From the Editor-in-Chief: Negros Occ Ranks Second Among the Most Visited Destinations

From the Editor-in-Chief

It is no wonder that Negros Occ. earned its rank among the most visited last year.

IIt was Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. who relayed to Abdulkadi Guialani, head of the PNP Regional Internal Affairs Service Region 18 that Negros Occ. is the second Most Visited Destination among domestic visitors in 2016, as per data from the Philippine Statistics Authority and Department of Tourism. Guilani paid a courtesy call at the Governor’s office Thursday. With Gov at the visit was DA OPA Japhet Masculino.

For the benefit of domestic and foreign visitors, here are some of Negros Occidental’s leading tourist destinations:


Often called “The Boracay” of Negros Occidental for its breathtaking scenic coastline, there are three beach strips in Sipalay, each with its distinct sand type and texture. These are: Punta Ballo that has white powdery sand; Langub’s sand is beige and granules much like sugar; and Cartagena, also beige but finer and really thick. Each strip measures, at least, 2-3 kilometers.

Bird Watching in Pulupandan

30 Kilometers south of Bacolod City, Pulupandan is a virtual paradise for both professional birdwatchers and photography enthusiasts. The bird sanctuary is located at Sitio Cavan in Barangay Tapong. It hosts a number of Bird Species, some of which are migratory. Among the bird species that flock the swampy area of Sitio Cavan are Garganey,Grey Heron, Intermediate Egret, Little Egret, Marsh Sandpiper, Purple Heron, Whiskered Tern, Black-winged Stilt or Common Stilt, Common Sterns, Pink-necked Green Pigeon, Purple Heron, Whistling Ducks, and White Collared Kingfishers. The best time for bird watching is from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The 11th Philippine Bird Festival was held in this province last Nov. 24-25, 2016.

According to Prov’l Tourism officer Tin Mansinares, it was the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation and the Negros Occ. local government who were instrumental in bringing to this province for the second time the bird festival to highlight the message of nature conservation.

Members of the Wild Bird Club of the Phil. (WBCP) have shared their knowledge to several key cities Sagay, Sipalay, Bago and Victorias. Birdwatching trips were also organized to the wet lands of Tibsoc, forests of Gawahon and Mambukal Resort.

Buenos Aires Mountain Resort, Bago City

Located in Barangay Ilijan, 29 kilometers east of Bago City, the resort was a stopover of President Quezon on his way to Zamboanguita in Negros Oriental during his escape from Japanese forces during World War II. It is owned and operated by the City Government of Bago. Ideal for family vacations, the resort has four swimming pools, a training center, a pavilion, cottages and a hostel.

Campuestohan Highland, Talisay City

A wonderland to fill the hearts and minds of both children and adults alike. Turn back the wheels of time to the age of the dinosaurs. Soar into the realm of superheroes and giants. Stand tall with the Incredible Hulk, Spiderman, Batman, Superman, Thor and Green Lantern. Have all the pictures you wish taken with iconic celebrities Elvis Presley and Michael Jordan. Gaze at towering King Kong; literally, a movie giant.

TTake a dip in the swimming pool, walk through the gardens, have fun in the playground and simply relax and unwind. Go horseback riding, bring out your adventurous spirit by riding on a 340-meter zip line or just take in the panoramic scenery and breathtaking beauty of the place; So much to offer everyone.

Carbin Reef, Panal, Maca, Suyac and Molocaboc at the Sagay Marine Reserve

Sagay’s Marine Reserve has an expanse of 32,000 hectares where the following islands are found: Carbin Reef, Panal, Maca, Suyac and the fringing reefs of Molocaboc Islands. It is now recognized nationally and internationally as one of the most successful marine conservation programs in the Philippines and has won the prestigious Gawad Galing Pook in 1997.

Carbin Reef, a unique, tongue-shaped sand bar with clear blue water, it is the center of the 32,000-hectare Sagay Marine Reserve. The sanctuary offers exciting marine adventures and, most importantly, shares much-needed lessons for environment protection.

The reserve has 500 hectares of mangroves (100 hectares reforested), 33 species of true mangroves with 10 mangrove-associate species, 10 species of sea grass in around 3,000 hectares of sea grass beds, 78 species of Macro Benthic Algae, 60 Genera of hard, black & soft corals, 5 species of Giant Clams, more than 250 species of Reef & Pelagic fishes, 4 species of Marine Turtles and 5 species of endangered Dugong (sea cow). Giant Fruit Bats may be found in the mangrove areas.

Danjugan Island

The Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation, Inc.’s (PRRCFI) initial project was the Philippine Reef and Rainforest Project (PRRP) which purchased Danjugan Island for conservation. The 1.5 –kilometer island ranks among the Philippines’ top 10 gems. The 43-hectare sanctuary is home to the endangered white-breasted eagle. It features 5 lagoons, 70 bird species, 572 fish species belonging to 139 genera, 244 hard coral species, 17 mangrove species, at least 10 bat species and 22 butterfly species. The surrounding reef is under the Danjugan Island Marine Reserve and Sanctuaries with three Special Management Areas (No Take Zones) established in 2000 through Cauayan Municipal Ordinance 99-52.

Mambukal Resort, Murcia

The resort lies 1,200 feet above sea level and spread over 23.6 hectares. Uniquely a complete nature, adventure and wellness vacation destination. Take a perfect natural balm at its two sulfur dipping pools, climb its seven waterfalls, go boating at the lagoon, walk tall on the Canopy Walk, challenge yourself on the Rock Climbing Wall or plunge forward on the Slide for Life, marvel at the flittering butterflies at the garden and stare up at the bats whether they’re hanging on tree branches or in flight.*