Saturday, December 3, 2016

Structures at Sagay City Public Plaza

Sagay City is a 3nd class city in Negros Occidental and 82 kms. North of Bacolod City.  At its entrance, one will see a welcome sign with a shell called 'sigay'.

This welcome sign with a shell called 'sigay'.


A common place to take a souvenir photo, one should stand beside the 'heart' to represent "I"' hence, I love Sagay.


A closer look at the marker.

One of the trains used by Insular Lumber Co. (ILCO) to transport logs to the sawmill in Fabrica

Our national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal

A drinking fountain!

A sundial by Rotary International






Friday, March 25, 2016

Pulupandan



Pulupandan is a 3rd class municipality of Negros Occ, with a population of 27,735 people according to the 2015 census.  With an area of 23 sqm, it is the smallest town in terms of area in Negros Occ.


The municipal hall of Pulupandan.  On the foreground is the fountain where we can see the statur of Mameng Imutan, who modeled the common Pulupandanon woman depicting Pulupandan as a fishing town.  She was the wife of then Vice Mayor Imutan who made Pulupandan his place of residency after serving years as manager of Compania Maritima.  Mameng is Lea Salonga's grandmother.

The thick walls used to fence one of the biggest ancestral houses in Pulupandan.
Sports events are held along the shoreline shown here.  That boat on the left ferries passengers to Guimaras Island regularly.  Pulupandan is the nearest point in Negros Island to Guimaras Island.

There are sightings of Irrawaddy dolphins in the area.
                                           


Our Lady of Lourdes Parish

       

Pulupandan has also its own war memorial when the American soldiers landed in 1945.

Now, it is a popular place among birdwatchers.


Saturday, December 5, 2015

Heritage houses in Silay City

There are 29 heritage houses in Silay City as proclaimed by the National Historical Institute.  Yes, Vigan has more houses but they are not proclaimed by NHI.  Three of the houses are now museums.





Victor Fernandez Gaston Ancestral House now known as Balay Negrense



Adelina Ledesma's house, now called The Mansion

Sen. Jose Corteza Locsin Ancestral House

Bernardino Jalandoni House aka The Pink House

Ledesma Golez House now owned by RCBC

Vicente Conlu Montelibano Ancestral House



Sunday, April 19, 2015

Panaad Sa Negros Festival 2015

The Panaad sa Negros Festival is on its 22nd year now.  This is an event that should not be missed by any Negrosanon.  This year it is on April 13-19, 2015.  This is an annual event organized by the province of Negros Occidental which is held at the Panaad Park & Stadium.  Each of the 32 towns & cities of the province have their own pavilions the design of which is representative of its LGU.  Each pavilion showcases their OTOP (One Town, One Product), festival, dances and tourist attractions.  By visiting the pavilions, it seems you have visited the various towns and cities i just one place!

Since I do not have much time visiting the whole area, I just chose my favorites which are located near to each other.  I must warn you that April is the peak of summer.  Come in your most comfortable apparel and footwear.  Bring a fan and and extra bag for your purchases.

Ron's products are mostly wheat bread.  I love their barquillos!

a lady selling organic produce

The Talisay pavilion replicates Balay ni Tana Dicang, one of its tourist landmarks


I always pass by the Manapla pavilion to eat dinuguan with Manapla puto.
another favorite are the hand woven bags of Calatrava

The Panaad sa Negros Festival is the Grand Winner for Best Tourism Event in the provincial festival category awarded during the Association of Tourism Officers in the Philippines National Convention.


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Panaad sa Negros Festival Schedule


Theme: Organik na Negros:  Rising to the Challenge of Globalization in 2015!


