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Negros With a Twist of Sugar

Posted by andrea lizares on September 27, 2010 at 5:36 AM Comments comments (0)

If anything distinguishes the island of Negros from others, it is the lifestyle that evolved out of the sugar plantations that created the province’s wealth. However, to see the 4th largest island of the Philippines only as Sugarlandia is to completely miss the point.

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Mambukal Mountain Resort

Posted by andrea lizares on September 18, 2010 at 12:49 AM Comments comments (2)

Mambukal Mountain Resort, about 35 kilometers of Bacolod, is a 23.6 hectare resort that serves as a gateway to Mt. Kanlaon Natural Park and is the recommended one stop destination for nature-lovers who visit Negros. The rustle of leaves and the magical sound of rushing or falling water are everywhere as Mambukal is forest area with 7 waterfalls, a mountain stream running through it, hot sulfur springs, and of course, the requisite swimming pools. Operated by the provincial government, Mambu...

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The First Kanlaon Safari

Posted by andrea lizares on August 21, 2010 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (6)

Andrea and Manuel Ati-Atihan Photo taken

a few months before the First Kanlaon Safari

I climbed Canlaon, sacred mountain and home of the Visayans supreme creator goddess Laon, when I was 20. The eco-tourism adventure package promised transportation, experienced guides, porters to carry water and heavy loads, outhouse facilities on the trail and in the campsite, or...

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Trekking In Northern Negros (Patag, Tinagong Dagat, Sulfutara)

Posted by andrea lizares on July 4, 2010 at 2:07 PM Comments comments (0)

Trekking to Tinagong Dagat. This is a photo from a much later trek. Everyone is 4 years older.

The big mountain climbing challenge of my mid-life began at 12:45p.m., HolyThursday, after briefing, prayer, and group pictures near the oldhospital in Patag (Patag is short for “Patag-awayan” or battlefield).Except for Josephine, the kids quickly disappeared ...

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Spelunking in Bayawan, Negros Oriental

Posted by andrea lizares on July 4, 2010 at 12:18 PM Comments comments (0)

In 2000, my husband and I celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary spelunking with 6 of our 7 children. We did not expect much from that cave- beautiful mineral formations maybe, but not danger, not challenge, not discomfort, not primal fear. Our youngest, an 8 year old boy, was with us. An older brother did not go because he thought that after a long drive, there would be nothing but a look-see and good-bye cave. Contrary to expectations, what began as fun could have turned into a nightmare. ...

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