Sunday, October 26, 2008

best kept secrets - don salvador

being slightly higher than Tagaytay city, the town of Don Salvador has kept one of Negros' best kept secrets. it's scenic views surrounding its small town.a place approximately 2,400ft above sea level will definitely set a viewpoint of mountain ranges. no wonder pine trees can grow in abundance in this area of the province.on your way there, you'll pass by zigzag roads going up and going down, thus giving you the different perspectives of the hills. making the trip going there very rewarding.from a viewing point called "Lantawan", you'll see Malatan-og falls. using binoculars, you'll appreciate the waters' spectacular power. good that my camera was able to zoom and capture its beauty. trekking down will bring you to the waterfalls base in just thirty minutes. according to my driver and guide, trail is quite steep and dangerous during the rainy season.i didn't had the chance to trek because i don't have much time there but seeing it even from a distance convinced me of its magnificent natural beauty.going there, i was only expecting picturesque views of Negros' mountain range. but what surprised me the most was the rice paddies below those towering mountains.it was a surprise, because i only know that beautiful rice terraces were only found in the Cordillera region and in the towns of Leon in Iloilo. but when i saw the ones in Don Salvador, it has again proved that our country still has a lot to offer. still a lot of place to explore.

70 comments:

Lalaine said...

very nice shots... ganda!!! nakakaalis ng pagod yan kung ganyan makikita mong view... ganda talaga... thanks sa mga photos =)

Hi! I'm Grace said...

haay, na-miss ko na tuloy ang pinas... anyway, thanks for hopping to my blog... do you mind if i add your blog to my list?

estan said...

ever since the shortcut from bacolod to san carlos opened, I've always wanted to pass this highway because i was curious and interested to see this particular route. foremost of which was to know if there are still remnants of forests here.

anyway, i really liked this one as i get to see it. the waterfall photo was stunning. and so are the stepped rice paddies. thanx pre :)

L.Reis said...

This is one of the best series of photos I've seen here...the eyes embrace all that green...and we are bound to believe that some places are meant to be magic...

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Full of green and beauty!

Shawie said...

oh my! you're shots are always so greaat! I loved seeing those scenery even just in pictures! thanks for sharing those! & it makes you embrace life the more and look at it at a larger view:)

Photo Cache said...

What a beautiful place. AFter this post Dong, it's not going to be a secret place anymore. :D

Share my point of view... said...

I'm addicted to the beautiful rice terraces!

SandyCarlson said...

These are wonderful. You offer such beautiful vistas. Thanks. Your country is gorgeous.

Hilda said...

The falls look like they're coming out of a cave! O sobra lang lago nung mga halaman? Ang ganda!

Agricultural terraces appear wherever terrain is hilly. I've seen pics in other Asian countries din.

Nanaybelen said...

wow! so cool and green. parang wala ng bagka-iba sa mountain province

EM said...

Definitely.. our country still has alot to offer in terms of nature beauty. Your pictures can definitely attest to that. Nature beauty, in all it's richness. May we value and protect them.

thanks for sharing Dong!

the donG said...

>hi lalaine, tama. talagang nakakarelax ang mga ganitong lugar. wala pa din kasing masyadong ingay.

>hi grace, there's no place like home! sure. you can add me up. adding you to my list too.

>estan, this is one of the beautiful place that i've visited in negros. maybe because this has been a remote area for years and suddenly one long highway opens to display its beauty.

my pleasure to bring you to don salvador thru this photos but im enjoying your tour everytime i visit your blog.

>l.reis, thank you very much. this too is my personally favorite.

>phivos, you said it right.

>hi shawie, thanks a lot! im glad that in one way i am able to show you life's special treat.

>photo cache, you made me smile there. thanks for always keeping in touch.

>hi share, me too! you'll see a lot of this in the philippines.

>hi sandy, thanks! these are just parts of a bigger beautiful country. you'll definitely love the country.

>hi hilda, rice terraces can be found around the south east asian region. tha falls is coming from the mountains filled with trees and bushes.

>hi nanaybelen, wow will definitely be the word that'll first come out of your mouth when you visit don salvador.

>hi em, nature is degrading in our country but it is never too late. we still have large forest areas to which we can really be proud of. what's good is the country today is more environmental conscious because of the many groups and organizations that supports the green movement.

thanks too!

