A 10- away minute ride down south from the city of Dumaguete lies Bacong. Considered as smallest town in the province of Negros Oriental, yet this town has a lot to offer, tourism wise. It is pretty accessible by private vehicles, tricycles and jeepneys or the bigger Ceres buses that ply the south bound route.
Founded in 1801, this is the hometown of the revolutionary Filipino hero Pantaleon Villegas, better known as Leon Kilat. This explains why
the Leon Kilat Monument stands majestic in the town park , a landmark of the town . The park where in the Leon Kilat Monument stands is so clean that often, you see people hang out here. The Bacong people were noted for their bravery from the time of the marauding days of Moro Pirates. Locals would repulse them with their unforgettable cry “stand up, stand up and fight!” The name Bacong comes from the dialect word “Bacon” which means stand up.
Go around, there are several spots to visit.
Bacong could boast about their church, the church of San Agustine. This church has the tallest belfry in the whole of Negros Oriental, the oldest altar with gold-leafing and painted friezes, and a pipe organ from Zaragoza, Spain, installed in 1898 shortly before the revolution against Spain broke out in Oriental Negros. The only other pipe organ of similar provenance is to be in Bohol. With its reasonably well-preserved complex including churchyard and convent (ca 1850), San Agustin of Bacong is one of the 26 colonial churches all over the country selected for restoration by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.
Another place to visit is the Negros Oriental Arts and Heritage. This is a factory that is open to the public on weekdays where foreign and local tourists can go and visit to see export quality stone craft being manufactured. There are handicrafts that are made by the locals here which tourist can buy as Philippine souvenirs.
Known for its beaches, you may find some beach resorts and cottages along the coastline wherein you can do a picnic, swim and simply relax. There is also a resort which you should not miss in this town: Bambulo Resort.
One of the town’s bigger barangays, San Miguel, marks its local fiesta with a unique Sinulog de San Miguel, where the archangel and his heavenly army are depicted battling the forces of evil. You would expect a lot of people in this place during Fiesta as locals here would really celebrate and prepare food. Try to be here during this season to experience not only Filipino cuisine but hospitality as well, one of our traits we Filipinos are renowned for.
There are more things to do while in Bacong:
- Have swimming, sunbathing, and snorkeling at the beach.
- Have a trip with friends and hang out at the park with friends.
- Do some sightseeing.
- Do pictorials in the place.
- Shopping in the public market for the day’s fresh catch, fruits and vegetables.
So don’t forget to make this place a part of your future destinations.