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Any seasoned traveler would want to go off the beaten track and away from overly crowded tourist spots. You would want to explore the country you’re visiting as a local and see the non-commercialized areas for a truly authentic travel experience. The world is an unusual but gorgeous place, and if you’re looking for an adventure, it’s wise to not sign up for the basic and usual tours everyone does, but sign up for an unusual adventure instead. Below are some travel activity ideas you can do that are unusual, enjoyable and far from mundane.
Take the Galapagos Islands cruise in Ecuador
The Galapagos Islands are a place of wonder that should be on top of your bucket list. This World Heritage Site is known for its breathtaking landscape that includes barren volcanos, white sandy beaches and the bluest of waters. The 19 islands were actually what inspired Charles Darwin’s Evolution theory. They are considered to be nature’s museum displaying the most beautiful marine and wildlife. On the Galapagos Islands, you can see penguins, sea lions, giant land tortoises, exotic birds and many others living in their natural habitat. These facts are just some of the many gorgeous aspects of what the Galapagos Islands have to offer.
Go swimming in Antarctica
Antarctica has always been the go to spot for the perfect adventure with an array of activities. Even though swimming would be the last thing on your mind when visiting Antarctica, it’s surprisingly a very popular activity. There’s no better place to do it than on Deception Island; a volcanic caldera located near the tip of the peninsula of Antarctica. Even though its volcano is active, it’s actually a safe and sheltered harbor. Many travelers go to explore Deception Island for its beauty as well as take a dip in its thermal waters. It’s not as freezing as you would expect, but warm enough for a super quick dip!
Experience Irish Folklore at the Giant’s Causeway
This dramatic coastline with around 40 thousand basalt columns interlocking, caused by a volcano eruption, is one thing you shouldn’t miss. Legend has it though that it was created by angry giants who threw rocks out onto the sea. The 60 million year old landmark in Ireland boasts an array of activities to view this mythical and gorgeous landscape. You can hike up along its narrow coastal trek for 4.5 miles to view the ruined castles, emerald fields and dry stone walls. It’s also the perfect place for bird watching and stunning photo ops.
Go camping near Thor’s Well in Oregon, USA
On the edge of the Oregon coast, sits a gaping and bottomless sinkhole with streams of sea water around it. Called Thor’s Well, it’s known to be a dangerous but a breathtaking site to visit. Camp at Cape Perpetua to enjoy its gorgeous scenic area and forests. The best time to visit Thor’s Well is an hour before the tide is high to see the formations without water, and then observe how it fills up with high waves. You can stick to the tourist trail, or go closer when the tide is low for a great picture.
Zip line to the Dark Cave in Vietnam
Asia is famous for its adventurous zip line routes through gorgeous scenery. The Phong Nha National Park in Vietnam is incomparable as it houses over 300 different grottoes and 400 million year old caves. Take the 400 meter zip line through the gorgeous greenery, over the river and all the way to the opening of the Dark Cave. Finish off your adventure with a swim and an obstacle course.
Spice up your travel experience by going where no average tourist has gone. The world has so many strange and gorgeous wonders yet to be discovered. Toss out the old guide book, and look up far more interesting and intriguing sites. Take in the culture, the scenery and the adventure any country has to offer. Life is short, so make your travel memories worthwhile!
If you are not sure where to head off for a memorable vacation, why not try Marinduque? You probably never heard of the name but we can assure you that this can prove to be one of the best holiday destination options you ever considered.
The Moriones Festival is a folk-religious event held annually during Holy Week in Marinduque.
Marinduque is a Philippine island province. It
is in the southwestern region of Tagalog, right in between Tayabas Bay and the
Sibuyan Sea. Marinduque is commonly referred to as the Heart of the Philippines
because of its location, as well as its shape. In fact this island is right in
the geographical center of the archipelago. There is a historic stone marker,
the Luzon Datum of 1911, which serves as a main geodetic reference for maps and
Visit Marinduque’s LuzonDatum, the geographical center of the country.
