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Pulangbato Falls: Spreading out its unique and extra special beauty.


Finding out some words sometimes will catch our attention. We then want to personally know what fixed the name of certain things becoming their real name. 

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Pulangbato Falls is one of the most visited secluded falls in the province of Negros Oriental. It is located in the Ocoy Valley in the town of Valencia, Negros Oriental. A cascade that blessed with serene and refreshing waters that pours down into a reddish water catching basin. With its breezy and tranquil environment, every adventure seeker would love to drench their jaded body and would fall in love to its innate beauty. The lulling sound that will appease the stress life in the bustling City. 

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The road going to Pulangbato Falls is truly an escapade. You’ll see rivers, rocks that are unique in color and physique. You’ll as well be fascinated of the smoky mountains due to the presence of sulfur in the place.

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As we nearly reach to Pulangbato Falls, we were welcomed by a smell of sulfuric steam coming out of the mountains creating mini clouds on the side of the road. Me and my cousin decided to come down from the motorcycle and starting to get the best pictures as much as we can. I’m a naturally curious nomad in almost everything, and then I decided to climb on the folds of rocks and trying to dance with the smoky mountain while disregarding the strong smell of the sulfur fumes.  On that place, I am also starting to notice the red and orange rocks scattered in the river as it gives me the exciting feeling to finally seeing the promising Pulangbato falls. 

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Soon enough we arrived at the Red Rock Spring Resort where the Pulangbato Falls is located, we were greeted by the fresh breeze coming from the mountains. I now heard the sweet voice of Pulangbato Falls as the water flows down to it’s catching basin coming from the lush green mountains. The area has rentable thatched cabanas open for day trippers. I as well noticed the concreted natural pool located right in the heart of the resort.

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But what we came here for is to experience the enticing beauty of Pulangbato Falls, my cousin and I was very excited to finally meet the falls. Only a few meters walk, the stunning beauty of Pulangbato Falls invited us to come closer and enjoying its natural beauty. The name itself, Pulangbato Falls is indeed reddish in the shade. But when you’re attempting to look at it, you’ll soon realize that the color of the rocks is becoming orange than red maybe because of the reflection of the sunlight during our visit.

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The vividness of the water really caught my attention as it happens to be appearing so unique and extra special. The reflection of the red rocks plays a bigger role in the beauty of Pulangbato Falls.
The place exudes a feeling of communing with nature because of the grown trees and wild plants that provides dense foliage.

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Only after seeing the Pulangbato Falls, I didn’t know that there’s another cascade seated on the right side before reaching the Pulangbato Falls. At the first tier, the cascade begins narrowly and widens progressively as the waters flow down. Seeing it afar, the waterfalls look like triangular in form.

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What makes Pulangbato Falls feels unique from many other waterfalls that I’ve been to is the seemingly red river water, which caused by the presence of natural red rocks and red layered structured found in the area. The local people say that the coloration is due to the presence of sulfur in the expanse. The sulfur or iron minerals have the natural reaction with water and that cause the rocks turned to red. Our driver, Kuya Rhengie told us that the rocks are yellow in color when dry and getting red when wet, isn’t it interesting?

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Some other thing that amazed me is when our driver told us that the citizens here are receiving free electricity because of the Geothermal Power Station operated by the  Energy Development Corporation sited in the town of Valencia. It generates electricity that supplies the needs of Negros, Panay and some part of Cebu. And so I begin to wish if only I could experience the free electricity in our house, it’ll be something awesome and indeed a big savings for me.

But before heading back to Dumaguete City, near the entrance of Red Rock Spring Resort has some available food to nibble, we decided to buy some so we won’t starve along our way back to Dumaguete City.

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I called for one girl whose in charge of collecting entrance fees if they have flyers or contact numbers on that place, but she said they don’t have one. But don’t worry, no demand to book before going here, they’re open every day.

Reminder:
“Leave only footprints, take only pictures, no graffiti! No litter “.

Rates and other infos

Entrance fee
Adult – PHP 20
Children – PHP 10
Tables with chairs – PHP 100
Cottages:
Small – PHP 200
Big – PHP 300
Guesthouse – PHP 1,500 (overnight)

How to get to Pulangbato Falls

You can book a flight going to Dumaguete City, since Dumaguete City is the entry point. The minute you arrived in Dumaguete City go straight to the jeepney terminal. Ride a PUJ (Public Utility Jeep) going to Valencia.The jeepney terminal is located at the colon extension near Dumaguete Public Market. The fare is PHP24 per person. Travel time is 20-30minutes  from Dumaguete City to Valencia. From Valencia, ride a motorcycle (Habal-Habal) going to Pulangbato Falls  for PHP200 per person.

