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 Post subject: Negros Island
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Negros Occidental
occupies the northern and western parts of Negros Island, the fourth largest island in the Philippines.
The province is bounded by the Visayan Sea on the north, Tanon Strait and Negros Oriental on the east,
guimaras Strait on the northwest, Panay Gulf on the southwest and Sulu Sea on the south.

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BRIEF PROFILE
Capital: Bacolod City
Land Area: 7,926 sq km
Population: 2,256,908
Cities: Bacolod, Bago, Cadiz, Escalante, Himamaylan, Kabankalan, La Carlota,
Sagay, San Carlos, Silay, Sipalay, Talisay, Victorias
Number of Towns: 19
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The Land

The northern and western parts are largely level plains and gently-rolling slopes.
The remaining portion consists of mountain ranges of varied elevations.

Mt. Canlaon is the highest peak in the Visayas. Other major mountains are Mt. Madalagan and Mt. Silay.

The coastline is more irregular than that of Negros Oriental.

The province has two pronounced seasons, wet and dry.

A Brief History

The Negros Island was originally called " Buglas", but the Spaniards changed this to Negros because of the
dark-skinned Negritos that inhabited the area.

The first capital of the province was Ilog in 1743, and was later transferred to Himamaylan.
Bacolod became the province's capital in 1849.

Negros Occidental officially became a province on March 10, 1917.

In 1986, the province was divided into two, with the northern part declared as the province of Negros del Norte.
Later that year, however, the Supreme Court declared the creation unconstitutional and eventually made
Negros Occidental whole again.

The People

The people are called Negrenses. Majority speak "Ilonggo" or "Hilligaynon" and the rest, particularly in the
areas bordering Negros Oriental, speak "Cebuano".

Residents of Bacolod City, the capital, are called "Bacoleños".

Commerce and Industry

Negros Occidental is known for its sugar, making it the country's "sugar bowl". It produces more than half of the country's sugar.
Fifteen sugar centrals are located throughout the province.

Other crops, however, are brought in from neighbouring provinces because of the priority given to sugar cane.
With the recent plunge in world sugar prices, the province is beginning to grow new crops like coffee, black pepper, ramie, among others.

Fishponds can be found in the city of Cadiz.

One of the biggest copper mines in the country is found in Sipalay town.

Getting There and Away

Ferries and fastcrafts from Iloilo, Cebu, and neighbouring island provinces depart for Bacolod on a regular basis.

Domestic flights fly from other provinces to Bacolod and vice versa daily.


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Negros Oriental
occupies the southeastern portion of the Negros Island in the Visayas. It is bounded on the north and west
by the of province Negros Occidental, on the east by Tanon Strait, and on the south by the Sulu sea.

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Capital: Dumaguete City
Land Area: 5402 sq km
Population: 925 311
Cities: Bais, Bayawan, Canlaon, Dumaguete, Tanjay
Number of Towns: 22
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The Land

The province´s terrain consists of rolling hills, a few plateaus, and mountain ranges.

Canlaon Volcano, the highest peak in the island of Negros, dominates the northern end of the province.
Another peak is Cuernos de los Negros, whose base Dumaguete lies.

The eastern part of the province has a climate characterized by no pronounced rainfall.
The other half of the province has distinct wet and dry seasons.

A Brief History

The province was administered from Cebu until 1734, when it was made a military district of its own.
In 1890, Negros Island was divided into two politico-military provinces, Occidental and Oriental.

Negros Oriental officially became a province under the American civil government on March 10, 1917.

The People

Negros Oriental is culturally-oriented towards Cebu. Most of the people who inhabit the coastal towns speak Cebuano.
Other dialects spoken are Tagalog and Ilonggo.

Commerce and Industry

Like most people in the country, people in Negros Oriental are involved in the agriculture industry.
The principal products grown are sugarcane, corn, coconut and rice.

The province has extensive marine resources, making fishing the main source of livelihood in the coastal areas.
It also has cattle ranches and fish ponds, as well as a logging industry.

Metallic minerals found in the province include gold, silver, and copper.

Among the popular cottage industries are woodcraft, ceramics, shellcraft and mat-weaving.

Getting There and Away

Boats and fast ferries from Bohol, Cebu, Siquijor, and Dipolog depart for Dumaguete, the province's capital city, daily.

Buses serve the Bacolod-Dumaguete route several times daily.

