BLOG – Local Heroes: Preserving the Negros Warty Pig in its Natural Habitat

BLOG – Local Heroes: Preserving the Negros Warty Pig in its Natural Habitat

The Negros warty pig (Sus cebifrons negrinus) is a critically endangered subspecies of the Visayan warty pig (Sus cebifrons), endemic to the islands of Negros and Panay in the central Philippines. It shares characteristics typical of wild pigs, with medium-sized, barrel-shaped bodies, short legs, and distinctive facial features including a disk-like nose and upturned tusks. Males are significantly larger than females, weighing up to 80 kilograms compared to females’ 40 kilograms. These pigs play a crucial role in seed dispersal within the Philippine islands’ ecosystems, mainly feeding on fruits, leaves, and earthworms. However, habitat loss due to logging and agricultural expansion, particularly for crops like sugarcane, has devastated their population. Encroachment onto cultivated lands has led to human persecution, as farmers view them as crop-raiding pests. Consequently, the Negros warty pig faces extinction, with populations dwindling to small, isolated groups. Efforts to conserve the species include successful breeding programs in various zoos worldwide, such as the Rotterdam Zoo and the San Diego Zoo. These captive populations serve as a lifeline for the species, ensuring its survival while conservationists work to address the root causes of its decline, including habitat destruction and hunting. In addition to conservation efforts in various zoos worldwide, local initiatives also contribute to the preservation of the Negros warty pig. “Tatay” Eti Rene Vendiola, based in Bacong and Siaton, plays a pivotal role in a locally driven breeding program. Located in the mountainous hinterlands of Bacong, near Valencia in Negros Oriental, Tatay Eti oversees a breeding program aimed at sustaining populations of the Negros warty pig within their natural habitat.     During a visit to Tatay Eti’s location at Liptong Woodland, he graciously shared insights into his efforts, showcasing one pair of these endangered pigs. His dedication to preserving the species within its native environment underscores the importance of community-driven conservation initiatives in safeguarding the Negros warty pig from extinction.

BLOG: Floral Delights of Dumaguete’s Public Market

BLOG: Floral Delights of Dumaguete’s Public Market

Nestled within the bustling aisles of Building 2 in Dumaguete’s public market complex lies a hidden gem: the vibrant flower stalls. While this market section primarily caters to the vegetable and fruit trade, it’s also a hub for all things floral, offering a fascinating glimpse into the city’s floral culture.         Traditionally, these stalls have been a go-to destination for funeral arrangements, providing fresh-cut flowers for somber occasions. However, in recent years, there’s been a noticeable shift in consumer behavior. The general populace has developed a fondness for flower bouquets and arrangements not just for solemn events but also to adorn their homes with natural beauty. From hotels seeking to create inviting atmospheres to seminar organizers aiming to infuse freshness into their spaces, fresh flowers have become indispensable. But it’s not just businesses that are embracing the floral trend; ordinary households are also incorporating blooms into their daily lives. Housewives, in particular, frequent the market to purchase small bouquets of flowers, using them as altar decorations to add a touch of elegance and serenity to their homes.       One of the most enchanting aspects of the flower stalls is the artistry that goes into crafting each arrangement. Skilled hands deftly work with fresh-cut flowers, transforming them into stunning bouquets and intricate displays. It’s a sight to behold, watching as colorful petals are arranged into harmonious compositions, each one a testament to the beauty of nature and the creativity of the florists. Wandering through the market, you’ll encounter a kaleidoscope of blooms in every hue imaginable. From delicate roses to cheerful sunflowers, there’s something to delight every floral enthusiast. And as you admire the floral offerings, you can’t help but feel uplifted by the fragrance and beauty that surrounds you.   So, whether you’re in need of funeral arrangements, seeking to brighten your home, or simply looking to indulge in the beauty of fresh flowers, the flower stalls of Dumaguete’s public market await. Step into this fragrant oasis, where the art of floral arrangement flourishes, and immerse yourself in the enchanting world of blooms.   See also our video about Dumaguete’s public market here: PUBLIC MARKET in DUMAGUETE