Where to stay in Dumaguete City
The Gazebo Pensionne House
Address: Cervantes St. Dumaguete City, Negros    Oriental, Philippines.
Telephone number: (035) 255-0579
Tel.Fax: (035) 255-6246
Mobile number: +63 927-750-8356 (Globe)/ +63 919–973-1170
E-mail: gazebopensionnehouse@yahoo.com
Facebook: The Gazebo Pensionne House.

Room Rates
*Single – (Bed good for 1 )- PHP 700
*Double – (Bed good for 2)- PHP 800
*Twin- sharing – (2 single beds good for 2)- PHP 850
*Family – (1 king bed & 1 single bed good for 3, with refrigerator)- PHP 1,200
*Family – ( 1 king bed & 1 double deck good for 4, with refrigerator)  PHP 1,400
* Extra bed PHP 200
*Extra Person PHP 150

Note: Prices are subject to change without prior notice.

Accommodations:
Fully- Air Conditioned rooms, with private toilet & bath, Hot & cold shower, cable TV, PABX telephone system, stand-by generator, 24-hour room & housekeeping services, snack & coffee shop, laundry & pressing services upon request, WIFI connectivity, safe & spacious parking space, friendly & courteous staff.

Why I chose to stay in the Gazebo Pensionne House?
Because they are not just offering very affordable price, but their room charge per units is also comes with free breakfast.

They also offer affordable land tour by visiting the well known tourist destination of Negros Oriental such as, Casaroro waterfalls, Pulang Bato falls and Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park. Just look for kuya RENGIE PROVIDENCIA OR NENENG LAURENTE. Mobile Number: +63 927-750-8356

Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park: The cloistered natural beauty that provides tranquility.


What I love about seeing nature’s wonder is the  unexplained feeling that it passes on to me. Acquiring peace from our inner self when we are out of nowhere is really hard, but when we commune with our mother nature, we will always get the peace of mind that we have longed for. It’s not that we totally evade from the realness of life because that’s our real world, but at least we give ourselves a chance to see the world in other perception. There are always more beneficial ways to celebrate life than resolving on our comfort zone. And that is something we should constantly learn, because life is not about duplicating the things that we already used to but somehow doing the things that are new to us. 

Balinsasayao Twin Lakes

A natural wonders of Negros Oriental that is shrouded in the lush scenery green mountains of Sibulan, It is located just a few kilometers away from the town of Dumaguete City. The awesome paradise of Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park has been possibly the most visited natural wonder in the entire Negros Oriental Province. It is, without question the must-visit tourist destination that one can never miss to explore.
The twin lakes are two small crater lakes disunited by a retentive and not wide, elongated ridge in a void space wreathed by four different Mountains facing the west, east, north and the south. They are situated along the easterly part of the Talinis mountain range, which are volcanic in origin.

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Coming up on an aberrant bandwagon of life was what brought my two little itchy feet on this secluded destination. I’ve been to Negros Oriental province remarkably in Dumaguete City several times, possibly because there’s something in the “City of Gentle people” that  invariably makes me  wanted to go back. And that is because I haven’t explored much of the natural tourist destinations of Negros Oriental.

They said going to places you’ve never been is the most exciting thing you could ever have, and barely so when me and my cousin decided to visit  Balinsasayao Twin Lakes was really exciting. I actually never got a line of lakes that are twin, so it was exactly what caught my attention.

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Since the common transportation going to secluded destinations in the Philippines is Habal-Habal (Motorcycle). Me and my cousin ride a Habal-Habal going to Balinsasayao Twin Lakes. According to our driver (Kuya Rhengie), a few years ago the road giving way to twin lakes was not yet concreted. A lot of travelers before who really challenged from steep trails leading to the twin Lakes. Thus then I imagined how jouncy the ride was, how those travelers would able to manage the 13.5 kilometers of rides going to the Lakes.

But every bit they said there’s no steep trails for adventure seekers, it’s actually what adventure all about.

While we made our way to the Twin Lakes, I saw an elongated ridge that is peacefully situated on its own innate state. Kuya Rhengie told me that the Mountain I have seen was actually where the Twin lakes is located. So my excitement sprung up and I couldn’t wait to see it with my naked eyes. It was too hot during our visit, because the road going to the Lakes is facing the vast Island of Negros and juxtaposed to the Island of Cebu. Soon enough we arrived at the registration area, where we have to pay our entrance fee including the motorcycle (Habal-Habal).