Buses serve the Dumaguete-Cebu, Cebu -Dumaguete route several times daily.

Domestic flights are also available from Manila daily via Cebu Pacific and Air Philippines.

Other Information

The Provincial Capitol in Dumaguete was built in 1924.

The Dumaguete Bell Tower, built in 1811, used to warn residents of raiding pirates.

The Dumaguete Boulevard, along the sea, is a favorite place to relax and hang-out. Several restaurants, disco bars,
and hotels line-up along it. It is also the site for food festivals, parades and other government-sponsored occasions.

Silliman University in Dumaguete, founded by American missionaries in 1901, is the only Protestant university in the country.
Its 35-hectare area is a bird sanctuary. Silliman Hall serves as a museum that houses an extensive collection of
locally-excavated artifacts, Sung and Ming dynasty porcelain, and voodoo paraphernalia from Siquijor.
Its marine laboratory offers gear for diving and exploring the fish-rich waters.

The twin Lakes Balinsasayao and Danao, northwest of Dumaguete, are small adjacent crater lakes on an elevation of
300 meters amidst the lush forest.

The Palimpinon Hot Springs, 10 kilometers from the city, come from crevices along the Ocoy river bank.

Camp LookOut in Valencia town, west of Dumaguete, is in the foothills of Cuernos de Negros or "Horns of Negros",
so named because of its twin peaks. This "Little Baguio" provides a panoramic view of the Dumaguete port and the islands of Cebu
and Siquijor. Other places to see in Valencia are Tejeros, a fresh-water swimming pool flanked by verdant hills, Karolan Twin Falls,
and the Filipino-Japanese-American Amity shrine in Sagbang, site of a fierce battle during World War II.

Bais City, a city in the north, is famous for its whale-watching activity. Further up north is Canlaon City, near the province´s
northern border on the eastern slopes of Canlaon Volcano, which is dubbed as "The Baguio of the Visayas".

South of Dumaguete are the towns of Bacong, with its old coral church facing the sea,and Dauin, with its centuries-old towers
used against marauding pirates. Zamboanguita is another town in the south, from where a pump boat may be hired to Apo Island,
a popular retreat for scuba-divers.


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 Post subject: Re: Negros Island
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Experience Mambukal!

After years of seeming hibernation, Mambukal is once again emerging as Negros Occidental's premier resort and tourist destination.
The improvement of the tourism flagship of the province continues with the inauguration of the 300-person capacity Convention Center
and the operation of the newly renovated Ishiwata Bath House.

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Mambukal Resort lies 1,200 feet above sea level and serves as a gateway to the Mt. Kanlaon Volcano.

Originally developed by a Japanese architect named Ishiwata in 1927, the resort started as a bath house and picnic garden and
has provided cool haven for Negrenses and their guests.

Spread over 23.6 hectares, Mambukal is blessed with exceptionally beautiful natural resources.

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The Boating Lagoon
A big mountain stream, fed by several tributaries, descends in a series of seven falls and cuts through the center of the resort,
feeding the swimming pools and boating lagoon.

Mambukal also boasts a number of hot sulfur springs whose medicinal waters are a balm for the weary flesh and continually
feeds the warm dipping pool.

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The Sulfur Spring
Its slopes and dips house interesting rock formations and lush forests of tropical and semi-tropical trees as well as a variety of pines,
ferns and orchids that thrive on its cool climate and rich soil, known as Mambukal clay.

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The Slide for Life
The resort has strategically located viewing decks or, for more intimate encounters with nature, the Canopy Walk,
with its hanging bridges. Or go all-out and challenge yourself on the Rock Climbing Wall or the Slide for Life.

For visitors who wish to take time, the Tourist Lodge offers standard rooms and suites. There are single airconditioned cottages or
camp sites to choose from as well as picnic sheds for day visitors.

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The Tourist Lodge
Mambukal is also ideal for those inclined mix business with pleasure, with a conference room and various function rooms available.

To rejuvenate one's spirits and touch base with Mother Earth, there is nothing like Mambukal's regular programs and special events
such as bat, bird and firefly watching and the annual Mudpack Festival, fast becoming a rave among artists and tourists from all
over the world.

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Mudpack Festival
The improvement of Negros Occidental's tourism flagship, the Mambukal Resort, continued with the construction of the 300-person
capacity Convention Hall, assisted by the Department of Tourism, which was recently inaugurated during the 9th Mudpack Festival.

