Sibulan - Negros Oriental Destinations


Sibulan is a 4th class municipality in the province of Negros Oriental, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 37,523 people in 7,871 households.

Sibulan is a 4th class municipality in the province of Negros Oriental. It is approximately 5 kilometers north of Dumaguete City and is only a short nautical distance from Cebu.

Among Sibulan’s pride is the eco-tourism area called Twin Lakes on Mount Talinis. These lakes are actually the charming Balinsasayaw and Danao, located in Enrique Villanueva, situated 1,000 meters above sea level. The lakes are surrounded by lush tropical forests, with dense canopies, cool and refreshing air, and crystal clear mineral waters. Biodiversity in the area is known to be one of the richest in the Philippines.

Aside from the Twin Lakes, Sibulan is also known for having the most golf courses in the province. The San Antonio Golf Course is a nine-hole golf course located 15 kilometers 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.

The imposing building of the Senior San Antonio de Padua Church attracts devotees from all over Negros Oriental. Crowds gather to light candles for the patron saint every 13th of each month especially during his feast day, June 13, where a fluvial procession is also held. This transforms the church grounds and the plaza into a bustling festive gathering.

Held every 3rd Sunday of January in Barangay Masulog, the Masulog Festival is celebrated to recount the legend of the great floods (sulog) that periodically laid waste to the old village. With street dancing and showdown presentations, the natives would seek the intercession of the Santo Niño and took better care of their natural resources to restore the fertility of their lands.

The Yagyag Festival is celebrated during the 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. This is also an occasion for trading and barter. The festival is a showcase of local arts and culture, fashion and unity. It features mardi gras-type streetdancing and related events.

Other landmarks and attractions of the municipality include its symmetrical municipal hall, the Ang Tay Golf Course, the Looc Memorial Shrine which marks the site of the first encounter of WWII in Negros Oriental, the San Mortiz Beach located in Agan-an, and the modest but operative Sibulan Airport.




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