Pre-Panaad Activities: 

 Search for Lin-ay sang Negros:
             March 29–Press Presentation & Skills Competition (Robinson’s Place Bacolod)
             March 30–Festival Costume Parade & Mall Fashion Show (Robinson’s Place Bacolod)

 Panaad Dog Show– Neg. Occ. Kennel Club, Inc., March 28 – 30 (Sea Breeze Hotel)
 Murcia to Panaad Park & Stadium Run – March 30
 Annual Derby/Panaad Bulang - March 30 – April 1 (Panaad Covered Court)

 March 31 Monday, Day 1 
6:00 a.m. Hataw sa Panaad w/ Ching’s Group (Panaad Football Field)
8:00 a.m. Panaad Thanksgiving Mass (2F Panaad Stadium)
9:00 a.m. Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies for: 
              Panaad Tourism, Agri-Trade Fair& Exhibits @ LGU Pavilions*
              Daily Organik na Negros Agri-Fest (LGU Pavilion Grounds)
              DA – RFO6 – Regional Agri Food Fair (LGU Pavilion Grounds)
              Livestock & Dairy Products Fair (North area across Escalante-Toboso Pavilions)
              Eco-Garden Show (Southarea across Candoni Pavilion)*
              Solid Waste Management Advocacy (PEMO Nursery Area)*
*Daily Activities 
2:00 p.m. Motorcade/Floats Parade (Provincial Capitol to Panaad Park)
              2nd  Day, Annual Derby/Panaad Bulang (Panaad Covered Court)
4:00 p.m. Opening Ceremony & Festival Dances Competition (Panaad Stadium)
               Fireworks Display
8:00 p.m. GMA “Kapuso” Night (Panaad Stadium)
               RMN’s Panaad Hip Hop Challenge 2014 (Panaad Park Stage)

April 1 Tuesday, Day 2 
6:00 a.m. Hataw sa Panaad w/ Panaad Hot Bodies (Panaad Football Field)
7:00a.m. Sports Fest – Negros Indigenous People (Panaad Football Field)
7:30a.m. Athletics (Panaad Field)
              Chess (Stadium VIP Room)
8:00 a.m. Taekwondo-Weigh-in (up to 5p.m., 2nd  Level North Wing, Panaad Stadium)
9:00 a.m. DA-RFO6 – Market Matching (LGU Pavilion Grounds)
10:00a.m. Daily Tourism, Agri-Trade Fair & Exhibits @ various venues (refer to Day 1)
2:00 p.m. Boxing (2nd  Level South Wing, Panaad Stadium; Weigh-in @ 7:30-10am)
              Championship, Annual Derby/Panaad Bulang (Panaad Covered Court)
4:00 p.m. Opening of Lin-ay sang Negros Photo Exhibit (Robinson’s Place Bacolod)
6:00 p.m. Paindis-indis sa Composo kag Rondalla (Panaad Stadium)
8:00 p.m. Organic Agriculture Advocacy Night, Featuring: Joey Ayala w/ Gary Granada (Panaad Park                  Stage)

April 2 Wednesday, Day 3 
5:30a.m. 3k, 5k, & 3k Group Run Walk (Panaad Field)
6:00 a.m. Hataw sa Panaad w/ Panaad Hot Bodies (Panaad Football Field)
              4th Panaad Long Board Push Race (Provincial Capitol Lagoon Park to Panaad Stadium)
7:00 a.m. Sports Fest - Negros Indigenous People (Panaad Football Field)
7:30 a.m  Athletics (Panaad Field)
8:00 a.m. Chess (Panaad Stadium VIP Room)
              Taekwondo Competition (up to 5 p.m., 2nd  Level North Wing, Panaad Stadium)
9:00 a.m. Organic Agriculture Forum @ The Organic Village (LGU Pavilion Grounds)
              Topic: Harvesting/Post Harvesting & Handling of Fruits/Leafy Vegetables
10:00 a.m. Daily Tourism, Agri-Trade Fair & Exhibits @ various venues (refer to Day 1)
1:00 p.m. Taekwondo (2nd  Level North Wing, Panaad Stadium, weigh in @ 9-11am)
2:00 p.m. Boxing (2nd  Level South Wing, Panaad Stadium; Weigh-in @ 7:30-10am)
3:00 p.m. Latin Dance Sport (NOMPAC Gym)
7:00p.m. Philippine Folk Dances Competition (Panaad Stadium)
8:00 p.m. ABS-CBN “M.O.R.” Show (Panaad Park Stage)