No other resort in the Visayas gives one a holistic experience of nature that invigorates the mind and soul, transporting visitors to
the realm of peace and tranquility - and the journey starts from the gateways of Mambukal.

Link: http://www.negros-occ.gov.ph/index.php? ... 4&Itemid=1


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 Post subject: Re: Negros Island
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very interesting.....and very educational bro don robert........thanks... 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Negros Island
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Ramrod wrote:
very interesting.....and very educational bro don robert........thanks... 8)


Thanks, bai ramrod! will try to post more info about the island i was born and grew up with (occidental).
hopefully, paclanders from negros oriental will help post some more info on their side of the island, too.

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Dumaguete City
fondly referred to as the City of Gentle People, is the capital, principal seaport and largest
city of Oriental Negros (formerly Negros Oriental). It is known for the friendliness and warmth
of her people, the "Dumagueteños".

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Silliman University

COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES - It is also dubbed as the university town, because of its
universities and colleges which converge students from everywhere to enroll and learn.
Koreans, Chinese, Americans are among these students, not to mention learners from
all over the country. Learn more about the city's colleges and universities.

POPULATION - According to the 2000 census, it has a total population of 102, 265,
comprising 9.05% of the province's total population. Surveys have shown that Dumaguete is
a male-dominated area because its male population is 6% higher than its female population.

LANGUAGE/DIALECT - Majority of the population speak English fluently and have a
comprehending knowledge of Spanish. Dialects spoken are Cebuano (Visaya), Tagalog and
Ilonggo. The latter being the tongue of Negros Occidental residents.

LOCATION - Dumaguete is located 384 aerial miles south of Manila. Learn how to get here & where to stay.

LAND AREA - The city occupies an area of 3, 426 hectares. Learn more about the city's
geography and its geographical location. Dumaguete City Bell Tower located at the seashore
of the city boulevard.


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Dumaguete City Bell Tower

TOURIST SPOTS - The city attracts a considerable number of foreign tourists, particularly
Europeans and Westerners, because of its easy ferry access from and to Cebu City; the
availability of beach resorts and dive sites; the attraction of dolphin and whale watching in
nearby Bais Bay; peaceful seaside boulevard; historical significance and many more tourists'
interests.

It is in Dumaguete City where you can find the Cathedral Bell Tower, Anthropological Museum,
SU Luce Auditorium, Rizal Boulevard and many other tourist attractions in both natural and
mand-made structures. Learn more about the city's tourist spots and its neighboring places' tourism.

CLIMATE - Dumaguete City has two seasons --- the dry and the wet seasons. The wet
season covers the period from June to November while the dry season starts from December
to May (the hottest being April and May). For the past years, the average maximum
temperature is 34.31ºC and the average minimum temperature is 22.85ºC. On the other hand,
the relative humidity of the locality is 78.75%, relatively highest during the month of
December. The city is seldom visited by destructive typhoons and related calamities.


GETTING TO KNOW DUMAGUETE

To familiarize more about the city, get directions as how to get here, where to stay, where
to dine in, what to do and many more, browse around or contact us.

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Rizal Boulevard

You can also explore the entire Negros Island of its several beaches and resorts, rivers, lakes,
hot springs, falls, marine sanctuaries, lagoons, caves, stalagmites & stalactites, campsites,
zoos, historical shrines and centuries-old church structures. Learn more...



more info: http://www.dumaguete.be/


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Bacolod City
The charm of Bacolod is her PEOPLE, smiling, fun-loving, zestful and flowing with optimism,
in good times or bad times. The most well-known Bacoleño brand of hospitality whose
warmth, sincerity and natural friendliness could make every visitor come again to Bacolod.
Thus, BACOLOD CITY is the CITY OF SMILES.

