Voted as the greenest and cleanest town in all of Negros Oriental back in 2007, Valencia still upholds this reputation today. The small town is home to a little over 35,000 people. This first class municipality strives to maintain all of its treasures for the benefit of both its residents and visitors.
Back then, Valencia was originally named Ermita, meaning “a secluded place.” It was named as such because the town was a refuge and a safe place from all of the Muslim pirates and invaders that used to terrorize the area. However, it was renamed to Valencia by one of the Spanish priests who went to the Philippines. In the middle of the town plaza is the Spanish Fountain which was built by Augustinian Friars in order to channel waters from the upland spring. Now, it is the main source of water in town.
Valencia is filled with heritage sites, historical monuments, adventure trails, and natural attractions. You’ll have no trouble finding something to do in this town. One of the destinations is the Tejero Highland Resort and Adventure Park, which has opened relatively recently. The park has a dual zipline, ATV rides, natural pools, a slide, and accommodations for all of its guests. The park is now one of the most visited places in the province.
Aside from that, Valencia is home to many historical monuments and shrines that commemorate events in Philippine history. This includes the Filipino-American-Japanese Amity Memorial Shrine which stands at the foot of Mt. Talinis. This shrine was erected in honor of the Filipino and American guerilla soldiers who fought against the Japanese Imperial Army in the 1940’s. Of course, Mt. Talinis is an attraction on its own, being a fun trek for you and your friends. Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Nature Park are two crater lakes that surround the mountain, which is great for swimming.
Cata-al War Memorabilia is also a point of interest. It is World War II’s survivor, Porforio Cata-al’s private collection. The bulk of his collection are relics from the war including Japanese and American coins, grenades, old rifles, medals, an old military uniform, and even a Japanese Soldier mummy!
There are two distinct natural waterfalls that you simply have to visit while you’re in Valencia. The Casaroro Waterfalls, which is the most documented waterfalls in the province, is a narrow cascade of water that lands in a small swimming hole. Another is the Malabo Falls where the swimming hole is decorated with red rocks, making the entire place all the more appealing. Both waterfalls are surrounded by lush greenery.
The town has a lot more to offer and it’s just a short drive from Dumaguete City!
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