Solo-Backpacking in Negros

What to Visit in Negros
After my successful Cebu Solo-Backpacking, I again planned a solo-backpacking to another island on the Visayas Archipelago. Language barrier wasn't a problem because Hiligaynon has similarity to our native language in Romblon. During my travel, I found out that Negrense are really accommodating and has a good sense of direction. In a simple question like: "where is it located?" they provided me a detailed instruction. In general, Negros is a Must Visit province in the Philippines. Historical, heritage and famous tourist spots below were my destinations. This list is sorted according to my itinerary.

Cinco de Noviembre
Cinco de Noviembre
 Cinco de Noviembre is a small landmark in Silay City that played a huge part during the revolution. It served as the drugstore and a hideout. It was also the place where the Negrense Revolutionaries secretly helped plan the revolution against the Spanish Colonial Forces on November 5, 1898. This is the perfect location where Negros Republic was created.

Balay Negrense
Balay Negrense
Balay Negrense is just one of the century old houses along Cinco de Noviembre Street, Silay City. This street is remarkable because of the historical value that transpires to the people. Balay Negrense is a Hiligaynon phrase which means: Balay or a house and Negrense refers to the people living in the province of Negros. It is a century old house in Silay City which was owned by Victor Fernandez Gaston, the eldest son of a prominent sugar baron Yves Leopold Germain Gaston and Prudencia Fernandez. It was built between 1897 to 1901, then abandoned in the mid-1970’s, repaired by the government and was inaugurated on October 6, 1990.

San Diego Church
San Diego Church
San Diego Pro-cathedral formerly known as San Diego Parish Church or St. Didacus Parish Church before, it was declared as a pro-cathedral in 1994. It is the only church in Silay City that features a dome which is like St. Peters in Vatican City.

Negros Capitol
Negros Capitol

Bacolod Cathedral
Bacolod Cathedral

Jaro Belfry
Jaro Belfry - a separate bell and a watch tower in front of Jaro Cathedral

Jaro Cathedral
Jaro Cathedral
Jaro Cathedral is another example of the historical baroque architectures in the country. Built in 1864 by the order of Mariano Cuartero, who is the first bishop of Jaro. In 1948, this structure was destroyed by earthquake and was restored in 1956 by the order of the first archbishop Jose Ma. Cuenco.

Miag Ao Church
Miag Ao Church
The construction of this Miag Ao Church began in 1787 while Fray Francisco M. Gonzales. O.S.A. was the parish priest of Miag-ao and Domingo Libo-on  was the Gobernadorcillo. The Church was completed in 1797 and it served as the fortress against Muslim Raiders. In 1898, during the revolution, this church was destroyed but then it was rebuilt. In 1910, it was damaged by fine, and then it was badly damaged by earthquake in 1948. Restoration work began in 1960 and was completed in 1962. During the term of office of the Most Rev. Dr. Jose Ma. Cuenco, D.D. Metropolitan Archbishop of Jaro, of Msgr. Fernando S. Javillo, D.P., Parish Priest of this town and Dioscoro Mueda, Municipal Mayor.

Guimbal Church
Guimbal Church
Guimbal Church or St. Nicholas of Tolentino Church  doesn’t have any record to when I was erected or established. But however completed between 1769 and 1774 under Friar Juan Campos. In 1893, it was further enlarged but later was destroyed by fire during the Revolution in 1896 to 1898.

Tigbauan Church
Tigbauan Church
It is believe that there had been no parish priest when Tigbauan Church was established, but it could be possibly between 1575 to 1580 when F. Luis de Montoya was assigned as Prior. This church underwent a lot of repairs because of the natural disasters like earthquake. The said repaid was lead by different people who served as the church leaders.

Molo Church
Molo Church
Molo Church (St. Anne Parish) is situated in front of the town plaza.  Molo is actually one of the seven districts of Ilo-Ilo City which formerly called Parian (Chinatown). Then it was changed into Moro because of the frequent arrival of Muslim pirates from Mindanao, but later evolved in Molo – info from Wikipedia.com

San Jose Church
San Jose Church
This church is the first church in the city of Ilo Ilo which was built by the Jesuits around 1607.  But, on April 29, 1617, the Augustinians established San jose, a house of the order. It was saved from being bombed by the Americans during World War II.  As the years goes by, renovations were made.

Negros Museum
Inside Negros Museum
Negros Museum is almost in front of the Negros Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City. It serves as the provincial museum of Negros Occidental which was opened on March 16, 1996 at the Provincial Capitol Building. May 2003, it was transferred to its current location which is the former Agricultural Building. The Agricultural Extension Building was built in 1941 and was renovated in 1991.

The Ruins
The Ruins, Talisay City
The Ruins of Talisay City was the largest residential structure built at that time.  This mansion belongs to sugar baron Don Mariano “Anoy” Ledesma Lacson (1865-1948.) Built after the death of his wife Maria Braga (1911) and served as the residence of their unmarried children. But, early part of World War II, USAFEE and then guerrilla fighters bunt this mansion to prevent the Japanese forces in making this structure as their headquarters. It was burning for three days, leaving no traces of its glorious past, but still the effort of the workers paid off, because it’s gorgeous RUINS are still standing and part of our today.

This solo-backpacking was a three day itinerary. I did not use my phone GPS this time, but rather used a map from National Book Store. It was a life changing experience and if I will be given a chance to do it again, in this province, and it's a YES for me. 

Transportation |  I booked my Manila to Silay flight on a 0-fare promo. Then jeepneys and tricycle for the rest of my land travel and Ro-Ro for crossing the waters.

Remember: "Brilliant people always ask questions."