San Carlos City - Negros Occidental Destinations

San Carlos City

It is a 1st class component city in the province of Negros Occidental, Philippines.

San Carlos City is a 2nd class component city in the province of Negros Occidental. It is formerly known as Nabingkalan, derived from the word “Nabingka” a beautiful daughter of a Negrito chieftain who settled in the area that ruled the village in early part of the 17th century. San Carlos sits amid a major sugar-producing region and the city supports a large sugar mill established in 1912. The city also has a long coastline, about 21 kilometers, which is abundant of mangroves.

San Carlos City has various tourist destinations. To name a few are the Alisyawan Falls, 35 minutes away from Pamhawan proper; the Codcod Rice Terraces, 28 kilometers from the city proper and is also a main source of rice and vegetables; the Choco Hills situated in Barangay Prosperidad along the Negros Translink Ecotourism Highway; the Balaang Bukid Ni Maria in Barangay Palampas which features the Stations of the Cross and a shrine overlooking San Carlos; the Hacienda House of Don Teodolfo Infante situated in Hacienda Guadalupe; the Our Lady of Lourdes Sacred Grotto; the San Carlos Borromeo Cathedral; the La Fortuna Nature and Wildlife Lagoon; Whispering Palms Island Resort; and the famous Sipaway Island, also known as Refugio Island which has a century-old Balete tree, white sand beach resort, a private wharf and recreation center and a huge public swimming pool.

Aside from these destinations, another popular tourist attraction in San Carlos is its annual Pintaflores Festival celebrated every November 3 to 5. Pintaflores was born out of the people's search for a cultural identity and tradition. This festival combines two events, the Nabingkalan Tattoo Festival and the Dances of Flowers. The highlight of the festival is a Streetdance and Ritual Competition with colorful ethnic-inspired costumes and floral body tattoos. The festival is also in celebration of the Feast of San Carlos de Borromeo, Patron Saint of San Carlos City, whose feast falls on November 4.




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Pinta Flores Festival
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