Tatak R18: Let’s Go La Carlota!
Let’s Go La Carlota!
This is not the first time I set foot in La Carlota. When I was in college, I have a classmate who lives here. At that time it was just an “eat-and-run” kind of visit. The second time I went here was during our College Council acquaintance party in the coolest, not to mention picturesque, Guintubdan Resort. And since it scorching hot this past few days, Guintubdan is a great idea to beat the summer heat. So off to La Carlota I go… with Davy!
Let me tell you a bit about La Carlota City. This 4th class city is approximately an hour drive from Bacolod by private car and a little more than an hours in PUJ and buses via the main highway. It can also be reached via the interior barangays of Bago City in about an hour. In our case, Davy and I passed through Cansilayan – Bago road for a hassle-free drive.
This city, located at the southwestern portion of Negros Occidental, is the only landlocked city in the Occidental part of Negros Island Region. It is bounded in the north by Bago City and in the east the mountain ranges of Kanlaon. That being said, La Carlota is a haven for nature lovers since it is the host to a wide expanse of rainforest that contains the Mt. Kanlaon Natural Park.
If you’re not the “being one with nature” type of person and prefers to travel back in time with historical sites, then La Carlota City is still the place to be. It is the home of the oldest sugar mills, vintage steam locomotives, muscovado mills, heritage houses and buildings.
In my case, I am both. I enjoy nature adventures and historical site visits. So you can just imagine how happy I am to unexpectedly see this marker on the wall of the City Hall.
*LOOK AT THAT HAPPY FACE* 😀
Philippine Historical Institute (1991)
MARCIANO ARANETA Y SORIANO
Pinuno ng himagsikan. isinilang sa Molo, Iloilo noong Hunyo 3, 1866. Nag-aral ng edukasyong primarya sa Maynila at pagkaraan, pinanasiwaan ang Hacienda Paz sa La Carlota. Pinuno ng mga manghihimagsik na sumakop sa punong himpilan ng hukbong Kastila sa Mangkas (ngayo’y La Carlota). Isa sa mga nagtatag ng kantonal na pamahalaan sa Negros noong 1899. Namatay noong Oktubre 25 1940.
Location: La Carlota, Negros Occidental (Region VI)
Marker Date: 1991
Aside from this marker of National Historical Commission of the Philippines, the water fountain located in the city plaza is also a sight to see.
“Dungog sang Mangkas”
This landmark depicts the city’s development and progress over the years.
To give thanks to these development and progress, La Carlota City has two festivals. The well-known Pasalamat Festival and the Christmas Festival of Lights and Music.
Pasalamat Festival is held every Sunday nearest to the first of May or Labor Day. It is a harvest thanksgiving celebration based on an age-old practice of offering to the God of Agriculture living inside Kanlaon Volcano.
On the other hand, the Christmas Festival of Lights and Music celebrated from December 15 to January 1. It features lighted trees in the park, private, and public buildings around the city. It also showcases various churches and local choir groups. The city’s festival of lights and music is said to be the biggest in the province.
You’re probably expecting a portion of Guintubdan in this post. Unfortunately, Davy and I decided to visit it some other time due to time constraint. Hey, perk up! I’m definitely going to write about it soon since it’s on my “wanderings list” this year. So keep visiting this blog for updates. In the meantime, here are the other tourist attractions you can visit in La Carlota City:
- Mt. Kanlaon Natural Park
- Guintubdan Visitor’s Pavilion And Garden
- Our Lady Of Peace And Good Voyage (read more about it here)
- Muscovado Sugar Mill Brick Chimney Ruins
- Iron Dinosaurs Of Central Azucarera De La Carlota
- ECJ Durian Farms
- Le Grand Dairy Products
- Haguimit Hill Top Resort
- Paraiso (Masulog) Resort
- La Granja Agricultural Research Center
For more info about La Carlota City’s attractions you may contact or visit:
City Tourism Office
2nd Floor Main Building
+63 (034) 4600-286
Thank you for taking time reading my blog! See you again soon!
UPDATE: It was pointed out to me by my good friend, and La Carlota babe, Rishy that travel time is only an hour and not 2 hours as originally posted. Thanks babe <3
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