2020 DON SALVADOR BENEDICTO TOURIST SPOTS+ TRAVEL GUIDE

2018 DON SALVADOR BENEDICTO, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL TRAVEL GUIDE

Don Salvador Benedicto, Tourist Spots

DON SALVADOR BENEDICTO, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL  TOURIST SPOTS + TRAVEL GUIDE

Not many people consider the high elevation of the mountains as an ideal place to live in. Unlike those from lower terrains, being atop the mountains has its own unique set of challenges even for the mundane of daily living.

But when you speak of a settlement of people which is at the heart of the mountain, no place probably best exemplifies its description than the municipality of Don Salvador Benedicto in Negros Occidental.

Understanding Don Salvador Benedicto 

Prior to 1983, Don Salvador Benedicto is nothing but a large expanse of land without a name to collectivize its territory. It was, after all, inexistent during that period.

Named after the province’s vice governor and a former leader who was pivotal in the creation of a revolutionary government against the occupying Japanese forces at the time, Don Salvador Benedicto (the municipality) occupies the remote villages of Carlos City as well as the then-inaccessible towns of Murcia and Calatrava. The village of Igmaya-an was the center of the revolution in this particular area of Negros Occidental.

If there is anything that would best describe the consistency of this established municipality, it is that it is formed by settlements of people that are in or close to the mountains.

The notion to make a municipality of the area as named after a former revolutionary leader was authored by then-Assembly people, Jose Varela, Jr. and Alfonso Garcia, and was finalized during the Marcos Administration care of Batas Pambansa Blg. 336.

As a recently-established municipality, the creation of Don Salvador Benedicto is borne by absorbing the already existing villages from three other municipalities, namely Igmaya-an and Pandanon from Murcia; Bunga, Kumaliskis, and Pinowayan-Prosperidad from San Carlos; in addition to Bago-Lalong and Bagong-Silang Marcelo of Calatrava.

Situated along the major island of Visayas, the municipality of Subic is home to a diverse set of people native around this region. Around 60 percent of the population speaks predominantly Cebuano while the rest are Ilonggo as well as other dialects.

As part of their cultural heritage, the people of Don Salvador Benedicto are well-versed in the art of escrima or arnis, a 7th-century Filipino martial art. Meant not only for the defense this martial art is also considered a form of holistic training. But nowhere is the reality of this notion more highlighted than during the Kali-Kalihan Harvest Festival where the craft is showcased along with other activities emblematic to the Don Salvador Benedicto people.

How to Get to Don Salvador Benedicto

Getting to this municipality in the mountains is an hour drive from the nearby Bacolod City by riding a public utility vehicle and gets significantly faster at only 45 minutes if riding a private car.

22 units PUJ traversing vice-versa from Bacolod City to Municipality of Salvador Benedicto
4 units PUJ plying vice-versa from Municipality of Salvador Benedicto to San Carlos City
Vallacar – Transit from Bacolod City to SanCarlos City vice versa passing every 45 minutes

Don Salvador Benedicto Tourist Spots | Things To Do 

Although much about Don Salvador Benedicto is a sight to behold, it also is a place of notable landmarks, too, namely the Lantawan or Viewing Deck which overlooks the Malatan-og waterfalls, the verdant and nature-centric Villa Ica, and the Pine Trees which lines up the major which connects the village of Igmaya-an to Poblacion.

 

2018 DON SALVADOR BENEDICTO, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL TRAVEL GUIDE

Don Salvador Benedicto, Tourist Spots

Malatan-og Falls

Malatan-og Falls is located in Brgy. Kumaliskis, Don Salvador Benedicto. Very easy to locate because the jump-off point is just along the highway. If you will ask the locals on how long would it take you to go to the falls, they would readily say 30 minutes. The truth is, they are referring to their own speed and skills in hiking. For others, it would take 1 to 2 hours to reach this place.

2018 DON SALVADOR BENEDICTO, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL TRAVEL GUIDE

The author at the Viewing Deck or Lantawan, Don Salvador Benedicto  Tourist Spots

Viewing Deck/Lantawan

Just along the highway, you can stop at the Viewing Deck also called by the locals as Lantawan. The place offers the spectacular view of overlooking the Malatan-og waterfalls also known as the cigarette falls. If you would like to take a good shot of the falls, you can use your telephoto lens or fly your drone from this spot.

2018 DON SALVADOR BENEDICTO, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL TRAVEL GUIDE

One of the most charming places to visit when in Negros Occidental, the Municipality of Don Salvador Benedicto. The place lies at the mid-center of the hinterlands of the entire North of the Province of Negros Occidental.  It was primarily established to consolidate all the remote Barangays of one city and two municipalities which seemed neglected, considering the inaccessibility of the area to each corresponding population-centers due to the distance,  terrains and road conditions. [ Don Salvador Benedicto, Tourist Spots ]

Pine Trees

One of the landmarks of the place is the beautifully-grown pine trees lined the main thoroughfares of about 1.7 kilometer stretch of road from Barangay Igmayaan to Poblacion proper which gained recognition as well-maintained and “pot-hole-free” road for the third quarter of 2002 in the whole Region 6.

2018 DON SALVADOR BENEDICTO, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL TRAVEL GUIDE

Don Salvador Benedicto is said to be the summer capital of the Negros Province due to a very cold temperature ranging from 16 to 27 Celsius and coldest months are December, January, and February. This is one of the reasons why these ornamental plants are quite easy to grow in this place. [ Don Salvador Benedicto, Tourist Spots ]

Ornamental Plants 

Plant lovers will surely be delighted seeing potted ornamental plants lined along the highways. These potted plants are being sold to any willing buyers.

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Kali-kalihan Festival

The locals of Don Salvador Benedicto adapted the art of “KALI” as their cultural heritage, otherwise known as “ARNIS” or “ESCRIMA”, the traditional martial arts of the Filipino people since the 7th Century as it is designed for the Physical training, mental development and spiritual upliftment of the individual practitioner which relatively strengthen his moral value foundation.  It is being highlighted yearly through the celebration of the ‘KALIKALIHAN’ harvest festival every February 7-9.

 

2018 DON SALVADOR BENEDICTO, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL TRAVEL GUIDE

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One Comment

  1. Kimi chiong

    Thank you sir I will be visiting Bacolod this October and also a side trip to don Salvador I’ll take your advice and tips feeling excited na I think the column is very helpful god bless.

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