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.
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.
There’s just something about Iloilo. It’s part old world charm, part stunning centuries-old churches, part Ilonggo hospitality, and part delicious La Paz Batchoy soup.
It has the prerequisite azure waters and white sand beaches, but what makes Guimaras special is the serenity and laidback lifestyle you’ll find in most parts of the island.
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.
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.
Antique (pronounced an-TEE-keh) is an unassuming Western Visayas province that’s just waiting to be discovered.
Aklan province’s claim to fame is Boracay, an island located about a kilometer from the province’s northwestern tip. But there is more to this modest coastal province.
Beautiful white-sand islands, postcard-perfect corals, colorful marine life and even more colorful festivals make Western Visayas an incredibly fun place to vacation in.
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.