The Ruins of Talisay, streets of Bacolod City, The Capitol, Bacolaodiat Festival, sugarcane plantations, rice terraces, the majestic view of Mount Kanlaon, Inasal...- The Sugar Capital of the
has a lot more to offer than what I've expected! Philippines
This trip was planned last year after I've transferred here in Western side of Cebu -job assignment reshuffling :). Full schedule and long vacation/rest in Alabang(MM) due to major operation (acute appendicitis) caused some delays. I am currently staying here in Toledo City that exploring Negros Occidental is very much possible and less time effort. RORO ships and Fast-crafts going to neighboring San Carlos Port are available every 30 minutes. Traveling via RORO may take 1.5 to 2 hours and 30-45 minutes via fast craft.
ITINERARY AND NOTES
From Cebu to Negros Occidental
January 16, 2012- 9:30 AM. Aboard MV Melrival (from
ort) going to the Port of San Carlos City, Negros Occidental. Toledo P
Fare:P200 (Aircon)/ P180 (ordinary)
around 11:30 AM after 2 hours of sea travel. Port of San Carlos
1:30 PM: witnessed the majestic views of sugarcane plantations, rice terraces of Codcod, Choco Hills, Waterfalls of Don Salvador, and the famous
. Mt. Kanlaon
|Don Salvador's Rice Terraces, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental|
The City of Smiles:) Bacolod!
2:30 PM: arrival at Bacolod South Terminal. Hired taxi for 75pesos going to SM city
2:45 PM: Lunch @ Mang Inasal
3:45 PM: visited the Pope John Paul II tower
Entrance is P20 Regular/ P5 for students
Meet 2 ladies at the top of the tower-
and Roxan who gave us the information on where we can find cheap but decent pension House. Pearl
|The late Pope John Paul 2 seated in this chair during his visit to Bacolod City|
|View from the Top of Pope John Paul 11 Tower|
4:40 pm: hired a taxi cab going to the famous The Ruins of Talisay City.
Taxi Fare: 600 pesos back and forth (buti pumayag si Manong kahit lima kami:)
We arrived at the Ruins at exactly 5:30 pm. The structure is also known as the Taj Mahal of the
Entrance: P40 for Students/60 pesos Regular
|6:00 PM view of "The Ruins"|
The Ruins is one the grandest structures during 19th century owned by sugar baron Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson. Built as a gift for his Portuguese wife Maria Braga. The structure of the mansion is of Italianate Architecture with Neo-Romanesque colums.
According to Roger Lacson (tourist guide), during World War II, the US forces burned the mansion to prevent Japanese Forces from using it as headquarters.
Abandoned for 67 years until Mr. Raymund Heredia Javellana took effort to develop the place as tourist destination.
Four years since opening to the public, the 92 years old structure was recently ranked as number 12 in the Most Outstanding Ruins in the World and declared by the Philippine Civil Engineers Association of the Philippines as the Best Landmark in the Philippines.
|Every 5:30 Pm the Ruins turned into gold because of direct rays of sunset.|
7:30 PM: Check in at Tamera Plaza Inn.
#79 Lacson St., Bacolod City
Telefax: +63(034)709-0886.Tel. No.:+63(034)432-1708
Standard Room (single): Php 950
Standard Room (Double) 1100
Deluxe Room (Twin Sharing) 1300
Superior Room (Twin/Triple) 1500
extra matress 250
extra person 100
> with free wifi
>free breakfast for all accommodations
just in front of SM Bacolod.
After dinner (9:00PM) We decided to explore the City by walking!
|San Sebastion Cathedral|
|Gazebo At the City's Public Plaza|
|Mani at Itlog- street foods common in Bacolod City at night.|
|The Provincial Capitol of Negros at Night|
|Artistic Bronze Statue of A Man with his Carabao in the Capitol Plaza|
The Bacolaodiat Festival
Bacolaodiat Festival is a week-long Chinese New Year Celebration in Bacolod City. The celebration includes parade of illuminated floats, Chinese Lanterns, Lion and Dragons along the streets of Bacolod. Timing na timing ang trip to Bacolod dahil Bacolaodiat! :)
|Chinese Lanterns display|
|Party, Live bands! in every corner of the Lacson Street.|
Day 2: going back to San Carlos City
8:20 AM: breakfast (complimentary)
then ride in a Taxi going to South Bus Terminal (45pesos)
While waiting for the next bus to depart- going to San Carlos City , We decided to have our lunch
@ Mang Pritos just infront of the terminal.
Chinggay : 35pesos
Boneless Bangus : 40pesos
The bus departed in Bacolod South Bus Terminal @ 1:00pm ...
|vast plantations of sugarcanes along the road|
|the food vendors during bus stop-over|
|"Salbaro" Visayas' native bread cooked in Pugon|
Last scheduled trip of ship going to Cebu is 3:30 Pm while we arrived in
at exactly 3:55 San Carlos Port
“kaalis lng po”
We decided to look for the nearest pension house. To extend the gala jejeje at buti na lang holiday ng January 23...
Check in at Lola Nitang’s pension House.
(Lola Nitang's Pension House is located just in front of the City Auditorium)
5: 30 PM: After 1 hour of rest and enjoying free wi-fi, we continued the suroy suroy!
By Pedicab and Lakad we headed to the
, Gaisano Mall, and ended up hungry at Tio Pio's Mang Inasal(Tsiken na naman, Iya:)) Peoples Park
|The City Auditorium|
|Entrance going to the People's Park of San Carlos City|
|View of the Majestic Mt. Kanlaon from the People's Park|
|Lamp post at The Park|
|Miniatures at the Park|
|Dinner at Tio Pio's Tsiken Inasal|
Departed at P
City going back to Cebu around 9:30 am on January 23, 2012 with Sweet Smiles:) ort of San Carlos