On the road and on sea to Bacolod
I did not have any sleep that night as I was very excited on our trip to Bacolod and Silay the following day. At 5 AM I am on my way to the highway to ride a jeep going to the city to meet my companion.
Traveling on budget is both inconvenient and exciting. To save, we decided to ride a jeep to Tagbak Terminal then transfer to a ride going to Dumangas.
For 30 minutes we waited until a Dumangas-Barotac Nuevo jeep pulled over. It was a long ride as we first hit Barotac Nuevo Town proper before Dumangas. In that long ride, I keep on praying I could reach Dumangas in one piece. Man! this driver is like running a jet on a sonic boom while avoiding collision inside the asteroid belt!
At last we reached the terminal at Dumangas, and transferred to a trike going to the port. The road was bumpy as the road severely needs improvement (or is there any road at all?). Okay, so we finally reached Dumangas Port and filed in cue to buy our ticket. To tell you honestly, the scene at Dumangas Port is one I have not witnessed. The entire scene is painted on blue, and you could see the entrance to the Guimaras Strait, the gateway to Iloilo City in all its beauty. It was also my first time to see the famous Siete Picados or seven islets found near the coast of Guimaras Island.
We boarded the ship going to Bacolod City at 7:30 AM, and we expected to arrive in two hours. At 8 AM, the engines started humming and we left. I fell asleep for one hour and when I woke up, I grabbed my camera and this greeted me when I stepped out to the ship’s balcony:
Welcome to Bacolod City Mark! This is my first time to set foot on Negros Island.
Getting to Bacolod City:
From Iloilo City: One may ride jeepneys with route going to Dumangas Town proper at Tagbak Terminal in Jaro; a faster alternative is to ride an L300 van from Baldoza Terminal at La Paz (daily trips start at around 8 am until 4 or 5 in the afternoon). At Dumangas, take a tricycle going to the port (traveling time is around 10-15 minutes). RoRo going to Bacolod City from Dumangas Port costs around 60 bucks and trips are scheduled every two hours or so.
A faster but expensive alternative is to ride fast craft (Super Cat or Weesam Express) from Muelle Loney going to Bacolod City Port.
Editor’s Note: Iloilo I LOVE! is publishing a series of articles about their recent trip to Bacolod and Silay Cities at Negros Occidental, Western Visayas.