Borneo Falcon said...

The mountain is beautiful. Will like to scale this mountain.

iluvgreen said...

OMG! wonderful/beautiful place and a nice shots. it refresh my soul by just looking at the pictures. I love green :)

beero said...

wow! nice pics kuya dong! naalala ko tuloy yung biyahe namin. hehe. marami ngang zigzags dyan pero ok lang kasi maganda naman yung place. sayang nga kasi nadaanan lang namin. di ko masyadong na-explore yung lugar gaya mo.

luna miranda said...

my cousins who usually take a bus from cebu to bacolod have been telling me how beautiful this town is. someday when i have longer vacation time, mapupuntahan ko rin 'to.:D thanks for giving us a glimpse of this scenic place.

Luke Wiley said...

I really like that waterfall!

Lawstude said...

nakakagulat nga yan dom but it is a pleasant surprise. akala ko talaga concentrated lang sa north luzon yung mga rice terraces, meron din pala jan. yung comnbination of mountain, rice terraces and falls reminded me of banawe talaga. salamat sa pag-share bro.

equilibrium2008 said...

Wow naman this so beautiful. Grabe ha todo bakasyon ka talaga dong. :)

Carver said...

That is so beautiful. Looks like a wonderful place to explore.

the donG said...

>borneo falcon, it is indeed worth trekking.

>iluvgreen, thanks! i too love nature's beauty.

>beero, ok lang. madali lang naman puntahan ang lugar na to pag agling sa cebu. one time pasyal ka ulit doon.

>hi luna, i highly recommend visiting don salvador this time, when it's not yet that developed. im sure you'll enjoy every part of the trip going there.

>luke, i also like it personally. isadly, didnt had the chance to get upclose.

>oman, oo galing kasi maganda pa ang pagkagawa. marami din namang medyo maliit pero may mga malalawak din na rice terraces.

kaya blessing din ito sa negros dahil may ganito din sila. pero gusto ko ring makita ang leon sa iloilo. yon dapat ang pinuntahan ko doon kaya lang medyo delikado pa daw ngayon.

>hi equi, bakasyon nga pero this was taken weeks back. im already in manila.

>carver, definitely a nice place to visit.

Steven (Cavite DP) said...

Great Shots kuya Dong! Grabe ang ganda po nung place! Sana makarating din ako jan! Seryoso, ang ganda po talaga!

Visit nyu din po yung Corregidor. Maganda po talaga.

Steven^^

Rio said...

ganda nung lugar lalo na yung falls...

REDLAN said...

There's always a nice view when you are in the top. i just discovered the beauty of negros from this blog. galing mo mag explore! thanks for sharing it with us. Nakaka-surprise.

BlogusVox said...

Oo nga ano. Meron din silang rice terraces similar sa Mountain Province. I'm glad you went there and took pictures or else I wouldn't know about this place. Ang nakakatanga, neighboring province lang namin sila.

my gulch said...

green minded ka pala Dom, hehe. peace. i love the scenery here, very refreshing to look at. ganda nung rice terraces, it reminded me of Bali, which is strange kase dapat yung Batad Rice Terraces dapat ang maalala ko, hehe. nwei, nice set.

Everlito (ever) Villacruz said...

wala na atang gaganda pa sa kalikasan..hope na maingatan ito...

the donG said...

>steven, ganda nga. i can attest to that. no plans yet of visiting corregidor.

>hi doc rio, ganda nga talaga. sana makapunta ka rin sa negros.

>redlan, dapat lang talaga mag explore kasi dami pang nakatagong magandang tanawin ang pinas. salamat din sa laging pagbisita.

>blogusvux, sometimes because we grew up in our own town, we tend to see beautiful things as ordinary. while other people explore and appreciate it more.

>hi rayts, if that's how you define being green minded then i agree i am green-minded person. hehehe...

the ones in bali first came into your mind maybe because you visited it lately. not sure though.

>ever, oo nga. yan din ang iniisip ko. kasi tulad dun sa baguio, masyado ng inabuso ang ibang area.

salingPUSA said...

looks like little Banaue to me. Kung mas mataas ng unti sa Tagaytay, is the weather also chilly?