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Land Area: 15,610.00
Classification: Highly Urbanized City
No. of Barangays: 61 Barangays (41 urban, 20 rural)
Population: 429,076 (May 1, 2000)
453,873 (2005 Projection)
Language: Hiligaynon/Ilonggo
English is spoken & understood

Points of Interest:
Provincial Capitol Building
Negros Museum
Capitol Park and Lagoon
Negros Occidental Golf and County Club
Panaad Sports and Recreational Park
Goldenfield Commercial Complex-Casino & Nightlife
San Sebastian Cathedral/Bishop’s Palace
ANP Negros Showroom
Sta. Clara Chapel
Sta. Fe Resort
Palmas del Mar Village Resort

Festivals:
Feast of San Sebastian (January 20)
Panaad sa Negros Festival (Every 3rd week of April)
Bacolod City’s Charter Anniversary and Masskara Festival ( October 19)

Market Days:
Burgos Public Market – Everyday
Libertad Public Market – Everyday
Central Market- Everyday

History

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Bacolod City Hall

Prior to the coming of the Spaniards in Negros in 1565, there existed a small village near the mouth of the
Magsungay river inhabited by Malayans who belong to the “Taga-ilog” group. The early missionaries placed the
village of Magsungay under the protection of St. Sebastian in 1700s and was later known as “San Sebastian de Magsungay”.
In 1770, Bernardo de los Santos became its first governadorcillo or capitan municipal. Its first parish priest was
Fr. Leon Pedro, having been appointed as propitario of Bacolod in 1806.

Due to the rampant attack of Moro pirates, the villagers moved inland and established a new settlement on a hilly terrain
they called Buklod, the forerunner of its present name, “Bacolod”. Gradually, the people left the hilly terrain which later
became known as Camingawan (loneliness).

In 1849. then Gov. Valdevieso y Morquecho declared Bacolod as the capital of the whole island of Negros. Subsequently,
with the splitting of Negros into two provinces, Bacolod was named capital of the province of Negros Occidental in 1884.

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The bandstand at the Public Plaza

On October 19, 1938, Bacolod became the fifth chartered city during the Commonwealth period under President Manuel L. Quezon,
with Alfredo Montelibano, Sr. as its appointed chief executive.

From a mere settlement in the hills with only about 5,000 people in 1770, Bacolod has developed into a highly urbanized
city in 1984. In 1996, Bacolod was named one of the “Outstanding Cities of the Philippine”. It was also adjudged the
“Cleanest and Greenest Highly Urbanized City” in the country in 1997, 1998 and 2000, 2001, respectively.

Characterized by an unprecedented construction boom, Bacolod is a haven for investments and business opportunities.
The lush greenery of its countryside provides an exhilarating backdrop to its pulse and dynamo as a bustling metropolis.

Bacolod’s charm lies in its people: smiling, warm, gregarious and optimistic, always surmounting all odds. This is best
experienced during the internationally-famed Masskara Festival, a weeklong celebration nearest the City Charter Anniversary
on October 19, when there is merrymaking in the streets and parties in private homes.

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Panaad Park and Stadium

The people are also noted for their unrivalled good taste which is evident in their exquisite arts and crafts that find
their way into the export markets, as well as in their delectable cuisine. Their gentility is also seen in the comforts
and conveniences of world-class hotels and restaurants that helped propel Bacolod to its stature as the convention center
in southern Philippines.


How to get there

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North Terminal at the Shopping area

The gateway to Negros Occidental, Bacolod City is 55 minutes from Manila by air, with Philippine Airlines, Air Philippines a
nd Cebu Pacific Air providing daily flights. Bacolod is 30 minutes from Cebu City by air, with daily flights provided by
Philippine Airlines on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday and Cebu Pacific Air on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.


It is an 18-hour cruise from Manila aboard world class vessels of Negros Navigation Company and WG& A. Aboard fast seacrafts,
Bacolod is one hour from Iloilo City. By land-and-sea travel, it is 7 hours from Cebu City. Terminals for buses plying
northern and southern Negros Occidental are located within Bacolod City.

Location
Bacolod City is located on the northwestern coast of the Province of Negros Occidental. It is bounded on the northwest by
the City of Talisay, on the east and southwest by the City of Bago and on the West by Guimaras Strait.


Communication Facilities
International Direct Dialing (IDD), Telex, Facsimile, Cellular Phones, Radio, E-mail, Worldwide Express Delivery, Postal
Service and Telegraph Services are available. Telephone Area Code is 034.

Famous Landmarks
Bacolod’s famous landmarks include beautiful 19th century mansions of sugar barons, historical monuments and churches during
the Spanish era.

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San Sebastian Cathedral

The San Sebastian Cathedral is located in downtown Bacolod. It was originally a small chapel which became a cathedral in
1933. The structure, made of coral stones from Guimaras Island was completed in 1882. Beside the cathedral is the
Palacio Episcopal or Bishop’s Palace constructed in 1830.

