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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Balicaocao eco park and highland resort - Kabankalan City trip part 6

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Day 1 – Our next stop for the tour is the eco park and resort on top of the mountain here in Kabankalan City, It was mentioned before to us by our guide that they have another eco park that is taken care of by their LGU. The Balicaocao eco park and highland resort or also known as Balicaocao Highland Resort is located in Baranggay Orong in Kabankalan City, going there via van or motrocycle habal habal is around 30-45 minutes if you came from the highway, the drive way will lead you to the mountain and road going there is a big rough and driving up to the mountains are a bit slow because of the terrain and hairpin curves.

At the bottom of the mountain, you can ak the locals there about the habal habal motorcycle ride, I’m not sure how much is the rent, but I have a big feeling that the price is around PHP 200 too.

The most interesting part of Balicaocao is that they offer FREE Zipline adventure to everyone! It’s a 400 meter zipline and you can use it for FREE, too bad that when we arrived, the operators of the zipline are not available due to the Sinulog festival in their town.

Not just a resort with swimming pool and cottages, it is also a camp site and hiking venue for adventure seekers. The entrance fee to Baliaocao is PHP25 per person and you can rent a cottage for a day at PHP 600. There’s a sari sari store nearby where you can buy your food supplies, When we were there I spotted some foreigners who are enjoying their ice cold Red Horse Beer, they went there by riding their easy rider motrocycles.

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Here’s my window view of the mountain, on top of it is the Balicaocao Highland Resort.

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Inside Balicaocao Highland resort, pictured here is the event center area, I think this place is rented mostly for wedding and special occasions.

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Spotted: cottages that you can for an overnight stay

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spotted: cottage for a day rental and a happy camper at the side of the hill

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Awesome view..you’ll see the rest of the Kabankalan City on top of the mountain


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Hello!! from Balicaocao Highland Resort
We went here for a site visit….hope we can set up a camp here next time!


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Raffy of www.pinoytravelblog.com met this farmer sitting at the side of the hill, he said that the farmer visit this site everyday after his long day of hard work, he said that the farmer just enjoys the view and watch the setting of the sun set at the horizon.

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Alfred, our guide, talks to Nikka of www.loqal.ph , sharing some info about Balicaocao

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There are villagers who lived at the bottom of the hill

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enjoying some blooms here in Balicaocao

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you can get more of these flowers here…

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Sunset is coming….

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That’s me on the grassy ground of Balicaocao

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Swimming pool area.


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Eco trail area

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Lots of trees…

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Its also a good spot for camping

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Our van service

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Belle and Raffy

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House below the hill, they are busy singing with their karaoke in celebration of the Sinulog fest.

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I zoom in and to check that puddle of water at the far side

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Villagers arrived here, I think they lived near the gate of Balicaocao

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Nikka in photo mode

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Renzelle Instagramming her moment here in Balicaocao

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Ron of www.wahpinas.com

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For adventure seekers, you can try a mountain hike going here in Balicaocao, or if you have a bike, you can pedal your way up to the mountain, for nature trippers – a good camping activity will be great.. basta ako…meron naman sari sari store nearby and I want to eat a hot bulalo noodles while I watch the setting of sunset on the edge of a hill here in Balicaocao.


BALICAOCAO NATURE ECO PARK
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zipline-Balicaocao-Eco-Park/368737899898655
Foursquare: https://foursquare.com/v/balicaocao-highland-resort/4ef96880b8f72ebeaa04a5de


KABANKALAN CITY, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL
Kabankalan City provincial government website : http://www.negros-occ.gov.ph/about-negros-occidental/cities-and-municipalities/cities/kabankalan-city.html

Kabankalan City tourism page: http://tourism.negros-occ.gov.ph/places-to-go/cities/kabankalan-city/

Sinulog de Kabankalan Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sinulogdekabankalan

Thanks and credits

*** Many thanks to Mr. Tootsie and Pie Zayco for inviting us here in Kabankalan City. Thanks also to Mr. Alfredo Otea, Kabankalan City tourism officer, for touring us around the city, you may contact him at +63 946 2832510 if you want some info or tour around the city.

Thanks also to my travel blogger mates Raffy of www.pinoytravelblog.com and Ron of www.wahpinas.com for being the best company in every travel and gimmicks…and also nice to meet and thanks to Belle and Renz of www.choosephilippines.com and Nikka of www.loqal.ph . and last.. thanks to Mika, our PR contact for arranging and coordinating with us for this trip.
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ts nice to meet you Kabankalan City!!! see you in our next visit.
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Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, PBNetwork PH, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collects Transformers toys.
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