Tuesday, October 21, 2008

where the pines lead - don salvador

there's a highway where the pines opens a way to a beautiful place. this is the uphill town of Don Salvador Benedicto, which is just 42kilometers East of Bacolod city.just an hour bus ride will bring you to a place now developed to be Negros' little Baguio. the town of Don Salvador Benedicto is located in a valley between two mountains, Mt. Madalagan and Mt. Canlaon. it was named after Don Salvador Benedicto, a former vice governor who was influential in the forming of a revolutionary government during the Japanese occupation.this highway was recently developed to open a shorter way to the city of San Carlos. it also gave more access to the remote towns of the highlands of Negros Occidental.part of its development was the planting of the pine trees along the highway leading to the town of Don Salvador. it was planted few years back and is now growing in abundance in this part of the highway.
the bus trip leading to this town is simply breathtaking. now i know why my father recommended me to see this place.

70 comments:

ifoundme said...

haaaay.... ang ganda sobra... hehehe! i'm saying that like as if i'm not from here. sayang kasi limited yung time ng mga friends ko who came here for the masskara festival. dapat nakita rin nila yan kaso sobrang konti talaga ng oras

luna miranda said...

many friends and relatives have told me about the beauty of this highway. parang ang sarap mag drive dito...

Lawstude said...

napakaganda nga pala ng highway jan. nagsisisi tuloy ako sa di pagsama hehehe. next time bro.

eunice said...

Wow it looks like a very big park to me!

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

I can see why you father recommended you visiting this place also! Thanks again for the tireless blogging!

nix said...

WOW!!!GREAT SHOTS!!!
Thank you for visiting my blog...about Julie Lluch, she stages an annual exhibition at the CCP, there's still next year!

the donG said...

>hi ifoundme, oo nga. kung minsan kasi kung taga dyan ka lang bale wala na ang ganyan. sayang nga at hindi na sila nakapunta dyan. mahirap rin naman mamasyal doon kung nagmamadali.

>sarap talaga magdrive kasi konting konti pa ang dumadaan tapos ganda pa nga view.

>oman, oo ganda talaga doon. ok lang dami pa namang chance. tsaka lapit lang nyan sa bacolod city. madaling puntahan.

>hi eunice, hahaha... the place is quite big when you get to see the upcoming post.

>hi share, yes. he always recommends nice places to me.

>hi nix, great! ill check it out. thanks too for dropping by.

bw said...

Pics reminds me of the song " the long and winding road" :)

Very informative post Dong. Didn't realize there is now a short cut road from Bacolod to San Carlos via the mountains. The pine trees are a a pretty indeed :)

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Green, green grass of home... nice!

Vic said...

wow! looks like a paradise!
sarap siguro jan! :)

REDLAN said...

this is great! this place is really really great! dito ko lang nalaman na may little baguio din pala sa bcd. sobrng nakakarelax tingnan lalo pa kaya kong nandun ka. how was the feeling to be there dom? yung the time na nakaupo ka sa last pic.

Carver said...

That is incredibly beautiful. Great shots.

Photo Cache said...

Oh I it must be very nice to even just ride your bike there, pines on both sides of the road. Thanks for showing this, I would not have known that pines grow anywhere else but Tagaytay and Baguio.

BTW, I totally love the last photo.

KRIS JASPER said...

eye friendly! parang country side sa Illinois.

Shawie said...

oh yeah, it's beautiful and so amazing! so rare in the Philippines knowing that the government spend less on developing rural areas... reminds of me of some part in Bohol (on the way to the Chocolate Hills)...

JayAshKal said...

Another one to put in my list to visit. Kaya lang everytime I see these places, I was reminded of the people on whose blood and sweat built the hacienda of the Benedicto's, the Aquino's in Tarlac, etc. Maybe I am just reading too much of K. Mayo's Isles of Fear.

Its nice to see that we don't have to go overseas to find beautiful roads lined with pine trees.

Thanks for sharing and putting them to the fore!

JM said...

It must be very nice driving on that road sided by all those green pinetrees! Great photos!

Tink *~*~* said...

In the first photo, the pines look so lovely against the puffy clouds.

Tink *~*~*

SandyCarlson said...

The lighting in these is extraordinary. So soft and beautiful.

