Monday, October 17, 2011

Negros Occidental - The Journey (Part 1)

When Unilab Active Health and Run Rio had a press launch last June for the Run United Provincial Leg series, Bacolod City is one of the venues for Running for love goes regional on October 16 which fall also for the weekend of Masskara Festival. We were so excited that six (6) bloggers/runners including me registered for Bacolod. Right after the launch, Dennis (Runningpinoy), Roselle (Running Diva) and Me booked our flights to Bacolod. Unfortunately a week before the event, the organizer announced that RunUnited Bacolod has been cancelled and move it on Nov. 26, 2011. Some registered bloggers pulled out their plans. Roselle cancelled her reservation for her return ticket and re-booked her departure ticket to another date. On my part, I wanted to proceed with my original plan even the run was cancelled given that it is also a Masskara festival . I asked Dennis what was his plans. He told me that if I would agree, we just move our flight on the next day, first flight, so he could run the Nike We Run Manila 10k last Saturday, Oct. 15. I agreed thinking that at least our return ticket will not be put on a trash bin b'coz we were booked at Cebu Pacific Air availing their best rate fare and cannot be re-booked unless we pay additional amount but our return ticket eventually put into waste. This is another story to tell, hahaha!

The Departure -

Our aircraft going to Bacolod is PAL which usually leaves in Terminal 2 but since PAL has their labor problem we were advised that our departure will be in Terminal 3. Once we were inside the plane I seat comfortably. I still preferred to fly in Phil. Airline compare to Cebu Pacific in terms of service and FA personality. PAL personnel still wore formal uniforms =) Our flight was 30 mins. delayed due to some cargo loading problems.

The Arrival -

9:30am, our journey starts in Silay City, where the new airport is located. The new airport is 2km away from the Silay City and 20km away to Bacolod City. If you don't have anyone to pick you up, there are a lot of shuttle private cars/vans that will bring you to Bacolod City for a fare of 100Php per pax or alternatively take a metered taxi who will take you to your destination that will cost you more.

Negros Occidental is the sugar capital of the Philippines. Negros has a lot to offer not only for their sweet produce from its cosmic plantations but remnants of a rich history from the Spanish era are reflected in the old structures and ancestral houses in the country.

Local Fare -

Shuttle Van to Bacolod - Php100 (US$2.30)
Metered Taxi to Silay City (2km) - Php120 (US$2.80)
Tricycle, Silay - Php16 (US$0.37)
Ceres Bus to Bacolod from Silay - Php15 (US$0.34)

Next...I will tour you to the City of Silay where the life is sweeter.

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