Pinoy Explorer Explores Silay-A A +A
As I See It
Friday, October 18, 2013
AGA Muhlach, the country’s premier actor as the explorer and presenter of the show is here in Silay for the newest season of the exciting program entitled ‘Pinoy Explorer.’
This program boasts of a unique and engaging travel and reality adventure concept that makes television every Sunday more exciting. This TV5 show is on a primetime slot and currently enjoys very high ratings both locally and in international Filipino cable channels due to its credible edutainment content.
On this episode, Aga Muhlach will experience an exciting adventure in Silay City. Jose Napoleon Cuenca, the researcher and location manager, will bring the world audience to Silay City, the Paris of Negros at the turn of the century and now the seat of arts, culture and ecotourism in Western Visayas. From the airport, Aga Muhlach will proceed to Hda.
Adela Folklore Village to join the ‘dumaans’ (permanent hacienda workers) and the ‘sacadas’ (transient workers) in cane slashing activity at the sugarcane field. Our Pinoy explorer will dare to haul sugarcane from the ground up to the ‘caro’ (cart pulled by the carabao). He will be the ‘caro’ driver up to the train station.
From there, he will be hauling sugarcane again up to the top of the ‘bagon’ (series of vans loaded with sugarcane to be pulled out by the train up to Hawaiian – Philippine Company Sugar Mill. Aga will try ‘pamatdan’ (cutting cane points). He will refresh himself by munching sugarcane and a hacienda lady will bring him ‘pamahaw’ (breakfast) to be eaten in the sugarcane field with other cane slashers. A ‘haranista’ (folk singer) will be there to blare joyful song of the ‘jornaleros’ (cane workers). Our actor will be invited by a Silay ‘mananggiti’ (tuba gatherer) to taste ‘tuba’ (coconut wine) to whet his appetite.
Another place to be explored is HPCo Sugar Mill. The top brass of the mill headed by Tim Bennett will tour Aga to the mill site to let him experience how sugarcane is chopped to produce the ‘nectar from the gods.’ HPCo is the best when it comes to brown sugar and ‘blanco directo’ sugar production. The Explorer will be made to see the mountain of sugar in the warehouse. It is the mountain where the ants dare not go.
Muscovado sugar production will also occupy center stage. Muscovado is for health and wellness. The ‘molino de sangre’ will be drawn by a carabao. The ‘maestro’ will demonstrate how the earth colored sugar is produced.
The exploration of Silay will not be complete without Aga planting mangrove seedlings at the Mangrove Park in Barangay Balaring. The Explorer will traverse one-kilometer bamboo bridge and will see Guimaras Strait and the poetic island of Panay. Migratory birds having their snacks at the sand bar of Balaring on a low tide will show off their glitter and fascinating fancy dive. The Balaring episode will culminate at the shoreline seafood restaurant in the fishermen’s village where Aga will feast on what the bounty of the sea can offer.
The late afternoon activity will be a visit to ‘residencia hacendado’. Aga will set foot at the heritage house of the late Sen. Jose Corteza Locsin, the ‘Father of Filipino First Policy.’
Mr. Explorer will explore the statesmanship of Sen. Locsin based on documents and he will be hosted by the senator’s grandson, Councilor Neil Solomon Locsin.
In this episode, Aga will also explore San Diego Pro-Cathedral, the museums and ancestral houses of Silay, Hawaiian – Philippine Company Sugar Mill, Fresh Start Organic Farm of Chin-Chin Uy, and the delicacy barter trade. The segment producers have also brought their cameras in Patag, the star of the North Negros Forest Park. Patag was the last stand of the Japanese Imperial Army during the Second World War. Now, Patag is a laboratory for ecology and astro tourism.
Explore Silay. Explore Negros Occidental. Your visit in Western Visayas is worth the fun.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on October 18, 2013.