Sunday, December 30, 2007

Getting Lost With Names - San Carlos

This topic started with this article

There are two cities. Yes, two cities!

The first San Carlos is a progressive city in the province of Pangasinan (Region 1 – Ilocos). This is one of the four cities in the province and right in the heart of the province. Ironic for a city to sport a rural kind of product but aside from the usual Bangus (as in most of Pangasinan), this city is actually the source of many things bamboo! You can find many stores or businesses that offer products made out of bamboo – from your little table wares to furniture and even bamboo houses all on sale! Oh yes, mangoes are still aplenty in this city and they claim they have the most delectable of mangoes. Who does not? hehe

Now the other San “Carlos City” is a city on the northeastern region of the province of Negros Occidental (Region 6 – Western Visayas). Ah yes, looking at the map of the island, it is an “oriental” but for some reason (whatever) the city belongs to the “occidental” province. Note though that like Dumaguete and Bais and all other towns in Negros Oriental, San Carlos City is generally Cebuano-speaking, though many (if not all) also speak the hiligaynon dialect of Negros Occidental – which incidentally, people mostly from Bacolod do not want to call it Ilonggo (since they’re not from Iloilo) and would prefer to call it and themselves as “Negrense”. Oh identity!

Hey, it has not been heavy an issue in this country other than on this island where most every barrio wants to be called a city! And that in itself is another peculiar thing about their sense of self-worth hehehe! This San Carlos City by the way is an important crossroad. It straddles the central and western Visayas not only physically but also economically, culturally and socially. Thus, by way of its port, you can take a bus from Bacolod to Cebu City with the ro-ro ride taking place in this city. In this city, never miss the Pintaflores Festival. Its big like the Sinulog, Dinagyang, Ati-atihan or Masskara – since envy of those festivals actually made rise to putting up the Pintaflores. Just the same, it’s a grand spectacle everyone should not miss!

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