Team Out of Town Blog Hub (Outoftownblog.com) – Negros is one of the underrated provinces in the Visayas region. It is home to many historical and cultural attractions such as The Ruins, Balay Negrense, Hofilena Heritage House, as well as tourism spots like Carbin Reef and Mag-aso Falls. To add, you can’t miss the exceptional cuisine this province has to offer.
Thankfully, the provincial government of Negros kickstarted the LakBAYANIhan Tourism Fair 2022 which started last May 16 at the Ayala Malls Capitol Central in Bacolod City, which aims to boost its tourism efforts. This is also the first tourism fair that was established since the pandemic, in an effort to “take their momentum back,” as mentioned by Governor Eugenio Lacson during the opening of the said fair.
To give you a background of what’s to see during the Lakbayanihan Fair, here are the highlights!
In a report by the Philippine News Agency in 2019, there are 14 farm tourism sites accredited in Negros Occidental. This type of tourism is on the rise, as Negros works toward developing sustainable agritourism through organic farming in several of their farming villages. By opening farms to tourists, many people can learn and at the same time, enjoy tourism activities via experiential learning.
Some of the farm tourism sites you can visit in negros include Peñalosa Farms in Victorias City, Owataks Herbs Farm, and Rapha Valley Place of Wellness.
‘Slow food’ travel
As the pioneer of slow food travel in the Philippines, Negros Occidental also wants to highlight its own version of food tourism. Slow food travel is an ethical way of tourism that creates a connection between farmers and consumers, shortens the supply chain, and preserves local food heritage by offering gastronomic experiences through local culture. In Negros, they see slow food as good, clean, and fair food, all while recognizing the planet, culture, plate, and people.
Looking for good places to eat in Negros? Check out Negros Museum Cafe and Lanai by Fresh Start!
Apart from the experiences, you can get when you visit Negros this 2022, you can also purchase local artisan products such as bags, house decors, and lots of souvenir items here!
When it comes to travel experiences, you shouldn’t miss Negros festivals which are also showcased in LakBAYANIhan Fair 2022. One of which is the Panaad Festival, dubbed as the “festival of all festivals” which unites various cities in Negros to promote their culture and heritage every first week of April.
Another festival worth seeing in Negros is the well-known Masskara Festival in Bacolod, a colorful event where locals don colorful and creative masks to celebrate the festival that named them the “City of Smiles.” Masskara Festival is celebrated every 4th Sunday of October.
The province also wants to venture into sports tourism, by hosting several sports activities in their province via the Panaad Stadium and Paglaum Sports Complex. Negros Occidental also offers outdoor tourism activities such as diving, perfect for those who want to try watersports activities in Negros.
The LakBAYANIhan Tourism Fair 2022 will run until May 29. Get to know more about the beauty of Negros Occidental and see what the Negrenses have to offer from arts, and food, to tourism!