April 3 Thursday, Day 4 
6:00 a.m. Hataw sa Panaad w/ Panaad Hot Bodies (Panaad Football Field)
7:30 a.m. Athletics (Panaad Field)
8:00 a.m. TESDA Livelihood Skills Olympics (Panaad Covered Court)
              Chess (Panaad Stadium VIP Room)
              Taekwondo Competition (up to 5:00p.m. 2nd  level North Wing, Panaad Stadium)
9:00 a.m.  Organic Agriculture Forum @ The Organic Village (LGU Pavilion Grounds)
              Topic: Investment Opportunity Seminar for Agri-Fishery Commodity
10:00 a.m. Daily Tourism, Agri-Trade Fair & Exhibits @ various venues (refer to Day 1)
2:00 p.m. Boxing (2nd  Level South Wing, Panaad Stadium; Weigh-in @ 7:30-10am)
3:00 p.m. Technical Rehearsal, Lin-ay sang Negros Pageant (Panaad Stadium)
5:00 p.m. “Little Lin-ay sang 2GO” Pageant (Panaad Park Stage)
8:00 pm GMA Kapuso Barangayan w/ Barangay 107.1 Tugtugan Na! (Panaad Park Stage)

April 4 Friday, Day 5 
6:00 a.m. Hataw sa Panaad w/ Panaad Hot Bodies (Panaad Football Field)
8:00 a.m. ABS-CBN’s Halad sa Kapamilya (2nd Level Center Panaad Stadium & Park Stage)
              Organic Agriculture Forum @ The Organic Village (LGU Pavilion Grounds)
              Topic: Agribusiness and Marketing Needs of Corn Farmers
10:00 a.m. Daily Tourism, Agri-Trade Fair & Exhibits @ various venues (refer to Day 1)
2:00 p.m. Provincial Capitol Employees Day w/ ABS-CBN-“Baranggayan” (Panaad Covered Court)
4:00 p.m. Boxing (2nd  Level South Wing, Panaad Stadium; Weigh-in @ 7:30-10am)
7:00 p.m. Lin-ay sang Negros Pageant (Panaad Stadium)
              Concert, Yamaha School of Music Students (Panaad Park Stage)

April 5 Saturday, Day 6 
6:00 a.m. Hataw sa Panaad w/ Panaad Hot Bodies (Panaad Football Field)
              Mambukal Team Relay
7:00 a.m. Governor’s Cup Panaad National Golf Tournament, VMLP-Negros Occ. Chapter (NOGCC)
8:00 a.m. Farmers Day Celebration & Farmers Forum (Panaad Covered Court)
10:00 a.m. Daily Tourism, Agri-Trade Fair & Exhibits @ various venues (refer to Day 1)
               Boxing (2nd  Level South Wing, Panaad Stadium – weigh-in @ 7:30-10am)
4:00 p.m. Outstanding Farmers, Fisherfolk & Livestock Raisers Awards w/ ABS-CBN (Panaad                            Stadium)
               PETRON Product Knowledge Seminar (Panaad Park Stage)
6:00 p.m. ABS-CBN’s Kapamilya Fiesta Caravan (Panaad Stadium)
7:00 p.m. NPC-KBP Media Night (Balay Kalamay Grounds)

April 6 Sunday, Day 7 
6:00 a.m. Hataw sa Panaad w/ Ching’s Group (Panaad Football Field)
7:00 a.m. Governor’s Cup Panaad National Golf Tournament, VMLP-Negros Occ. Chapter (NOGCC)
9:00 a.m. Closing Program – Regional Agri Food Fair (LGU Pavillion Grounds)
10:00 a.m. Daily Tourism, Agri-Trade Fair & Exhibits @ various venues (refer to Day 1)
1:00 p.m. Drum & Bugle Competition, Elementary Level (Panaad Football Field)
               PAWS FOR A WHILE Dog Show (Panaad Covered Court)
5:00 p.m. Closing Ceremony w/ Awarding & Presentation of Winners (Panaad Stadium)
8:00 p.m. Panaad Drumbeating Showcase/Fireworks Display (Panaad Stadium)
              303rd  Philippine Army Band Concert (Panaad Park Stage)



Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Bacolod/Negros Tour Packages

Negros Tours

SOUTH CIRCUIT TOUR
Explore the organic and herb gardens South of Bacolod and relive the past where Negros was proclaimed a Republic.
Taste our local cuisine as you take lunch by the river.
Visit a museum which is a first of its kind in the country.
With 16 stops.


