When in Dumaguete, the City of Gentle People, there are a lot of historic sights and tourist destinations to choose from. Less than eight kilometers south of the city is the town of Bacong, the birthplace of Leon Kilat: Hero of the Battle of Tres de Abril, the hero of the Battle of Tres de Abril. One of Bacong‘s important landmarks is its Church of Saint Augustine of Hippo which was built by the Augustinian Recollects in 1865. Its belfry is the highest in Negros Oriental and was used in the olden times as a watch tower against marauders. The church complex faces the BoholRead More →

The Philippine Revolution started in August 1896 when the secret society KKK (Kataástaasan, Kagalanggalang Katipunan ng̃ mg̃á Anak ng̃ Bayan) was discovered by the Spanish colonial authorities. Although the main battlefronts were in Manila and surrounding provinces, other islands followed suit and joined in the quest to liberate the islands from the Spaniards. The Revolt of Cebu was started not by its own son but by another from a neighboring island. Born in Bacong, Negros Oriental on July 27, 1873, Pantaleon Villegas was the son of Don Policarpio Villegas and Doña Úrsula Soldi. Commissioned by General Emilio Aguinaldo, Leon Kilat organized Cebuano revolutionaries upon dispatched.Read More →

Name: Filipino-Japanese-American Amity Memorial Shrine Location: Valencia, Negros Oriental The Filipino-Japanese-American Amity Memorial Shrine marks the easternmost portion of the main defense site that runs west along the two ridges converging on the top of Mount Talinis, Negros Island‘s second highest mountain. It was here where the main elements of the 174th Independent Unit of the Japanese Imperial Army under the command of Colonel Satoshi Oie, properly positioned in a series of bunkers, dugouts, foxholes, and tunnels linked by connecting trenches had battled the combined forces of the 164th Division of the US Army and the guerilla elements of the 73rd Provisional Division of theRead More →

Name: Banyan Tree (Balete) Location: OISCA Farm, Brgy. Lumapao, Canlaon City, Negros Oriental According to a team of botanists from Silliman University, the tree is believed to be the country’s oldest tree with over 1300 years of existence. Around 45 adults are need to totally encircle the Wonder Tree. Note: This is part of LegendHarry‘s Oct 12-25, 2011 Northern Mindanao-Zamboanga Peninsula-Central Visayas-Western Visayas Trip. Name: Philippine Centennial Tree Location: Brgy. Caloc-an, Magallanes, Agusan del Norte Historical Significance: It is believed that the tree existed long before 1523 based on existing set of maps which shows the island of Mindanao with its northeastern side named BitauRead More →

Location: Brgy. Malabo, Valencia, Negros Oriental Types: Slide horsetail, Segmented I have been to the City of Gentle People several times and I always ended up not going to Pulang Bato Falls in Valencia. But in my recent trip, albeit, just a very brief one, I finally managed to go to Red Valley. Pulang Bato Falls, as its name suggests, is characterized by the stones reddened by the sulfur coming from Mount Talinis, the island’s second highest mountain after Mount Kanlaon. The red sulfur emitted by Mount Talinis is a boon to the people of Valencia and the rest of Negros Oriental as it isRead More →

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