycles and a few private cars so if you're own on your own and don't want to rent a car, I suggest just taking a taxi here and telling him to wait for you. (There are no taxis here) It's the easiest (and most costly) way to get here. For specific directions:
The simplest but most rugged and adventurous way to get here is to turn right at this rough and dusty road in the Honda car office (Between Ayala North Point and the Highway) and go straight all the way. It's only about 2-3 kms but just warning though! You better prepare patience here- because this road, as of March 2008 is appalling! This broken 2-3 kms road might take you 15 to even 30 minutes! (It took us 30 minutes) But hey! Isn't that part of the adventure experience?
Another complicated but faster way to get here (Good roads) is to go here via Rose lawn subdivision in Bata. Honestly, I don't really know how to specifically get here fropm here (You have to make a lot of turns and keep going straight to get to the ruins) but almost everybody here knows how to get to the ruins so just ask around here and you'll make it there in a less adventurous but a whole lot more convenient way. That's what we did it work wonders!
So now, all the 3 cities in the Bacolod-Talisay-Silay triangle has its own unique thing: Silay has its ancestral house, the beautiful modern airport, Bacolod has its universites and shopping malls and Talisay has the Ruins. Wow!
The Ruins, the so-called Taj Mahal of Negros: one of a must-see places in the City.
It was a mansion of the rich Sugar Baron in Negros named Don Mariano Ledesma-Lacson built in the early 1900's in honor of his Portuguese wife, Maria Braga. During the World War II, the Japanese intended to make the mansion their Headquarters but the Americans burnt it with the owner's consent in order that the Japanese won't be able to make use of it.
It used to be an abandoned place, in the middle of the sugar cane fields, remote from "civilization". It is located near my friend's house and we used to visit it when we were in high school, around 15 years ago. In 2007, the grandson of the Late Don Mariano Lacson decided to restore the building and named it The Ruins. They opened it to the public as part of Bacolod's Landmark (though the place is officially part of Talisay City, a city next to Bacolod). From then on, The Ruins is a venue of History and a good place for special occasions and for photoshoot.
Central Azucarera de la Carlota as it's name suggest is located in La Carlota City, 45.9 kms south of Bacolod City. You can have a tour around this huge sugar mill. We took shots of the old train in display as well as the one found near the main gate.
Everyone told us we had to go up 7 falls. Being a big fan of waterfalls, we quickly found a guide and negotiated a price (tips, they work for whatever you feel like giving them.) The climb is sometimes steep, but nothing someone in decent shape should shy away from. The falls themselves are beautiful and you may focus just on them, but as you look at the landscape surround the falls, it will take your breath away. Simply beautiful. The trek also takes you though a small village where natives live in bamboo huts. These may be the happiest poor people I've ever seen, their friendly smiles are heartwarming. It takes about an hour to hike to the seventh fall, which can be exhausting because of the heat, but you can always cool off in the chilly water.
The St. Sebastian Cathedral stands tall in "downtown" Bacolod. It is situated at the Center of the City and marks the end of Araneta St. which goes straight from neighboring City called Bago.
It is one of the oldest churches in the province, built by the Spaniards. It holds masses everyday and is usually too crowded every Sunday where an hourly mass is held.
For Catholics, it is a good place to visit and pray, thanking God for the safe travel and all His blessings.
One of the heritage houses in Bacolod, Victor Fernandez Gaston Ancestral House or more commonly known as Balay Negrense, showcases the lifestyle of sugar barons during the Spanish era. It houses precious heirlooms such as dresses, telephone, bicycle, furniture, among others. It also displays wire sculpture of various designs.
52 San Sebastian Street, ex. Bacolod Executive Inn, Bacolod, 6100, Philippines
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