Region 6

Negros Occidental

Today, no trip to Negros Occidental is complete without visiting The Ruins in Talisay City. This 19th-century Neo-Romanesque-inspired mansion was built by local sugar baron Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson for his Portuguese wife. It was burned down during World War II, but the shell of the house remains. This somehow adds to its charm.

Iloilo City

In its glory days, Iloilo City was called the Queen City of the South. It was the last Spanish-colonial capital of the Philippines when Manila surrendered to the United States of America. You’ll see remnants of its splendid past standing proudly amidst the bustling and chaotic streets of Iloilo today.

Capiz

The largely uncharted province of Capiz has excellent diving spots, and majestic caves tucked in its woodlands. Then there’s the seafood, which we could go on and on about.

Bacolod City

A tour of Bacolod’s attractions starts at the city plaza, where you’ll find San Sebastian Cathedral (built in 1876). Its coral stone is from Guimaras and its hardwood is from Palawan. The historical building of Palacio Episcopal (Bishop’s Palace), built in 1890, served as a refuge for the Spanish colonizers during the revolt of 1898. The Fountain of Justice in front of the old city hall is where the Spanish colonizers surrendered to Filipinos in 1898.

Boracay

Out of all the islands in the world, Travel+Leisure Magazine chose to name Boracay as its Best Overall Island of 2012. Located in Malay, Aklan, Western Visayas, Boracay is just seven kilometers long, and less than a kilometer wide at its narrowest point – a postcard-sized tropical paradise.