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From the entryway, it was a steep trail due to the hilly road going to the lake. Carrying two passengers on a motorcycle is not advisable, so I suppose I have to apply the quotes that says “sacrifice oneself so others can ride”. Precisely, I went down from the motorcycle and I let my cousin enjoy the ride and I started to walk, up until the motorcycle can carry two passengers again. Soon enough, we have officially set down on the main entrance where we have to walk again going to the welcoming mouth of the twin lakes.

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The long awaited time has arrived. I was awestruck in awe as I have seen the clean, serene, fresh and cooling breeze of an air coming from the peaceful lake and the perennial plant that are stunningly standing beside the lakes, with their elongated stem with a well formed branches and the leaf sways whenever the wind blows.

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I was standing on a rock facing the lake, communing with mother nature as I have talked to her and said you’re just so beautiful  no matter what they say.
Merely a question slowly crawling to my mind and says, where is the other lake?  Hence, I found out some tourist who’s riding a boat going to the other lake and I see it, not challenging, but it’s a way far easy and of course a cool way of grabbing the chance to finally feel the essence of floating on a lake. But an adventure seeker like me, I took the other way, I got to touch the other lake with an extra challenge where I can exude clear liquid from my sweat glands.

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At 900 meters rocky trail was eventually the exact choice if happen you wish to hold a real adventure. The trail has a banister on a right side where the color of it is resembled to the big elongated stem of the trees. Leading to the second lake is fun, you’ll see the different forest species like birds, butterflies, ants and many others. You’ll also discover the toilet on a forest in which I thought was just a piece of design but turned out an interesting thing.

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It was indeed a real adventure as my sweat is slowly coming out from my skin. We keep on our trek until we could finally reach the second lake. I immediately noticed the 3 storey viewing deck that offers the panoramic vista of the twin lake. We then take hold of the chance to go on the upper viewing deck to see the innate beauty of the lakes from above. The cold breeze kissing my surface and  I think it is the best time to have our rest after our long trek. The second lake is fenced in by different green trees and plants and it is deeper than the first lake. According to kuya Rhengie our driver, who happens to be our guide also, he said that no one have had ever reached the underside of the lake because it is too deep.

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Afterwards on, our short rest, I finally went down to get closer to the second lake. I saw the large trunk of the trees that has been peacefully lying down for I guessed quite long already. It serves to be the bridge if you bid to get closer to the lake. After taking pictures and communing with its beauty I decided to go back and look for my cousin and our driver since it was only me who went down to the second lake.

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Another backbreaking 900 meters of trek going back to the first lake had challenged my two little itchy feet. Only when we almost reached where have get started, I saw a perfect spot to climb on a tree and had my signature pose facing the calm lake. I called my cousin’s attention if she could get a picture of me standing on a trunk of the tree. Good thing she’s kind enough to say yes to my plea. We keep on our trek and soon enough we have made it up to the main entrance of the lake.

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At the main entryway, there’s a viewing deck, a beanery and a souvenir shop. Hence we decided to have our rest, have some refreshments and my cousin bought some souvenir items.

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Another fun filled day for us, we wish to stay more, but we sustain to leave to visit other tourist attractions in Negros Oriental. The “Pulang Bato Falls”. I’ll post on my blog soon.

But before we made our way back to Dumaguete City, I wonder how could it be if I tried to swim in the lakes? I’m sure the water is frigid because of green trees nearby and will surely pacify my jaded body. But in whatever case, I won’t dare to swim in the lakes. It is more than enough that I conform to them both.

Reminder:
“Leave only footprints, take only pictures, no graffiti! No litter “.

Rates and other infos.

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THINGS TO DO
If you desire to add an extra spice during your visit. The activities below will surely build your visit extra special and fun filled experience.
1. Kayaking
2. Boating
3. Camping
4. Trekking

How to get to Balinsasayao Twin Lakes

You can book a flight going to Dumaguete City, since Dumaguete City is the entry point. The minute you arrived in Dumaguete City go straight to the jeepney terminal. Ride a PUJ (Public Utility Jeep) going to Amlan and get off at the juncture in La-laan in San Jose. Fare is PHP 15 and may take 15-20 minutes of road travel time. Simply keep your eyes on the left side of the road as you made your way because you’ll see a signage that says” This way to Balinsasayao Twin Lakes”.  From there hire a motorcycle (Habal-Habal). They charge you PHP 200 each person that’s good for back and forth. Be careful as some local drivers offer high price. You can as well rent a motorcycle if you have your drivers license with you at Dumaguete City. A day rental can cost PHP300- PHP350 and can already take you to places you wish to travel to.

