Two most breathtaking resorts in Kabankalan

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Monday, June 16, 2014


KABANKALAN City is famous for its Sinulog Festival, Udyakan Festival, and its tagline “It’s More Fun in Kabankalan.”

But aside from these festivals, this first-class component city has two breathtaking resorts: the Balicaocao Eco Park in Sitio Balicaocao Brgy. Orong, and Mag-aso Leisure Camp in Sitio Dug-anon in Brgy. Oringao.

Kabankalan Mayor Isidro Zayco invited some members of the Bacolod media over the weekend to experience these two emerging tourist destinations in his city.

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The Balicaocao Eco Park is gently nestled on the hill more than 500 feet above sea level. It gives guests a perfect ambiance for leisure while enjoying a breathtaking panoramic view that spans Ilog, Cauayan, Binalbagan and Himamaylan City, the blue waters of Panay Gulf and the Island of Guimaras.

Balicaocao Eco Park has a 400-meter zipline, a pavilion for all functions with a capacity of 200 guests, six cottages, shade houses, swimming pool and cooking area perfect for family picnics.

Zayco says the ecopark is situated in a portion of about 400-hectare government property which was once a watershed of Kabankalan. Now that the city’s population grew, the city government found another source of water to be able to supply the present demand of residents.

The mayor recalls that during his previous term, they decided to make the place as an ecopark because illegal logging was rampant in the area.

“In order to address the problem, we decided to put up a road here in order to easily monitor their movements,” he says.

Zayco said that about the same time, he invited former Gov. Rafael Coscolluela to visit the place, and upon seeing the sceneries, they both decided to develop the place into an ecopark.

“We signed a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources that this portion of the property will be developed by the local government,” he adds.

On the other hand, the Mag-aso Leisure Camp is 22 kilometers from the city proper, or a 20-minute drive.

Its main attraction is the Mag-aso Falls that boasts of a 75-foot waterfall that releases smoke-like shower of mist cascading to a natural pool with its turquoise-green water.

There are also enchanting mini-falls around the area.

Mag-aso Leisure Camp has a swimming pool, cottages, shade house, and eco-trail.

“There’s fun, adventure and nature-filled experience here,” Zayco adds.

Situated within the Balicaocao watershed, Mag-aso Cave invites spelunkers (those who explore wild cave systems) for real adventure and rewarding challenge in cave exploration.

The cave spans 436 meters long and 149 meters deep, and it is considered as one of the deepest caves in the country.

For her part, 6th District Rep. Mercedes Alvarez made sure to have a tourism highway in the south to attract more tourists to visit southern Negros— from Kabankalan City all the way to Sipalay and Hinoba-an.

The 6th District has a lot to offer to tourists in terms of top destinations, from ecoparks to diving spots, she says.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on June 16, 2014.

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