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    Visit MAMBUKAL MOUNTAIN RESORT

    by janbonivic Updated Aug 12, 2009

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    An ecological showpiece about 45 minutes away from Bacolod City proper. The resort has various amenities like swimming pools, picnic huts, Slide for Life, Canopy Walk, Wall Climbing (which I tried but failed to reach the topmost).

    You may also stay overnight in the resort itself. It has Standard Lodge, Deluxe Lodge and Suite Rooms.

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    Get out of the city- Take a hike in the jungles!

    by matt10gonzalez Written Apr 6, 2008

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    Thank goodness Bacolod isn't all about malls, city, sugar canes and city only. It's really a blessing from the creator of this world to give beautiful mountains and jungles just 1 hour away from Bacolod. So if you're getting a little sick of the peaceful city life in Bacolod, do travel to the mountains of Mt. Kanlaon or Mambucal and refresh yourself with a day hike or week in the wilderness around here!

    DAY TREK TO THE SEVENTH FALLS- Mambucal

    This tip specically talks about the short day trek to the last falls in the developed and fun-loving resort of Mambucal.

    Oh! This was one of the hottest trek I've had in my life! Until now, I still can't believe that my entire family (We were 7, by the way) did this from the WORST times: 11 AM to 2 PM! Oh my goodness, it was SO hot! The sun didn't have any mercy at all- It was more than 40 degrees for the entire hike that it even gave us sunburns! And you know what made it worst? Because believe it or not, hardly any of us even brought water! (It was a very impromptu decision to do this) So in short, it was like this: We hiked at the hottest part of the day with no water, and in the end, most of us got knocked out but we still all had lots of fun!

    MOM: Wow... you guys did that?! You really are stupid trekkers!

    Scenery:
    Mambucal has several set of falls which are all worth seeing. Honestly, the 1st to the 4th falls are the most spectacular and beautiful (And doesn't require a hike! It's the easiest to see- takes less than 45 mins roundtrip though you can't swim in them) so why still bother hiking, climbing uphill and getting tired for 3 hours just to see the last fall in Mambucal?

    1.) Because of the journey, (See the photos in this tip for the best description)
    2.) Because you swim in it after all your effort, and
    3.) You can finally brag to your friends you've reached the seventh falls in Mambucal!

    SAFETY:
    The hike itself is not too wild: I didn't see any wild animals (Crocodiles and maybe some pythons can make the hike more interesting!) at the time of my hike (Super hot and sunny day, April 1, 2008) and just take caution while climbing the rocks here and DON'T forget to bring water and you'll be fine. (Even my 220 lbs. brother and my 9 years old cousin did it!)

    BEST TIME TO HIKE: Definitely not during a rainy day! The paths here can be really slippery! And also definitely not during from 10-3 PM, believe me- it's like hiking in hell! I guess the best time to hike here is either at dawn or sunset.

    DURATION: 4 hours roundtrip. It's not that long. (And this is with plenty of chit-chat while walking, rest stops and trekking with 7 people!)

    COSTS: There is no fee for the falls.
    TOUR GUIDE REQUIRED: Yes- Only for day trek to the seventh falls. The 1st to 4th doesn't require. Also, you have to pay him/her too! (The price depends though we paid our tour guide 200 pesos

    OTHER TIPS: Bring a swimsuit! (None of us did this and I didn't see anyone there bringing this!)

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    Join In The Fun: Electric Masskara

    by cyndymc Updated Oct 24, 2010

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    Aside from the Street Dance competition, another highlight of the Masskara festival is the Electric MassKara at the Tourism Strip in Lacson Street. Every year, for two nights before the street dance competition (Note: this year it was from October 15 to 16, starting at 8PM), Lacson St. (from the 5th St. to North Drive) is converted into a Tourism Strip.

    Before, I had the misconception that the Electric MassKara would be a presentation of dancing neon lights. On the contrary, it was much more! There was a float parade where dancers wearing intricate headgear, masks and colorfully lighted costumes performed on the ledge, wowing the audience and the panel of judges. As dancers swayed and gyrated to the beat of festival music, many people in the crowd screamed with excitement. The atmosphere at the Tourist Strip then became ala- mardi gras, with all the merriment, dancing, glitter and color.

