Mango Tours takes you to the region of Negros Occidental, one of the Philippines’ rich regions known for its many cultural sites, expansive sugarcane fields, sumptuous cuisines, and white-powdery sand beaches. Formerly known as Buglas, Negros Occidental is one of the six provinces of Western Visayas region. Its capital city Bacolod is the home to one of the biggest festivals of the country known as the Masskara Festival.
HOW TO GET THERE:
Negros Occidental is accessible by air, sea, or land travel. Air travel takes approximately one hour from Manila to Bacolod-Silay International Airport. It is the most convenient way to get to the region as sea travel takes 18 hours and land travel takes 24 hours.
WHAT TO VISIT:
Sta. Clara Chapel
Located in Bacolod City, the Sta. Clara Chapel showcases a mural-mosaic of a version of the Virgin Mary locally known as the Barangay Sang Birhen. This mosaic is made of over 94,000 pieces of polished shells boasting a beautiful, sacred art. Moreover, the images of the saints and Stations of the Cross, found inside the chapel, are also made of shells--approximately 30,000 pieces.
Sagay Marine Reserve and Cabin Reef
The Sagay Marine Reserve and Cabin Reef is among the most successful marine programs established in the Philippines. It is located in the town of Sagay, one of the major fishing areas in Negros Occidental. It has won various awards – one of which is the Gawad Galing Pook Awards for the Top Ten Innovative Program on Marine Conservation and Protection in 1997.
Built by a sugar baron named Don Mariano Ladesma Lacson, The Ruins was built to testify Don Mariano’s love to his beloved wife, Maria Braga. Nestled in a 440-hectare sugarcane land in Talisay City, The Ruins has become one of the popular tourist destinations in Negros Occidental.
If you are fond of nature and underwater activities, don’t miss the chance to visit the Danjugan Island. The island has a plethora of activities that you can enjoy such as Scuba Diving, snorkeling, kayaking, forest treks, and bird watching. The island is a home to five lagoons, mangrove forests, a bat cave, rainforest, baby sharks, sea turtles, and rich and colorful coral reefs. It is a 30-minute boat ride from the Punta Bulata Resort in Cauayan, Negros Occidental.
WHAT TO TRY:
The Chicken Inasal (Grilled Chicken) is an all-time favorite dish of the country made famous by the people of Bacolod. Its unique blend of spices and herbs like ginger and lemon grass distinguishes itself among other chicken cuisines. Grilled to perfection, everyone is encouraged to try this flavorful dish best eaten with garlic rice and sour soup.
Napoleones and Piaya
Sweets and other delicacies such as piaya and napoleones are two of Bacolod’s subtle confectioneries. Napoleones, which can only be found in Bacolod, is a must taste for every tourist who visits the City. This layered puff pastry has a delicate sweetness that can satisfy the cravings of your taste buds. Piaya on the other hand can be bought and seen in some of the corners of the Philippines but what they have in Bacolod are more delicious and addictive.
WHERE TO STAY:
Travelers who are looking for a place where relaxation and comfort are guaranteed, the Punta Bulata White Beach Resort & Spa in Negros Occidental is the ideal place to stay in. Take some time to be one with nature and spend each relaxing day forgetting about the hassle and bustle of life and just take in the beauty of nature, breathe in fresh-scented breeze, and take a dip into a pool overlooking a spectacular view of the ocean.
Spend the afternoon walking along the sea side with a refreshing drink. Find yourself having the best dinner cuisine at the resort very on restaurant where local and international dishes are served. And end the day right with a soothing massage at The Ayu Spa.
The resort has spacious rooms and cabanas situated a few steps away from beach. Each room has posh beddings, airy bathroom, and complete amenities to make your stay more convenient and comfortable. Located in the small town of Cauayan, a three-hour drive away from Bacolod City.
Everyone is invited to experience relaxation at its finest only at the Punta Bulata White Beach Resort. Book your stay now with this affordable tour package:
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