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Sta. Clara Chapel

The Sta. Clara Chapel in Sta. Clara Subdivision features a large mural mosaic of Barangay Sang Birhen, a local version
of the Virgin Mary made of 95,000 pieces of polished shells. The stations of the cross, the images of the saints and altar
pieces are a collage 30,000 Philippine shells.

The San Antonio Abad Church showcases national artist Solomon Saprid’s masterwork “The Risen Christ.”

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Provincial Capitol Building

The Provincial Capitol Building was built in 1927 using the Neo-Roman architectural design of American Daniel Burnham
executed by Filipino Architect Juan Arellano. In July 2001, Gov. Joseph G. Marañon initiated the rehabilitation of the
Capitol. It was inaugurated on June 23, 2004.


Arts, Crafts and Shopping
With the development of the sugar industry in 1950’s, Bacolod’s prominent families have acquired fine antique collections.
Some are on sale in the city’s antique shops, others can be viewed in ancestral homes or private collections. Good buys
include shell craft, ceramic wares and woodcrafts. Weaving centers produce “hablon”, a locally developed fabric which was
the rave in the 1960’s.

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ANP Negros Showroom

The ANP Negros Showroom is a one-stop shop selling export-quality products such as garments, gift items, decorative
objects, handicrafts, shell craft and pastries.

Central Market at the downtown area displays native products, textiles, native delicacies and fresh fruits.

Bacolod Shellcraft and Artwares has a collection of Philippine and Negrense shells which are made into exquisite mosaics,
house accessories and gift items.

Casa Grande Antiques, Recuerdos de Bacolod and Sarlee’s sell fine furniture, heirloom pieces, antique “santos” or wooden
images of saints and curio items.


Sports and Leisure Activities
Bacolod offers the sportsman various outdoor activities like water sports, tennis, mountain climbing and its biggest
attraction-golf.

Bacolod is the golf center of Visayas. Its world-class courses have produced some of the country’s best swingers.

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Bacolod Golf and Country Club

Bacolod Golf and Country Club in Had. Binitin, has a tight and compact 18-hole layout in a sugar plantation setting.
It has a clubhouse, restaurant, swimming pool and locker rooms. It is open for tourists.

Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club in Bata Subdivision has 18-hole golf course that will challenge the intrepid golfers
with its water hazards and the strong winds from Mt. Kanlaon. It has a clubhouse, tennis courts and swimming pool.


Festival –October 19

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Masskara Festiva

Experience Masskara Festival every month of October, a festive celebration where revelers dance in the streets wearing
colorful smiling masks and vibrant costumes.

more info: http://negros-occ.gov.ph/index.php?opti ... e&Itemid=1

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 Post subject: Re: Negros Island
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JUNGFRAU wrote:
Nice share you got there To Don Robert... :beer:

tagaan mo gid ko idea sang sunod ko nga lalagawan bah.... :lol:

i've been to Negros twice already, but haven't really expored...

nakatan aw lang ko sang masskara festival, and visited some municipalities.... and have stayed in Casino Filipino... :D

Mambukal seems really interesting to visit...
the Slide for Life would be a good adventure too... kinda like the "Zipline" in Makahambus Adv. Park in CDO... which i really enjoyed a lot... nag siyagit gid ako todo... hahaha... :lol:

re: Mudpack Festival, san-o na sila nagacelebrate?
daw interesado ko na haw.... :lol:


Thanks, Ms. Jung!

Hey, nothing new for an Ilonggo not to visit Iloilo or Bacolod with regularity.
I am from Bacolod but I have only been to Iloilo twice: one going to Boracay, and second on the return trip! :lol:
While I have been to Cebu several times (and it's on the other side of the island). Aint that strange? :D

You must be beauty conscious as you are interested with this "mud pack". Well, all girls are man ah. :lol:
Anyway, here are some links about this mud pack festival. Tapos na, two months ago lang.

1. http://www.sunstar.com.ph/blogs/festiva ... ccidental/
2. http://www.negros-occ.gov.ph/index.php? ... &Itemid=54 :
"Mudpack Festival celebrated every 3rd weekend of June at Mambukal Resort.
It is a symbolic presentation that seeks to instill awareness in caring for the environment.
Dancers are painted and coated with colorful mud found abundant in the resort."

