Top 3 Things To Do in Negros Occidental

There are a lot of must-visit places in the Visayas part of the Philippines. One of these is the province of Negros Occidental. Below are the top 3 things that you need to visit when you come to visit Negros.

WHAT TO WITNESS

Probably, the most famous tourist destination in Bacolod is The Ruins. 

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Built in early 1900s by Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson in honor and memory of his loving wife Maria Braga from Macau, the Ruins may be considered as a heritage place today as s physical sign of great love. The Ruins was the biggest residential home at that time.

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This mansion, known to be the “Taj Mahal of Negros”, was burnt during the World War II bu the guerillas to prevent the Japanese forces from using it as a headquarters.

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Today, the Ruins serves as one of the famous heritage places in the Visayas region and a known tourist destination. The place is so peaceful. There is a restaurant beside the mansion but within the vicinity and a band playing with piano and saxophone that made it more a relaxing place.

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How to get there: From Bacolod City, you can take a Bata-Libertad route jeepney and tell the driver to drop you to the tricycle terminal near Pepsi Cola plant. You can then ride a tricycle to the entrance of the Ruins.

WHAT TO EAT

The Pastry Shop by Bobs is located inside the Robinson’s Place Bacolod.

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I cannot forget the taste of the fruit punch. It is very refreshing and healthy. Those bits of watermelon will help you hydrate after a long exposure under the sun. The cakes are also good and must try.

Of course, who doesn’t love the Bacolod Chicken Inasal.

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WHAT TO EXPLORE

Your time won’t be wasted exploring what’s inside Mambukal.

Mambukal, located in Murcia, Negros Ocidental, is a resort managed and owned by the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental. Sulfur pools are one of the main attractions of the resort and the beautifully made lagoon.

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Inside Mambukal, travelers may chase the 7 waterfalls of Negros. Unfortunately, at the time of our visit, it’s raining hard that we were not given access and permit to trek.

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Luckily, one of the guides saw us taking pictures of the fast flowing river and helped us get to see the falls. After signing a waiver, we then rode a habal-habal (local term for motorcycle) up to the jump off and trek all the way up to see the mother of all 7 falls. We were not able to see the othe falls since it’s very dangerous at that time.

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I will definitely go back to this place when I had the chance.

-Echo (www.byahecho.com)

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