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    sulphur springs

    by shohman Updated May 20, 2010

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    the sulphur springs are hot enough to cook and egg, in fact they smell a bit like rotten eggs, but a dip here can be very relaxing. If it gets too hot there are regular swimming pools nearby that you can cool off in. You won't see many kids in this pool due to the heat (although they are allowed) and that is a bonus in my book :)

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    Negros Forest

    by tidzy Updated Sep 15, 2007

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    The forests here in Negros are rapidly disappearing therefore also many animals native to this part of the archipelago to be endangered. The Negros Forest is a place just across the capital lagoon where they breed many of these endangered species. When I was a little kid, I entered one of their summer programs, the Junior Zookeeper and got to know a lot about our forests. You can visit this little sanctuary and see many of our native animals like the Eagle Owl, Leopard Cat, Warty Pig, Spotted Deer, Hornbills and more.

    There is an entrance fee of 10 pesos because they need the funds. This is a non-government organization.

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    Must See: Masskara Village

    by cyndymc Written Nov 8, 2011

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    The Maskara Village is an annual event organized by ABS-CBN. The event kicks off with a mask-making contest participated in by designers/artists from the different cities and municipalities of Negros Occidental. Then, all the handcrafted masks are displayed in the Masskara Village. I missed it to see the exhibit last year because I didn’t know about it. Fortunately, a friend tipped me on this year’s exhibit so I didn’t miss it this time. Soon after we checked in at our hotel, hubby and I hurried to Robinson’s Place Bacolod and headed to the 2nd level where the Masskara Village was set up. I marveled at the creativity put in by the artists in fabricating the masks; they were all so beautiful! See my travelogue for photos of displayed masks.

    (NOTE: Last year, the venue was in another mall so next year, watch for announcements where it will be held.)

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    See The Parade of Giant Puppets

    by cyndymc Written Nov 9, 2011

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    A brainchild of La Consolacion College (LCC), the Giant Puppet Parade immediately drew wows from the crowd. The students of LCC Fine Arts, Interior Design and Architecture competed in making the giant puppets. It is unfortunate that I wasn’t able to witness the parade from the Capitol Lagoon to the City Plaza. (We were in Silay City.) Good thing, I had the chance to see the giant puppets when they joined the parade of the Barangay street dancers. With the nice acceptance of the crowd, I won’t be surprised if there will be another Giant Puppet Parade in next year’s Masskara Festival. I will surely make time for it.

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    Visit the Lagoon

    by tidzy Written May 3, 2007

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    The Lagoon is located right in front of the Bacolod's Capitol. Early in the mornings or late in the afternoon, you could see a lot of joggers. So if you're one who would want to get some exercise without having to pay for a gym, this is the place. In the mornings they also have free aerobic sessions. The Lagoon is also filled with fishes--Tilapia fishes--its fun to watch them come to you when you hold out their hand. The Lagoon is like a huge recreation area, sometimes there are people who hold self-defense lessons, sometimes there are students practicing their cheering stunts, people practicing flair, skaters and so much more. Plus, it has a lot of trees so its not so hot and its windy.

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    Visit the Negros Museum

    by tidzy Written May 3, 2007

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    The Museum is a place where you could learn about the rich Negrense heritage. They charge 40 pesos per person for the entrance fee and they have a tour guide that would show you around the museum and explain to you the significance of the artifacts displayed there.

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    Go To Bacolod's Masskara Festival

    by cyndymc Updated Oct 24, 2010

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    I thought the word MASSKARA was misspelled, thinking it should have been spelled MASKARA, but it was really meant to be MASSKARA. MassKara is derived from the two words MASS, meaning "many" or "multitude" and KARA, a Spanish word meaning "face". Put together, MASKARA means "a mass or multitude of smiling faces".

    Masskara Festival is a celebration/expression/manifestation of Bacolenos' thanksgiving "for the abundance of blessings life brings them". It was conceived 31 years ago. Borne out of the city's woes in the 1980s (the Don Juan tragedy where about 700 Negrenses, including affluent families sank with the ship and perished; and economic dislocation when the prices of sugar in the world market hit an all-time low, thus affecting most of the Negrenses, including Bacolenos who relied in the sugar industry.

