History and Culture

LOOK: Negros Island's Puto Capital Sets Up Unconventional Christmas Trees

Negros Occidental,

Belle Piccio
Belle Piccio | Dec 17, 2015

The Municipality of Manapla is known in the Philippines for its native delicacy, puto. Manapla is located at the northern portion of Negros Island.

READ: The Best Steamed Rice Cake -- Manapla Puto

Manapla was derived from the name of the town’s captain well respected wife whom the locals warmly call as “Manang Pula.” Through the years, it was shortened to “Manapla” and is still being carried until now. In the 1900s, Manapla became one of the top producers of sugar in Negros Island. 

The town is also well-known for its famous landmarks such as the famed Chapel of Cartwheels and the Gaston Ancestral Homes.

 READ: Chapel of Cartwheels

This month, they celebrate and spread the spirit of Christmas by setting up Christmas trees made by the different departments of Manapla Municipality. 

The trees are made of recycled and indigenous materials such and are on display at the municipal hall lobby. 

There’s one made using nets and decorated with plastic bottles cut into shapes of flowers and ball. Another tree is made of coconut decorated with plastic straws transformed into stars, fruit nets and plastic cups.


The white is decorated with plastic bottles filled with colored water, scratch papers and metallic paper cut outs.

A beautifully lighted belen outside the municipal hall is also on display.

READ ALSO: Christmas in Villamonte: A Symbol of the Creativity of Bacoleños

The activity also shows that you don’t need to buy an expensive Christmas tree at the malls to decorate your homes. All you need is just a little creativity!

For more information, contact the Mayor’s Office at (034) 491-0125 or 491-0165.

(All photos courtesy of ABS-CBN Bacolod unless otherwise stated.)

How to Get There

From Manila, you can fly to Bacolod (Php2500++, round trip, 45 minutes). From Bacolod-Silay Airport, you can take a shuttle (Php75-100 per head), or a cab (minimum of Php400) and ask to be dropped off at Bacolod North Terminal.

Manapla is about an hour drive from Bacolod City by private car. From the Bacolod North Terminal, you can ride a bus plying to the north or bound to Manapla.

Read More of Manapla, Neg. Occ.
1) Chapel of Cartwheels

2) The Best Steamed Rice Cake -- Manapla Puto

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