Monday, October 29, 2012

Dinagyang Festival 2013 Schedule in Iloilo City

Iloilo City is my neighboring province. As early as now, it is good that you plan your travels and you have to start of course from the very first month of the year January 2013. Now, Dinagyang Festival 2013 is the most colorful and best of all festival. This annual event in the province of Iloilo where people in unique costumes dance all day and night every 4th week of January. Tribu Pan-Ay is the grand champion of the street dance competition last January 2012. This year's edition will be one of its kind because of the many activities and daily competition. Here's are the schedule of Dinagyang Festival 2013 Main Event Highlights in Ilolilo City:

January 25, 2013 - Fluvial Procession
January 26, 2013 - Kasadyahan Cultural Festival
January 27, 2013 - Ati Streetdance Competition (highlight of the event)

Note: Please check below are the updated other schedules and activities for Dinagyang 2013.

Sinulog Festival 2013 Schedule in Cebu City

Next year will be the most-awaited festival in Cebu City. I can hear the sound "Viva Pit Senyor Sto Niño". The Cebu Sinulog Festival experience is awesome so booked your flight a head of time. You will probably enjoy and witness this festival of Cebuano. Every year of January in Cebu City they are celebrating this festival to honor the Santo Niño (or the child Jesus) who is the patron saint of the whole province of Cebu. Aside from the festival what to expect? Well, get to taste the number 1 delicacy in town and that is LECHON! Cebu is also known for chicharon, puso, torta, bibingka and other local foods. You've got to try at least one of it when you visit the place. Here are the schedule date for Sinulog Festival 2013 in Cebu City. The festival will started from January 11, 2013 until January 20, 2013 ( third sunday of January 2013 ). During the third sunday of January there will have this street dancing competition which people enjoy the dance and the beat of the drums. This was the photos of last Sinulog Festival 2012. Please check below are the updated schedules and activities of Sinulog 2013.

Tanduay Rockfest 2012 Photos in SM MOA Concert Ground

T5 Rockfest last October 26, 2012 is one of my great experience. Tanduay Rhum brings back the Tanduay Rhum Rockfest 2012 in Manila on its 6th year!It is biggest gathering of rock icons in the Philippines. The concert will be worth of your time because the line up band is great. Filipino bands and musicans gathered in one stage of a pinoy rock overload when Tanduay Rhum kicked off the Rockfest Year 6 in Cebu and Davao this past week. The much awaited rockfest in the country will once again rock on their last leg concert in Manila. I will share here some  of my shots taken from Tanduay Rhum Rockfest 2012 last October 26, 2012 in SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds.

Tourist Attraction in Libertad Antique

This old house in the center of beach area of Libertad Antique.One of the attraction in the town which about 15 minutes away from the Municipal Hall and Town plaza of Libertad. This town is now developed and one of progressive part of Antique. I seriously need a break from out daily routine from work so I decided to explore other places in Antique which people dont know about the area. Before I want to go to Ariel's Point in Buruanga Aklan but luckily my friend introduce me to this location. This was consider as a tropical, natural and hidden paradise surrounded by mountains and beaches. Enjoying a convenient location near various tourist attractions like Boracay and Buruanga in Aklan.

Coast Guard Detachment in Libertad Antique

As part of my visit to the town of Libertad in Antique they have their own fish port or pier, some fisherman goes to some nearby provinces of Aklan and Mindoro to get some fish and other seaweeds as part of their exportation industry. The fishing port development at Libertad in Antique. The fish will sold at the local market or nearby provinces.

Beach Resort in Libertad Antique

A strip of sand and clear blue water. It is been developed by local government of Antique. Libertad is a town which I considered to be one of the peaceful town in Antique. How to get to Libertad Antique from Kalibo Aklan or Caticlan? From crossing Nabas,Aklan take a tricyle or bus ride going to Pandan Antique then ask the driver to drop you to crossing Libertad and Pandan from there you can also hire habal-habal or jeepney bound to town proper. Travel time is about 30 to 45 minutes. Fare going to Libertad Antique: habal-habal - P50 pesos while jeepney fare is about P20 pesos. As you arrived at the city plaza of Libertad, take a walk to Libertad pier where you can find the Coast Guard Office, from there you will see the beach resort of Libertad. You can enjoy the beach for free, there is no extra fees or charge. You may spent the whole day in the beach area. The town has no internet connection so you may bring your own mobile devices in order to connect to internet.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

How to get to Iloilo from Bacolod

Going to Iloilo from Bacolod:

I prefer to choose 2go Travel when you are going to Bacolod or to Iloilo because this fastcraft are better maintained and I can see out the windows. They have also airconditioned rooms and clean comfort rooms.

