Which Town In Negros Occidental Is Celebrating Its 100th Township?
Belle Piccio | Nov 28, 2017
La Castellana is a first-class municipality of Negros Occidental Province.
A rural town located at the base of Kanlaon Volcano. La Castellana is bounded by La Carlota City at the north, the municipalities of Isabella and Moises Padilla at the south, the municipalities of Pontevedra and Hinigaran at the west and the provincial boundaries of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental at the east.
The “muscovado” sugar mills known as “de agua” were constructed in the later part of the 18th century. It was then in this period that sugarcane planting were encouraged. Hearing of the rich potentials of the sugarcane industry, many immigrants came and settled down in the area.
The place became prosperous that on January 5, 1918 it was inaugurated as a town. The town was believed to be named after the famous “Paseo de La Castellana” in Madrid, Spain.
The municipality of La Castellana will be celebrating its Centennial Foundation Anniversary in the year 2018. With the theme: “Reminiscing the Past, Relishing the Present, Reinvigorating for the Future,” it has prepared a series of activities starting on December 14, 2017 until January 5, 2018.
Schedule of Activities
*Note: schedule may subject to change without prior notice | courtesy of the Municipality of La Castellana
As an agricultural town, it is not only known for its sugarcane farming but also for its rice and bananas.
Aside from its picturesque and beautiful tourist spots, the town is also known for its festivals. One of the festivals of La Castellana is the vibrant and lively Bailes de Luces. It is a thanksgiving celebration of the townspeople for all the blessings received during the year and also serves as an expression of hope for the coming year to be prosperous.
Bailes de Luces is a relevant annual event in La Castellana as the culmination of the Christmas season. The festivity peaks on January 5 which is the town’s Charter Day.
How to Get There
From Manila, you can fly to Bacolod (estimated cost of Php2500++, round trip, 45 minutes). From Bacolod-Silay Airport, you can take a shuttle or a cab and ask to be dropped off at your destination. From the Bacolod South Terminal, you can ride a bus going to La Castellana.
La Castellana is approximately 1.5-hour drive from Bacolod City through public utility vehicles and only about 1-hour by private car.