Well, Mambucal resort is great. Their hot spa is a hit there. But you should visit Sipalay.
If you are a scuba diving enthusiast, this place is for you. I will post some info in this thread.

I am looking forward more to whale watching at Bais, Neg. Orriental. Havent had the time though.

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nice one don rubert. naka pamasyar man ako dira sa mambukal. the best ang place kag nag picnic man kami.


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thanks don robert, i was raised in City of Talisay, Negros Occidental. and I am very proud of that. and later on move to Bacolod city in Brgy.Alijis. I really missed Bacolod. cant wait to comeback this coming Dec.

(lagaw naman ni kag meet with batch mates & classmates in UNO-R.. woohoooooooo!!! And I have plan to visit iloilo as well coz my friend invited me to come there but don't know where the tourists spot is, any info ms jung? thanks.)
Madamo guid nga salamat kasimanwa. :D keep n comin..


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SM City Bacolod is a supermall located along Rizal Street, Reclamation Area, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines. It has a total of land area of 161,096.60 square meters and a total floor area of 61,413 square meters. SM City Bacolod is the 29th supermall of SM Prime Holdings and the 3rd in the Visayas Region. It opened on March 1, 2007.


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Robinsons Place Bacolod
Within this relaxed suburban charm lies the first, the largest, and the only full-service mall in Bacolod: Robinsons Place Bacolod. This 3-level shopping haven with over 120 shops, dining outlets, recreation facilities, and service centers is undisputably the best destination for shopping and entertainment in this province. Located along Lacson Street, Mandalagan.

FEATURES
Robinsons Department Store
Robinsons Supermarket
Food Court
The Handyman Hardware Store
Six (6) State-of-the-art Cinemas
Bowling and Billiards Centers
Scenic Elevator and Fountain
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SM City Bacolod is a supermall located along Rizal Street, Reclamation Area, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines. It has a total of land area of 161,096.60 square meters and a total floor area of 61,413 square meters. SM City Bacolod is the 29th supermall of SM Prime Holdings and the 3rd in the Visayas Region. It opened on March 1, 2007.



Kahit saan lugar ka mag punta, hindi nawawala SM. :D

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Silay City - Negros Occidental

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Founded in 1760, Silay evolved from being an old Spanish settlement. Migrant families from Iloilo gave vigor to Silay, making it an important commercial and agricultural settlement during the Spanish era. In 1846, cultivation of sugarcane led by Yves Leopold Germain Gaston made the town prosperous. November 5, 1898 played a significant role in Silay’s history.


Sugarcane workers attacked the Spanish garrison and made the Spaniards surrender peacefully. It was a bloodless revolution. The Philippine flag was raised for the first time at the public plaza. Silay, famous for its artists and cultural shows, became the “Paris of Negros”.Kahirup Theater was the center of these activities. Jose “Pitong” Ledesma, a Silaynon pianist, conductor and philanthropist was one of those responsible for inviting operatta and zarzuela performers from Europe. Silay is the second town in Negros Occidental to become a city on June 12, 1957.

Silay is known as the “seat of arts, culture and ecotourism” and is recognized by the Department of Tourism as one of the top destinations in the Philippines.

It is the site of an airport of international standard that is now being constructed and will be operational by 2007. (Actually it starts operation last Jan. 2008)

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How to get there
Silay City can be reached in 15 minutes by private car from Bacolod City. Public utility vehicles plying the route abound and can reach the city at the same time. Silay is the site of the new airport of international standard. Traveling to the city is made easier by its four-lane highway.

Location
Silay City is bounded on the west by Guimaras Strait, on the east by Marapara mountain ranges, on the north by the Municipality of E.B Magalona and on the south by the City of Talisay.

Famous Landmarks
San Diego Pro-Cathedral is the only pro-cathedral outside of Metro Manila. The church has a dome that resembles St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. It was built in 1920 and designed by an Italian architect, Antonio Bernasconi.
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31 Ancestral Houses have been identified by the National Historical Institute as cultural landmarks.
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 Post subject: Re: Negros Island
PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2008 3:52 pm 
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Retz wrote:
Kahit saan lugar ka mag punta, hindi nawawala SM. :D

Same also with Robinson's Mall, pero sa Mindanao area parang hindi pa ata sila masyadong ng expand dun.
Welcome to Negros Island bro Retz 8)


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