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CHOOSECLUSIVE: Giant Carabao Sundial is the Newest Tourist Attraction in Negros Occidental

Negros Occidental

Belle Piccio
Belle Piccio | Mar 24, 2015
CHOOSECLUSIVE: Giant Carabao Sundial is the Newest Tourist Attraction in Negros Occidental

At first, you might just thought of it as another statue found inside the VMC compound. But, this one has a purpose... It tells time! This Carabao Sundial is found inside the Victorias Milling Company (VMC) Compound of Victorias City, Negros Occidental.

The carabao sundial was built in 1975. It started as a project with a challenge that it must have a purpose to the community and at the same time an art piece. A group composed of 12 seniors students of Don Bosco Technical Institute - Victorias from Shalom IV Class '76 accepted the challenge with the assistance of the VMC, Inc. Management.

photo from itsmorefuninthephilippines.com

The structure is a 15-feet high varnished copper. Its design is a carabao with a big head and exaggerated large horns with a man on top holding a sugarcane. The digits to help you tell the time is inscribed on its horns while the sugarcane serves as the clock's hand. The whole figure also symbolizes as a hardworking community and strong Philippine Labor. The sugarcane symbolizes sugar as the main source of livelihood and the worker represents today's youth that will lead tomorrow.

With only an Php11,000 budget, the seniors finished the project after a year on March 20, 1976 just right before their graduation.

 

How to Get There

Victorias City, known as the "Sugar Capital" of Negros Occidental, is a 45-minute drive from Bacolod City.

From Manila, you can fly to Bacolod (Php2500++, round trip, 45 minutes). From Bacolod-Silay Airport, you can take a shuttle (Php75-150 per head), or a cab (minimum of Php400) and ask to be dropped off at your destination or to the North Bus Terminal. Bus trips start at 5:00am until 9:00pm.

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