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What to bring with you:
Please don’t forget to bring your water. If you like to swim in the lakes, then bring with you an extra T’shirt.

Where to stay in Dumaguete City
The Gazebo Pensionne House
Address: Cervantes St. Dumaguete City, Negros    Oriental, Philippines.
Telephone number: (035) 255-0579
Tel.Fax: (035) 255-6246
Mobile number: +63 927-750-8356 (Globe)/ +63 919–973-1170
E-mail: gazebopensionnehouse@yahoo.com
Facebook: The Gazebo Pensionne House.

Room Rates
*Single – (Bed good for 1 )- PHP 700
*Double – (Bed good for 2)- PHP 800
*Twin- sharing – (2 single beds good for 2)- PHP 850
*Family – (1 king bed & 1 single bed good for 3, with refrigerator)- PHP 1,200
*Family – ( 1 king bed & 1 double deck good for 4, with refrigerator)  PHP 1,400
* Extra bed PHP 200
*Extra Person PHP 150

Note: Prices are subject to change without prior notice.

Accommodations:
Fully- Air Conditioned rooms, with private toilet & bath, Hot & cold shower, cable TV, PABX telephone system, stand-by generator, 24-hour room & housekeeping services, snack & coffee shop, laundry & pressing services upon request, WIFI connectivity, safe & spacious parking space, friendly & courteous staff.

Why I chose to stay in the Gazebo Pensionne House?
Because they are not just offering very affordable price, but their room charge per units is also comes with free breakfast.

They also offer affordable land tour by visiting the well known tourist destination of Negros Oriental such as, Casaroro waterfalls, Pulang Bato falls and Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park. Just look for kuya RENGIE PROVIDENCIA OR NENENG LAURENTE. Mobile Number: +63 927-750-8356

Casaroro Falls: A stunning beauty in its pantomime narrowness.


Every waterfalls have different features, they induce a variety of unique beauty and they have their own style of captivating the eyes of  every traveler and even those who love natures.

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Casaroro Falls is nestled in the lush scenery green mountains in the town of Valencia, Negros Oriental. It is alleged to be the most photographed waterfall in the entire Negros province, with its genuine natural beauty and charm. It is situated 9.4 Kilometers west of Dumaguete City. 

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A truly one of the hidden Gem of Negros Oriental. With its innate beauty, a lot of  adventure seeker and nature lover have been drawn in and fell in love. Despite of steep trails, tourists would still consider Casaroro falls as a must-visit destination.

Prying the whereabouts of Negros Oriental right after we arrived in the City of Gentle People. (Damaguete City) Was what brought us to the lofty and awesome Casaroro Falls with my cousin (Genelyn Wanan).

Looking the best place to stay in Dumaguete City has never been that hard because they have a lot of affordable hotels and pension house that are really easy to find. We arrived late at night and soon enough we were able to get an affordable pension house to stay. Since we have travelled a bit far, getting a good rest is a good thought.
This travel of us seemed to be more exciting than our usual visit. Maybe because me and my cousin have just joined together for the very first time in this unplanned travel of us.

And so came the defining moment of our sojourn to Casaroro Falls. While on our way, I saw a lot of Lanzones trees that are scattered around, I was then thinking, I have missed the Lanzones farm on Camiguin Island, where they produced the sweetest Lanzones fruits in the country during my visit, but seeing the lanzones trees in Valencia would have been lessened my regret  since I missed it on Camiguin Island. It could have been great if I could able to regard the fruits hanging on its tree.

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It happened on our way we saw some of the tourist attractions in the town of Valencia. Isla Del Rio and the The forest camp.

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I saw a river that drew me more excited to see the Casaroro falls, I knew then that we’re almost there.

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At long last, we arrived at the entrance going to the falls, we paid PHP10 for the entrance and writing down our name for the registration. I immediately noticed the big signage of Casaroro falls.

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My cousin and I haven’t had any idea what would have been awaiting for us in Casaroro Falls. We both didn’t know that we have to take the 300 plus steps going down before we could able to see the sensational beauty of Casaroro waterfalls.

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I went down first and finding out my cousin  struggling on her way down is something I could laugh at. And hence I did (non-stop evil laugh).  I was excited going down, in no time I finished the 300 plus steps, I heard the streaming water gently running through the big rocks making a gurgling sound. I’m a bit dismayed, because I guessed the moment I overcome the 300 plus steps the next would have been seeing the falls already. I met  two couples who earned their way back to the entrance, so I assumed maybe they have seen the falls already. And so I asked them, hello good morning, how’s the falls? They smiled at me and said we were struggling on our way there, we determined to go back because we saw the signage saying “danger” I was like, what the hell? How hard could that be?  They said we do not know. So I halt for a minute and wait for my cousin and our motorcycle driver as happened to be our tour guide also. While they haven’t made it yet, I decided to just take pictures of the streaming water with a positive thought that there’s a way going to the falls.