 From SM City Bacolod take a quick ride to Bacolod pier where you can check the available trip bound to Iloilo City, fare is about P10 pesos for a tricyle ride. You may also walk along the mall toward the back portion of SM City Bacolod. It's just only 5 minutes walk. Travel time from Bacolod to Iloilo is 45 minutes only. This fastcraft is country's leading passenger ships and also maintained their services and good fare rates. The seat guides made it easy to find your assigned seat. I must say that they can add me to their long list of satisfied customers. They have also  to any 2GO destination in the Visayas namely: Cebu, Dumaguete, and Tagbilaran. Happy Travel!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

My Trip from Bacolod to Iloilo via 2go Travel

Since I want to drop by in my hometown (Mambusao) so I decided to get off Bacolod to Iloilo then Romblon to visit the Carabao Island for 1 day that was my plan. There are 3 companies operating from Bacolod to Iloilo: 2go Travel, Ocean Fast Ferries and Weesam Express so I choose the 2go Travel because of their facilities, faster service and no hassle at the same time. Travel time is about 45 minutes to 1 hour. You may take a tricyle from SM City Bacolod, which cost you P10 pesos then ask the driver to drop you off at the Fast Craft Terminal of Superferry and now also known as 2go Travel. All the 2Go people I talked to were pleasant and helpful.The seas were smooth and the trip was uneventful. Good value for money as far as my experience goes. A pleasant experience compared to the Ro-Ro trips I've taken before. I arrived in Iloilo City about 5:30 PM and took a separate bus ride to Mambusao.   

Monday, October 22, 2012

A Day at Bacolod Provincial Capitol Park and Lagoon

The area has an artificial pool with dancing fountain at the middle of the park. I think it is nice to go there during night time because of the colorful light and a famous landmark of the 2 giant scupture carabaos or water buffalo which the areas is used for jogging, aerobics, school dance rehearsals, promenaders, arnis and martial arts practitioners and the feeding the tilapias in the lagoon. Today the park has become a popular spot for local families to hold their picnic. Most of the jeepneeys are passing here and you can connect to other great destinations in Bacolod. If you are hungry, no need to worry because at the front of this lagoon you’ll be choosing different fastfood chains, restaurants and carinderias.  You will probably enjoy the place.

The Provincial Capitol of Negros Occidental

This was my first time to saw the interior of the building so I take a pictures and go around inside the building. The Provincial Capitol of Negros Occidental is in the heart of downton Bacolod City.  As per tourism officer the building was redevelop by provincial capitol property of Negros Occidental.  It is the official seat of the Governor of the province which serving with the different government offices of the province.

Address: Provincial Capitol Building, North Capitol Road, Bacolod City
Phone: 034 433 2515 

Walking Tour at Bacolod City Plaza

After the mass at San Sebastian Church, I immediately cross the street where Bacolod  City Plaza is located. They also maintained because of the cleanest and most peaceful plaza. The plaza is a place for recreation, cultural activities and  the final destination of MassKara street dancing competition which is the highlight of the celebration. The City Hall is just about 300 meters away from the plaza. About a hundred meters to the south is the public market and department store around the area. It has a stagen in the center of plaza where used as performance area during events such as concerts and variety shows.  

San Sebastian Church in Bacolod City

The San Sebastian Church or Bacolod Cathedral is just beside at La Consolacion College and in front of Bacolod City plaza. This historical church accounts to provide a glimpse of the early years of Bacolod and it has a nice view outside. It is located in downtown Bacolod. It was originally a small chapel which became a cathedral in 1933 and a portrait of our country's old heritage. The massive bells & a very beautiful interior. I have always like church architectures and this one is truly spectacular. When you're in Bacolod, these is the recommended place to go and unwind.

