|Distance from Bacolod:
|No. of Barangays:
||88,149 (August 1, 2007)
English is spoken & understood
Points of Interest
Church of St. Joseph the Worker
Victorias Milling Company
Old Simboryo – ‘Old Chimney’
VMC Golf and Country Club
Victorias City Hall & Public Plaza
Our Lady of Victory Parish Church
City Sports & Amusement Center
Immaculate Conception Cathedral
Kadalag-an Festival/Charter Day (March 21)
Feast of Our Lady of Victory/Malihaw Festival (April 26)
Kalamayan & Christmas Festival (December 15-31)
Friday (Brgy. Poblacion)
HOW TO GET THERE
Considered as the sugar capital of Negros Occidental, Victorias can be reached in 40 to 45 minutes from Bacolod City either by private car or public utility vehicles plying the northern Negros.
First trip starts as early as 5:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Two local public utility buses serve ply the area everyday.
Nestled in a lush tropical forest named after a Hiligaynon word which means ‘overlooking’. Carpeted with verdant vegetation, Gawahon conceals magnificent seven (7) waterfalls and offers its visitors a tantalizing panoramic view of Victorias City of Victorias City and neighboring towns and cities. Home to the Island’s unique threatened and endemic flora and fauna. The Philippine Biodiversity and Conservation Foundation of the Philippines have recorded a total number of 166 species in the forest of Gawahon Eco-Park. Among these species are 19 threatened species including the critically endangered and threatened species like Negros Bleeding Heart Pigeon, Rufuos-headed Hornbill, Visayan Warty Pig, and Visayan Tarictic Hornbill.
VICTORIAS CITY HALL – Has an imposing façade built between 1935 and 1938 during the time of Felix Montinola Sr. who was the first executive to hold the position as Municipal Mayor. Built through donations from the townspeople of Victorias. Old City Hall was made of Nipa and native materials. The colonial architecture of the city hall represents the political aspect of the city being the seat of political power. It reflects the people’s humility and strength of character. Located at Osmeǹa Street, Victorias City.
Sr. Don Alejandro Acuǹa Yap Quiǹa is depicted in this sculpture as Victoriahanon envision him on a fateful day of October 1906. He was the one who donated the 20-hectare land on which now stands the City Hall and the public plaza, his self-titled Elementary School, the Arts & Cultural Center, the Hall of Justice, Victorias Elementary School, the new Government Center and the Victorias Commercial Center.
VICTORIAS MILLING COMPANY – Established and started to operate on 1919, founded by Don Miguel Ossorio. This refinery is considered as the first biggest sugar mill and refinery in Southeast Asia and the country’s biggest supplier of refined sugar for it supplies about 28%. The 1st sugar mill in the country to earn ISO 9002 Certification. It sugar operations is consist of two mill tandems with a combine rated grinding capacity of 15,000 tons canes daily.VMC is built in solid 600 hectare agro-industrial complex ground with interesting attractions such as old American houses, the first Don Bosco Technical Institute in the Philippines, Iron Dinosaur, the fascinating Carabao Sundial, Old Simboryo and the St. Joseph the Worker Church.
VMC GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB – Located inside the agro-industrial compound of VMC. Offers an 18-hole golf course covered by lush greens and a well-lighted driving range classified as PAR 71. Has a spacious restaurant where you can relax and enjoy sumptuous meals after a long game. Has an estimated of 3000 annual number of players.
JOSEPH THE WORKER PARISH CHURCH – Dubbed as the “Church of the Angry Christ”, designed by Raymond Antonin, a famous Czech architect in the 1940 which indulges one’s visual sense of cultural and artistic icon. The church is known to be earthquake resilient, considered as the only architectural piece built by the architect in the Philippines and the only church where Mary and Joseph are depicted as Filipinos in native attire which is unique because it represents the First Filipinism in Liturgical Art. Featured in an international magazine, ‘Life and Liturgical Art’ which became a cultural and religious icon and a symbol of avant-garde art. The Church showcases several art masterpieces like the ‘Angry Christ’ mural painted by the world-renowned artist, Alfonso Ossorio, one of the sons of Don Miguel Ossorio, the founder of the VMC.
IRON DINOSAUR – An antique steam locomotive engine displayed within the Victorias Milling Company, manufactured by Baldwin Locomotive Works, Philadelphia, USA. It were used to transport sugarcanes from the fields to the sugar central. It used to dominate the Negros landscape with their huge frame and the thunder of their approach can be heard even from a distance. A welcome disturbance in a bucolic landscape for it means it is already milling season. The climax of the 9-12 months of waiting for the canes to be harvested.
THE CARABAO SUNDIAL – Built in December 1975 by the Shalom IV Batch 1975, senior machine shop students of DBTI Victorias led by Hezekiah Katalbas and Vicente Gonzaga whch took them a year to create the actual sundial. Features a worker carrying a sugar cane on top of a carabao head. One could tell time because of the sugar cane’s casted shadows. The sugarcane serves as the hand of the clock, while the numbers for the time are inscribed in the horns of the carabao. CARABAO represents the hard working community, SUGARCANE represents the sugar as the main product of Victorias City and made VMC known and the main source of income here in Negros, and YOUNG MAN represents the youth of today who will lead for tomorrow. Represents the sugarcane industry in Negros. Inspired by the famous Filipino metal sculptor Eduardo Castrillo who is also the one who made the ‘Paghimud-os’ metal artwork displayed in Capitol Lagoon (Bacolod).
PEǸALOSA FARM – A 3,000 sq. meters organic Eden owned and managed by Mr. Ramon Peǹalosa and family who are staunch advocates of the concept of “edible landscape”. The place offers live-in seminars on agri-preneurship, integrated organic farming and agriculture. Located in Barangay XIII. The farm offers a guiltless, sumptuous organic meals. Has been appointed by the Agricultural Training Institute as one of the agri-farm training centers in Negros Occidental. Have function rooms and 9 nature-friendly bedrooms. The Balai-Balai can accommodate up to 55 persons for training and seminars.
“No Filipino will go hungry in his native land” is an apt catchphrase for their noble quest to educate people that there is money to be made in farming.
CITY SPORTS & AMUSEMENT CENTER – Declared as the home of the PBA (Philippine Basketball Association) in Negros Occidental. With its 8,000 seating capacity, 4 dug-outs 4 VIP rooms, 12-lane bowling center, fitness gym, has a rubberized basketball court with fiber goals (a state of the art electronic four sided center hung scoreboard and lighting and sound P.A. system), social hall, power house and 12-alley bowling lanes. One of the pilot projects of Mayor Severo Palanca. Truly a venue for sports and recreational events.
VICTORIAS CITY TOURISM OFFICE
MARIAN RICA B. CALSEǸA
Tourism Officer – Designate
2/F Victorias City Organic Market, Brgy. IV,
Victorias City, Negros Occidental, Philippines 6119
Telephone #: (034)-399-3033 (temporary)
Email: [email protected]