Marinduque is renowned for its peacefulness as
well as its natural beauty. It is also most known for an annual festival held
during the Holy Week. This is the Moriones Festival, which combines religion
with folklore. If you were to visit Marinduque at this time of year you will
surely enjoy seeing the people wearing costumes replicating attire worn by
biblical characters, and mostly of the Roman soldiers.
Maniwaya Sta. Cruz MarinduqueVillaatilana | Angelo The Explorer
Marinduque is a favorite spot for visitors and tourists at this time of year. However, it is also a perfect location for a vacation all year round, especially if you want to visit a safe and beautiful place. In fact Marinduque is a serene place, which would be an ideal location for those who love nature.
As we travel, we discover new beautiful places that we never thought exists. | ManiwayaIsland
The beaches and the various islets are so beautiful, and would no doubt mesmerize anyone. This makes Marinduque a very good location for honeymooners and couples. The beaches are perfect for those who want to relax and unwind. You will not be visiting noisy and crowded beaches here, but rather, you will be able to bathe or sunbathe in peace, while enjoying the beautiful surroundings. You will no doubt love to take long walks across the soft white sand, while looking at the crystal clear sea. Poctoy White beach is a popular beach, from where you will also be able to view Mt. Malindig.
Marinduque’s Poctoy white beach is an ideal spot to fo your favorite water sports for its wide space and fair waves.
The beaches are ideal for swimming as well as
for other water sports such as kayaking and snorkelling. You will be able to
avail of budget friendly accommodations in one of the resorts or else opt for a
tent, especially if you would like to camp out.
However nature in Marinduque is not only about
the beaches. There are also the Malbog sulfuric springs to see, and even a
butterfly farm. You will no doubt be able to enjoy picturesque views of the
Bella Rocca and the Tres Reyes Islands. If you are more adventurous you should
also devote time to go for a hike up Mt. Malindig where you would be able to
reach the highest point of the island, or go island hopping or caving too!
Marinduque prides itself of a circumferential road that is fully paved. You can thus avail of a unique sightseeing tour across more than 150km either by motorcycle or bicycle. It is a perfect option for those who really want to enjoy a memorable sightseeing tour.
The beautiful interior of GasanChurch, Marinduque.
There are also some heritage sites worth checking out too while you are visiting Marinduque. The Boac Cathedral is a popular spot. There is also the Gasan Church which is known for its beautiful interior with unique fan carvings and beams made from crafted coconut shells. Another place worth visiting is the Biglang Awa Shrine. There are many souvenir shops to check out too, and you will surely be able to find some beautiful mementos to take with you since there are many handmade items and souvenirs made by talented local artisans for sale in these shops and stores.
The BagumbunganCave, also called “San Isidro Cave,” is open to experienced cave explorers and guided educational tours.
Also, Marinduque is a great tourist spot when it comes to the cuisine. For those who love seafood there is plenty to enjoy in Marinduque. Fish, shrimps, baby lobsters and the famous manakla, are sure to make your mouth water. There are also plenty of local delicacies to try out such as the panganan, the arrowroot cookies and the bibingkang Boac.
Great place , Great Food, Great Friends. | Poctoy beach
So, if you really want a vacation that will allow you to relax and unwind, Marinduque is a perfect tourist spot. It is indeed as if you were to spend a few days in a place that feels like heaven on earth. So tranquil and peaceful, naturally beautiful, and also historic, Marinduque offers value for money and makes for a memorable holiday destination for anyone!
A great hotel with state-of-the-art facilities in Marinduque | Balar Hotel Boac. | Angelo The Explorer
Cebu Pacific flies from Manila to Marinduque three times a week departing Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Find and book a flight ticket for route Manila – Marinduque today. Special shout out to the Department of Tourism MIMAROPA and Dream Favor Travel & Tours.
Located on the southeastern tip of Florida, Miami is a bustling city known for its stunning beaches, trendy nightlife, and beautiful arks. You’ll also find plenty of great attractions if you explore the cities located just outside of Miami. If you’re planning a trip to the area, consider checking out a few of the following top cities in the Miami metro area.
