Places of Interest in Negros Occidental, Philippines
Biodiversity Conservation Center, Negros Forest and Ecological Foundation
Serves as a captive breeding and rescue station for some of the endemic threatened animals found in Negros and other places in the Philippines. Visitors get a chance to see the unique wild life in Negros like the Philippine spotted deer, Visayan warty pigs, Visayan Tarictic hornbills, the Negros bleeding heart pigeon and many other animals, all in the danger and vanishing to forever.
Is a unique historical and humanities museum, and it does not collect antiquities but the stories about the people of Negros.
Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club (18 hole)
The Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club is one of the premier golfing destinations in Bacolod. Its amenities and accommodations put it up par with some of the other top courses in the Philippines and Asia.
Panaad Park and Stadium
The Panaad Park and Stadium in Mansilingan, Bacolod City is a 25-hectare local park with a huge sports complex that is home to numerous sporting events, including the growing popular football in the country these days. It is equipped with facilities that are modern like an Olympics-sized swimming, and a track oval. It can accommodate a large crowd of sports enthusiasts and mere onlookers (its present capacity is at 10,000).
St. John Paul ll Tower
Located at the Bacolod Reclamation Area, the Pope John Paul ll Tower was inaugurated on February 18, 2010. It is a 7-storey tower with Pope’s impressive statue, right at its entrance. The tower serves as a reminder of the pope’s historical visit to Bacolod City on Feb. 20, 1981. It houses his memorabilia which now remain as the symbol of the people’s love, devotion and loyalty to the church and to successor of St. Peter.
The Forest Park
The resort, surrounded by canopy trees, has a Water Garden with the “lazy river” – with water current pushing one around the bend, a 2,000 sq.m. wide “big pool,” a “play fountain,” and a mini zoo are located. It has Mini Gazebos for 30 to 70-person gatherings. It also has a 500-person capacity Grand Gazebo and a Food Court. It has a mini Zoo as well. It is complete with amenities like boardroom facilities, Wireless Internet Access, audio-visual equipment, among others.
The Negros Organic Market
The Negros Organic Market located at the back of the Negros Provincial Capitol is a product of the Organic in Negros Organic Producers and Retailers Association (ONOPRA). It was organized in 2006. Fresh organic produce can be bought at the organic market. In addition, there is also an organic cafeteria which serves food using organically grown products. The Negros Organic Market cafeteria is a favorite destination for health conscious diners. They do not use MSG and they also do not sell softdrinks. The place is always jam-packed during lunchtime since most employees of the Provincial Capitol dine here.
Balay ni Tan Juan Museum
Known as “Balay na Bato” was the residence of the General Araneta. As witness to the struggles of the Bagonhon during the dark years of Hispanic colonization and the events that took place prior to the historic Negros Revolution of 1898. This house was declared by the National Historical Institute in 1978 as a national historical landmark.
Buenos Aires Mountain Resort
Is a government run resort located at Brgy. Elijan, Bago City about 45 minutes drive (50 kilometers) from Bacolod to the south east. The resort is equipped with hotel rooms, cottages, pavilion booths, shed houses, function rooms, and a restaurant and swimming pool.
Cinco de Noviembre
Originally known as the Negros Revolution or Negros Day, the Cinco de Noviembre was a political campaign that created a government in Negros Island in the Philippines. This secretly developed a government run by the Negrense native ended the Spanish control of the island informally – not the whole archipelago and for a relatively short period of time. The freshly constituted Negros Republic lasted approximately three months. On February 2, 1899, American forces landed on the island unopposed, ending the island’s freedom.
Kipot Twin Falls
It resembles a long white and shimmery mane of mother nature. The place is ideal for recollecting memories of the past. The calm environment can inspire musicians and a poet alike. The sluggish flow of water down into the stream helps enlighten the confused mental faculties while the heavenly view of the cascades brings the lens enthusiasts into a limitless nirvana of angles. On the other hand, the viribian woods become a precious emerald in the eyes of the ecological fanatics.
Mt. Kanlaon, Wasay Trail
Rising 2,435 meters above sea level, the majestic Kanla-on volcano serves as a beacon to the Negrense and visitors approaching the island of Negros. The volcano has serve the islanders for centuries giving the island its flowing rivers, rich volcano soil for planting trees for its watersheds and a variety of flora and fauna befitting a rainforest.
