Valencia is a first class municipality in the province of Negros Oriental. It is a 30 minute drive from Dumaguete City. Orginally, this municipality is called Ermita, which means “a secluded place”. The town underwent a lot of name change. In 1856, it was renamed to Nueva Valencia by Spanish colonizers, in honor of its parish priest Father Matias Villamayor from Valencia, Spain. When the 1920s came, the town was renamed Luzuriaga in honor of Don Carlos Luzuriaga, a delegate from Negros Island to the Philippine Legislature who promised town officials that he would work hard to help improve the town. And finally in 1948, by virtue of RA 252, the town was renamed Valencia.
Valencia is also the site of a geothermal powerplant that supplies the electricity needs of Negros, Panay, Guimaras, and some parts of Cebu. The municipality government receives royalty from the Palinpinon Geothermal power station and the Valencia consumers gets 50% subsidy on their electric bills.
Aside from the geothermal source, Valencia is also the most important watershed area in the Oriental side of the Negros Island, providing abundant water not only to the said municipalities but to its neighboring municipalities as well. […]
The word “chada” is coined from the Cebuano term patsada, meaning beautiful, and which is widely used in Negros Oriental. The municipality of launched the month-long celebration, dubbed as Chada! Valencia in May 2014 to promote the town’s community-based tourism as well as its culture, arts and heritage, among others.
Below are some of the known eco-tourism attractions that will definitely prove that Valencia is indeed, chada!:
- Tejero Highland Resort and Adventure Park – is the newest attraction in Central Philippines to offer the best value-for-your-money relaxation and recreation facility. It features a speed dual zipline, ATVs, segway, Aquazorb, slide, natural pools, restaurant and hotel. Located only 3 kilometers from town proper of Valencia, Tejero is the nearest natural attraction from Dumaguete, and considered the most popular of tourist destinations.
- Banica Swimming Lagoon – known as Tejeros resort, it has 2 man made pools fed by Banica River.
- Camp Lookout / Rose Lamb Sobrepena Writer’s Village – The Mary Rose Lamb Sobrepeña Writers Village is a gift by Atty. Enrique Sobrepeña Jr. was named in honor of his wife Mary Rose Lamb Sobrepeña. It is the primary venue for the Silliman University National Writers Workshop, founded by Drs. Edilberto and Edith Tiempo in 1961. Decades ago, the area was used by Filipino soldiers. They would tactically camp here because they can easily see the incoming enemy convoys. (Be more fascinated with Camp Lookout here)
- Casaroro Waterfalls – as the province’s most photographed body of water, it is relatively enclosed by lush greenery and natural rock formations. The falls’ cool water gushes down to a swimming hole.
- Forest Camp – was first opened in 1990, as a 6,000 square meter property, today its 2.2 hectares of land is a vast camping ground, with 2 large nipa hut houses, 4 cottages, a tree house, a 250-people capacity conference/reception hall, a backpacker’s den and a dormitory that can hold up to 20 students. (Read more about Forest Camp here)
- The Spanish Fountain – a relic of the town’s colorful historical past at the heart of the municipal plaza, has a unique sunken design, and was once the town’s major source of water supply and was invented by an Augustinian Recollect Friars to channel water from an upland spring. (Travel to the past and know more about the Spanish Fountain here)
- Cata-al War Memorabilia – a private collection by a World War II survivor Porforio Cata-al, at his residence cum museum. It includes bombs, grenades, Japanese and American bills, coins, medals, charred pieces of an authentic military uniform, and a Japanese soldier mummy
- Filipino-American-Japanese Amity Shrine – on a hilltop of Sagbang, this is a 3-sided pillar representing the 3 countries (Philippines, America and Japan), unveiled in 1977. (Learn more about this beautiful pillar here)
- Malabo /Pulangbato Falls – is swimming and diving hole with many reddish rocks.
- Mt. Talinis a 1903-meter peak in the Cuernos de Negros. It has many volcanic lakes, breathtaking views and remarkable biodiversity.
- Red Rock Hot Spring – Located in Brgy. Caidiocan, Valencia. This incredibly peaceful place will not only relax your tired city mind but will also provide you with health benefits. (Read my relaxing day in Red Rock Hot Spring here)
- Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park – a protected area near Mount Talinis surrounding two crater lakes.
In the days to come I will be posting my adventures in this lovely Municipality. I may not have visited all the known eco-tourism attractions but I’ll definitely set foot on those one day. And I hope that this will encourage you to visit the beautiful places and the beautiful people of Valencia.
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