Duration: 8 hours
Schedule: 8am to 5pm
Rate: 2 pax – P4,000 each
3-4 pax – P3,200 each
5-6 pax – P2,800 each
Inclusions:
1. Aircon vehicle throughout the tour.
2. DOT Accredited Tour Guide.
3. Entrance fees to all places indicated.
4. Tour coordination to all destinations.
5. Lunch and snacks provided.


HERITAGE & CULTURAL TOUR (Negros Tours)
Visit Bacolod’s famous landmarks.
Visit unique churches in Negros Occ.
Step into the homes of the hacienderos and now tourist
destinations.
Learn about the lifestyle of the sugarcane farm owners
during those times.
With 19 stops.

Duration: 8 hours
Schedule: 8am to 5pm
Rate: 2 pax – P3,500 each
3-4 pax – P2,900 each
5-6 pax - P2,500 each
Inclusions:
1. Aircon vehicle throughout the tour.
2. DOT Accredited Tour Guide.
3. Entrance fees to all places indicated.
4. Tour coordination to all destinations.


MAMBUKAL-BAGO TOUR (Negros Tours)
Explore Mambukal Resort: trek to the waterfalls, bat-watching, dip into the hot springs pool, body massage.
Visit an herbal garden and learn the medicinal value of each plant.
Observe the process of silk making and experience mulberry picking.
Delight in a healthy, gourmet lunch with flavors enhanced by herbs picked at the garden.
With 13 stops.


Duration: 8 hours
Schedule: 8am to 5pm
Rate: 2 pax – P4,000 each
3-4 pax – P3,200 each
5-6 pax – P2,800 each
Inclusions:
1. Aircon vehicle throughout the tour.
2. DOT Accredited Tour Guide.
3. Entrance fees to all places indicated.
4. Tour coordination to all destinations.
5. Lunch local cuisine.


BACOLOD CITY TOUR

Experience Bacolod city thru its sights, church, museum and famous landmarks.
Have a taste of Bacolod delicacies when you visit its souvenir shops and pasalubong centers.
Total of 12 stops.

Rate: 2 – 3 persons – P3000 each
         4 – 5 persons  -    1900 each
         6 – 7 persons -    1600 each

Duration:  4 hours
Schedule:  8am to 12nn/1pm to 5pm
Inclusions:
1.  Aircon vehicle throughout the tour.
2.  DOT Accredited Tour Guide.
3.  Entrance fees to all places indicated.
4.  Tour coordination to all destinations.




HERITAGE & CULTURAL TOUR

Step into the homes of the hacienderos and now
  tourist landmarks.
Learn about the lifestyle of the sugarcane farm   
 owners during those times.

Rate:  2 – 3 persons – P3000 each
          4 – 5 persons  -    2100 each
          6 – 7 persons -    1800 each

Duration:  4 hours
Schedule:  8am to 12nn/1pm to 5pm
Inclusions:
1. Aircon vehicle throughout the tour.
2.  DOT Accredited Tour Guide.
3.  Entrance fees to all places indicated.
4.  Tour coordination to all destinations.


ORGANIC FARM TOURS

Learn more about the organic way of living when you visit an
        integrated demo farm.
Visit an herbal garden and learn the medicinal value of each
        plant.
Observe the process of silk making and experience mulberry
        picking.

Rate:  2 – 3 persons – P3000 each
          4 – 5 persons  -    1900 each
          6 – 7 persons -    1600 each

Duration:  4 hours
Schedule:  8am to 12nn/1pm to 5pm
Inclusions:
1.   Aircon vehicle throughout the tour.
2.   DOT Accredited Tour Guide.
3.   Entrance fees to all places indicated.
4.   Tour coordination to all destinations.



For details, please contact:
VIAJE NEGRENSE
No. 17 10th St.
Bacolod City
Tel No. (034)-7081462
Mobile 0917-3000060
viajenegrense@gmail.com

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Choo-choo Train in the sugarcane fields


This steam locomotive is powered by bagasse.  Bagasse is what remains from the sugarcane after the juice has been extracted from it.




Hawaiian Philippines Company has preserved these steam locomotives in good condition and offers ride to guests and tourists across sugar cane fields







Some guests who took the ride as part of their study of the sugar industry in Negros.