The lovely Key Biscayne is a barrier island town located
about 14 minutes southeast of Miami. Nestled between Crandon Park and Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne has a more
relaxed and secluded feel. Both parks offer long stretches of sheltered
beaches, self-guided nature trails through tropical forests, and the ability to
explore mangroves on a kayak. Additionally, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
is home to Cape Florida Light, the oldest standing structure in the area.
Travel about 15 minutes southwest of Miami to find Coral Cables, nicknamed “The City Beautiful” for good reason. Here you can find the Venetian Pool. This historic public swimming pool was created in 1924 from an abandoned coral rock quarry. It holds 820,000 gallons of freshwater from artesian wells, making it the largest freshwater pool in the country. The city is also home to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and its extensive collection of rare tropical palms, flowering trees, and exotic butterflies.
Take a trip to Opa-locka, located about 23 minutes
northwest of Miami, and you may feel like you’ve traveled to an entirely different
continent. The city was developed on an “Arabian Nights” theme, and
it has the largest grouping of Moorish Revival architecture in the Western
Hemisphere. As you drive down streets with names that include Ali Baba Avenue
and Sultan Avenue, you’ll see buildings sporting domes, minarets, parapets,
watchtowers, arches, and more.
Founded by aviation legend Glenn Curtiss, Miami Springs is
18 minutes northwest of Miami and another one of the first planned communities
in the state. Like its counterparts, such as Opa-locka, Miami Springs has a
theme reflected in the architecture. In this case, the style was called Pueblo
Revival. If you want to drive around the city and check out the Southwestern
architecture, you can plan a stay at one of the hotels in Miami Springs. Don’t forget to save some
time to play a game of golf at the charming Miami Springs Golf & Country
Club as well.
If you travel about 30 minutes southwest of Miami, you’ll
find Palmetto Bay. The city is home to the 444-acre Deering
Estate at Cutler, a historic, archaeological, and environmental preserve located
on the edge of Biscayne Bay. The estate offers plenty of activities for
everyone to enjoy, including guided nature hikes, tours of the historic home,
butterfly walks, canoe tours, and more.
When you’re looking to explore some of the best cities and towns just outside of Miami, make sure you include a few of the above top locations on your list.
Time to shake up those snow globes! Winter is coming, and there’s no better time of the year to visit Livingston, New Jersey. Along with dozens of shops, restaurants, their very own orchestra, and a theater company, Livingston is surrounded by beautiful woodland natural parks just waiting to be explored. Start dreaming up your next winter vacation with these fun and interactive ideas.
Ride in Horse-drawn Carriages, Wagons, and Sleighs
Do you hear those sleigh bells ringing? Experience the magic of being whisked around in a horse-drawn carriage, wagon, or sleigh. Whether you want to cross a winter sleigh ride off your bucket list with the family or end a romantic date in a horse-drawn carriage, Equishare Horse Drawn Carriages in Morristown, New Jersey, offers one-hour rides on beautifully adorned horses driven by kind and courteous liverymen.
Explore Nature Go hiking and take in nature’s majesty at Eagle Rock
Reservation in Essex County. Streams flow freely throughout this over 400-acre park along the Watchung Mountains ridgeline. Here, you have the opportunity to pay respects at the Essex County 9/11 Memorial, take in breathtaking views of the New York City Skyline, and explore the 40-mile Lenape Trail and footpaths. You are sure to find abundant wildlife and foliage. If you keep your eyes peeled, you may even spot deer and bears!
Slip on a pair of snowshoes and go on a guided tour of the Pyramid Mountain Natural Area in Morris city on select Sundays in January, February, and March. For the experienced snowshoers, there are one-day snowshoe rentals available at Pyramid Mountain in Montville Township.Public transportation is available if you are lodging nearby. After spending an adventurous day in the cold, a warm, comfortable room will prove just the treat as you slip out of your snowshoes and into warm socks and slippers.
Enjoy Ice Skating
If ice skating is more your speed, visit the Essex County Codey Arena in West Orange. Take on the rink or learn to skate on their new ice-training arena. Warm up with some hot cocoa and other treats at the concession stand, and play some games at their arcade.
