Sugar Bowl of the Philippines”

         The northern and western parts are largely level plains and gently-rolling slopes. The remaining portion consists of mountain ranges of varied elevations. Mt. Canlaon is the highest peak in the Visayas. Other major mountains are Mt. Madalagan and Mt. Silay. The coastline is more irregular than that of Negros Oriental. The province has two pronounced seasons, wet and dry.


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By Air: There are daily flights from Manila to Bacolod. There are also flights from Cebu, which take around 30 minutes.

By Land: Bacolod is approximately five to seven hours away from Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental.

By Sea: Negros is also accessible by boat from Manila (18 hours) and from Iloilo (45 minutes) by fast ferries that dock at Bacolod City.


By bus:The province of Negros Occidental is mostly accessible through bus. Bus companies like Ceres Liner provide services to and from destinations within the province.
By jeepney:The fastest and cheapest mode of transport in the Philippines, jeepneys have designated routes to follow. It is the best mode of transport to explore the province.
Rickshaws:Pedicabs are manually driven by the use of a bicycle pedal system, while a tricycle driven by a motor.



  • Cebuano
  • Hiligaynon
  • Tagalog
  • English



  • Ancestral House of Dr.Soriano
  • Araneta and Lacson Monument
  • Fountain of Justice
  • Instituto Rizal
  • Ruins in Talisay
  • Yulo Ancestral House
  • Chinese Temple
  • Mt.Kanlaon
  • Mambucal Mountain Resort
  • Patag Valley Trekking
  • Isla Puti
  • Ubong Cave
  • Pating Cave


  • Chicken Inasal
  • Baye Baye
  • Fresh Lumpia Ubod



  • Stroll around the charming city of Silay and walk through its ancestral homes. 
  • Get a glimpse of the island’s glorious past through its museums and quiet streets.
  • Dive into the waters of Danjugan Island and Punta Ballo.
  • Hike up Mt. Kanlaon and the Patag Valley, or trek to the Choco Hills and the Codcod Rice Terraces.
  • Dare to make your way through uncharted Matlag Cave and Mamara Cave.



  • Masskara Festival (Held every October-masquerade ball and beaming images of smiling masks street dancing and stomping to the frenzied beat of Latin sambas.)
  • Pinta Flores Festival (Held every November-Coined from the words "pinta" and "flores", depicts the tradition of welcoming visitors through dancing as in the "pintados" during the coming of the Spaniards in the Visayas.)
  • Kali-Kalihan Festival (held every November-Celebration of age-old practice showcasing ancient skills in martial arts and beliefs in the forces of nature.)



  • Negros Island was originally called “Buglas”, an old native word that is thought to mean “cut-off.” 
  • It is believed that Negros was once part of a greater mass of land but was cut-off either by what geologists call a continental drift or by rising waters during the so-called glacial age. 
  • Negros Occidental is the Philippines’ major sugar producer. 
  • Negros Occidental has the most cities among Philippine provinces.

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