Thursday, May 1, 2008

Getting Lost With Names – Valencia

This topic started with this article
There are three in this country

One is a town in Bohol, Region 7 – Central Visayas. This is a town on the southern coast where you go straight on the way to Jagna, instead of heading left to Loboc and Carmen at Loay. There is this unique beach resort with swimming pools fed by an abundant sring coming from the mountains. They have even created the water intake as a waterfall as indeed it is abundant. You will remember Lazi in this town. Why? Well the church floor is made of wood too! And tiled in alternating dark and light colored wood. And though not as large, the convent is also across the street!

Another Valencia, in the very same region is a town in the province of Negros Oriental. This one is just a few kilometers up the hills from Dumaguete. It is becoming a suburb of the capital city that many of those working in Dumaguete have started putting up their residences up on this cool town. Even the bishops alace is along the way. Heard about the famous Casaroro? Or Mt. Talinis? Or the Spanish foutnain? They’re all in this town, but don’t bet on the fountain. Its not anymore working (fed by gravity flowing water from the mountains) but remnants are there!

Going further south, in the province of Bukidnon is the City of Valencia (Region 10 – Northern Mindanao). Call it up the hills from Cagayan De Oro or up the hills from Davao, it’s the same! This city is up the cool mountains of the rovince where the highway from CDO to Davao passes. A short ride away is a lake and the city surroundings teem with caves and fantastic waterfalls.

Hey, not part of the above three localities… did you know there is also a town in the island province of Guimaras that is named “Nueva Valencia”? Yep, that’s in Region 6 Western Visayas. Hmm, the new Valencia? Well, though not included in our count above, it might as well be. So there are 4 Valencias in this country. The fourth is just called “new”! This town is at the southern tip of the island, and aside from the usual beaches, islets, lighthouses and mangoes for which they are known for, there is also what they call the pulang-pasayan, some other farms that boast of cashew nuts, jackfruit plantations and other tree farms.

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