Go Shopping and Play
If you’re looking to take back some souvenirs, the Livingston Mall is the ideal place. There are over 100 stores and ample food selections to find just what you’re looking for. There is also a free indoor playground. This colorful and cushioned playground features activities for infants, toddlers, and children 42 inches and smaller. Plus, there is free Wi-Fi and comfortable seating for the supervising adults.
Study the Stars
Visit the Raritan Valley Planetarium at the Raritan Valley Community College campus. They offer a digital skydome that gives you a rare opportunity to see the solar system, galaxy, and deep space in comfortable seating. There are monthly family-friendly and sensory-friendly shows each month. Visit their website for more details. Winter in Livingston is a breathtaking experience that will surely create memories to last a lifetime. Your options range widely with both indoor and outdoor activities to suit all tastes and needs. But whatever your adventure, you are sure to experience a memorable time and enjoy your visit to the Garden State.
Manila, 7 May 2019 – Thanks to a booming economy, the real estate
sector of several progressive cities outside of the metro are on a roll,
growing remarkably well over the last few years and expected to continue
soaring to new heights in the next decade or so.
More and more property
developers are answering the growing demand for residential and commercial
properties in Cebu, Cavite, Davao, Iloilo, Bacolod, and Pampanga as their
property landscapes evolve and are expected to be at the forefront of a
property development boom in the country.
Mr. Charles Ong, Chief Operating Officer of Innoland Development Corporation
A pronounced surge in
demand and supply
The growing interest
from local and foreign investors, as bolstered by the national government’s
robust infrastructure projects in these provincial cities, attracted a surge in
interest among property buyers from here and abroad.
From 2017 to 2018, Pampanga
registered a whopping 873-percent increase in leads on the Lamudi platform. During the
same time frame, Cavite witnessed a 298-percent increase in leads, Davao raked
in 69 percent, while Cebu and Iloilo also increased by 274 and 214 percent,
respectively. Page views among properties in Bacolod likewise spiked by 38
These numbers go to show
that these cities are currently enjoying a shining moment in their real estate
sector. In conjunction with this impressive upward trend in demand, the
property supply in these cities followed suit.
Based on Lamudi listings
from 2017 to 2018, Davao enjoyed a 102-percent increase in listings while
Pampanga saw a 202-percent spike. Likewise, Cavite’s listings spiked by 188
percent. Cebu-based listings increased by 27 percent while Iloilo grew by 29
percent. Bacolod, however, had more property searches than the available supply
during the time period, where apartment and land searches were seven (7)
percent and 12 percent higher than the supply, respectively. This could mean
that there is a well of opportunity for property developers in the city to
answer to the growing demand that is yet to be addressed.
Average prices and a
notable increase in page visits
Page visits, which
likewise signify interest among property buyers, in these provincial cities
also increased. From 2017 to 2018, Pampanga, Cebu, and Bacolod grew by 65
percent, 23 percent, and 38 percent respectively.
Iloilo, on the other
hand, rose by 22 percent from the first quarter of 2018 to the first quarter of
Davao, despite being one
of the country’s most competitive cities and investment hubs, remains
affordable for prospective investors and home seekers. The average price of a
condo property in the city is Php4,622,195, where the average price per square
meter is tagged at Php 100,377.
residential sector also maintains its relative affordability, with an average
price of Php 6,372,632 for houses. The average price per square meter is Php
Bhavna Suresh, CEO of Lamudi, moderated the media roundtable discussion. The panelists of the media roundtable were Joey Bondoc, Senior Research Manager of Colliers International Philippines; Charles Ong, Chief Operating Officer of Innoland Development Corporation; Fernando Camus, Senior Consultant of Berthaphil, Inc.; Emmanuel Rapadas, Chief Financial Officer of Torre Lorenzo Development Corporation; and Richard Tay, Business Unit Head of the Commercial Business Group of Property Company of Friends, Inc.
Most Searched Areas
The most searched for
areas in Davao that property seekers searched for are Buhangin and Sasa. These
were followed by Barangay 19-B, Ma-A, Talomo, Barangay 20-B, Bucana, Barangay
34-D, Matina Crossing, and Matina Aplaya.
