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Last May 2015, my family went on an inter-island road trip in Western Visayas, Philippines. We started in Cebu then cross to Negros Occidental to Panay and back. In every town / city that we made an overnight stop, I tried to sneak in a quick run.
Running, for me, is always the best way to explore and experience a new place.
For our first stopover, we were in the highlands of Talisay City, Negros Occidental – Campuestohan Highland Resort (Story “Running on Highland of Talisay, Negros Occidental: The Haciendera Feels” here >>). We were supposed to stay for 2 nights in Campuestohan but the theme park / resort and their crowd were too overwhelming for us. So we trekked down to “low lands,” more like to the center of Talisay City.
On our way to down to Talisay City from Campuestohan, we passed by The Ruins. It was in the middle of farms.
Our second overnight stopover was spent in Nature’s Village Resort. It was like a boutique hotel. I love this type of hotels so I highly recommend Nature’s Village Resort.
They said that Nature’s Village Resort is only 500 meters away from the boundary of Bacolod City, and is probably 2 blocks away from an Ayala development, The District, which was a strip mall. As much as it would be nice to be away from a mall, but the area has actually a certain suburban charm to it.
While on the other side is a vast land of sugar farms. It was a no-brainer where to do my morning run. I was thinking that I would loop my route to the “business park” or maybe do it there in the following day.
For me, the place was at the stage that it has the perfect mix of urban-ity and rural-ity; it’s not yet overwhelmed with concrete structures. It felt like the Cebu City when you can still find “sweet corn farm” beside the BanTal (Banilad- Talamban) bridge. But I guess it’s inevitable, this place will soon be converted to business parks and subdivisions. It will soon be home of buildings and subdivions, instead of sugar canes. =)
It’s like seeing seeing a race: “new age” chasing and going to overtake the “old times.” Hopefully, it will all turn out to be a win for both.
For breakfast / food and accommodation, you can check Nature’s Village Resort, Talisay City, Negros Oriental. Their accommodation is perfect for family or big groups in the range of P3000. Contact Information: Phone: (63) (34) 495-0808 / 4953368 to 69; Mobile: (63) (922)851 2231 / (63) (917)3007576.