OISCA Sericulture Farm
Is a 2-hectare mulberry plantation in Minoyan, Murcia, central part of Negros Occidental started by Japanese NGO, OISCA in 1988, for experimental silkworm rearing to produce cocoons (the raw materials for silk yarn.)
The endeavor yeilded good results with the cocoons testing to be of very competitive quality, which prompted the spread of the project to nearby farmers and later, to neighboring cities and municipalities. In 1990, it paved the way for the installation of the only Silk Reeling Plant in the Philippines and later, in 2006, the Silkworm Breeding Station at the OISCA-Bago Training Center (OBTC) in Barangay Tabuan, Bago City.
Tinago Mountain Resort
The Tinago falls is 240-feet high. Its cold water cascade beautifully into a deep and calm basin-like pool which appears like a blue-color lagoon. It is located in Ditucalan, some 13 kms. from
Bago city proper. The trip takes all of 40 minutes to reach by car on an uphill climb through rugged and winding mountain roads.
The Quiet Place
Located at Barangay Tabunan, Bago City. It has 26 deluxe rooms and full service restaurant with swimming pool, pavilion ideal for parties and events up to 200 guests, air-conditioned meeting room for 40 guests, a library, billiard table, table tennis, a children’s play park ground, hiking trail, barbecue pits for outdoor picnic, and a tropical spa offering traditional and local wellness practices with oil and herbs produced on site.
Danjugan Island Marine Sanctuary
A 43-hectare uninhabited island in Barangay Bulata, Cauayan, Negros Occidental. This marine reserve and wildlife sanctuary’s mission is to ensure a long term conservation of the marine and terrestrial environment in the Philippines through education and poverty alleviation.
Punta Bulata White Beach Resort
A tropical paradise where you can relax in peace without the noise and other distractions of the city. Experience one of the island’s best kept secrets and enjoy a one kilometer stretch of white sand beach in privacy and exclusivity as you spend your time with your family. You can think of this resort as your own private paradise sanctuary.
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Viewing Deck or Lantawan is overlooking the Malatan-og waterfalls, a cigarette falls that charmed visitors to keep coming back.
Pine Tree-Lined Highway
Beautifully-grown pine trees lined the main thoroughfares of about 1.7 kilometer stretch of road from Barangay Igmayaan to Poblacion proper which gained recognition as well-maintained and “pot-hole-free” road for the third quarter of 2002 on the whole Region 6.
This exquisitely landscaped area is a place where one can escape the busy and tiring city life and here find serenity as one communes and enjoy the beauty of nature in a pollution-free environment. It is an ideal venue for themed garden wedding.
Bonista Beach Resort
One of the excellent standard resort, established in a rural unspoiled area in the northern section of Negros Occidental, Escalante City. The area is aparsely populated so the water is clean, air is fresh, and the traffic noise is almost non-existing.
Northland Resort Hotel
The whole resort complex lies on a 3,000 square meter fully landscaped area, surrounded by several cabanas or gazebos. The 1,062 square meter swimming pool was artistically designed by architect Odi Soliven of Archinetics utilizing a “floating island theme” to accommodate all ages pool enthusiasts. An infinity edge serves as the junction between the main pool and the lap pool area through a cascading waterfall feature towards the 25 meter lap pool with two diving boards. This swimming pool complex is believed to be one of the biggest in Western Visayas.
Mambukal Mountain Resort and its Sulfur Hot Springs
It is surrounded by therapeutic sulfur springs, leisure trails leading to the tree waterfalls mountain streams, lush valleys and hiking trails leading to Mt. Kanlaon. Accomodation facilities include swimming pool and a therapeutic warm dipping pools, picnic huts, boating facilities, wall climbing, slide for life, canopy walk and camping ground, overnight cottages, and foodcourt.
A marine sanctuary with its huge tongue-shaped, creamy white sand bar with its clear water offers the freshest option for swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, picnic, boating, or just frolicking in the sand.
Children’s Museum (Museo sang Bata)
This interesting whale-shaped building located at Barangay Old Sagay is the first hands-on and interactive children’s marine museum outside of Metro Manila. It aims to be premiere museum that will awaken and stimulate the creative and intellectual potential of Negrense children.