In Cebu, the most
searched for properties were those in Cebu City, followed by those in
Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue, Talisay, Consolacion, Minglanilla, and Liloan.
Tagaytay, General Trias, and Imus were the most searched cities in Cavite.
On the other hand, the
towns of Pavia, Jaro, Oton, Guimbal, and Mandurriao generated the most interest
In Pampanga, Angeles,
San Fernando, Mabalacat, Arayat, Mexico, Bacolor, and Magalang.
For Bacolod, the towns of
Alijis, Estefania, Mansilingan, and Tangub drew in the most interest.
House and lots dominate
Majority of these
property seekers are interested in house and lots, although there’s also a
growing interest for residential condo units. The majority also prefer to buy
these types of properties compared to those who want to rent them. In Iloilo,
for instance, the page views for houses were close to 62 percent among property
seekers, about 52 percent when it comes to sessions, and 59 percent for leads
generated, based on Lamudi’s data. The same is true for Cavite, where about 64
percent of the leads came from house searches.
The preference for house
and lots, as well as lands, in these provincial cities, show that the prices of
these property types in Cavite, Pampanga, Cebu, Bohol, Davao, and Iloilo are
still relatively more affordable compared to those in Metro Manila. Many of
those who were also searching for properties in most of these progressive
provincial cities are from Metro Manila, according to Lamudi data. In Pampanga,
for instance, although the number one city that searched for a property there
came from Angeles City, the next three came from Quezon City, Makati, and
Manila, data from the property portal shows. Pampanga’s proximity to Metro
Manila has attracted quite a number of property seekers from Quezon City,
Makati, and Manila who are planning to relocate in the province, live a more
relaxed lifestyle and escape from the urban chaos of the metropolis while also
pursuing great careers with the growing number of companies opening their
With the property sector of these thriving provincial cities on the upswing, expect their economic landscape to evolve and benefit nearby towns and municipalities as well.
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Not everyone has heard of Batangas, but it’s about time that it got on the map in regards to the top places to visit. A quaint province situated on the coast in the Philippines, it is definitely one to put on your bucket list. The issue with visiting a place for the first time is that you may get a couple of opinions on what you need to do and see there. This is why we have compiled a list of the top things that must be done when you visit Batangas so that you’ve done the experience justice. We’ve broken them down into the kinds of activities that you may be interested in so that it can cater to your needs more specifically.
Dive into the Sandy Beaches
It’s probably no surprise that the first thing that will attract you to Batangas are the amazing beaches; this is the essence, as it is a coastal province. There are around 10 different beaches that you can choose to visit in Batangas, and all are simply wonderful. If you’re interested in scuba diving that there are certain beaches that provide diving classes. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned diver, Batangas water has rich waters that are exciting to explore. Most resorts in Batangas Philippines are by the beach so you won’t have any issues when setting up a place to stay. You have to be sure to visit the Calatagan Resort though, as it is situated on a beautiful white sandy beach and their cottages that are placed on stilts give you a once in a lifetime experience with the incredible view.
Climb the Majestic Mountains
Batangas doesn’t only provide sandy beaches, but gorgeous, majestic mountains as well. If you really want to experience something beautiful, then you must sign up for a hike on Mount Manabo. There are a couple more mountains as well that are great for hiking, especially if you’re a beginner. But what you cannot miss out on is a visit to the Taal volcano. This is actually one of the world’s smallest active volcanoes and is very exciting to behold. How many people do you know that can actually say they’ve been on an active volcano!
Explore a Wealth of History
You’ll be pleasantly surprised to discover that this small province is actually quite rich when it comes to heritage and historical venues. You can visit the town of Taal, Batangas where the Spanish once colonized and there is still to this day, a lot that has been preserved from the time. There are a number of lighthouses, museums and libraries that date back quite a bit and will give you a deep insight into the history and culture of Batangas and the Philippines as whole. You also have to make it a point to take on the pilgrimage tour, which will take you on a tour of the historical churches in Batang- they are rich in architecture and history, and is really a once in a lifetime experience.
