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.









Danjugan Island Revisited



Oh, so beautiful!  Amongst the 7,107 islands in the Philippines, this is the Danjugan  Island Marine Reserve and Sanctuaries.  Travel time is three and a half hours South of Bacolod City in the municipality of Cauayan, Negros Occidental.










The mudhouse can accommodate 4 people.


clear waters
at the cove

Day Tour Package - P1750 per person
Includes:  Boat transfers
                  Lunch and 2 snacks
                  Unlimited use of kayak
                  Trekking and snorkelling guide

Overnight Package - P2750 per person
                  Mattress,blanket,  mosquito net will be provided
                  Boat Transers
                  Lunch, dinner, breakfast and 2 snacks
                  Unlimited use of kayak
                  Trekking and snorkelling guide

For tour  package, email viajenegrense@gmail.com
See also http://prrcf.org/about-danjugan

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Butterfly Garden in Mambukal Resort

One of my favorite places in Mambukal Resort is the Butterfly Garden.  Many times I've visited the resort but it was only lately (Sept 2012) that I explored this area.  My apologies since the area is a bit rugged and not suitable for the elderly or the handicapped.  One has to safely negotiate the steps going down the garden which is beside the creek in which the man-made lake flows out.



The butterflies are so amazing!!!  In this photo, I was lucky enough to take this shot while it was resting on the shoulder of my campanion.


Look at its wing span.  It could be about 6 inches from tip to tip.











Entrance fee is P20.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Kaitulari Mountain Resort


Kaitulari Mountain Resort  is about 5 minutes after the Moises Padilla, formerly known as Magallon, Municipal Hall.  It is 74 kms away from Bacolod and 7 kms away from La Castellana.  It is unique how Kaitulari is named.  The owner's name is Larry.  When some people would ask what is the name of this place, the people would say 'kay 'To Larry'.   In English, it means  'Larry's Place'.

Coming to Kaitulari is like taking oneself to commune with nature.  All you can see is green and green and the blue silhoutte of the mountains. 

Here are some of the photos I took at the resort.  The place has plenty of stories to tell.


Each structure...............


Each sculpture has its own story.





  The water in the pool is so inviting.  Surprisingly, it wasn't that cold when we took a swim.

And here is Larry Geronca, the best person to tell the tales, legends and folklores that every Negrosanon should know.


Majestic view of Mt. Kanlaon, highest peak in the Visayas at 2,435m (Source:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negros_(island))

How to get there:
From Bacolod, drive South to Pontevedra.  Go East via Antipolo to La Castellana.  Next town is Magallon or now Moises Padilla.  Just 5 mins North from town is Kaitulari Mountain Resort, to your left.
When taking public transport, take the Canlaon-bound Ceres bus and ask to be dropped off at Bangga Kaitulari near the Guinpana-an Elem. School.  It's a short walk to the entrance behind the school.







Saturday, January 26, 2013

Penalosa Farm


Each time I visit the Penalosa Farm in Victorias City, it is always a different experience.  It is always a work in progress.  

Iti has been appointed by the Agricultural Training Institute as one of the agri-farm training centers in Negros Occ. along with Mr. Ramon Uy's Eco-Agri Farm and Chinchin Uy's  and Fresh Start Organic Farm.

The 'Balai-balai' can accommodate up to 55 persons who come for trainings and seminars on organic farming under Mr. Ramon Penalosa, Jr.








This could be your vegetable garden too!


At the foreground of this gazebo are plots of green onion leaves.  The gazebo is where he holds his trainings and lectures while you sip a cup of hot 5-leaf tea which is also Mr. Penalosa's concoction.


This is one of the latest addition to their model farm.  This 7 sqm vertical garden would use up to 50 sqm of land when planted tradionally.



These are recycled canvasses that are used as pots for the lettuce.

How to get there:

This is located in Victorias City, Negros Occidental.  Coming from Bacolod City, when you reach Lopue's Dept. Store, take the left road.  About 150m, you will reach a tall steel gate on the left, honk your horn and you shall be opened and led to the integrated farm of Mr. Ramon Penalosa.

Sen. Jose C. Locsin Ancestral House


Jose Corteza Locsin was born in Silay in 1891 to parents who came from Molo, Iloilo.  He was sent to Manila to study and in 1907 he finished his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Liceo de Manila.  Then he studied at the University of Sto. Tomas and finished his degree in medicine at age 21.

He was elected councilor of Silay, then a Provincial Board Member and provincial governor of Negros Occidental.  He was also elected into the House of Representatives.  He was also a delegate to the Philippine Constitutional Convention.  Later he won a seat in the Senate where he served his six year term until 1957.

He was first married to Salvacion Montelibano whom he had 18 children.  He also had 2 children with his second wife, Delia Santiago, whom he married when he was 70 yrs old.




This house was built in the 1930s.


The library which houses a complete volume of La Solidaridad, among others.  His life as a politician can be seen in various photographs taken during the terms of Pres. Garcia to Pres. Macapagal.


The original furniture is still being used in the house.  In their living room can be found photographs of his family.


A Photograph of his 19 children.



His grandson, Neil Solomon Locsin,  was a Consultant for Cultural Research of Silay City.  He house continues to be a place where their family gathers on special occasions.   Here, he is shown narrating the deeds that this grandfather has done for Silay and the country to the visiting food and travel bloggers.