Balay Negrense, Silay City

Silay City is considered “The Paris “of Negros because of its numerous heritage houses. Silay has a total of 30 meticulously preserved houses and most of it have been declared by National Historical Commission of the Philippines as part of the Silay National Historical Landmark.

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Balay Negrense is one of the well-known preserved houses in Silay City. Owned by Victor F. Gaston, son of one of the pioneer of sugarcane farming in Negros.

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Built in 1897 after Victor’s wife had died, it housed Victor and his 12 children until his death in 1927.

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San Sebastian Cathedral, Bacolod City

Bacolod City is also known as “The City of Smiles”. It is the capital of Negros Occidental.

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The San Sebastian Cathedral is one of the old churches in Bacolod. Built in the 19th century, it was declared a cathedral in 1933.

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Negros Occidental

Negros Occidental was initially part of Region VI or Western Visayas Region. But in 2015, it was included to the newest region of the Philippines called Negros Island Region together with Negros Oriental province. It was our entry point for our Western Visayas Region Adventure because it’s just an hour away from Iloilo by sea and we visited our colleague’s family in Cadiz City. Bacolod-Silay Airport was opened last 2008 in replace of Bacolod City Domestic Airport.

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 A common dish originated from Negros Occidental is the Bacolod Chicken Inasal. You can have a taste of this authentic meal in Manokan Country located in Bacolod City, about 1km away from Bacolod Port where you can ride ferry going to Iloilo.

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 Also known as “Sugarbowl of the Philippines” because of its rich production of sugar, it has 13 cities 4 of which we have visited, Bacolod City, Silay City, Talisay City and Cadiz City.

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Completing Western Visayas Region plus Negros Occidental

Region VI or Western Visayas Region consist of 5 provinces namely: Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo and Guimaras. I have already visited Aklan province in 2010 with my siblings and cousins (check budget here) and in 2013 with my travel hubby’s relatives (check budget here). Last July 2016 together with my colleagues, I was able to visit the other 4 provinces with Negros Occidental as a bonus.

Here’s our budget and itinerary for this trip:

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Camaya Coast, Mariveles Bataan

This year marks our 15 years of being together. With all the 47 provinces that I have visited, Bataan is the only province my travel hubby has not yet seen. So to make this day extra special and since Bataan is known for its beaches, I checked for the best resort that has a cheap deal.

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Good thing Camaya Coast has their Ferriest Trip Day Tour Promo. For P599 per head, you can enter the resort for free and use some of the amenities inside. Plus, you can ride the Camaya Coast ferry from Seaside Terminal near MOA going to Bataan and back. This is certainly a cheap deal considering the typical fare from Cubao to Mariveles Bataan is P230-P250 per way. Also, travel time by sea is 2 hours compared to 3-4 hours by land.

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Camaya Coast is a 450-hectare land owned by Earth and Shore Leisure Communities. Amenities include a boutique hotel, infinity pool and the cream-colored beach.

 Visitors are not allowed to bring in food and drinks since they have in-house food centers like Pancake House, Sand Bar and Max inspired The Wood Pavilion. But you can bring food inside the ferry.

 There are also several recreational areas like the wellness spa, basketball court and floating playground suited for team buildings.

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So how much did we spent for this trip:

Taxi fare from QC-Seaside Terminal              P180

Ferriest Promo Ticket                                          P1,198

Breakfast                                                                  P179

Snacks                                                                        P100

Lunch (Pancake house has its promo for 2)   P499

Shuttle Service from terminal to MOA            free

FX from MOA to QC                                                P100

                                                                                      P2,256/2 pax

Did I say a cheap deal? =)