As small of a province as it may seem, and as underrated as it is, Batangas is really a place that will pull on your heartstrings and truly leave a mark. The wealth of nature and history is really quite impressive to say the least! While there’s plenty to do in Batangas, make sure that you get the options listed above because they are experiences that you would not want to miss out on.
Bacolod, nicknamed The City of Smiles is a friendly city
filled with smiling faces in Western Visayas. It is the capital of the province
of Negros Occidental and is the second most populous city in the Visayas after Cebu
Geographically, Bacolod is in the northwestern coast of
the island of Negros, bounded on the north by the city of Talisay, on the east
by the town of Murcia, and on the south by the city of Bago. To its west is the
Guimaras Strait, which serves as a natural border to neighboring Western
Bacolod started as a small settlement by the riverbank
known as Magsungay early in the Spanish colonial period. It was not established
as a town until about 1775 after the settlement was attacked by a datu, with
the villagers transferring to a hilly area named Bacolod. Over the years,
Bacolod was opened to agriculture and industry, inviting migration and
expansion back towards the sea.
Bacolod was then declared capital of Negros Occidental in
1889 when the province of Negros was separated into two, with the other being
Negros Oriental. It was then upgraded from a municipality to a city in 1938 by
the 1st National Assembly of the Philippines, during the American colonial
The Bacolod of today is a highly urbanized city, with a
population of about 562,000 people as of the 2015 census by the Philippine
Statistics Authority, representing a 1.79 percent increase from the 2010
population of about 512,000 people. The population
density was 3,500 per square kilometer.
Bacolod is most known for its people’s warm nature. Bacolod is popular for its MassKara Festival, which runs
through October and culminating at the fourth Sunday of the month. The festival
started as a way to create a better atmosphere in Bacolod in 1980, as the city
suffered from the Don Juan tragedy where a vessel collided with a tanker,
leading to 750 lost lives. The masks worn during the festival helps Bacolod
live up to its moniker ‘The City of Smiles,’ signifying that its people will triumph over any hardship.
The MassKara festival is now one of the major tourist attractions of the Philippines, filling the streets of
Bacolod with street performances, beauty pageants, carnivals, food festivals,
music concerts, and so much more.
University of St. La Salle
University of Negros Occidental –
STI West Negros University
La Consolacion College
Negros Occidental High School
Bacolod Tay Tung High School
St. John’s Institute
St. Joseph School- La Salle
Jack & Jill School Homesite
St. Benilde School Incorporated
St. Sebastian International School
Colegio San Agustin Bacolod
Dr. Pablo O. Torre Memorial Hospital
The Doctors’ Hospital
Capitol Park and Lagoon
Negros Occidental Multi-Purpose
Bacolod Arts & Youth Sports
Sharyns Cansi House
Kaisei Japanese Restaurant
Kimstaurant Korean Restaurants
San Sebastian Cathedral
San Diego Cathedral
Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish
Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol
The People’s House
Bacolod-Silay International Airport
Banago Wharf and BRECDO Port
Robinsons Place Bacolod
SM City Bacolod
888 China Town Square Complex
The District – North Point
The city of Bacolod is considered as the third-fastest
growing economy in the Philippines in the information technology and business
process outsourcing industries. It has received recommendations from the
Department of Science and Technology’s Information and Communication Technology
Office and the Business Processing Association of the Philippines as the best
location in the Visayas for BPO activities. Bacolod was also declared in 2013
by the DOST as a Center of Excellence for IT-business process management
operations, joining a prestigious group composed of Metro Manila, Metro Cebu,
and the Clark Freeport Zone.
Major names in the BPO industry have set up shop in
Bacolod, including Convergys, Teleperformance, iQor, and Transcom. Showing the
importance of BPO companies in Bacolod’s economy, a 2-hectare portion of the
4-hectare Paglaum Sports Complex was partitioned in 2012 for the construction
of the Negros First CyberCentre, which is a provincial government-owned IT-BPO
Outsourcing Hub with a Php 674 million budget.
