Negros Occidental is often referred to as the land of genteel people and large sugar plantation. Authentic 1921 steam locomotives and well preserved ancestral houses serve as reminders of the sugar barons and rich Spanish families of the past.
Negros Occidental's wealth has always been its land, its charm in its people, its pride and its cuisine.
The land is where the wealth of Negros originatedand continues to emanate. The once lucrative sugar industry has started to give way to other profitable industries like bangus and prawn culture, cutflowers and handicraft exports. Negros is blessed with some beautiful natural scenery: unexplored waterfalls and mountains, white sand beaches and crystal springs.
Its people with their endearing liltingaccent are known for their easy-going, old world charm and gracious hospitality. They have a natural knack for entertaining that is best experienced during the "Pana-ad sa Negros" festival, a coloful summer presentation of indiviual festivals of the 13 cities and 19 municipalities of the province, including Bacolod's "MassKara" festival. The people are also famous for their unrivalled good taste that is evident in the exquisite arts and crafts that they produce for the local and export markets.
Negrense cuisine is legendary. Its a mouth-watering dishes rank among the best that the islands have to offer and consider as Philippine Paradise. It is particularly popular for sugar-based food items and delicacies. From upscale restaurants to wayside eateries, one can sample the heavenly concoctions this land is famous for.
A beautiful Paradise Philippines, charming people and delectable cuisine: these elements make for a destination that is best when experienced. Negros Occidental promises to be a destination like no other -- a breath of fresh air, away from the harried pace of city life.
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