Nanaybelen said...

ang ganda! cool

Theonoski said...

ang ganda ng line up ng mga pine tree! fully straight and all green. and cool din ng t-shirt na may number nine sa likod hehehe =D.

the donG said...

>bw, yes. now it will only take about 2hours to go to san carlos city thru this highway. you'll enjoy every part of the trip from pandanon onwards.

>phivos, it surely is!

>hi vic, yes. very ideal place to live.

>redlan, sarap tumambay doon. pili ka lang ng puwesto. pwedeng magbasa ng libro, mag-bike, maglangkad or kahit umupo lang at manood ng mga dumadaan na sasakyan. ganda kasi ng view. sana makapunta ka rin lapit mo lang naman sa bacolod.

>hi carver, yes it is.

>photo cache, thanks! you'll definitely enjoy cycling here because very few vehicles use the road. there are other unpopular places similar to this around the philippines like the town of leon in iloilo. you just need to explore it.

>jasper, ganda nga talaga. sa susunod mong uwi dyan ka na tumambay.

>hi shawie, little by little the government has realized the effect of development of rural areas as tourist spots. retaining the beauty of nature. a little similar to the one in bohol.

>jayshkal, it definitely is worth seeing. there's a lot to see there. just keep in touch with the next post.

i think it does not happen anymore these days. in this case, the government invested on this project and the locals benefited from it as more and more people are coming to appreciate nature's hidden secret here in don salvador.

>jm, thanks! it surely is because very few vehicles pass by this highway.

>tink, i also love that one. thanks!

>hi sandy, thanks. it is simply beautiful.

>hi nanay belen, ganda talaga.

>theonoski, ganda nga. sarap bumyahe o magbike o kahit maglakad. favorite mo pala ang number nine.

Napaboaniya said...

Your father has surely recommended you a great place for visit. The last picture is nice, sitting at the side of the road and looking straight ahead.

Pia said...

these pictures are so pretty! how i wish places here in manila are as beautiful as these.

Luke Wiley said...

A beautiful place!

Rio said...

ang ganda ng highway na yan at sobrang linis..hindi na ako magtataka kung bakit gusto ng father mo na mapuntahan mo yang lugar na yan..
sino yung guy na nakatalikod? sana pinaharap mo...likod palang na sesense ko na mucho gwapito e..sayang naman at nakatalikod..hehe

Borneo Falcon said...

It's a scenic route but the road need some brushed up to complement the scene

Asian Traveler said...

I thought this was taken from a different place. These long lines of evergreen trees creates an amazing view.

the donG said...

>hi napaboaniya, thanks. my dad indeed knows what i will definitely enjoy seeing.

>hi pia, that will definitely be great! how i wish.

>hi doc rio, hahaha... natatawa naman ako sa yo. ako yung nasa picture. kaya pasalamat sa aking naging driver na siyang kumuha ng shot na yan.

>borneo falcon, road might not be as physically good looking as asphalt but it's cement which is quite better.

>hi asian traveler, a nice place that you might want consider visiting.

Blue Rose said...

wow, ang ganda naman mamasyal dito sa blog mo.

the place looks so beautiful. so green...refreshing!

by the way, thank you very much for dropping by at my blog.

EastCoastLife said...

Wow! I love the greenery! So comfy on the eyes.

I can imagine planting these rows of trees which lead to my house. :)

beero said...

tama sinabi mo kuya dong, little baguio nga yung don salvador. saka may hill formations din na parang chocolate hills. kaso di ko masyadong nakita nung dumaan kami kasi nakaidlip ako. nung pabalik naman gabi na masyado.

s3cr3t said...

huwaw!
ang gnda naman ng view,ang lamig sa mata,parang "view pa lang ulam na" haha!

gnda ng pics dito,pramis!
add po kita sa links ko ha?

Hector MiƱoza said...

nice snapshots DonG... so peaceful to watch and play

and thanks for the comments to my blog...

:)

tr3nta said...

WOW... idyllic place... so many NEW pine trees...

Yes I've kayaked there last summer...

Hendrawan said...

wew!, nice and clean street... let me guess that you enjoy your travel! don't you?

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Thank you so much for your visit to my blog and for your prayers for sis Emmyrose. I really appreciate that. God bless you always.

