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Sibulan, Negros Oriental
Sibulan is a pretty large town that is adjacent to Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental, Philippines. Sibulan is actually where the Dumaguete Airport is.
A busy town, Sibulan has both beaches and mountains to boast of, as well as commercial activities going the closer one gets to the provincial capital, so it can be a pretty exciting and relaxing place, depending on which side you are in.
Apart from having the most golf courses in the province, the centerpiece of all Sibulan attractions are the Twin Lakes of Danao & Balinsasayaw, which is a community-managed resource.
SIBULAN AT A GLANCE
Distance from Dumaguete City: 5.5 kms.
163.0 sq km
Fiesta & Patron Saint:
June 13 - St. Anthony de Padua
San Mortiz Beach Park, San Antonio Golf Course,
Yagyag Festival, Masulog Festival
Visitor Attractions & Landmarks
of Sibulan, Negros Oriental
Ang Tay Golf Course
Newly refurbished clubhouse and nine-hole golf course where members and non-members can enjoy the fresh country air and a sunny game all days of the week, including holidays. Golf equipment available for rent.
Looc Memorial Shrine
The Looc Memorial Shrine marks the site of the first encounter of WWII in Negros Oriental, on October 11, 1942 when independent partisan guerilla groups joined forces. The Sibulan municipal government commemorates this event yearly with a re-enactment.
San Antonio Golf Course
A a nine-hole golf course located in Sibulan (15 kms.) from Dumaguete City. While playing golf, one can enjoy the fresh country air, open to both members and non-members all days of the week, including holidays. Rental of balls, tees, clubs and other equipment are also available. For inquiries and reservations, one may call the Provincial Tourism Office.
San Mortiz Beach
Located in Agan-an, Sibulan San Mortiz Beach features a swimming and beachcombing area with five naturally ventilated cottages for rent with balcony and bathroom, under shade trees.
Twin Lakes Balinsasayao & Danao
The town's most popular attraction is located in Enrique Villanueva, Sibulan, the twin lakes is located about 20 km from the town center and situated 1,000 meters above sea level, the entrance to this is actually accessible from the next town, San Jose.
The two inland bodies of water, Lakes Balinsasayaw and Danao, are surrounded by lush tropical forests, with dense canopies, cool and refreshing air, crystal clear mineral waters with brushes and grasses in all hues of green. Biodiversity in the area is known to be one of the richest in the Philippines.
The lakes are separated by a narrow ridge with no visible outlets to the sea. To get from Lake Balinsasayaw and Lake Danao and back there are row boats and kayaks available for rent.
San Antonio de Padua Church
A great number of St. Anthony devotees from all over Negros Oriental crowd at the Sibulan church to light candles for the patron saint every 13th of each month especially during his feastday, transforming the church grounds and the plaza fronting it into a bustling festive gathering. A fluvial procession is also held annually June 13, his feast day.
(3rd Sunday of January)
Held in barangay Masulog, Sibulan every January the street dancing and showdown presentations recount the legend of the great floods (sulog) that periodically laid waste to the old village. The natives would seek the intercession of the Santo Niño, and took better care of their natural resources so their crop lands’ fertility was restored.
(Last Sunday of April)
Yagyag is the vernacular for spawning, to lay eggs or spread, propagate and grow. The process refers in particular to the crabs and other marine creatures which gather during the months of October to December in Sapa, one of two springs found in Barangay Cangmating of Sibulan.
The creatures lay and float their eggs during high tide, to mature in the swamps in the coming months, people from the neighboring barrios from Agan-an to Maningcao would come in groups for nature’s marine bounty which are harvested for food and as material for crafts.
This is also an occassion for trading and barter, and celebration. The festival is a showcase of local arts and culture, fashion and unity. It features mardi gras-type streetdancing and related events.
HOW TO GET TO SIBULAN
Sibulan is a 5-minute drive from Dumaguete City along the Dumaguete North Road.
By public transportation, take a jeepney that plies the Dumaguete-Sibulan route, or take a Ceres bus that goes north and get off at Sibulan.
THINGS TO DO
sightseeing, swimming, sunbathing, mountain climbing, hiking, trekking
WHAT TO SEE
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San Antonio de Padua Church in Sibulan where devotees light candles every 13th day of the month.
The clean lines of Sibulan Municipal Hall with a statue of Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay
The Yagyag Festival held every April is revelry celebrating an abundant marine life that feeds the town.