History and Culture
Sidlakang Negros Village
Belle Piccio | Oct 04, 2013
Sidlakang Negros Village was born out of a felt need for a site that would stimulate tourism development and agricultural endeavors in the Province’s 25 local government units (LGUs), preserve the Province’s cultural heritage, foster stronger multi-sectoral involvement in the communities, and bring all these activities together for a year-long exposition that domestic and international visitors could come to for an endearing Negros Oriental experience.
Sidlakang Negros Village institutionalizes these objectives by providing a permanent venue for trade and tourism exhibitions and cultural activities.
Back in 1988, as the Province neared its Centennial Celebration in 1990, then Governor Emilio Macias II opened a showroom and gallery of Negros Oriental arts and crafts products that was christened Sidlakang Negros, or eastern Negros. Sidlakang Negros Village amplifies that concept in an enduring form.
A home place that will welcome visitors in all seasons, it is a central trading post for the Province’s producers and entrepreneurs that is open for business all year round.
Sidlakang Negros Village, photo by Dustin Mijares
Strategically set on a lush tree-shaded hectare just off the National Highway, the Village comprises 26 modules where each of Negros Oriental’s 19 municipalities and 6 cities can showcase their chosen tourism assets and agricultural products, investment potentials, and their finest goods and services.
The Village harks back to its precious history by dedicating one module to its former Sub-Province of Siquijor, which has responded with eager participation.
A three-module WiFi wired building houses the office of the Sidlakang Negros Village Management Board, the Provincial Tourism Office and the Sidlakang Negros Showroom, a one-stop shop of Negros Oriental arts, crafts, delicacies, souvenirs and pasalubong items.
The Village structures, of modern industrial materials such as steel and glass are endowed with grace by cogon thatches and bamboo, a charming salute to native architecture.
A stage and open-air auditorium provides space for performances.
A theme park, a trade center, a home for the Negros Oriental artists and artisans, Sidlakang Negros Village celebrates Negros Oriental’s talent and creativity, arts and crafts, cultural events, and other valuable products to be shared with locals and visitors alike with pride.
Sidlakang Negros Village is located at E.J. Blanco Drive, Piapi, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental. Contact the Negros Oriental Provincial Tourism Office at telephone numbers (035) 226-3105 and (035) 422-4168 for inquiries.
How to Get There
From Manila, you can fly to Dumaguete (estimated cost of Php4,000++, round trip, one hour and 15 minutes). You can ride a tricycle around the city (minimum of Php8 per passenger per destination).
(source: Negros Oriental Provincial Tourism | photo by Dustin Mijares)