BlogusVox said...

Ang ganda nga dong. You won't feel tired traveling in this hiway because of the beautiful scenery. Besides that, the green trees helps in reducing eye strain.

Aethen said...

I did not know that may shortcut pala from Bacolod to San Carlos. Ang sarap cguro ng pagtravel taking that road. Cge when makabalik kami ni nanay sa bacolod tapos may chance na magbisita sa san carlos, doon kami dadaan. Malamig ang trip?

Sidney said...

How do those pines grow there? Is it not too hot and dry?

Amazing...

amicus said...

beautiful. beautiful. i wish i live down south. dami maganda diyan sa inyo.

TENTAY™ said...

parang ang sarap mag inhale at exhale. tapos uupo sa ilalim ng puno, mag muni muni..

ang presko..

Nyl said...

ang ganda naman!wala na akong masabi..you've always had the best escape!:)

Dina said...

Trees add so much beauty to a road.
But the last photo is the best!

the donG said...

>hi blue rose, maraming salamat din sa pagbisita. kakatuwa at nag enjoy ka sa pag ikot dito sa blog ko. keep in touch.

>hi eastcoastlife, hahaha... maybe you need to start planting it now. LOL.

>beero, buti na lang at nakita mo rin ang bandang ito ng don salvador. hindi ko na rin napuntahan ang part na may parang chocolate hills. little baguio dahil sa ganda ng view.

>s3cr3t, maraming salamat sa pag add sa blogroll mo. add din kita. kakatuwa at parang nabusog ka yata talaga sa mga pictures.

>hector, thanks too for dropping by.

>tr3nta, idyllic indeed! it's good to know that you tried kayaking because i really kayaking.

>hendrawan, definitely!

>mel, you're welcome.

>blogusvox, i agree with that. you can just sit down along the road and relax.

>aethen, oo meron na. kaya umiksi na ang oras ng byahe galing bacolod papuntang san carlos. ganda pa ng view.

>sidney, don salvador is located about 2400ft above sea level. slightly higher than tagaytay making it possible for pine trees to grow.

>amicus, ganda talaga sa south. maganda din naman sa north. ang kailangan lang ay bumyahe para makita ang mga magagandang tanawin ng pilipinas.

>hi tentay, sinabi mo. pwedeng pwede tumambay sa ilalim ng mga kahoy na to.

>hi nyl, thanks! you can do the same thing.

>hi dina, thanks a lot!

Ebb Tide said...

Thanks and salamt for dropping by my art blog. I looked at your blog and enjoyed it. I like to travel.
I went o Bacolod and Murcia, Negros
Occidental when I was in college. I have not been back to our homeland in 32 years. Your blog makes me get there w/ out the jet lag.

REDLAN said...

Kadtoan ko gid na magkadto ko liwat sa bacolod. thanks for the info dong!

Everlito (ever) Villacruz said...

ang haba ng daan at ang linis ng kapaligiran...kaka relax ang byahe pag ganyang sariwa ang hangin dahil sa mga pine tree.

Eki Akhwan said...

Hi Dong Ho, thanks for posting this. It's beautiful. My friend, Hilda, of My Manila said once that pines didn't grow in the Philippines (which I doubted). Now I can tell her that they do. :D

I've put your blog in my follow list btw, so that I can check it out every now and then.

Cheers,
Eki
BANDUNG DAILY PHOTO

EM said...

Siguro Dong, yan din ang daan patungo sa iyong hinahanap. Go forth and trek it.. it is your destiny.

Pietro said...

It's a wonderful highway, so picturesque. I'd like very much to travel there.
Splendid sequence of photographs.

Lalaine said...

ganda... grabe! gusto ko rin puntahan yang mga ganyang lugar! kainggit talaga! haysss! in time maiikot ko din ang pinas! hahaha (in my dreams?!) lol

Hilda said...

So the pine trees are not naturally occurring? I'm just curious…

I'm not even sure about the ones in Baguio and it's so frustrating that I can't find any info about pine trees here.

...

I'm so glad I got pointed to your blog! I'm going to start following you now. Sana madami ka pang mapuntahan — I'll just travel vicariously through your blog. :D

Lance said...