BLOG: : A Quail Tale: Behind the Scenes at the Dumaguete Public Market

BLOG: : A Quail Tale: Behind the Scenes at the Dumaguete Public Market

In the vibrant heart of the Dumaguete public market, amidst the colorful chaos of vendors and shoppers, I stumbled upon a scene that piqued my curiosity and led me into the fascinating world of quail eggs. Nestled on a spot of the pavement, a man meticulously sorted quail eggs from plastic boxes into egg trays specifically designed for these diminutive delicacies. Each tray, I discovered, was crafted to cradle exactly 100 of these tiny treasures, a testament to the precision and care involved in handling them.       What caught my attention even more was the familiar face of the man performing this task. I recalled seeing him before, during a previous visit when I documented the unloading of imported fruits from a truck.Little did I know then, these seemingly ordinary egg trays held a special significance in the intricate world of quail egg distribution. Curiosity led me to strike up a conversation with the man who delivered the quail eggs, and I soon found myself engrossed in the story behind these humble eggs. It turned out that he was part of a weekly ritual, where he journeyed to Dumaguete with a substantial delivery of quail eggs. These 3,500 eggs, meticulously repacked into the specially designed cartons, were destined for the bustling city of Bacolod.       As I delved deeper into conversation, I learned more about the intricate workings of his operation. He shared with me that he owned and operated a farm boasting around 4,000 quails, whose daily efforts yielded approximately 3,500 eggs. The sheer scale of this operation was both impressive and humbling, offering a glimpse into the dedication and hard work required to sustain such a venture. What struck me most about this encounter was the quiet dedication of this man and his unseen role in the intricate web of food distribution. Amidst the hustle and bustle of the market, he labored diligently, ensuring that these tiny eggs reached their destination with care and precision. In a world where the origins of our food are often obscured by convenience and efficiency, moments like these serve as a reminder of the stories that lie behind each bite we take. As I left the market that day, I couldn’t help but marvel at the humble quail egg and the extraordinary journey it undertakes before finding its place on our plates.  

Photo of the Day for April 15, 2024 – Vibrant Life at the Dumaguete Public Market: A Pedicab Portrait

Photo of the Day for April 15, 2024 – Vibrant Life at the Dumaguete Public Market: A Pedicab Portrait

In the bustling public market of Dumaguete, located along the main street, a vibrant scene unfolds around the famous pedicabs of Negros Oriental. The market sprawls across several buildings lining the street, each bustling with activity and offering an array of goods and local delicacies. At the front of these market buildings, two designated areas serve as terminals for the iconic pedicabs. These unique three-wheeled vehicles, adorned with colorful decorations and often sporting creative designs, are a quintessential mode of transportation in the region. Amidst the hustle and bustle, one pedicab has already whisked away a passenger, its driver navigating the narrow streets with practiced ease. Nearby, a second pedicab awaits its next passenger, the driver engaged in lively negotiations with a potential fare. Meanwhile, a third pedicab patiently waits, its driver scanning the crowd for the next eager passenger, knowing they won’t have to wait long in this bustling hub of activity.     These pedicab terminals serve as lively hubs of movement and interaction, with passengers coming and going throughout the day. The distinctive sound of pedicab bells mixes with the chatter of vendors and the hustle of shoppers, creating a dynamic atmosphere that is quintessentially Dumaguete. Watch our video about the famous pedicabs: The amazing PEDICABS of DUMAGUETE

Photo of the Day for April 14, 2024 – Rhythms of the Market: Rice Delivery in Dumaguete

Photo of the Day for April 14, 2024 – Rhythms of the Market: Rice Delivery in Dumaguete

In the bustling confines of the Dumaguete public market, a scene unfolds amidst the narrow aisles: A handcart laden with several sacks of rice stands ready for delivery.     Nearby, a man lifts one of the sacks onto his head, preparing to carry it away with practiced ease. As he navigates through the maze of stalls, a customer leisurely meanders past, while the watchful gaze of the rice stall owner follows their movements, ensuring the smooth flow of commerce in this vibrant marketplace.   See the busy public market of Dumaguete City in a video: PUBLIC MARKET in DUMAGUETE  

