The Provincial Capitol of Negros Occidental was formerly located in a house donated by Jose Ruiz de Luzuriaga at the corner of Luzuriaga and Araneta Streets. Upon the recommendations of Governor Jose Locsin, the current capitol was built in 1927 and finished in 1933.  It was designed by Architect Juan Arellano, who also did the capitols of Cebu, Quezon, and Misamis Occidental, among other national iconic buildings and landmarks. It is considered to be one of the important and distinguished examples of government buildings and architectures of first part of the 20th century. It was declared as a national historical landmark on July 19, 2004.Read More →

In the olden times, communities and settlements were mostly built along rivers banks. Situated along the banks of the island’s longest river, the Hilabangan River, and naturally derived its name from it, Ilog is the first capital of Negros Island. This river may now be a shell of its glorious past but there is no doubt that it has catalyzed the island’s economic, political and social life. According to theNational Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), Ilog is now a second class municipality, earning P45M to P55M annually. It belongs to the Sixth Legislative District of Negros Occidental. (942)Read More →

During its golden days, Silay City was the center of commerce, arts and culture in Negros. The beginning of industrialization of Silay City coincided with the growth of sugar cane plantations in the island. Yves Leopold Germain Gaston, a French in origin, spurred this sunshine industry in Silay which even spilled over to other towns and cities all over the island. His eldest son, Victor Fernandez Gaston, built in 1897 what is now Balay Negrense, arguably the single most important landmark in the city. At the height of trade and commerce, the barons would bring in performers and artists not only from Manila but alsoRead More →

Location: Mailum, Bago City, Negros Occidental Types: Segmented, Slide horsetail Near the tail-end of my 14-day Norther Mindanao-Zamboanga Peninsula-Central Visayas-Western Visayas Trip was a brief stop in Bago City. The city of Baguio produced a string of prominent national leaders and sports heroes such as General Juan Araneta, Speaker Jose Yulo, Rafael Salas, Jorge B. Vargas, Atlanta Olympics silver medalist Onyok Velasco and Barcelona Olympics bronze medalist Roel Velasco. But other than these prominent figures and as always what intrigued me was the prospect of seeing the city’s Kipot Twin Falls. Very early in the morning, I boarded a bus going to Ma-ao and fromRead More →

Location: Gawahon Eco-park, Barangay XI (Gawahon), Victorias City, Negros Occidental Types: Slide horsetail, Segmented, Tiered Still not feeling well, an after-effect of my June 7-12 Eastern Visayas Trip, I insisted to pursue my ambitious Chasing Philippine Waterfalls Project. Negros Occidental‘s Victorias City was my immediate next destination. After PAL Express’ Flight 2P 909 rrived on time, I did a quick walk tour around Silay City. Then I hailed an Escalante-bound Ceres bulilit. When I arrived in Victorias City, as usual, I went straight to the City Tourism Office to get information and assistance I needed. The staff were helpful and I appreciated it. Preparing forRead More →

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