Negros Occidental and The City of Smiles

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This post is long overdue! Been into some stress lately and had some health issues aswell. Anyway, here’s the 1st part of my 2015 2nd quarter adventures.

*All prices are subject to change without notice

*This post is solely dedicated to my birthday boyfie.

Only last year that we decided to travel or go to places we’ve never been on our birthday week. This year we decided to spent his birthday in the Visayas Region and we picked Iloilo (Gigantes in particular) while Bacolod and Guimaras became a side trip since its near Iloilo.

DAY 1: Bacolod / Negros Occidental

On our Day 1 itinerary, we started in Bacolod City. Hail as the City of Smiles. This province is famous for its colorful Masskara Festival often celebrated every October of each year. The home of Piaya and the mouth-watering Chicken Inasal.

We used Iloilo as our main hub tho’ its better to booked a flight directly to Bacolod if you want to spend your 1st few days here.

Departure: 9:10 AM via Tiger Airways Terminal 4

Arrival: 10:20 AM Iloilo Airport

11:00 AM – Shuttle Van To SM Iloilo – P50

(Located outside the Arrival Hall)
Alternate Route: Take Multicab near the Departure Gate – P10
Dropped-off at Bangga Dama intersection in Sta. Barbara Town (landmark is Total Gas Station and Mercury Drug Store, about 10 mins.)
Ride Jeep from Sta. Barbara to Diversion Road, dropped-off at SM Iloilo – P16

11:30 AM – Arrival at SM Iloilo

Take taxi to the port – P100

12:30 PM – Iloilo to Bacolod
Weesam – P595 (r/t)
Supercat – P610 (r/t)
Oceanjet – P575 (r/t)

*We took Weesam and got our tickets at P395 discounted as a student! Hahaha

1:30 PM – Arrival at Bredco Port, Bacolod City
Walk outside and hop to any jeepney bound to North Terminal – P25.00

Alternatively, you can walk for 10 mins and go to SM Bacolod, get a Bata bound jeepney and alight at Robinson’s Place – P8

2:00 PM – Arrival at the hotel. Check-in at Go Hotel – Lacson St. Mandalagan Bacolod City

We wanted to have a cheap Hotel that’s why we decided to stay here. This place didn’t disappoint. For P888 per night, what more can i asked for?

Verdict:

Location: ☺☺☺☺
Location is superb! Located at the back of Robinsons Bacolod. Very near to transportation and walking distance to bars and restaurants.

Cleanliness: ☺☺☺
It’s okay. Tho’ they dont allowed any food inside the room. Once you’re caught you need to pay P1000! Outrageous!

Breakfast: 😕
They don’t offer it, unfortunately.

Over-All: 😊😊😊😊
Don’t expect too much, but for its price i think its ok. Had a queen size bed, comfortable mattress and thick blanket. They do have rain shower but offer 1 shampoo for 2 persons.

3:00 PM – Silay City Tour
Jeepney Ride to Ceres Bus Terminal or Bacolod North Terminal going to Bata via Bata Libertad Jeep (the opposite of Ceres is the terminal going to Silay – P8.00
Jeep to Silay City – P13
*Alight at El Ideal Bakery. Then start your walking tour from here.

 

3:30 PM – Walking Tour
Balay Negrense (located at Cinco de Noviembre st.)
Entrance – P60
Holifena Museum (located Cinco de Noviembre st)
Pink House / Bernardino-Jalandoni Museum (Rizal st)
Entrance – P60
San Diego Pro Cathedral

4:30 PM – Silay Jeep to Ceres Terminal / Bacolod North Terminal – P12

From the terminal walk for 5 mins, the way towards Bacolod City
Landmark: Pepsi Bottling Plant

5:00 PM – The Ruins in Talisay City

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The Ruins is also known as the Taj Mahal of Negros. It was built by Don Mariano Lacson in memory of his wife. World war 2 set the mansion ablaze so it will not be used as headquarters by the Japanese forces. The fire burned the mansion but the foundations remained standing.

Philippine series “Ikaw Lamang” shot some scenes here as well as the movie of Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano “Everyday I Love You”.

The best time to go here is during sunset, when the colors of the sun gently reflects the entire mansion giving some mystique and romantic feels.

Unfortunately, it was a cloudy noon when we got here, some rain showers hinder that amazing sunset colors.
Tricycle to the Ruins – P25
Entrance – P95

6:30 PM – Tricycle to the Jeepney Terminal – P25
Jeep to Bacolod City (take Libertad route and alight near the Public Plaza)– P8.00

7:00 PM – Stroll Bacolod City

Bacolod Baywalk (End of Rizal St.)
Bacolod Public Plaza
San Sebastian Cathedral (Rizal St)


John Paul 2 Tower (Rizal St. near SM)

Buy Pasalubong at Merci (along Araneta Ave) or Bongbong (Rizal St)
Napoleones
Piaya
Butterscotch

8:00 PM – Dinner – @ Manokan Country (Aida’s – probably one of the best Chicken Inasals you will ever taste. Tender and Juicy!)

9:00 PM – Desert at Calea (along Lacson St) or inside Robinson’s Mall
Take Mandalagan-Libertad Jeep or Bata-Libertad – P8.00
(Calea is near Avenue Suites)

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10:00 PM – Back to Go hotel
Jeepney to Bata (Robinson’s) – P8.00

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Day 2:

6:00 AM – Check-out and Leave Luggages – P50 / bag

6:30 AM – ETD to Mambukal Resort in Murcia, Negros Occidental
Take Bata-Libertad Jeepney going to Libertad to Murcia Terminal – P8.00
Alight at Libertad Public Market, infront of Mercury Drug, turn left. The minibus is near Savemore.
Mini Bus Terminal is located along Mabini St. across University of Negros Occidental – P35 (the Minibus is not actually a mini bus, it’s like a truck converted to become a public transportation)

8:00 AM – ETA
Entrance – P30 / Guide – P300 (P150 each)

Lunch at Enting’s


Seven Water Falls Hike

We started our hike from the 7th waterfall going down to the first.

7th Waterfall – From the entrance, you’ll need to take habal habal to the starting point.

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The ride is approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Taking this ride is thrilling cause you will be subjected to the rural areas of this province. The way is rocky and dusty, make sure to grip tightly, falling down should not be your option. Then after that, you’ll need to rely on your self, your feet and your shoes. It’s a 15 to 20 minute hike! Don’t be like me, i’m wearing a Toms and Skinny jeans, so everything is slippery and uncomfortable.

6th Waterfall – Begins where the habalhabal left you earlier. Still Slippery so be careful

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5th Waterfall

4th Waterfall

3rd Waterfall

2nd Waterfall

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1st Waterfall

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11:00 AM – Mini Bus to Bacolod City Terminal – P35
Jeepney to Robinsons (take Bata jeepney) – P8.00

12:00 PM – ETA

12:30 PM – Get Luggages and head over to Bredco Port
Take Libertad Jeep to SM, then walk towards Bredco Port – P8.00
Lunch – P200
2:00 PM – Ferry to Iloilo

*See Iloilo entry

Over-all: Negros Occidental is indeed majestic and extra-ordinary. Everyone is friendly, warm and gentle. I do believe this province has much more to offer. Will be back here in time!

 

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