Colliers International Philippines, in its Q1 2018
Provincial Property Market reports, also noted that Bacolod remains a preferred
location for outsourcing operations, with voice BPO companies in continuous
expansion while knowledge process outsourcing companies are considering the
city as a potential location outside of Metro Manila. However, Colliers said
that Bacolod’s talent pool would need to scale up if it wants to attract the
interest of more KPO companies.
Colliers expects most office demand in Bacolod until 2020
to come from call centers, as well as KPO firms that provide financial
technology, software engineering, and health information management services.
The research firm expects office supply in the city to reach 128,500 sq.m. by
2020, which is a 20 percent increase compared to supply in 2017, and also
forecasts vacancy maintaining at 4 percent to 5 percent per year to 2020.
Average office rental rates in Bacolod meanwhile is
expected to increase by about 2% to 4% annually over the next few years, due to
the sustained demand from both BPO and traditional companies.
REAL ESTATE OVERVIEW
The City of Smiles seems to be on a roll. Thanks to a booming economy, Bacolod’s real estate sector has been progressing remarkably well over the last few years and is expected to continue soaring to new heights in the next few years. With more and more property developers answering the growing demand for residential and commercial properties in and around Bacolod, the real estate landscape of Negros Occidental’s crown jewel is expected to evolve and be at the forefront of a property development boom in the Visayas.
Growth in property interest
According to data
culled by Lamudi, the Philippines’ premier real estate platform, since the
first semester of 2016, there has been an increasing trend among property
seekers looking for potential homes in Bacolod all the way to the second semester
of 2018. The average growth rate between 2016 and 2017 was somewhere between 14
percent and 15 percent, However, this average figure grew to 21.9 percent in
2018, a reflection of the increasing interest among property seekers looking
for properties in the City of Smiles.
Key areas for real estate activity
from Lamudi show that the last quarter of 2018 had the highest volume of
searches on residential properties in Bacolod. Comparing this period to 2017’s
fourth quarter, there was a 50 percent increase in page views.
in both 2017 and 2018, the most searched for areas in Bacolod among property
seekers were those in Alijis, Estefania, Mansilingan, Tangub, Bata, Mandalagan,
and Villamonte, where Megaworld’s The Upper East is located.
to 22 percent of property seekers who used Lamudi searched for potential homes
in Alijis, a big jump from the 7.09 percent of property seekers who were
interested in that area in 2017. Estefania, which ranked as the second most
searched for area among property seekers looking for homes in Bacolod last
year, also saw a big jump from the 2017 figure. In 2018, 13.99 percent of those
who used Lamudi searched for potential properties in Estafania compared to 6.12
percent of property seekers who were looking for homes in that area in 2017.
Mansilingan was most searched for properties in Bacolod in 2017 among property
seekers, it dropped to the third spot last year. Nonetheless, Mansilingan
continued to be a sought after area in Bacolod, with 13.99 percent of property
seekers looking for potential homes in that area last year. Other areas in
Bacolod that property seekers have searched for last year were in Barangay 10,
Barangay 28, Pahanocoy, and Sum-Ag.
of 2018, the average price of a property in Bacolod is 5.46 million pesos while
the average size of one is 932 square meters. In Alijis, the most searched for
area among property seekers, the average price of a property there is Php3.76
million, with the average size of a property there is pegged at 228 square
meters. In Villamonte the average price of a property there is Php28.2 million
while the average size of one is 842 square meters.
terms of monthly rentals, the average monthly rate for a property in The City
of Smiles is Php19,934 while the average size of an area being rented out is
277 square meters.
FUTURE PROJECTS AND INFRASTRUCTURE
Bangko Sentral ng
Pilipinas – Bacolod Extension Office
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas is
constructing a 5,000 sq.m. property at the city’s reclamation area to offer
improved services, particularly involving currency management, financial
inclusion, and financial and economic awareness.
