Negros Occidental

Where’s Waddy? | The Last Irrawaddy Dolphins of Negros Occidental

Posted on October 23, 2017

It was the middle of August, and after weeks of monsoon rains at Negros Island, the weather finally relented and gave way to a sunny day. The dark clouds dissipated, and one could see as far as the distant mountains of Panay Island across the Guimaras Strait. The sea was calm. “It’s a beautiful day,” marine biologist Mark de la Paz beamed, as our bangka (outrigger canoe) departed past 7 AM from the black-sand beach of Pulupandan — a municipalityRead More

Hinigaran, Negros Occidental: Admiring the Grandeur of St. Mary Magdalene Church

Posted on July 20, 2015

On my long bus trip from Bacolod to Sipalay to visit Sugar Beach and go scuba diving, I couldn’t help but notice the town church of Hinigaran – dubbed as the “Gateway to Southern Negros” – so I made sure to drop by on my return. Admired from the outside, St. Mary Magdalene Church is a squat and imposing structure sitting right at the edge of the National Highway. The church was first established in 1848, constructed out of light materials.Read More

Sipalay City, Negros Occidental: Scuba Diving at Punta Ballo

Posted on November 24, 2014

Aside from the supple shores of Sugar Beach, Sipalay City – actually a small town rather than a developed city – on the southwest coast of Negros island is also an underrated diving destination with a collection of over 30 dive sites, including shipwrecks like the WWII SS Panay in Campomanes Bay. Sensational Dive at ‘Sunken Island’ I had the opportunity to enjoy a complimentary dive with the pioneer dive center in town, Artistic Diving Resort. We dove at one of the mostRead More

Sipalay City, Negros Occidental: Sweet Surrender of Sugar Beach (Langub Beach)

Posted on November 21, 2014

I’ve found a new love, sweet love in Sugar Beach. Waking up the following morning after an evening arrival by five-hour bus from Bacolod City, my soul surrendered to the symphony of sea and sand in an instant. It finally saw the remote beach I’ve bucket-listed for years with my own eyes. Hemmed in by limestone formations reminiscent of the thousand or so world-famous hills in central Bohol, this less-visited beach in Sipalay City, Negros Occidental had all the elements thatRead More