CHADA GID ANG NEGROS ( NEGROS IS BEAUTIFUL)

Negros is an Island in the Philippines which is the fourth largest in the country with a land area of 5,137.87 sqmi. Negros is one of the many islands that comprise the Visayas, which forms the central division of the nation ( source Wikipedia).

Negros is a beautiful island surrounded by rugged mountains, pristine beaches, beautiful underwater coral gardens that must be added to your bucket list on your next travel. Travelling and exploring the hidden gems of Negros is fun with friendly locals who are very accommodating and extremely welcoming. An added bonus, it is very cheap to travel in Negros, surely you will have a great value for your money ūüôā

I am sharing this travel experience of a friend of mine “Pobreng Lagaan¬†(The Poor Traveller)” around Negros. Check this out!

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Photo by Pobreng Lagaan. PUNCAK TAN-AWAN NEGROS ORIENTAL

This restless soul of mine was delighted after our two days of tremendous quest of some Negros’ hidden gems. Those picturesque scenarios at Puncak Tan-awan, Balinsasayao Twin Lakes, Casaroro Falls and Forest Camp are just too few to showcase the real beauty of Negros Oriental but it already convince myself to say ¬†“Chada¬†gid ang Negros Bai” ( Negros is Beautiful My Friend).

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Photo by Pobreng Lagaan. TWIN LAKE BALINSAYAO SIBULAN, NEGROS ORIENTAL

Getting around Negros was actually one of the most incredible experienced I had so far.  It was Saturday when everyone was already set for our Negros adventure except me.  Having a second thoughts I decided to go after them. It was almost 12:00 noon when I boarded the bus from Tabunoc going to Liloan Port. After four hours of travel with massive commuters from Baruganay to Show and Tabunok to Oslob) finally I arrived at my destination. From the port I bought a ticket and sailed in a fast craft  going to Sibulan. It took me 45 minutes to arrive from Oslob port to Sibulan Port. It was very relaxing to feel the gentle sway of the boat but honestly I was a bit scared. I  was anxious a feeling of fear where an emotion that evolved to keep us safe from danger. Good thing the boat did not sink haha.

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Photo by Pobreng Lagaan. CASARORO FALLS VALENCIA< NEGROS ORIENTAL
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PHOTO BY POBRENG LAGAAN. THE RESORT CAMP, VALENCIA, NEGROS ORIENTAL.

I sighed in relief when finally I arrived at the drop-off point. I flag down a habal-habal ( a motorcycle modified to seat more than two persons. It is in use in provinces in the Philippines where jeepneys and tricycles cannot stand the rough, steep terrain and narrow roads) to bring me to Puncak Tan-awan. You need to register before you can get to the Peak. They offered to drive me going to the peak since it was already late.  It would take me an hour and thirty minutes to reach the top of the peak but I opted to not to. Trekking is a healthy physical exercise that creates a wonderful experience. It provides me an opportunity to slow down and disconnect into the chaotic world. Besides it was fun and I love the stillness and calm of an empty trail. The trek to the peak was easy. It took me an hour to trek the peak but going uphill needed an extra precautions to avoid slipping. 

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When I finally reached the camp where my friends are I was extremely happy. It was a great feeling.

 

 

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MAJESTIC VIEW OF LANTAWAN PEAK AT LANTAWAN VIEW SILAY

There is no better way to explore Silay City, Negros Occidental ¬†than our winding, curvy mountains road to Patag and to the majestic view of the Lantawan Peak. ¬†The road going up to Lantawan Peak is clean and surrounded by mountains of green, tall trees and sugar cane plantations that can be seen along the side. Negros Occidental is the Philippines’ major sugar producer, contributing over half to the country’s total production.¬†

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As you approach the top you will be in awe by the beauty and simplicity of rural life. It was a quiet scenic ride all the way up to Lantawan View Silay. At the top, there is a campground and a distance away is the forest seedling of mahogany trees. The mahogany tree (Swietenia mahagoni) is a large tropical tree with a semievergreen growth habit.

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Towering Mahogany Trees
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Towering Mahogany Trees
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Camping Ground

Due to its popularity and known for its view that overlooks the Lantawan Peak, the owner decided to put up an accommodation offering a tent-style accommodations and a basic cottages.  The place has a bathroom for male and female where you can take a shower and a small store that offers small bites for snack.  They have a wide space to park your 4  or 2 wheels service as well.

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Dining Fly
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Camping Tent

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A Frame Cottage

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In preserving the beauty of the place, visitors and guests are not allowed to pick flowers and carving trees.

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The best part of our road trip was seeing the majestic mountains of Lantawan Peak surrounded by greenery and fresh air was truly amazing. The scenery is so beautiful, no words can describe how I felt that day. I felt I transported into a paradise realm where the Earth is still pure, fresh and nourishing. The view was just so amazing that I stood glued by the beauty of the mountains. I was totally captivated by its grandeur.

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Lantawan Peak is the northernmost peak of Mount Silay. The peak is largely uninhabited, especially its back country Southern side. Likely most of the peak of the mountain, Lantawan is largely covered by forest.  The first recorded climb of the peak done by Joseph Victor Magdato, Mark Anthony Maja and John Paul Salcedo who scaled it on October 3, 2005.

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Elevation (feet) is 3,442. Latitude: 10 49 58.44″. Longitude: 123 14’9.96″

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It was almost late in the afternoon when we headed back to the city, as we descend I saw beautiful flame trees (fire trees, Delonix regia) along the side of the road. It is a flowering tree that grows in many tropical parts of the world, like the Philippines. 

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The leaves of the tree look like Fire. It is red, yellow and orange. So beautiful to see. How the shade and the sun connect. It  makes me felt I was in a field of fire.

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The sky turned into orange, yellow, red and blue and imagine strolling through these trees with leaves the color of fire. I just wish everything just stop. It was amazing. Orange, yellow, red all different colors  really made me felt warm inside as I said goodbye to this beautiful country side of my home town.

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I am going back someday…..