The Top 10 Most Breathtaking Spots in Negros Occidental

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The Top 10 Most Breathtaking Spots in Negros Occidental

Negros Occidental is found in the western part of Negros, which is the fourth largest island in the Philippines. It is located at the northwestern part of Negros and it is surrounded by Panay Gulf, Visayan Sea, Negros Oriental, the Sulu Sea and Tanon Strait. It has 13 cities and 19 municipalities.

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The main source of economy of Negros Occidental is the sugar industry, that is why they are named as the “Sugarbowl of the Philippines”. The other industries that Negros Occidental has are the cottage industry, the fish industry, oil factories, copper mines, power generation, bottling plants, steel fabrication, prawn culture, agri-business, handicrafts, aqua-culture ventures and BPO industries.

 

The primary dialect of the locals of Negros Occidental is Hiligaynon while the other spoken dialect is Cebuano. English and Filipino are used for educational and official purposes. The locals are called Negrenses and they have mixed Austronesian heritage, while the other minorities have Spanish or Chinese heritage.

 

With all of these facts being said, Negros Occidental is slowly becoming one of the most visited summer destination in the Philippines, and because of this the local government has launched a campaign to present the beauty of their place. Here are the top 10 most breathtaking spots in Negros Occidental.

1.) Mambukal Resort

The Mambukal Resort has a massive mountain stream that is fed by several tributaries that descends in a series of seven waterfalls and it cuts through the center of the resort. It also feeds the water holes and boating lagoon. The Mambukal Resort boasts of several hot sulfur springs that has medicinal waters and they are a balm for the tired flesh, they also have the Ishiwata Bathhouse that can make you feel the warm dipping pool, you can also go to the newly constructed Japanese Ofuro. It has dips and slopes house that has interesting rock formations and it has lush forests of semi-tropical and tropical trees as well as a variety of ferns, pines and orchids that thrive on its rich soil known as the Mambukal clay and its cool climate.

2.) Bago

Aside from being known as the hometown of the boxing Olympic medalist, Onyok Velasco and being known as the “boxing capital of the Philippines”, Bago City is also known as the “home of historical and natural treasures” since it has contributed to the beauty and to the rich history of Negros Occidental. This city will make you feel one with nature and it could be a great break from the busy city life.

3.) La Carlota

La Carlota City is one of the most beautiful cities in Negros Occidental. Located at the southwestern portion of Negros Occidental, it is bounded in the north by Bago City and by the mountain ranges of Kanlaon in the east. This city’s land is devoted to agriculture, which is their primary industry, it still keeps the tourist in awe as it has amazing waterfalls like the Guintubdan Falls that is often spotted just above a massive field.

4. ) Kabankalan

Kabankalan is filled with beautiful landmarks, festivals, delicious food and welcoming locals, that is why they had come up with a slogan, “Life is fun in Kabankalan”. The city starts the year with their famous Sinulog de Kabankalan, which is the city’s own version of the “Ati-Atihan” which is one of the most popular festivals in the Philippines. This celebration is week-long, there are different activities held and there are numerous energetic dancers that represents the 32 Barangays of Kabankalan City.

5. ) Cadiz City

Cadiz City is one of the “greenest” cities in Negros Occidental. It is a place where there is adventure in every corner and it is a great spot to ride your motorcycle or an ATV. You will definitely experience the provincial life as they make you rest on a “payag-payag” which is where local farmers and workers rest during the afternoon after their lunch break. You can also go through their massive fields and watch as the locals work. This city will make you feel as if the clock is slowly ticking, and it can make you feel relaxed.

6. ) Sagay City

Sagay City is one of the most underrated cities in Negros Occidental, but it is filled with beautiful spots that are just waiting to be discovered and to be considered as one of the top destinations in Negros Occidental. They offer numerous attractions not just for friends, but also for families. If you love diving and swimming, then you can visit their famous Carbin Reef, you can swim with different varieties of fish and you will be guided by one of their local tourist guides.

7. ) Hinobaan

Hinobaan is located at the Southern most tip of Negros Occidental. It is the perfect place for nature lovers and those who loves to go swimming at the beach, since you can go around the city on a sunny day and you will not get sunburned because of their rich and abundant trees. You can also go around town and view their Spanish era inspired infrastructure.

8. ) Sipalay

Sipalay is one of the most famous tourist destination in Negros Occidental, but because of its rich natural resources, you will still feel like you do not know anything about the place. Sipalay is a stunning city, it is quiet, and the life is slow paced. They are filled with gorgeous resorts, white sand beaches and blue ocean. There are cottages and huts that you can stay in, so you can enjoy a sunny day with cool, crisp breeze from the sea.

9. ) The Ruins

Located in Talisay City, Negros Occidental, the Ruins is one of the most famous architectural buildings in the Philippines. Your trip to Negros Occidental will not be complete unless you visit this spot. There is an entrance fee of 100 pesos for adults and 20 pesos for children and students. Travel back in time as you explore the area, and you can let the local tourist guide to explain to you about the history of the place. It is both educational and fun.

10. ) San Sebastian Cathedral

This cathedral was built in 1876 and it is one of the oldest cathedrals in the country. This is a must visit spot for Catholics and those who wants to see how this architecture was built. They still hold masses, weddings and funerals to this day. After visiting the cathedral, you can then go to the nearest mall to chill out since this is located in the city proper.

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