Haciendas, Sugar Stories and Art Deco: A Bacolod Heritage Tour

Negros, an island whose history is as rich as her heritage. On this specially-curated tour, we explore this idyllic province through the crop that has defined the landscape and identity of the region: sugar. We’ll visit the legacies of Negros’ golden age. Take a walk through the mansions of Silay, an American colonial-era town that prospered in the sugar boom of the 20th century. Admire the grand Art Deco mansions of the Villanueva and Alunan-Lizares families, testaments to the wealth and modernist spirit of the Commonwealth-Era. Our tour will include a drive to various sugar plantations including Vallehermoso, a lush plantation-estate by the Tanon Straits and Mount Kanlaon that is reinventing itself as an arts and culture hub; Haciena Rosalia for its iconic Chapel of the Cartwheel as well as the Victorias Milling complex. Program includes two thematic talks by local experts. A sweet and definitive taste of Negros island’s heritage!


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Day 2 of the Negros tour of the Museum Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. was highlighted with an exclusive hospitality in Vallehermoso complete with delightful performances by the local children’s troupe. Our group visited the century old house of its founder, Don Diego de la Vina, which now houses the museum and library. The tour also included a visit to the symbol laden Chapel of the Cartwheels established by Monsignor Guillermo Gaston right after Vatican 2. What a privilege for us that Monsignor GG himself welcomed us and surprised us with a performance by the rondalla he created, training the children of the employees of Hacienda Rosalia. We also visited The Chapel of St. Joseph the Worker, more commonly known as The Chapel of the Angry Christ because of the central image above the altar with a talk by Ms. Tats Manahan. The tour also included a curated visit to the Provincial Capitol, Negros Museum, and special access to the mansions of the Lizares, Villanueva, and Locsin Clans! The bus transport of the 3-day tour was sponsored by Merzci Pasalubong. #MFPITours #Negros #Bacolod #Philippines #Vallehermoso #Merzci @merzcipasalubongph

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