WOW! You make me proud of being a negrense! Whew! Totally breath taking and awesome! Maybe you can visit our town at Canlaon City and let's hike the Mt. Kanlaon! heheh
There's also another good view, similar to this, at Canlaon City. It's the way you will take from Canlaon going to San Carlos or Dumaguete. It's called "Mayon". It has pines as well and it's also a highway. The only difference is that it's a highway on a cliff...

the donG said...

>hi ebb, wow! didn't know you're from negros. im glad that thru this posts you were able to get a virtual tour without a jet lag. keep in touch.

>redlan, tama ka dyan. dapat pumunta ka talaga doon. pwede ka ring tumambay sa may retreat house doon.

>ever, sakto. preskong presko pa nga ang hangin doon. kaya balik ka na ulit sa pinas. byahe tayo.

>eki, thank you very much. i really appreciate that. pine trees do grow in the philippines. it is abundant in the northern luzon highlands. i already added you to my blogroll.

>hi em, hehehe... pwede din. kahit saan naman masaya basta may byahe.

>pietro, you'll definitely enjoy traveling there. fresh air and very scenic views.

>hi lalaine, ipon ipon lang yan. kahit barya barya pwede ng simulan. hehehe... byahe na!

>hi hilda, the ones along the road were planted by the local government but i noticed that in some parts of the highlands there are also pine trees. so i somehow believe that they naturally grow here.

the ones in baguio are also natural because you'll find pine trees in the greater areas of benguet and other neighboring regions.

im glad that you find this blog interesting. thanks. adding you on my blogroll too.

>lance, very interesting! because the next time i'll visit negros, my goal is really to climb mt canlaon and mt mandalagan. but i have no dates yet for that. it's really good to know that there are still places that needs to be discovered. the philippines indeed has so much to offer. thanks for dropping by.

Dakilang Islander said...

helo dong, grabi ang linis tingnan dyan at very refreshing! panalo yong last shot...kaw ba 'yon?

alicesg said...

Very beautiful places. It must be very lovely to drive through the driveway with tall pine trees by the side. Lovely scene.

Manila Photojournalism said...

Wow! Perfect roadway for some serious bicycling! Ganda.

salingPUSA said...

I hope we can do this example in other areas. I thought this was part of a park something because the place is well maintained, part pala ng highway, good. It really is such a thing of beauty

JoShMaRie said...

natutuwa talaga ko pag pumupunta sa blog mo. libre ang magagandang view. :)

onatdonuts said...

nakanaman, ang ganda ng view...

naalala ko nung minsang magshoot kami sa Bacolod at bumiyahe kami papuntang San Carlos City...napakaganda rin ng view. astig na astig! puro kabundukan at matatarik na bangin...

ganda ng blog mo tsong...

the donG said...

>islander, refreshing talaga. oo ako yan. ang driver ang kumuha.

>hi alicesg, truly a lovely place to visit.

>manila, i agree!

>salingpusa, tama. maganda ngang gawing huwaran ang mga ganitong lugar. importante din talaga ang may gumawgawa ng mga ganitong project.

>hi joshmarie, may bayad yan. naka charge sa paypal mo. hehehe... just kidding. enjoy! salamat.

>onatdonuts, baka ito rin yung napuntahan nyo. baka yung sa kabilang side nga lang. maraming salamat sa pagbisita.

The Islander said...

looks like a foreign place. love the pines. it always reminds me of baguio.

Carver said...

Another beautiful tour. What wonderful scenery.

carlotta said...

i like roads like these, puro puno sa gilid. sarap magdrive :D

Heart of Rachel said...

That looks like a very lovely place. I love the smell of pine trees.

ark said...

Ganda ah. Para ka'ng nasa iba'ng bansa. ;-)

JoShMaRie said...

hello dong!

:)

pasyal lang ulet... :) ingats!

the donG said...

>islander, true! but i like the way the pines were arranged along the highway.

>carver, thanks!

>hi carlotta, sarap nga magdrive doon. kahit pabalik balik pa.

>hi rachel, me too. then i think you'll love don salvador.

>ark, ang maganda dyan ay talagang maganda ang pinas. hehehe... kaya byahe na.

>hi joshmarie, byahe na!

Raft3r said...

ang ganda ng daan, ah!

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