Discover nature at its freshest in the province that
promises the charming surprise of a lush countryside, a fascinating
highland adventure, breathtaking caves, magnificent lakes, scenic
beaches, world-class marine reserves, alluring dive sites, and even
playful dolphins and whales.
An exhilirating journey awaits at the internationally acclaimed
dive site of Apo Island, also home to the Balwarte Rocks and Negros
Oriental Marine Conservation Park, all of which are consistent crowd
drawers. View playful dolphins and pygmy sperm whales out in Tañon
Strait at Bais Bay. Commune with birds and other wildlife at the
400-hectare protected mangrove forest that is the Bird Sanctuary
and Mangrove Park. And do stop by to admire Canlaon Volcano, one
of the tallest peaks in the Visayas.
Negros Oriental offers you the opportunity to commune with nature,
undisturbed. The heavens have blessed this province with more than
its fair share of natures bounty, with a bonus to boot
the warmth and the inherent charm of the Oriental Negrense.
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LANGUAGES / DIALECTS
Cebuano, Hiligaynon, and Tagalog.
1,126,000, according to the 2000 Census.
The five major cities are Bais, Bayawan, Canlaon, Tanjay, and Dumaguete
(the capital). Situated on the plains of the southeastern coast,
Dumaguete City is bounded on the north by the municipality of Sibulan,
on the west by the Mindanao Sea, Valencia on the southeast, and
Bacong on the south. There are 3 congressional districts, 20 municipalities,
and 540 barangays.
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IS FAMOUS FOR...
Begun almost a century ago, the sugar industry is a recognized top
dollar earner for Negros. Central Azucarera de Bais was established
in 1918 as the first sugar central of the Compania General de Tabacos
de Filipinas SA, or Tabacalera, in the country. Located in Bais
City, CAB propelled the provinces sugar industry and pioneered
in the manufacture of paper from bagasse.
Sinulog de Tanjay
Celebrated every June 24 in Tanjay City, this is an old tradition
that began with old men engaged in swordplay and dancing from house
to house. Today, Sinulog de Tanjay is highlighted by street dancing
and a mock battle between the Moros and Christians, followed by
their reconciliation through the intercession of town patron Señor
Santiago, held on the eve of the patrons feast day.
The island offers the best diving around. On the southeast, the
sanctuary is a gradual slope with a shallow wall. Thousands of tiny
fish cluster around the bushes of black corals in crevices, and
there are lapu-lapus, surgeons, some beautiful stony corals, and
a collection of various species of clownfishes and anemones. Apo
island is accessible by a 35-minute boat ride from Zamboanguita.
Apo Island Beach Resort, formerly Kan-Upe Cove Resort, is an internationally
acclaimed dive site. The 12-hectare island has eight regular and
honeymoon cottages. Located in Dauin, it has a hilly terrain and
white-pebbled lagoon. Nestled within, the Balwarte Rocks and Negros
Oriental Marine Conservation Park, with its spectacular coral gardens
and marvelous marine life, are consistent crowd drawers.
PNOC Geothermal Power Plant
Nestled among mountains that spout steam from vents, set amidst
a lush landscape at cool altitudes, is the power plant situated
in Ticala, Valencia. The Palimpinon Power Plant is the centerpiece
of the geothermal reserve in the care of the Philippine National
Oil Company, which generates and supplies power to Negros, Panay,
Dolphin and Whale Watching
Regular cruises can take visitors out to Tañon Strait and
Bais Bay to view playful dolphins and pygmy sperm whales, which
surface from their natural habitat to put up an acrobatic show for
enthusiasts. Visits are ideal between May and September. Spectacular
underwater scenes reward snorkelers and divers.
One of the tallest peaks in the Visayas, the volcano raised Canlaon
Citys skyline to 8,085 feet above sea level. The still active
volcano is a favorite spot of intrepid mountain climbers. It can
be accessed from Canlaon City, 165.7 kilometers from Dumaguete City.
Comprising 35 hectares adjacent to downtown Dumaguete, the university
has been declared a bird sanctuary and is noted for its olden trees
and cottage residences. Its major buildings, among them, the Guy
Hall, Channon Hall, Oriental Hall, and Occidental Hall, had once
been used by the Japanese Occupation forces for administrative and
penal activities. Silliman University is located in Dumaguete City.
Bird Sanctuary and Mangrove Park
It is a 400-hectare protected mangrove forest which is a natural
habitat and nesting place of birds and other wildlife. The park
is located in Bais City. It is accessible by boat and then a walking
distance through a 5,968 bamboo-split boardwalk.
Apo Island Rockclimbing
This tiny island off the coast of Dumaguete is almost completely
ringed with 20m cliffs of stable limestone, offering fascinating
climbing in a stunning setting. The island is surrounded by crystal
water and extensive reefs, ideal for post-climb diving expeditions.
Truly fearless (or perhaps foolhardy) climbers can cap off their
ascent with a 12m dive into the ocean below. There are five established
routes, ranging from 5.6 to 5.10, and the potential is there for
many others. The island is a 30-minute boat ride from shore, and
it is worth seeking the help of local climbers contact the
Dumaguete-based Cuernos de Negros Mountaineering Club, who can also
arrange mountain treks into the interior of southern Negros.
HOW TO GET THERE
There are regular flights from Manila to Negros (Dumaguete). Travel
time is one hour and a half. Or one can travel by ship from Manila
to the Capitol City; travel time is 36 hours.
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