Sightseeing Around Dumaguete

The town of Valencia in Negros Oriental is located west of the capital Dumaguete City. It is generally hilly and has a very cool climate.

Casaroro Falls

Valencia, Negros Oriental

You begin with a nature hike up a trail leading to the waterfalls. Although the terrain is rather steep, the adventure is well worth it. It is no wonder why it is considered to be the province’s most photographed body of water.

Relatively enclosed by lush greenery and natural rock formations, Casaroro Falls is a sight to behold. The cool water gushes down to a swimming hole where bathers can enjoy its natural beauty. It has ample ground space for picnics and what not, a souvenir shop and a snack bar for famished excursionists.

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Forest Camp

Valencia, Negros Oriental

Forest Camp was first opened to the public in 1990. It began as a 6,000 square meter property originally used as the family’s private picnic and camping grounds and with nothing much but a simple shed. Today it occupies 2.2 hectares of land.

It now features 2 large nipa hut houses, 4 cottages, a tree house, a 250-people capacity conference/reception hall, a backpacker’s den and a dormitory that can hold up to 20 students. There is a vast camping area too and an interesting hike trail.

At Forest Camp, one can either hike, swim in the cool freshwater pool, picnic or camp at the grounds, or take a guided trek to the nearby Casaroro Falls or Mount Talinis. Room rates begin at P800 for a half day stay in the Backpacker’s Den accommodating a maximum of 10 people.

Interesting man-made recreations and historical spots abound in the province of negros Oriental. There never truly is a dull day!Discover for yourself.

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Mt. Talinis

Valencia, Negros Oriental

Known to be the second highest peak in the Visayas next to Canlaon, the presence of Mt. Talinis in the Negros Island is rather dominant as it stands tall and proud in all its 1870-meter glory. It is also fondly called Cuernos de Negros or the horns of Negros.

Mt. Talinis is both a challenge and a delight for mountain climbers, hikers and trekkers alike especially for those who enjoy encountering rare flora and fauna species along the way. The dense tropical rainforest is also an extraordinary sight, not to mention the 2 lakes Nailig and Yagunyum.

Enthusiasts may sign up for an organized and guided climb, hike or trek at the nearby Forest Camp for a very minimal fee.

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The Spanish Fountain

Valencia, Negros Oriental

The town of Valencia is located 9.4 kilometers west of Dumaguete City. It generally occupies the mountainous portion of Negros Oriental -- comprising 65% of the town’s total area, the rest being rolling hills and agricultural plains. Because it is elevated up to 500 meters above sea level, its climate is normally cool.

At the heart of Valencia is the municipal plaza, unique because of its sunken design. The famed Spanish Fountain is the plaza’s centerpiece which was once the town’s major source of water supply. It was invented by an Augustinian friar to channel water from an upland spring.

The Spanish Fountain is a reminder of the Spain’s great influence on this small town. In the year 1856, Spanish colonizers named the town after their parish priest Father Matias Villamayor who originally hailed from Valencia, Spain. Today the fountain serves as a relic of the town’s colorful historical past.

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Cata-al War Memorabilia

Valencia, Negros Oriental

Initiated by an 84 year old World War II survivor Porforio Cata-al, this private collection can be found at his residence cum museum in the town of Valencia. His memorabilia includes bombs and grenades, Japanese and American bills, coins and medals, even charred pieces of an authentic military uniform. His son helps him in the maintenance and upkeep of the museum

Upon reaching the driveway of his stone house, past a painted sign in Japanese characters, a mummy of a Japanese soldier sits quietly in the passenger’s side of an old military jeep. This, and other eerie odds and ends of the past war collected throughout the years, is one of the reasons why the Cata-al War Memorabilia is a must see.

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Filipino-American-Japanese Amity Shrine

Valencia, Negros Oriental

On a hilltop in the town of Valencia stands a 3-sided pillar signifying the 3 countries (Philippines, America and Japan) that once fought a fierce battle in the very site during World War II.

It was unveiled in 1977 by war veterans and descendants of those whose lives were taken by the vicious war. The shrine has a magnificent view of Dumaguete City and the neighboring towns plus the islands of Cebu and Siquijor across the ocean.

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Banica Swimming Lagoon

Valencia, Negros Oriental

More popularly known as Tejeros, the Banica Swimming Lagoon is a resort that has two man made pools fed by the waters of the Banica River. It is enclosed by a beautiful garden, has native cottages, a restroom and a canteen.

During the heat of the summer, droves of city dwellers seek refuge in the cool and clear waters of Tejeros. Picnic lovers like the natural and almost rugged ambiance of this resort. It is also a favorite venue for family reunions and informal gatherings.

From the Valencia town proper, it is a short 20-minute ride via a tricycle and from Dumaguete City, a good 35 to 40 minute drive. Because it is relatively near, people from Dumaguete make up the majority of its visitors.

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Pulangbato Falls

Valencia, Negros Oriental

Pulangbato Waterfalls provides a great swimming and diving hole for all ages. Locals and guests climb up on some rocks and take a dive into the water basin. Some even go up to the very top of the waterfalls for a thrilling experience.

The cascading waters fall into a cauldron bordered by almost brick colored river rocks. The name Pulangbato is so because of these reddish rocks – pula means red, bato means rock. The water int the Pulanbato Falls appears to be a shade of red too, perhaps only the reflection of these colored rocks on the clear water on cloudless day.

Negros Oriental is a hodgepodge of natural lakes and waterfalls, sure to calm the senses and the frazzled nerves. These attention worthy bodies of water are all subtly tucked away within the island of Negros.

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