    Amidst all these unfortunate tragic events, the local government joined hands with the city’s artists and civic groups, and decided to hold a festival of smiles that will hold true the city's nickname at that time as the City of Smiles. They believed that such a festival would be a good opportunity to perk up the residents out of the depressing atmosphere. The first festival was both an affirmation and declaration by the Bacolenos that notwithstanding any crisis, Bacolod City could "pull through, survive, and in the end, triumph".

    Masskara festival is held every October, culminating on the the weekend nearest October 19, which is the Charter anniversary of Bacolod City. We visited the city for their 31st MassKara Festival.

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    Spend Time At The Provincial Park and Lagoon

    by cyndymc Updated Oct 25, 2010

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    Just across the Capitol Building is the Provincial Park and Lagoon. Locals go there to stroll in the park, feed the fishes in the lagoon, exercise (jogging/aerobics), practice dance or school activities, or simply spend time with their loved ones. Tourist go there usually for photography.

    Two of Bacolod's famous landmarks can be found at the north and south ends of the rectangular lagoon. There stand the statues of a woman and female water buffalo on the north end, and a man and a male water buffalo on the southend of the lagoon. It is said that an Italian artist created the massive sculptural work on the woman standing beside the female water buffalo. Soon, a Negrense artist schooled at the College of Fine Arts of the University of the Philippines created a similar sculpture, that of a man and male water buffalo.

    Trivia: I learned from our driver that fishes at the lagoon are fed to the prisoners:))

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    View The Archives @ Negros Museum

    by cyndymc Updated Oct 26, 2010

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    The first time we went to the Provincial Capitol Bldg., I had wanted to go to the Negros Museum, but it was still closed. I learned that it is open only from 10:00 A. to 6:00 PM, Tuesday to Sunday. Then, on another day, our car passed by the Negros Museum, but we didn't bother to stop and go inside as there were more places and more people that we had scheduled to see that day.

    I was told that Negros Museum, unlike other historical and humanities museums that collect antiques, it collects archival stories about the people of Negros Occidental. Showcased are important historical events pivotal to making Negros "The Sugar Bowl of the Philippines". Therefore, people sometimes refer to the museum as "The Sugar Museum'".

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    Associated Negros Producers' Showroom

    by cyndymc Updated Nov 8, 2011

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    Beforehand, I read that ANP Showroom sold "the best Negrense handicraft and products such as houseware, decorative objects, garments, gift items....furniture to furnishings, ceramics, scented candles, pottery, novelties, ladies/children's garments, fashion accessories, souvenir t-shirts as well as indigenous food and pasalubongs". When I went there, I was so impressed by the Associated Negros Producers' Showroom. It is indeed a one-stop trade house that showcase arts and crafts and almost everything produced by Negros Island. You need not go to so many places, spending time and transportation fare. The place is air-conditioned, the staff are all polite, friendly and efficient, patient enough to get our t-shirt sizes, and well informed enough to answer our questions re: the pasalubong items. They will even go to the extent of securing the items you want that are not available on your visit, like the Napoleones that they ordered for us, then they texted my husband to let him know the goods are available for pick-up.

    When we returned to Bacolod City for the 2011 Masskara Festival, we didn't bother to shop for pasalubongs elsewhere. We went to the Associated Negros Producers' Showroom and found everything we needed and wanted there. It is nice to see that their customer service is still the same. Service was fast, and the staff assisted us with a smile ;)

    Regular Working Hours: 9:30 AM to 7:00 PM Monday to Sunday

    Masskara Season: 9:00 AM to 1:00 AM Friday & Saturday
    9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday

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    Balay Negrense

    by limledi Updated May 12, 2010

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    Balay Negrense is a must visit in Silay City. Take a tour inside the old mansion for a look at old furniture pieces. There's a grand piano at the ground floor with a grand staircase leading upstairs. You can still see old bicycles & radios. The museum is well-kept. For those interested in arts, there's a room which display & sells artworks. Entrance fee is P40. Closed during Mondays. Opens at 10am-5pm.

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    Gaston Ancestral House

    by limledi Updated May 13, 2010

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    Gaston Ancestral House is very close to Chapel of Cartwheels in Manapla. This mansion is located before the chapel. It has a nice grounds with beautiful landscape. The mansion itself looks imposing & awesome. I don't know if it's open to tourists coz there's no one attending to you.

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