Raft3r said...

hey, dong
have you been to the new expressway going to subic
i was there for work over the weekend
ganda ng view sa expressway nila

Joëlle said...

Wow... too bad I didn't saw this when I was in Negros... this is gorgeous!
Great pictures... beautiful!

Napaboaniya said...

So high up there, the air must be real fresh and crisp :)

p/s: That's a macro shot of the lantana flower :)

Have a good week ahead Dong!

Helena de Tróia said...

hi Dong! In this series I´m sure you have pictured all kind of possible greens there exists in nature!! beautiful! good work!

Vic said...

wow! i love the COLORS!
so vibrant!!!
super ganda! hehe! :)
sana anjan din ako!

Joy said...

Spectacular shots. Would love to visit there someday.

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EastCoastLife said...

Wow! beautiful! I can't believe this is in the Philippines! I have to visit.

Aisha said...

It is still as beautiful as always! :)

tr3nta said...

WOW... really stunning views... and the green is almost impossible... must bee a beautiful place...

Dakilang Islander said...

parang sa lugar din namin, all surrounded by mountains pero mas maganda dito...panalo 'yong falls

Curbside Puppet said...

first visit! i actually left my heart in dumaguete even if i'm not visayan. the whole negros island is special to me.

Dennis Villegas said...

This is a wonderful place...sarap talaga sa probinsya.. I must go and see these places bago lumala ang global warming

JayAshKal said...

A really best kept secret. Growing in Pinas, I still do not know 80% of the places or have not visited a lot of these wonderful places, including Don Salvador.

Wonderful shots of the very green landscapes, reminds me of Olongapo and the zig-zag roads.

The last couple fo pictures reminds me of rice paddies in Bali and Banaue.. both places I have never been to... but on my list like Don Salvador.

Thanks for the post... as photo cache said... not so secret naymore.

Asian Traveler said...

I agree, our beloved country has a lot to offer. You showed us another wonderful place in the Philippines.

I wonder why this place called Don Salvador, very Spanish. Any idea?

JM said...

All those sceneries are absolutely stunning! So green and lush! Fantastic shots, I love them.

wanderingcommuter said...

no wonder gusto ko talagang magsettle sa cordi! haaayyy

heartbeats said...

hello, wish you have a nice day!!

teresa said...

my rice terraces rin pala dun noh?
grabe! ang gnda ng views, ang galing ng mga shots.

super refreshing yung view, nkaka relax pagmasdan, pictures pa lang yan ha, how much more in real life.

tama ka,kahit maraming "kapintasan" ang pinas, marami pa rin itong maipagmamalaki at naitatagong ganda.

KRIS JASPER said...

i can only agree when you said our country still has a lot to offer.

caryn said...

huwaw! san yan! hahaha! my hubby's from negros but i've never heard him talk about this. hehehe. thanks dong, hanapin namin when we go back sa pasko.

p.s. hey, you still want a thumb thing? what size and color?

the donG said...

>salingpusa, very similar to that of tagaytay. since i was there during noontime, it was not that hot compared to when i was in bacolod city. locals say that it's foggy in the morning and night is chilly.

>raft3r, i was in subic during the weekend. maybe we've crossed path. we passed by SCTEX.

>joelle, maybe because the locals really don't promote it. i say, it's a place you shouldn't miss when you visit negros.

>hi napaboaniya, temperature is just fine but it's definitely better than any part of bacolod city.

>helena, thanks a lot!

>hi vic, negros is just an hour or less away from manila. you'll always have the chance to see it and i assure you that you'll enjoy.

>hi joy, we'll anticipate for that visit.

>hi eastcoastlife, yes you really need to. when? hehehe....

>hi holley, thanks!

>tr3nta, you should see it.

>dakilang islander, maganda nga ang mga lugar na napapaligiran ng bundok.

>curbside, wow! then i believe you need to go there again. i've been to dumaguete many times. i agree with you, negros has a lot to offer.

>dennis, tama. habang wala pa masyadong gumugulo sa mga lugar na tulad nito. kailangan nang bisitahin.

>jayashkal, i should then say that you start traveling. there's a lot to see wherever you are in the philippines. you just really need to explore to reveal those hidden natural treasures. from there, you'll be surprised that we have so many things to take pride of.

