Negros Occidental

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

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Welcome to my website! I’m travel writer, photographer and online influencer Edgar Alan Zeta-Yap from the Philippines. Join me as I hike, dive, fly, eat and do pretty much anything in between across 7,641 islands and beyond. Need to reach me? Please write me an email.