Himogaan River Cruise
A latest tourism activity of Sagay City, it is a two-hour boat trip from Barangay Fabrica plying through the city longest river, Himogaan, ends at Barangay Old Sagay. There are interesting and delightful sceneries along the way like the carabao island, migratory birds frolicking on the mangroves, and a picture perfect scene that makes you feel one with nature.
Home to fisherfolks where big jars, mangrove reforestation, and amatong fishing are found.
Balay Negrense is an ancestral mansion of the reforestation of the Gastons that was converted into a lifestyle museum depicting the lives of the sugar planters at the turn of 19th century.
Fresh Start Organics Farm
Fresh Start Organics has grown into a business whose expanded product range includes not only certified organic fertilizers, but also fresh organic produce, organic rice, organic coffee, organic free range chickens that are also certified by NICERT. Other additional to Fresh Start’s product lines are the healthy pantries and national personal care products.
M. Hofileña Heritage House
A regular destination in the city, the ancestral home of Ramon Hofileña was the first to be opened for tourists. Its attractions include a collection of local and nation contemporary paintings, the works of Dr. Jose Rizal and Juan Luna, antique collection, and authentic period furniture. It also features Silay Printmaking Workshop, the oldest such workshop outside of Manila.
Patag Mountain Resort
A small village located at the foot of historic Mt. Silay, Patag was the last stronghold of the Japanese Imperial Forces towards the end of the second World War. When the Americans landed in the town of Pulupandan in 1945 to liberate Negros, some 6,000 Japanese soldiers and officials fled and took refuge in this mountain for about five months before surrendering to the Allied Forces. Recently, declared a tourist zone, Patag is an ideal site for ecotours.
San Diego Pro-Cathedral
Built in 1925, the Church of San Diego is one of the most beautiful modern-day churches in the country. When lighted, the large cross atop its dome serves as a navigational guide at sea. Behind it still stand the ruins of the city’s original church which has been transformed by local residents into a grotto. The church was elevated to Pro-Cathedral in December 1994, the second in the Philippines to be declared as Pro-Cathedral.
Artistic Diving Resort
Located at the beach front of Punta Ballo, Sipalay City, Philippines. The great beach and dive resort was founded in 1998 as the first dive operation in the entire region and is owned by the Swiss national and diving instructor Arthur Mueller MSDT #97630 and his Filipino wife Evalyn Mueller (rescue diver). There are 44 diving sites which are all ready for you to explore.
Nataasan Beach Resort and Dive Center
Nataasan Beach Resort and Dive Center offers a luxurious facilities to make the most of your vacation. With all the comforts of home, you’ll truly enjoy your stay. Scuba diving and boating are highlights of your vacation.
Balay ni Tana Dicang
Balay ni Tana Dicang stands on a 6,000 square meter lot along Rizal St. in Talisay and it is built in the quintessential style of Spanish-Filipino domestic architecture, the “bahay na bato,” means, “House of Stone.”
Hawaiian Philippines Mascobado Mill
Witness how this natural sugar, known as muscovado prepared the traditional method, using the “Kawa to Kawa” (from pan to pan) method.
Melba’s Farm was developed with the existence of different species of planted forest and fruit tress together with the highly regarded naturally-grown endemic tress that provide unique atmosphere for an ecotourism project area. These beautiful trees provide cooling effect to soothe one’s feeling and invite anyone to stay underneath its canopy. Some of the endemic trees and dipterocarps present in the farm are White Iauan (Shorea contorta, Bagtikan (Parashorea plicata), Bakan (Litse philippinensis Merr.), Kubi (Artocarpus nitidus) and Batwan (Garcinia binucao).
Nature’s Village Resort Hotel
Located at the highway of Talisay City, the resort has a driving range, a tennis court, swimming pool, children’s park, gazebos and picnic grove, function hall and standard hotel. In 2010, it was an awardee of the ASIAN Green Hotel for its green practices.
The Ruins of Don Mariano Lacson Ancestral house in Talisay City now owned by the family Raymund Javellana was built in the early 1900 using Neo-Roman architectural design. Situated amidst sugarcane plantation, the structure survived the blazing fire when it was burned by local guerillas to prevent the Japanese soldiers from occupying the place.