Just got back from our Negros & Cebu Island Adventure. Discovering more of our heritage, meeting a lot of friendly faces, exploring off-the beaten path and unspoiled Philippine nature left us inspired and proud to live in this land.

Bacolod Masskara Festival

Let me share our 6 days itinerary in the Islands of Negros & Cebu. This isn’t for the faint of heart though, as it requires mostly an adventure by foot, public transport, and a confined time to cover everything. But rest assured, a pleasurable experience to backpackers like us.


10/17 [sat] 1:30 PM ETD Manila via Zest Air
2:45 PM ETA Silay International AirportTake Van going to Bacolod (P150/pax)
3:30 PM ETA Bacolod. Head to Accommodation – Star Plus Pension House
4:00 PM ETD The Ruins, TalisayTake Bata Route Jeepney and go down at Bangga Rose Lawns.  Fare = P10
4:20 PM ETA Bangga Rose Lawns. Take tricycle going to Ruins – P20 each/one way. Ask the driver to come back and fetch you at a certain time.
4:30 PM ETA The Ruins (entrance P40)Roam around the vast Don Mariano Lacson Mansion and take lots of photos.
6:00 PM ETD Ruins.Back to Bacolod
6:20 PM Dinner at Manokan Country
7:00 PM Free timeStroll along the nearby streetsSM Bacolod

Bacolod Public Plaza

San Sebastian Cathedral

Lacson St

Street Dancing Schools Category [3pm] – Araneta St. to PlazaElectric Masskara – 6PM – Tourism Strip, Lacson St.Concerts  -10 PM – Tourism Strip, Lacson St.

SMB Night – Gonzaga-Araneta Sts.

9:00 PM Back at the Hotel
10/18 [sun] 5:30 AM Wake-up TimeBreakfast
6:00 AM Head to Ceres North Terminal
Take Ceres bus going to Manapla.  P30Look out for the signage on the left side of the road for the street that leads to Chapel of the Cartwheels, Hda Rosalia, Manapla .Going to Manapla, the bus will passed through Talisay, Silay and Victorias. Manapla which is approximately 1.5 hours from Bacolod.

From the main road of Hda. Rosalia, take a tricycle going to the Chapel. P7

7:30 AM ETA Chapel of the Cartwheels
8:00 AM Head back to the main road. Wait for the mini bus going back to Victorias Junction. P7
8:30 AM ETA Victorias JunctionHire a tricycle to take you to St. Joseph the Worker Chapel (Chapel of the Angry Christ) inside Victorias Milling Company.
8:40 AM ETA St. Joseph the Worker Chapel
9:10 AM Head back to the main road and wait for Bus going to Silay City.Go down at San Diego Pro Cathedral
9:25 AM ETA Silay CityAttend Sunday Mass at San Diego Pro Cathedral
9:35 AM Walk Back on the same street and check the old Spanish Style Architectures.Tour Bernardino Jalandoni Ancestral House & Museum P40
10:15 AM Try Guapple Pie at El Ideal Bakery just behind the Plaza.
10:50 AM Walk to the nearby street and search for Balay Negrense.Balay Negrense Entrance Fee P40
11:30 AM ETA BacolodFreshen up and prepare to bask in the sun for the Masskara Parade.
Street Dancing Barangay Open Category [2pm] – Araneta St. to PlazaElectric Masskara – 6PM – Tourism Strip, Lacson St.Winners Showdown – 8PM – Tourism Strip, Lacson St.

Concerts  -10 PM – Tourism Strip, Lacson St.

Countdown to Charter Day  – New Govt Center (Main Stage) with satellite stages in Lacson St. & Araneta St.

3:00 PM Snacks at Mc Donald’s.
Grab some Souvenirs at ANP Showroom
Stroll along Bacolod Town:Provincial Capitol BldgNegros Museum

Prov. Capitol Park & Lagoon

SM Bacolod

10:00 PM Lights Off
10/19 [mon] 5:30 AM Wake Up Time / Breakfast
6:15 AM ETD terminal to Mambukal Resort
7:15 AM ETA Mambukal Resort – Entrance – P30Activities:Dipping Pool, Slide for Life, Canopy Walk, trek to Falls, Bat Watching, Canopy Walk
10:30 AM Head Back to Bacolod Accommodation
12:00 NN Check Out.Head to Bong Bong’s for Pasalubong ShoppingLunch

Hire Taxi to take you to Ceres South Bound Terminal

1:20 PM ETD Bacolod to Dumaguete via MabinayDrop off at Tanjay
6:30 PM ETA TanjayMeet our host Ging and her familyDinner treat by Ging & Bang at Jo’s Inato by the Sea.

Tour of Dumaguete and Buglasan Festival courtesy of our host.

1:00 AM Back in Tanjay and Check in at Nelia’s Place
10/20 [tue] 5:30 AM Wake Up Call
6:00 AM Ging dropped us off to Bais City and helped us looked for Boatmen to bring us to the white sand beach.
7:30 AM ETD Bais port to Manjuyod SandBarBest to go early when it is still low tide.Head to Mangrove Park after.
11:00 AM Lunch at the boat on the way back to Bais Port
11:30 AM Take Bus going to San Jose – Twin Lakes Junction
2:00 PM ETA San JoseMet Ging’s uncle who take us on a  habal-habal ride up to Twin Lakes in Mt. Kabalin-an.
2:30 PM Lake Kabalin-an (Jump Off to Twin Lakes)Trek up to Twin Lakes – Lake Balinsasayao
4:30 PM Go back to junction and catch the bus to Tanjay
6:00 PM ETA Tanjay at Ging’s Place. Gather our things and head to Dumaguete.
9:00 PM ETA Dumaguete (Harold’s Mansion)Freshen Up and go out for dinner.
10/21 [wed] 7:30 AM Breakfast at Harold’s
8:00 AM Visit Silliman University Museum
9:30 AM Dumaguete BelfrySt. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral
10:30 AM Early Lunch at Lab-as Seafood Restaurant
11:20 AM Head back to accommodation and check-out
11:40 AM ETD Dumaguete to Sibulan Port
12:15 AM ETA Sibulan PortPaid for Fast Craft going to Santander , southernmost part of Cebu Island.
1:00 PM ETD Sibulan Port
1:30 PM ETA Santander PortRide Ceres Bus going to Cebu South Terminal
5:30 PM Cebu CityHead to Fuente Pension House near Robinsons
6:30 PM Dinner
7:30 PM Went to Ayala Mall
8:30 PM Headed to IT Park to meet F’s friends
10:00 PM Went back to hotel
10/22 [thu] 6:30 AM Breakfast at Orange Brutus
7:30 AM Hail taxi to Cebu Metropolitan CathedralAcross it is Basilica Minore del Sto Nino in Magallanes St.Magellan’s Cross &  City Hall are also a few steps away

Plaza Independencia is under renovation, so we just walked towards Fort San Pedro

11:00 AM Took jeepney going to JY Mall.Lunch at McDonald’sHail cab going to Taoist Temple – P45
1:00 PM ETD Taoist Temple to JY MallHire a habal – habal ride going to TOPS (20 mins)P100/motorcycle – one way
1:20 PM ETA TOPS cebu
3:00 PM Back to Hotel.Rest and Re-pack souvenir items.
6:15 PM Dinner
6:50 PM Check out.Hail cab going to airport.
9:25 PM ETD Mactan -Cebu International Airport
10:40 PM ETA Manila Domestic Terminal

My next posts will be an in-depth account of our 6 days adventure.

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