This was our last stop of our Negros trip before going home to Iloilo.
Our planned was to do a "short" hike to the mountain, and see what this small city can offer.
Since we came from Bais City and we left in the afternoon, we decided to stop by Guihulgan City. Negros is such a productive island, being able to produce-- sugarcane for the whole country, that big towns have been turned into cities over the years.
Guihulgan City is our middle point before going to Kanlaon City so we spent a night at its most well known and organized guesthouse, Monterial Homes.
When we arrived there, the city was celebrating its "foundation" day, which is like their fiesta. Basically, they have sports and entertainment activities from morning til night.
What I love most about this trip is that, we've met a lot of people who have been our "angels" also known as showing us to our way, who have personally taught me to be humbled. On this trip, we were spontaneously going with what we could find for a place to stay.
There was a policeman who helped us to get to Monterial Homes after seeing us, in our lost-and-wandering-state in the street. He offered to drive us there with his own car and asked the front desk if they have any available rooms, because if they don't have, he will have to drive us to another one-- just to make sure we have a place to stay that (rainy) night. Ahhh, the Filipino hospitality and kindness to its truest form! I love it!
Good thing, we were able to eat first before taking the arduous task. So when you're in Negros, eat the famous-- Chicken Inasal with puso (rice wrapped in banana leaves)!
The very next morning, we were off to take a bus going to our final destination-- Kanlaon City, hoping to hike this...
Unfortunately, the weather and the West monsoon were a party-popper to our plans. So we ended up staying in F&C Homes for two days and eat whatever mouth-watering foods they have.
We did went for a walk and see for ourselves how big or small this city is. We went to its Tourism Officer first, but due to the torrential rain that was coming our way, they advised us that it'll be dangerous to go to any of the places they would usually recommend. The number one reason is, you can only take a habal-habal, a scooter with a local driver, but the roads are very muddy and not advisable for these trips.
We would have went to see...these places of interest, as suggested in their website: http://www.godumaguete.com/canlaon-city-negros-oriental.html
The most imposing landmark in the island of Negros and one of the most active volcanoes in the Philippines. At 2,415 meters above sea level Mt Kanlaon has the highest peak in Central Philippines. Experienced climbers consider this a "major climb, with a difficulty level of 7/9, and trail class 2-4"
One of the attractions of Mt. Kanlaon is the Sudlon waterfalls and Margaha Valley, the volcano’s former crater, which is located just below the base of the present-day active crater.
Also known as the “Saddle in the Sky”, the ridge is located between two mountain peaks almost 8000 feet above sea level, and frequently used by scientists and climbers as vantage point in observing the two craters of Kanlaon Volcano.
A portion of the highway from the junction of Barangay Bagawines where the road ascends in a zigzag, affording a changing panoramic view of the blue waters of Tañon Strait and the island of Cebu, and hugging the foothill dwellings of farmers like toy houses surrounded by cornfields. The climb ends in Barangay Tagbino of Canlaon City.
Adudusan Natural Water Slide
One of Canlaon’s numerous falls has carved a natural water slide that is popular among trekkers.
Inyawan Enchanted Falls
Flows 100 feet off Inyawan River at the edge of a forest. Cold and clear waters cascade downstream to join Masaulog River; accessible by road.
Bottle-shaped cascade about 100 feet; largest of three neighboring waterfalls fed by Binalbagan, Malaiba and Linothangan tributaries. Deep basin ideal for swimming and boating.
Reportedly the oldest tree in the Philippines, this huge balete tree is estimated to be more than a thousand years old. llluminated by thousands of fireflies at night, it has been called the "Wonder Tree" and is definitely a sight to behold.
Camp Mapot and Mountain Park
A verdant plateau situated 5,000 feet above sea level, first developed as a health camp, with pine trees, streams and hillside springs, rare flora and fauna, and with temperature and scenery reminiscent of Baguio’s City. Camp Mapot is a part of the Mt. Kanlaon National Park, a favorite of nature trekkers.
Sadly we were not able to see all that, but I was happy to see women (of all ages) gathered around in the plaza, everyday, for an afternoon zumba! It's really about time that physical exercises should be highlighted in one's lifestyle. ;)
After two rainy days, we decided that it's time to go back home. The rain won't stop for us. :( But I think, Frenchie was relieved to be going back home. hehe
We took the RORO boat again on our way back to Dumangas, Iloilo. Thankfully, the storm have stopped and not too many passengers on the boat.