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Bacolod Day 2: Silay City and The Ruins

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October 17, 2016 - After the refreshing nature adventure in Mambukal, our next adventure is in the old city of Silay. Silay is often referred to as the "Paris of Negros" due to its artists, cultural shows and large collection of perfectly preserved heritage houses. More than thirty of these houses have been declared by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines as part of the Silay National Historical Landmark. In 2015, the city celebrated its 58th charter anniversary.

Just arrived at the old town of Silay. Walked around and saw so many heritage houses and mansions like this.


The Cesar Lacson Locsin Ancestral House turned into a bakery/restaurant, El Ideal


This mansion that looks like a location for a pinoy horror movie.


Balay Negrense, the mansion of the son of the first Negrense sugar baron, Yves Leopold Germain Gaston and the HofileΓ±a Ancestral House built by Manuel Severino HofileΓ±a for his wife, former Miss Silay Gilda Ledesma Hojilla.

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The San Diego Pro-cathedral is named in honor of Didacus of AlcalΓ‘, the Franciscan saint more commonly known in the Philippines as San Diego de AlcalΓ‘.





Beautifully intricate lobby adorned with bougainvillea

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At the hallway






The 4-tiered fountain in front of the mansion makes the landscape a perfect replica of ancient homes with spacious gardens. Sights like these bring a feeling of bliss, gratitude, and yes, that fleeting feeling everyone seems to be chasing: peace.


The A-grade concrete and oversized twisted bars used in its construction had contributed much to the strength of the skeletal frame of the structure.


The finishing touches on the walls and posts were a mixture of pure concrete with egg whites, resulting in a marble-like finish which can be seen and felt even to this day.


At the Mansion's lobby. Don Mariano built the mansion in honor of his beloved wife. Proof of his unwavering love for Maria, he had their initials molded on every post of the mansion. The 2 Ms, facing each other, stands for Mariano and Maria.


Here is Roger Lucero, the famous tour guide who became viral in social media after one of its tourist posted a video of him. Because of this, he also became a housemate in the reality TV show, Pinoy Big Brother.


Machuca Tiles made in Europe


A little gallery of news clippings and photos about the Ruins and Roger, its famous tour guide.


With Roger











Exquisite! Isn't it?


Today, The Ruins – as the mansion is now called – has gained the reputation of being one of the top tourist destinations of Negros Occidental. The ruins illuminated at dusk


For our next stop, we will visit Bacolod's famous theme park, Campuestohan.

Bacolod Day 1: Mambukal

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After the very successful and stressful Zamboanga Hermosa Festival, it's to unwind and enjoy life! Me and my travel buddy, Jotie, decided to go another colorful festival of the Philippines, the Masskara Festival in Bacolod. It's my first time in Negros and i'm really looking forward to see the city in their most vibrant fiesta season. After Bacolod, we went to Iloilo where we met my other travel buddy Joed and our high school friend, Den-den, who are both working there now.

We have scheduled the trip on the third week of October based on the schedule of Masskara posted in one of the travel blogs we saw. Unfortunately, the street dance was moved a week after so we were not able to watch it. Instead, we went to their famous tourist spots like Mambukal resort and falls, old city of Silay, the famous Ruins, and Campuestohan. Here's what happened on our first day in the week-long adventure.

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Time to trek towards the falls. Here's the Mambukal river


Sulfuric hot spring smells a bit like rotten eggs. It was raining and the hot vapor condenses into steam. Cool!

From the resort to the hiking area, we have to take the habal-habal. Love the views!





The water was ice cold, perfect to relax our tensed muscles from the hike


View of the rushing water from the falls


And we're back at the resort. Lunch time!



Time to have a relaxing bath at the sulfur hot spring pool.


These therapeutic hot water springs contain high amounts of minerals such as sulfur, that give the water a milky white to brown color and distinctly pungent smell.


I can do this all day!



We're back at the city! Masskara feels all over the city!

For our next adventure, we will discover the old city of Silay and its famous tourist spot, the Ruins.

Hong Kong Day 4 #Ced26atHK

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August 13 - Yesterday, I've just turned 26 and spent the whole day at the most magical place on earth, Disneyland. Now, it's our last day at Hong Kong and for our itinerary, we will just walk around the city and visit some famous buildings of its iconic skyline. We also bought pasalubong and souvenirs before going back home. Here's our adventures in our final day in Hong Kong.


Bought souvenirs at the Elegant Tang Dynasty shop located at Peak Tower


Souvenir stores


Jollibee in Hong Kong!


Standard Chartered Wealth Management Centre building at the Forum in Exchange Square


Up close with the Standard Chartered building with the International Finance Center (IFC) Building at the back


Near IFC mall


At the Apple Store in IFC Mall with the view of the Hong Kong skyline


The Hong Kong observation wheel is a 60-metre tall Ferris wheel located on the Central and Wan Chai Reclamation overlooking Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong.


Colorful installation art inside IFC mall




Overlooking Victoria Harbour and Kowloon district


Ineresting mosaic sculptures


Hong Kong city streets


Time for lunch, Yoshinoya! I love the ginger!


Skyscrapers


My Hong Kong buddies, Tiya Tata, her friend Brenda, and Jotie. Thanks for accommodating us!


Famous buildings in Hong Kong. The Bank of China Tower (abbreviated BOC Tower) is one of the most recognisable skyscrapers in Central, Hong Kong, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect I. M. Pei.


Crossing the IFC mall from the North building to the South building


IFC Building and Jardine House. The circular design of the windows has earned the building the nickname, "The House of a Thousand Arseholes."


View of HongKong skyline from the IFC mall


And we're back at the Hong Kong International (Chek Lap Kok) Airport


Vintage plane model displayed at the departure area of the Hong Kong airport. Cool!




Just arrived at the boarding gates. This airport is huge!


Boarding gates with a beautifully designed interior. I love the tesselated ceilings, so futuristic!


ZΓ i JiΓ n, Hong Kong! What a wonderful adventure it has been! Big thanks to my travel buddy Jotie for making this trip possible and for making my birthday dream a reality!

After getting back home something unexpected happened. Jotie and some of my closest friends threw me surprise party and it was super fun! I'm overwhelmed with all their love.
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Check out the rest of #Ced26atHK adventures here:
Day 1: Ocean Park Hong Kong
Day 2: Macau
Day 3: Hong Kong Disneyland

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