Thursday, October 23, 2008
the bus left around 11:05am from Bacolod city and arrived around 12:05nn at Don Salvador's waiting post. from there, the first thing you'll observe is the statue of the late Don Salvador Benedicto.next to the statue is a pathway going up to a hill leading to the town's municipal hall. inside the hall, there's a tree in the middle, which in one way symbolizes the locals belief on the importance of nature.down the waiting post, were big multi-purpose halls and an area with a stage certainly reserved for the town's big events.since it was already noon time, i checked out some small food stores just along the highway. ate a meal and asked the woman if there's a church within the area and she said yes. after eating she gave me a clear direction but still insisted that her son can bring me there.i can fully understand Hiligaynon, which is the common dialect in this region, but i'm not that good in conversing. so just for a short walk, we reached the chapel and gave me the chance to pray.walked around the small town surrounded by trees and since it was siesta time, i saw very few people walking. some of the market stalls were placed on one side of the road.i bought a drink from a nearby store and asked if there are some beautiful places that i can visit within the area. they suggested me to rent a motorcycle to see some of the beautiful viewing sites of their town. since i don't know the place, they recommended that somebody will drive for me. charge was just P100. so we started driving around and we visited one resort which was still being developed. it has a nice landscape and bamboo cottages on the hills.after roaming within the area, we continued our journey down west. this time passing by beautiful houses, which were quite modern, but its wooden walls retained its natural look.we also had the chance to visit St. Therese retreat house and coffee shop. i noticed that the people are very friendly and accommodating. my driver "Jetter" , seemed to have mastered the routes to the beautiful sights around their town.next stop, will be the scenic mountain range of this town which i was really looking forward to see.