How to get to Mambukal Mountain Resort in Murcia

Going to Mambukal Mountain Resort in Murcia Negros Occidental:

Here's are some tips to get there! This road trip is a suggestion of my friend who lives there!. From the Bacolod-Silay Airport take a bus bound to the city terminal of Bacolod then ask the driver to drop you off where the jeepney going to Libertad Market , about 20-30 minutes travel from Silay City where you will find mini-bus bound to Mambukal. This is non-conditioned bus going to Mambukal which costs P35 pesos per person. Just tell the conductor that you’ll get off at Mambukal Mountain Resort in Murcia Negros Occidental. Travel time is about 1 hour and a half, which the bus stops in front of Mambukal Mountain Resort.  Go inside the resort and pay some entrance fees. I stopped at their Tourist Information Office to get a brochure and map as well. Enjoy and happy travel. :-)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Second Waterfalls in Mambukal Mountain Resort, Negros Occidental

On my way to the second waterfalls. It is beautiful and relaxing ambiance.  I'll take this advantage of traveling our beloved Philippines. See my next post which I tour the city proper of Bacolod City. 

First Waterfalls in Mambukal Mountain Resort,Negros Occidental

Mambukal Mountain Resort is at the foot of Kanlaon Volcano located at Murcia, Negors Occidental, Philippines.I  had my first trek in the resort. This mountain resort is a 24-hectare pleasure park popular with family groups. It is popular for its seven falls. I'm almost certain that I will love the place and I was not mistaken which is surrounded by trees and plants. The trails is awesome and except that it's sometimes slippery and uphill but otherwise, it's like a walking in the park. I reach the first falls at last, I take some photos and proceed to the second falls. Continue. . .

Trekking at Mambukal Falls in Murcia Negros Occidental

Trekking in the falls is more fun in the Philippines. There are 7 falls in Mambukal Mountain Resort, I want to share some of my treks there.  After eating my brunch at their restaurant. I walked towards the falls but I visit just the first and the second waterfalls but sadly, swimming was prohibited because the pool was 15 feet deep and cold water. In the trekking experience, I saw a lot of trees and you can also find their canopy walk and zipline.  There is no additional entrance fee when you are going to the falls but  optional you can hire a tour guide and it's your choice to give the guide for a tip. It was an awesome experience for me and I really want to go back soon. 

Sulfur Dipping Pool in Mambukal Mountain Resort

Mambukal Mountain  Resort is one of the best sulfur pool in Negros Occidental and 1,200 feet above sea level and serves as gateway to Mt. kanlaon. The area can accommodate as many guest at the same time. Dipping in the water will refresh your body and has a smooth feeling, this part of the resort will charged you P50 pesos for the adult and P20 pesos for 11 years old below. The water comes out naturally clear and odorless as well. I think the temperature  is about 38-43 degrees at the time. I’m not sure if it gets any higher.  Visit the Mambukal Mountain Resort and expect it's nature loving ambiance. 

Swimming Pool at Mambukal Mountain Resort

The resorts has two swimming pools, which is one of their facilities inside. Cottages has its own outdoor barbecue pit which people can enjoy their foods.  It also has an artificial lagoon and beautifully landscaped grounds. It was a nice place to stay especially for kids who wants to swim in the pool all the time The area has a shower room and covered area. The resort has  a functional halls which is available for guests traveling on business purpose or in a group trip, as it can accommodate up to 200 persons. Offering comfortable accommodation and friendly services with a full range of amenities. For my experience the resort is accessible and good value for money, best for family with children. The staff are fast and accommodating with smile and lifeguards are all around so its safe for children to play and explore. 

Welcome to Mambukal Resort in Murcia, Negros Occidental

The place is perfect for a solo getaway because of the nature's hidden getaway like  waterfalls, hot springs, swimming pools, sulfur pool and food tripping as well. The resorts is one of the famous resort in Negros Occidental, about 45 minutes to 1 hour travel from Bacolod City. As I enter the resort, I saw a lot of trees, plants and flowers. There is an entrance fee going inside the resort.I charged P30 pesos for the whole day tour. There are seperate entrance fees for other amenites.

