Campuestohan Highland Resort: A place with a marvelous view

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012


NEGROS Occidental will soon have a new tourist destination which strategically sits at the boundary of two fast-growing Cities of Bacolod and Talisay.

No one has discovered the wonders and splendor of the place, except for a local visionary in the person of former public servant, businessman and currently resort owner Ricardo “Cano” Tan.

Tan and wife Nita have dreamed of building a retirement house. One day, this dream has its initial realization as property owners in Campuestohan, Barangay Cabatangan, Talisay City earnestly offered a 5-hectare property to them.

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The owners really needed to dispose the property and they asked the Tan couple to buy it. Though Cano was busy with his political plans that time, he and his wife made the deal and bought the property without even seeing it.

After he retired from public office, he and wife Nita one day went to see the place. Traversing a rocky road via Barangay Alangilan, Bacolod City, they reached the place which was covered with tall green grasses.

They hired people to clean the area and, thereafter, they saw how marvelous the place is. They were very grateful.

Cano Tan began to think about the designs and did the planning. So many changes have taken place on his plan with the aid of his architect and, currently, in God’s grace, they have implemented 40% of the entire development plan.

Cano Tan has built a uniquely designed Log House that can house a family of ten in a spacious room neatly organized and complimented by its beautiful architecture.

Tan said that families can be accommodated in the log house, so huge and beautifully situated in a picture perfect setting.

The log house blends with the panoramic view of the mountains that has a shape of a woman who lies down.

“I believe this is the last forested area in the province that has a shape of a woman with a perfect face and body. When you face down from the Log House, one will see from afar a majestic and marvelous view of Panay Island and half of the Province of Negros Occidental in one panoramic setting," he said.

Panning from the view, one would be amazed with the beauty of nature and how graceful is God’s creation, Cano Tan said.

From the highland to lowland and to the sea, one can see the activity in the sky and sea.

One can even see what place is being rained and what’s not. Cano Tan could not imagine why there were blessed with this beautiful and splendid place. The climate is comparable to Tagaytay and Baguio, especially during night time.

Campuestohan Highland Resort will soon open.

It currently has a kiddie and big pool, cottages, log house, children’s playground which they have imported from China, a huge slipper, uniquely designed onion-shaped and igloo-like camp houses.

They are still on the process of building, a pavilion which can house 300 guests, giant chess board, giant Zodiac signs and many others.

A horseback riding area will also be established at the back of the log house.

They will also revive the famous Sinugba restaurant which they owned and operated for 21 years. Sinugba restaurant has a glorious past. Negrenses patronized it for more than two decades. It has become a tourist food house.

"We will revive the Sinugba so that the people can enjoy the place and the food while bonding with their family and friends," assured Cano.

Cano said that his resort is a must-see place soon which is just a 40 minute ride from Bacolod.

The Talisay City Government and Bacolod City Government helped pave the road so that the tourists will get there with convenience and even in shorter travel time.

Once everything is set, Campuestohan Highland Resort will open and is expected to be the next tourist destination in the province. This will further help provide livelihood to the local community in terms of employment.

Campuestohan Highland Resort has a view to offer, aside from its world class and state of the art facilities and ambiance, the cool temperature and a new place to explore and enjoy.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 10, 2012.

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