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At last my cousin came and our driver, I immediately asked our driver, is there really way going to the falls?  He said of course YES! Then I discovered the old hanging concreted path that have been dilapidated and in ramshackle condition. I called for our driver again,  What happened to all these? Was there a good way to the falls before?  He graciously said yes. This was hit by the great flood during the typhoon Sendong last  December 2011. (Sorry to hear about it).

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Hence we continue our trek going to the falls, it was really challenging because you have to pass through the big rocks and cross the river. What captivated my attention was the big rocks. It appeared to be like they’re growing every year because they’re really huge.

Soon enough I heard the bellowing sound of Casaroro waterfalls as if the sound is making a sibilant voice saying come closer and get in touch at my unique beauty. I couldn’t wait to see it, the closer I get to the falls, the excitement feeling is becoming more real. Viewing it from afar, standing astoundingly at the height of 100 feet, the water plunges into a greenish deep cold catching basin, then flow downstream to the fissure huge rocks that creates a wonderful river. What fascinated me was the narrowness of its pantomime natures beauty. It’s far from the other cascades that I have seen already.

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During our visit, it wasn’t crowded, in fact, it was just me and my cousin and of course our driver who were there. So we owned it for 30 minutes I guessed. We commune with its natural beauty, and looking for a good spot to get pictures. What makes our journey to Casaroro waterfalls feels more fun was that, we can do whatever we want, posing anything we like and caring no one to see us.

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Only after we have enjoyed the awesome Casaroro falls, there were two couples who have just set their foot of the falls so maybe it’s about time to leave and let them enjoy the falls too. Soon enough, we left the falls with so much felicity.

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Going back was still a back breaking challenged for us, we still have to pass through the big crevices rocks and overcome the 300 plus steps going up. But Since we have re-charged on ourselves, this time wouldn’t be that challenging. I caught the grin from my cousin’s face, I know deep within us that we  both have been satiated.

Reminder:
“Leave only footprints, take only pictures, no graffiti! No litter “.

How to get to Casaroro Falls:
You can book a flight going to Dumaguete City, since Dumaguete City is the entry point. The minute you arrived in Dumaguete City go straight to the jeepney terminal. From terminal ride Jeepney going to Valencia, Negros Oriental, the fare is PHP13. The travel time is about 15-20 minutes. From Valencia town proper you can hinge on a motorbike (Habal-Habal)  going to the drop off point of Casaroro Falls. The fare is PHP200 back and forth. Your motorcycle driver can also be your tour guide since the trail leading to the falls has been off the beaten path, (Don’t forget to apply your tips).

What to bring with you:
Please don’t forget to bring your water. And since you have to cross with the immense rocks and river you need to wear your rubber shoes

Where to stay in Dumaguete City
The Gazebo Pensionne House
Address: Cervantes St. Dumaguete City, Negros    Oriental, Philippines.
Telephone number: (035) 255-0579
Tel.Fax: (035) 255-6246
Mobile number: +63 927-750-8356 (Globe)/ +63 919–973-1170
E-mail: gazebopensionnehouse@yahoo.com
Facebook: The Gazebo Pensionne House.

Room Rates
*Single – (Bed good for 1 )- PHP 700
*Double – (Bed good for 2)- PHP 800
*Twin- sharing – (2 single beds good for 2)- PHP 850
*Family – (1 king bed & 1 single bed good for 3, with refrigerator)- PHP 1,200
*Family – ( 1 king bed & 1 double deck good for 4, with refrigerator)  PHP 1,400
* Extra bed PHP 200
*Extra Person PHP 150

Note: Prices are subject to change without prior notice.

Accommodations:
Fully- Air Conditioned rooms, with private toilet & bath, Hot & cold shower, cable TV, PABX telephone system, stand-by generator, 24-hour room & housekeeping services, snack & coffee shop, laundry & pressing services upon request, WIFI connectivity, safe & spacious parking space, friendly & courteous staff.

Why I chose to stay in the Gazebo Pensionne House?
Because they are not just offering very affordable price, but their room charge per units is also comes with free breakfast.

They also offer affordable land tour by visiting the well known tourist destination of Negros Oriental such as, Casaroro waterfalls, Pulang Bato falls and Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park. Just look for kuya RENGIE PROVIDENCIA OR NENENG LAURENTE. Mobile Number: +63 927-750-8356

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