2020 HINIGARAN TRAVEL GUIDE + TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

HINIGARAN, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL TRAVEL GUIDE | TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Hinigaran, Negros Occidental Travel Guide and Tourist Attractions

2020 HINIGARAN, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL TRAVEL GUIDE | TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

HINIGARAN, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL TRAVEL GUIDE | TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Talaba is synonymous to Hinigaran. Many people would drive all the way from Bacolod or from other neighboring town and cities just to buy or enjoy this delicacy

Hinigaran, Negros Occidental: Home of the “Tagahigad”

Hinigaran, much like the rest of Negros Occidental and other regions of the country, is a story of semi-primitive people who had been driven from the lowlands to the hills despite being the aborigine. In Hinigaran specifically, it was a tale between the people of “Ambaks” and the “Mundos” and the subsequent takeover of the settlers and traders coming from the neighboring region of Panay.

Called the “Tagahigad,” these local migrants soon named their new land of settlement as “Ginigaran” as derived from the word “higad” but was subsequently renamed as “Hinigaran” upon the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors that eventually ruled the land.

But while the history of Hinigaran dates back to time immemorial, it was officially established as a town around 1765 but did not hold its first president until 1806 under the persona of Capitan Basilio Mongcal.

Although it is not certain as to when the native people of Hinigaran took census of its people, but references claim that the early settlers of this area in Negros Occidental were of the following surnames: Mongcal, Lagtapon, Curio, Sario, David, Sarrosa, Pido, Pabalinas, Lontayao, Javier, Vargas, Lucasan, and Grijaldo, a good portion of which hailed from Panay.

Hinigaran is bordered by the town of Pontevedra on the north, the municipality of Binalbagan on the south, the municipalities of Isabela and La Castellana on the east, and the Guimaras Strait on the west.

HINIGARAN, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL TRAVEL GUIDE | TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

The St. Mary Magdalene Church

Hinigaran Tourist Attractions | Things to Do

 Hinugyaw Festival

Held every April of each year, Hinugyaw Festival culminates with the Street and Arena Dance Competitions.

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The altar of the St. Mary Magdalene Church – Hinigaran, Negros Occidental Travel Guide and Tourist Attractions

St. Mary Magdalene Century-old Church

Considered as one of the oldest churches in the country, the Century-old Church embodies a Romanesque architecture whose walls are made of thick limestones as imported from the province of Guimaras.

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The wooden structure used to be the church convent which is now being used as classrooms

Old Church Convent

Many buildings have been ravaged resulting from the Pacific war but the Old Church Convent remains to stand, even to this day. Once a temporary refuge for the residents of Hinigaran at the height of World War 2, this age-old building is now inhabited by the La Consolacion School of the Augustinian Sisters.

HINIGARAN, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL TRAVEL GUIDE | TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

The Senator Esperidion Guanco Bridge right beside a new bridge in Hinigaran

Senator Esperidion Guanco Bridge

Although not necessarily remarkable as a bridge, there is a historical significance to this passageway which was established around 1927. The bridge was named after Espiridion Guanco who, at the time, was Pro-Tempore Senator.

Mini Rizal Park

Giving tribute to who the country regards as its national hero, Jose P. Rizal, the Mini Rizal Park stands erected in front of the Century-Old Church. It was established in 1970, several years after World War 2. As a park, it is also a host to a number of monuments that pay homage to the soldiers who died during the second world war.

 HINIGARAN, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL TRAVEL GUIDE | TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Talabahan Plantation

Literally, an oyster plantation. Many people would come to Hinigaran just to buy or enjoy the talaba which is harvested fresh daily.

Paradiso Beach Resort

Just 45 minutes away from the capital city of Bacolod. A perfect change of scenery from the city.

Canonoy Beach Resort

A perfect location for a picnic for the family. It can accommodate an overnight stay for people in a group.

Mila's

The Potato cake is the first product which made Mila’s a popular destination

Mila's

Hinigaran, Negros Occidental Travel Guide and Tourist Attractions

Mila’s

Milas is a popular stopover at the place. The restaurant is known for its potato cakes, bitchokoy, and other delicacies.

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5 Comments

  1. Beautiful pictures! The food looks fabulous!! Thank you for sharing!

  2. I would have wanted to join events like this, but my eyes’ condition won’t permit me. Sigh! Congratulations to the winners!

  3. Joining a race is one of my goals this year. I wish I am there.

  4. Elizabeth O.

    Looks like a fun event to be part of. Glad it was a beautiful day, so you didn’t have to face extra challenges with the weather.

  5. I’ve been seeing the race via Pat Concepcion’s timeline. We almost always see each other on the races. I should join the Salomon Xtrail in Bacolod since I’ve joined the one in Pico and the one in Bataan.

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