Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Santa Barbara, Iloilo Golf Course Santa Barbara, Iloilo Golf Club and Course. On Easter, 2009 we had to take our son to the Iloilo airport to begin his journey back to the U.S. after his almost two month stay with us.  The golf course is not far from the new Iloilo airport so we decided to take this opportunity to take a look at the club.  Our timing proved to be serendipitous.  The course was closed for the Easter holiday but the gate was wide open, so we wandered in strolled around and took a few photos.  The course and the surroundings are just beautiful …

Infante flyover, Iloilo. Jalandoni flyover, Iloilo City. We have already expressed our sadness over the visual impact of the Infante flyover (overpass).  The French government financed “Mega Project” flyover at Jalandoni Street could be an even worse aesthetic disaster for Iloilo’s prettiest boulevard, Gen. Luna Street — and for the San Agustin campus.  We can’t imagine that the French would allow such a project in one of France’s historic downtowns.  Let’s…

Entrance, Mumbukal Mountain Resort, Negros Occidental, Philippines Coming from the USA, we are accustomed to natural areas being in public ownership as parkland. In the Philippines many such places are privately owned and operated. Mambukal Resort is about a 45 minute drive from Bacolod City. It consists of beautifully landscaped grounds in which are set a swimming pool, picnic shelters, ponds, rental cottages, a Japanese bathhouse, a butterfly garden, and a food court. From Mambukal one can hike further up into the mountains to a series of waterfalls. Contact: 034-7100-800. Please note that some guidebooks refer to Mambukal as Mambucal. Mumbukal Resort, Murcia, Negros Occidental – Swimming Pool Beautifully landscaped grounds – …

Tigbauan Muscavado Sugar Mill Ruins . These are three snapshots of what I have been told is a Muscavado sugar mill in Barangay Namocan, Tigbauan, Iloilo.  It located on a Barangay road which leaves the National Highway near the Sol y Mar Resort and comes out at the Tigbauan-Leon highway near the Tigbauan High School.  I’m told that the mill went into operation during World War II, possibly by the Japanese.  The surrounding agricultural lands are now mostly rice land, but formerly were planted with sugar cane.  The mill ruins are set in a very pretty grove of large Acacia trees. If anyone has information on the mill and its history please share it in the comment box below. Ruins of Tigbauan Muscavado Sugar Mill – Photo 1 Ruins of Tigbauan Muscavado Sugar Mill – Photo 2