>hi asian traveler, don salvador came from the name of a former political leader in this area. he was influential during the old times. his complete name is don salvador benedicto.

>jm, thanks! the place itself is really beautiful.

>wandering commuter, hahaha... marami ngang naghahanap ng mga ganitong lugar para magretire at magrelax.

>heartbeats, wishing the same thing for you. thanks for dropping by.

>hi teresa, you're right. itong mga pictures ko walang wala kung nandun ka talaga mismo. daming bagay na hindi nakukuha ng camera. siguradong mamamangha ka sa ganda ng lugar at kabaitan ng mga tao.

>jasper, tama ka dyan!

>hi caryn, it's an hour trip east of bacolod. it's the new highway going to san carlos city. so you take the bus going to san carlos city and tell the bus conductor to drop you at don salvador. enjoy!

Hi! I'm Grace said...

thank you for your comments on my blog. i realized, it's such a shame that i was not able to see our very own beautiful places as these, and now i'm here in USA.

Skippyheart said...

nature's beauty talaga!

wonderful photos--I love them all as always. =)

alicesg said...

Yes, your part of the world is huge and rich culture. Very beautiful scenery and greenery. Have a nice day.

ALiNe said...

Relaxing naman ng view

kegler747 said...

Nung unang tingin akala ko chocolate hills at banaue rice terraces :)

dave said...

ang dami ko pa talagang hindi nkikita sa negros... haha...

The Islander said...

galing ng terrain at may falls pa. beautiful. refreshing pala ang environment ng bacolod. kala ko hanggang sugarcanes lang eh..

bw said...

Beautiful shots Dong. It's a place I would like to visit one day. Thanks for sharing :)

.::. Vanny .:. said...

kakaiba. super zigzag nga yun ah. :p

Eki Akhwan said...

What a beautiful viesta! And that waterfall and the terraced paddy fields are fabulous! Grand photos, as always, Dong Ho!

Jinjiruks said...

nice greeneries. *sigh* gusto ko na talaga umuwi sa probinsya namin.

im new to ur blog. home i'm welcomed here. i already add you on my list. ^^; more travel pics to come ^^;

Twin said...

LOVE the greens...

Tink *~*~* said...

Pretty hills! I would love to go play under that waterfall (ok, maybe it's TOO much of a "power shower").

Tink *~*~*

Allan Barredo said...

ang ganda ng view! parang ang sarap mag mountain bike dyan :)

mimi said...

wow!! ngayon ko lang nalaman.. may rice terraces dito!

amazing..

merce h:) said...

Hi dong!nakaka-inlove ang mga photos mo.
ang ganda sobra....

the donG said...

>hi grace, ok lang. marami pa namang panahon na pwede mong bisitahin ang pinas.

>hi rebecca, natural nga. salamat sa laging pagbisita.

>hi alicesg, i believe you country also has natural parks. that's something you too can be proud of.

>hi aline, relaxing nga talaga.

>kegler, oo nga. kaya nagulat din ako nung makita ko ito sa don salvador.

>dave, okay lang. konting oras lang naman agwat nyo sa negros. hehehe...

>islander, ganun din akala ko dati. bago lang kasing nabuksan ang daan na ito. dati hindi ito pinapansin.

>bw, you'll definitely enjoy there.

>hi vanny, oo parang byaheng baguio din. mas mababa nga lang.

>eki, thanks a lot!

>jinjiruks, you're definitely welcome! thanks for visiting. sarap nga mamasyal once in a while. post mo ang pag uwi mo sa inyo pag natuloy para makikita din namin.

>hi twins, you'll love it even more if you're there.

>hi tink, hahaha... i think that'll be fine. many people do that. i think you'll love the philippines if you really like waterfalls.

>allan, tama ka dyan. hindi ko alam kung may gumagawa na nun doon.

>hi mimi, meron nga doon. kaya para sa mga taga visayas hindi na kailangang pumunta ng banaue o sagada.

>hi merce, maraming salamat. mas maganda kung makikita mo ito mismo pag nabisita mo.

Heart of Rachel said...

Spectacular photos. It must have been an amazing to be surrounded by lush greenery.

MM Miranda said...

wow! I went here last feb and the place looks the same on your pictures :) na maintain pa rin nila yung ganda ng lugar :)

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