After getting some snacks in Calea in Bacolod (It was hella cheap but sooooo good!), we went to the Ceres Terminal where buses bound for Canlaon and Dumaguete were. We took a taxi so I am not sure how to get there on public transport. Just remember to mention that you are going to Canlaon when asking around because there are other Ceres bus terminals around the city.
That time, the last trip was at 7:oopm. We took the one before that.
A little background about the city:
Canlaon, officially the City of Canlaon (Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Canlaon; Hiligaynon: Dakbanwa/Syudad sang Canla-on; Filipino: Lungsod ng Canlaon), is a fourth class city in the province of Negros Oriental, Philippines. Canlaon is home to the highest peak in its own province and its corresponding island region, Kanlaon Volcano, which is 2,465 metres (8,087 ft) above sea level at its highest point. Also spelled as Kanla-on or sometimes Canlaon, it is an active stratovolcano on the island of Negros in the Visayas section of the Philippines. (sources: 1, 2) While the city itself is part of Negros Oriental, the volcano straddles both provinces of the region.
We arrived in Canlaon at about 10:30 in the evening.
We stayed in Erica’s wonderful aunt’s house so it was free! Yay! There are other inns and hotels in the city if you want to stay there for a night or so.
The next day, we woke up really early to catch the sunrise. We tried so hard looking for a good spot to take a picture of the peak when in the terminal, a man offered to take us to a higher spot in the mountains (or should I say volcano?). We negotiated and successfully brought the price down to Php200 instead of his first offer of Php300.
The road going up was not the smoothest and not the most comfortable (we were riding a motorcycle after all and there were 3 of us lol). Speaking of motorcycles, it was just a few years ago did I learn that other people call it habal-habal while in my dialect we usually say single or singol (to be more Filipino).
Anyway, going up, we were rewarded with such beautiful scenery. We passed by a lot of vegetation and beautiful flowers. Indeed, nothing beats volcanic soil.
Our trip there was only for a short time but upon going back to Erica’s aunt’s house, we saw her (also) wonderful cousin who offered to take us to OISCA Farm. And of course we said yes.
This farm previously belonged to a Japanese man but was donated to the local government. Inside the farm is a 1300-year old Balete tree. It’s huge. The pictures don’t do it’s size justice. We were told that it will take 42 grown men to encircle the entire tree.
At that time, we weren’t asked to pay any entrance or environmental fees. But I vaguely remember being told that normally visitors should pay Php 10 when entering the premises of the Balete tree.
Here is a link to the official website of Canlaon City if you want to go climbing or if you just want to visit the city. I think it’s really helpful.
We were actually supposed to stay there for only a day but circumstances didn’t allow us to. So we stayed there for another night.
Next up: Dumaguete City