A view from the top-A A +A
By Luci Lizares
Thursday, September 13, 2012
TO IMPRESS the NAITAS group of the wonders of our province, a visit to Campuestohan was arranged by Jenny Cordero, and indeed the travel agents from all parts of the Philippines were impressed!
Reaching the highlands was a leisurely ride, just shy of an hour. The road was manageable; some areas were country road but it was not damaging to one’s vehicle. Signages were in place along the Alangilan road and there is no fear of losing one’s way.
As we neared the place, the imposing cement log cabin was in full view. We arrived a little latish and Cano Tan was already giving his welcoming remarks to the group. As Cano was speaking, I could feel his sense of fulfillment not only for himself but for his contribution to the community as well.
Cano was saying that his wife Nits never did ask him for anything except for a retirement place she can enjoy. And she has found that in Campuestohan. The area has a commanding view of Negros which stretches out to Iloilo and the neighboring islands. And looking at Nita as she rides her golf cart inspecting the goings on in the resort, which on that day, was packed with so many visitors as it was a holiday, that look of satisfaction of having done something good radiated on her face.
Campuestohan Highland Resort had everything going for all age levels. There is a playground painted in bright colors luring the children for fun, fun, fun.
The restrooms, which were wooden tree houses, were most imaginative. I like departures from the norm and this one made a difference.
The mud houses, looking like troll homes -- which were available for occupancy -- had its own charm. I was whisked back to my childhood and my collection of troll dolls and the fairies that came with the bedtime stories.
I enjoyed looking at the spring water rolling down from the mountains and irrigating the luscious plants and flowers along its path.
The mountains were beguiling especially with the fog starting to set in! It had its glory as well as its mystery. How enigmatic nature can be, and we know whose hands controlled all that! Not ours but our Almighty Maker!
Cano said the place is not even fully done. He was pointing out the restaurant that is soon to rise and the many amenities he has envisioned for the place. It is admirable for one who has placed faith and trust into an investment which could be hefty on the pocket, but because love is the ultimate motive that prompted him and his wife in the endeavor, then definitely this is a winner!
My congratulations to Cano and Nita for giving Negros another destination for respite and something to be proud of!
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 13, 2012.