The government is allotting Php900
million pesos on the construction of a new Provincial Administration center, a
16,000 sqm lot located in front of the National Bureau of Investigation-Bacolod
This project is targeted for completion
by the end of 2022. The project is a 21.8-kilometer, 4-lane road, including 3
bridges and a 2-way bike lane, that will serve as an alternate circumferential
road bypassing Bacolod’s central business district.
the Bacolod-Silay Airport
The project is meant to decongest the
Bacolod-Silay Airport and enhance operating efficiency, safety, and security,
as well as improve passenger amenities and the airport’s networking and
The project is slated for completion by
the end of 2021.
Megaworld is building The Upper East in
Bacolod, a Php 28-billion township development that will host the city’s new
and iconic 34-hectare central business district. The project will feature a
mixture of residential condominiums, One Regis and Two Regis, shopping malls,
mixed-use buildings, hotels, and state-of-the-art office towers, among many
other structures. One of the highlights of the township is a New York-inspired
lifestyle mall with several interconnected buildings, with one of those
buildings to be inspired by the iconic Grand Central Station in New York City.
Another Megaworld township development in
Bacolod is Northill Gateway, which will have upscale residential villages, a
mixed-use office and retail development, and leisure and recreational
amenities, located on the border of Bacolod and Talisay. The township will cover 50 hectares and will
have direct access to the Bacolod-Silay Airport. It is also where the
Philippines’ first Las Vegas-style ‘welcome marker’ is located, an iconic
attraction that greets incoming and outgoing visitors.
The hottest Pinay bold stars became famous in
the 1990s. Who can forget Filipina bold stars such as Rosanna Roces, Ara Mina,
and Joyce Jimenez?
Below are the hottest Filipina bold stars in
the 90s and where they are now.
Former Pinay bold star # 1:
Cristina Gonzales, or fondly called
“Kring Kring,” starred in films like “Ang Katawan ni
Sofia.” She married Bongbong Marcos’ cousin and is the newly-elected Mayor
of Tacloban, Leyte.
2. Joyce Jimenez
Once named as the “Pantasya ng
Bayan” when she was still a Filipina bold star, Joyce Jimenez rose to the
top of the list of stars with her films “Balahibong Pusa” and
“Scorpio Nights 2”. She is now happily married and a doting mom to
3. Ana Capri – Pinay sexy
star from the 90’s
Ana Capri championed her exotic features as
one of the most popular Filipina bold stars. She starred in movies
“Pila-Balde” and “Hugot”. She still continues with her
career as an actress and takes minor roles in teleseryes.
4. Ina Raymundo
Former bold actress Ina Raymundo rose to fame
after her stint in movie “Sabado Nights”. She seemed to have made a
comeback in the entertainment industry as she has maintained a great figure
despite having five children.
5. Sunshine Cruz – Filipina
Sunshine Cruz was part of the Cruz ladies who
invaded the 90s with her cousins Donna, Sheryl and Geneva. She starred in films
“Ekis” and “Ang Kabit ni Mrs. Montero”. She married actor
Cesar Montano, but annulled their marriage in 2013 after alleged cheating of
Cesar with starlet Krista Miller.
6. Ara Mina
Ara Mina is a household name as a hot star
because of her voluptuous figure. She starred in movies “Laro Sa
Baga” and “Kalabit”. After she was caught in a scandal with
Jomari Yllana that led to the break up of Jomari and his wife Aiko Melendez,
her fame became stale. In 2014, she gave birth to a daughter, Amanda Gabrielle
Meneses, whose baby daddy is Patrick Meneses – who is also Aiko’s ex-boyfriend.
7. Glydel Mercado
Glydel Mercado is one of the White Castle
girls (girls in red swimsuit while riding a horse) and starred in hot film
“Sidhi”. She is now the wife of Tonton Gutierrez and still continue
acting taking drama roles.
8. Priscilla Almeda
The hottest Pinay bold stars of the ’90s:
Where are they now?
One of the fairest sexy stars in their decade.
She started as Abby Viduya and rose to fame as Priscilla Almeda when she
starred in 1996 film “Sariwa”. Rumors claimed that Priscilla went to
Japan after her career dwindled and performed in nightclubs.