Part 4 of the Libotero Negros Occidental Heritage Series
From Pontevedra, I hopped in another mini-bus to take me to the next town up north, Valladolid. The short trip only cost me the minimum fare of ten pesos.
The town of Valladolid is a 4th-class municipality, in terms of income. Based on the latest census, it is home to at least 32,576 people.
Valladolid is known to be the fruit basket of Negros Occidental due to its abundant supply of fruits. It also produces one of the juiciest and tastiest shells I’ve ever tasted, the diwal or the angel wings.
Besides those, the town is best known for its centuries-old church dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe.
I wonder why not much has been written about this magnificent church despite its accessibility. The massive structure is hard to miss as it located along the national highway.
Facade of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
Founded in 1851 by the Recollect Missionaries, it would have been the biggest Church in Negros Occidental if it was not gutted by fire. Of the original church, only the facade remains intact.
Due to the fire, the Church was reduced in size, lengthwise and height-wise.
The Church’s current main altar.
The Church’s original altar with the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe still stands at the back of the current Church.
The site of the original altar.
The original altar.
The ruins of the Church Convent can also be found at the right side of the Church.
After offering my prayers before the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, I crossed the street to check out the town center of Valladolid.
Valladolid Municipal Hall.
At the back of the Municipal Hall, I found something worth checking out…
Local kids enjoying the sea breeze.
Sunset Boulevard, as it is called, is a perfect place to watch the beautiful sunset along the Guimaras Strait. The islands you see on the photo are Inampulugan Island and Nadulao Island with the main island of Guimaras in the background. I found it as a good venue to commune with nature as the water laps along the seawall, so I spent a few minutes there.
The kids became curious with what I was doing, so they asked a few questions about who I am, where I came from and what I was doing in their place. I really enjoyed talking with them. They then requested if I could take photos of them. Why not?
(…to be continued)