Most Filipinos are always on the lookout for a fun family trip away from the loud and smoky city. And that’s understandable. Every now and then, it is good to ease off stress with a quick getaway and see the beauty of life through jaw-dropping scenery or the sound of your loved ones’ laughter.
Location: Gatuslao Street, Bacolod City
General admission - PhP100
Senior citizens - PhP80
Students and children - PhP70
This pioneer museum focuses on the complex stories and works of local storytellers.
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The Negros Museum
focuses on original contemporary artworks and quality reproductions from local artists and artisans
. This child-friendly museum plays an educational role in the community and is committed to promoting a deep understanding of local history, culture, artistic practice, and ecology. A trip to this museum can not only show the young ones the the rich culture of Negros but also inspire them!
How to go to The Negros Museum: Ride a Mandalagan-Libertad PUV from North Ceres Terminal and ask the driver to drop you off at The Negros Museum. The jeepney will pass by the front entrance of the museum.
Location: South Capitol Road, Bacolod City
Adults - PhP100
Children - PhP50
NFEFI serves as a sanctuary for over a hundred endangered species.
Image: Negros Forests & Ecological Foundation Inc - NFEFI Facebook Page
In the midst of the bustling city lies a piece of nature—serene, with only sounds of chirping birds and green scenery
to calm your mind. This is the Negros Forests & Ecological Foundation Inc.
, a place that aims to educate visitors on the importance of taking care of wildlife, especially the habitat of the endangered animals. For one, the Visayan spotted deer, which is considered as the rarest deer in the world, is kept for breeding inside its Biodiversity Conservation Center.
How to go to Negros Forests & Ecological Foundation Inc.: Take a Bata-Libertad jeepney from Bacolod South Public Market and get off at KFC Lacson. Cross the street going to the Development Bank of the Philippines then enter the South Capitol Road. Walk until you see a green gate at your left. This is the main entrance of the wildlife sanctuary.
Location: Granada Alangilan Road, Bacolod City
Entrance fees: PhP75
It’s a seven-hectare peaceful property for families in need of a daylight getaway.
Image: Bantug Lake Ranch Facebook Page
Bantug Lake Ranch
is a vibrant organic farm resort that offers an escape from the busyness of city life. Since the place is located just a few kilometers from Bacolod, you can take a day trip and do exciting activities like swimming, horseback riding, boating, and fishing at the lake. You can also have a picnic by the grounds while enjoying the cool weather. If you’re lucky, you might even see a peacock running around! If you don’t want to pack food, the resort also has a restaurant that serves affordable Filipino dishes
How to go to Bantug Lake Ranch: Alangilan jeepneys are situated in front of Bacolod North Public Market and KJ Fairmart. Ride one and tell the driver to drop you off at Bantug Lake Ranch. Then, walk a few meters to reach the ranch’s entrance.
Location: J.R. Torres Avenue, Bacolod City
Adult - PhP65
Minor - PhP55
Room rates (for 2 children and 2 adults):
Garden Room - PhP1,500
Island Suites - PhP2,000
Island pool w/ deck - PhP2,500
Take a dip in the Mediterranean pool outside of your suite.
Image: Palmas Del Mar Resort Facebook Page
How about a breath of fresh sea air? Overlooking the Guimaras Strait, Palmas Del Mar Resort
’s cottages are situated near the shore, offering the magnificent beauty of nature. The hideaway is shaded by many trees and it also has a lake where your family could go boating and fishing. Visitors can also relax in Jacuzzis at night near the suites. Several pools for children and adults are positioned around the resort, so you don’t have to worry about overcrowded pools. If you haven’t brought your own food, they also have a restaurant offering delicious international food and drinks
How to go to Palmas Del Mar Resort: If your starting point is along Bacolod Public Plaza, find an Airport-Central Market PUV and ask the driver to drop you off at the entrance of Palmas Del Mar Subdivision. From there, ride a pedicab that will take you to the entrance of the resort.
Location: Sitio Campuestuhan, Brgy. Cabatangan, Talisay, Negros Occidental
Room rates (for 4 people with free entrance):
Bonita Hut (maximum of 3 pax) - PhP2,500
Log Cabin Rooms - PhP2,000 to PhP5,000 depending on capacity
Entrance fee - PhP200
Tired of the city’s unbearable heat? Campuestohan is the mini-Baguio of Bacolod!
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Does a penchant for high-adrenaline activities run in the family blood? Then you’d enjoy at Campuestohan Highlands Resort. With the unlimited options on fun-filled activities, it’s no surprise that this is a family favorite. Campuestohan Highlands Resort is a wonderland that paints a view of Mt. Makawili. The Baguio-like resort has thrilling amenities like a zipline, rope course, mini-train, horse riding, sky bicycle, and bungee trampoline. It also adopts a theme-park environment, so you’d also find giant King Kong, hanging shark, and life-sized Avengers statues where you can pose and take photos.
How to go to Campuestohan Highlands Resort: From Bacolod North Public Market, ride a Homesite-Libertad jeepney going east. Get off at Caltex Gas Station and proceed to iMart which is located beside the gas station. A blue shuttle owned by Campuestohan parks in front of iMart to wait for passengers bound for the resort. The shuttle’s final and only stop will be at the entrance of Campuestohan Highlands Resort. Here is the link for the shuttle’s schedule: http://www.campuestohanhighlandresort.com/rates/lodging-3
It’s time to turn off the television, log out of social media, and take yourself and your family on a memorable trip to one of these destinations! Happy travels!
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Stay safe as you travel! Make sure to follow social distancing protocols and observe health precautions wherever you go. Have a great trip!
This article was originally published in Yoorekka on November 21, 2019.