Uniquely Designed Chapel Made of Cartwheels

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Chapel of Cartwheels (outside)

Who would have thought that indigenous farm materials such as cartwheels (carriage wheels), wood and plows can’t be made into a place of worship? In Manapla, Negros Occidental, there is a chapel commonly called “Chapel of Cartwheels” built in the 1960’s at the middle of Hacienda Rosalia. I found out about this chapel while researching our Bacolod itinerary back in February 2011.

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Embracing Nature at Mambukal Resort

1st waterfalls at Mambukal Resort
1st waterfall at Mambukal Resort

It was in February when we first went to Mambukal Resort. From Circle Inn (the hotel where we stayed), we took a jeep and went off at Libertad (7 pesos). And then, we took a non-air-conditioned bus going to Mambukal which costs 35 pesos/pax (one way). Just tell the conductor that you’ll get off at Mambukal. And yes, the bus stops in front of Mambukal Resort.

The travel time from Bacolod to Mambukal is around 1.5 hours. It’s not that long. On the way to Mambukal, you’ll enjoy the scenery of the vast fields of sugar cane and of Mount Canlaon. 🙂

Upon arriving Mambukal Resort, just go inside, and pay an entrance fee of 30 pesos for adults and 10 pesos for kids.

Celebrating 150 years of Rizal through Traveling

Here in PinoyTravelr, we’re celebrating 150 years of Rizal by listing here the sites we have recently visited that are included in the Rizal at 150 Heritage Trail.

1. Rizal Park and Rizal monument

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The Rizal monument is a bronze sculpture by a Swiss sculptor (Richard Kissling). Anyway, there was actually a design competition for the monument and Kissling’s entry landed in second place. Read more about this in Wikipedia. Be sure to ride the tranvia jeepney in Rizal Park. It’s a fun experience if done with family or friends. 😀 Fare for each person is 50 pesos.

2. Rizal Execution Site

Rizal and the Firing Squad

Rizal was executed here in December 30, 1896. The Rizal Execution Site is just located beside the Rizal Park. If you’re already there, be sure to visit it.

3. Paco Park

Paco Park

After Rizal was executed in Luneta (formerly known as Bagumbayan), he was later interred at Paco Park [via Wikipedia]. Today, Paco Park has been a famous venue for weddings and a venue for engagement shoots. Paco Park has an entrance fee of 5 pesos.

4. Molo Church

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The Molo Church is one of the places that Rizal was visited when he was in Iloilo. During that time, he was on his way back from Manila after his exile from Dapitan. He went there to meet with this friend Raymundo Melliza [via The News Today].

5. Fort San Pedro

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The SS Panay, the steamship that he took on his way to Manila, has stopped over at Fort San Pedro, Cebu City so that they can get more coal and also some more passengers [via The Philippine Daily Inquirer] The entrance fee here costs 30 pesos for adults.

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PTB blog carnival logoThis is an entry to the PTB (Pinoy Travel Bloggers) Blog Carnival in commemoration of the 150th birthday of Dr. Jose P. Rizal. Our theme for June 2011 is “Rizal and Travel”. This blog carnival is hosted by Ivan Henares.

My First Time to Try White Water Rafting in Davao

Waiting for the Briefing

I never knew that I will someday experience white water rafting. Last May 8th, while everybody was busy watching the Pacquiao vs. Mosley boxing match, me and fellow bloggers Rochelle Chua, Evanjohn Mendoza, Faith Salazar, Eric D., Yoshke Dimen, Jonel Uy and Lalaine Orozco and others were having a hell of a time at the Davao River for the White Water Rapid Adventure. Actually, It’s the first extreme sport I’ve ever done in my life and preferred this than going through the zipline.

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Love in The Ruins

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The Don Mariano Lacson Ancestral House (or commonly called “The Ruins”) is one of the places that you shouldn’t miss when you’re in Bacolod. The Ruins is also called the Taj Mahal of Negros Occidental because this house was built by a sugar baron, Don Mariano Lacson for his first wife, Maria Baron dring the 1900’s. The house survived the Japanese occupation; guerillas at that time utilized this place as one of their hideouts.

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2nd Philippine International Pyromusical Competition

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Portugal

After the success of the first Philippine Pyromusical competition held in SM Mall of Asia, this year, me and Sha had the privilege to go to the 2nd Philippine Pyromusical Competition last Saturday where Portugal and United Kingom showcased their fireworks synchronized with music.

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