For inquiries, visit or call: Mambukal Resort Brgy. Minoyan, Murcia Province of Negros Occidental, Philippines. Telefax: +63 (34) 710-0801.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

How to get to Old Ruins of Talisay City, Negros Occidental

Going to The Ruins from Bacolod City or Bacolod - Silay Airport:

From the aiport in Silay City ( Bacolod-Silay Airport ) take a tricyle outside the airport which cost you about P10 pesos. Then from Silay City national highway take a jeepney bound to Bacolod City Proper will cost you P15 pesos. Ask the driver to drop you at Barangay Bata (Bangga Pepsi). At the left side of the road you will signage " This way to the Ruins".Take a tricyle or hire tricyle which cost you P30-P50 pesos (for special trip but normally people pay P10 pesos only). You will enter that narrow street leading to Rose Lawn Memorial Gardens. Follow the small red and yellow signs on the electrical posts which will lead you all the way to The Ruins. Entrance fee at the Ruins in Bacolod will cost you P50 pesos for adult, P40 for senior citizens/student with id's and P20 pesos for children or in group.

The Ruins also known as the Taj Mahal of Negors

Another great tourist treasures in Negros! Perfect spot when you are coming to Bacolod City, about 15-20 minutes drive from the city proper and boundry of Bacolod City and Talisay City. Nowadays the ruins is accessible from many jeepney along the highway of Barangay Bata. The Ruins is a photo-enthusiast’s haven. It is also an ideal for pre-nuptial shoots at meron ako nakita sa loob na mga sample photos. You can buy a lot of souvenirs at the Old Ruins from t-shirts, keychains and the mansions’ miniature replica as well. I’ll provide a short information on how to get to The Ruins in my seperate post.I am not lucky to see the ruins by night, many people getting there because of the romantic ambience and colorful light.

Roaming Inside the Ruins of Silay City, Negros Occidental

When you're inside the ruins, I saw a lot of paintings and old furnitures. It also has a cafeteria inside, which you can order great foods and drinks. But that time, the cafeteria is closed, and it will open from 9:00am ( Monday to Sunday ). Aside from picture taking inside the ruins, a lot of plants and flowers at the side of their cafeteria. I enjoyed looking at their old chairs and tables. These was a perfect destination when you are travelling alone. Malayo sa city at nakakarelax ang ambience!. They have also clean comfort room inside with a grafitti artwork, I also seen a lot of pictures taken from and outside the Old Ruins. Siguro pagbabalik ako ng Negros Occidental, I would  probably touring my family and friends in the future.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

The Ruins of Bacolod: Magestic Spots in Talisay City

A place full of history, many stories we could tell for. The ruins is the most famous tourist spot in Negros Occidental and about 30 minutes from the City Proper of Bacolod. It was a very beautiful place to take some pictures and this was a pride tourist attraction of Talisay City. The ruins is also known as Hacienda Sta. Maria which located in the borders of Talisay and Bacolod City, it is one of the best old ancestral home in the province. Today, the mansion or “The Ruins” is a must-see attraction in the Island of Negros. Wedding, birthdays, and other events are also held in that mansion.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Heritage Houses in Silay City

The heritage houses are not just landmarks of a golden civilization. They are footprints of Silaynon achievers who made Silay what it is now, I really like the place. This is the chapter of Silay's golden age, when the sugar industry. The Hofileña Heritage HouseSilay City's first home to be opened to the public, is celebrating its "50th year of service to the people". 

Hello Silay City Hall in Negros Occidental

Last May 2012, I had a solo backpacking trip in the province of Negros Occidental and my first stop is the one of the highly urbanized City of Silay. Early morning I decided touring the city before going to Bacolod. Silay City Hall is located on the same location as that of the cathedral along Zamora and Rizal streets. 

I wasnt able to go inside the building because its too early! Hehehe! So I decided to roaming first at their heritage or old houses and establishment. Infront of the City Hall you will see a fountain with the sculpture of a boy riding the carabao. The building is not too big and has its simple architectures outside. The tourism office is closed, I cant inquire about the City. You may check their contact details: CITY ADMINISTRATOR'S OFFICE. Office of the City Mayor, 2nd Level, East Wing, City Hall of Silay City Tel. No.: (034) 4955269. 



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