Impressions of the shopping mile in Bacong

Impressions of the shopping mile in Bacong

Exploring the New Leon Kilat Mall: A Firsthand Account       On a balmy Friday afternoon, the 12th of April, 2024, I found myself venturing into the newly opened Leon Kilat Mall in Bacong, Negros Oriental. As I stepped through its doors, I was greeted by a scene of modest activity. Upon entry, my eyes were drawn to a staircase on the right, leading upwards, while on the left, a lineup of shops and restaurants beckoned. The hum of air conditioning and the occasional laughter of children echoed through the hall, but the space felt notably devoid of the bustling crowds one might expect in a mall.         Opting for the escalator, I ascended to the upper level, where a leisurely stroll unveiled a modest array of offerings. Two children’s playgrounds provided a source of amusement, while a bustling pizza restaurant boasted a “full house” of patrons. Smaller shops dotted the perimeter, offering goods and services ranging from mobile phones to travel agency bookings. One notable absence, however, was the lack of an escalator for the descent back to the ground floor. Instead, patrons must navigate the stairs—a minor inconvenience but a noticeable oversight in modern mall design.       A focal point within the mall’s interior is a prominent wall adorned with homage to the municipality’s hero—a testament to local pride and heritage. Reflecting on my experience, I couldn’t help but feel underwhelmed. While the Leon Kilat Mall offers a modest selection of amenities, it pales in comparison to larger shopping complexes. For a more comprehensive mall experience, one might find it worthwhile to venture a few kilometers to Dumaguete’s Robinson’s Mall. In essence, while the Leon Kilat Mall provides a glimpse into Bacong’s evolving commercial landscape, it falls short of delivering the robust shopping experience one might expect. As the local community continues to grow and evolve, perhaps the mall will undergo its own transformation, meeting the demands and expectations of discerning shoppers in the future.       Alongside the newly minted Leon Kilat Mall stands a stark reminder of neglect—the dilapidated remains of the once vibrant Bacong Public Market     A mere stone’s throw away from the mall lies the forlorn structure of the former market, a testament to the passage of time and the unforgiving grasp of neglect. A cursory glance reveals the scars of decay etched into its weathered facade—a haunting juxtaposition against the gleaming facade of its neighboring counterpart. Records indicate that the market was erected a mere seven years ago, a beacon of commerce and community vitality. Yet, in a tragic twist of fate, it has languished in desolation for several years, its decline shrouded in mystery.       As I gazed upon the desolate scene before me, I couldn’t help but feel a pang of sorrow for what once was—a bustling hub of activity now reduced to a mere shadow of its former self. Today, the market stands as a hollow shell, its once teeming halls now echoing with the ghostly whispers of bygone commerce. Amidst the ruins, only two financial companies cling to existence, their presence a faint glimmer amidst the surrounding gloom. The remainder of the space serves as little more than a makeshift motorcycle parking lot and an unwitting repository for refuse—a far cry from its intended purpose as a bastion of commerce and community cohesion.       As I departed the scene, I couldn’t shake the sense of melancholy that lingered in the air—a poignant reminder of the ephemeral nature of progress and the enduring legacy of neglect. In the grand tapestry of Bacong’s evolving landscape, the fate of the former public market serves as a sobering reminder of the need for vigilance and stewardship in the face of inevitable change.       Office building with food court   Adjacent to the derelict remnants of the old market stands a beacon of modernity—the newly erected office building. With anticipation, I ventured closer, eager to explore its offerings. As I entered the ground floor, I was met with the sight of a food court—a promising oasis in the midst of urban decay. However, the reality fell short of expectation. Despite the late hour, the food court languished in a state of inertia. Counters stood vacant, their offerings left untouched, while a sparse scattering of patrons occupied the few occupied tables. The atmosphere, devoid of vitality and warmth, bore a striking resemblance to a factory canteen—an impersonal space devoid of life and love. It was a scene that spoke volumes—a poignant reminder of the stark contrast between aspiration and reality. Here stood a space with the potential to foster community and culinary delight, yet it languished in obscurity, its promise unfulfilled amidst the backdrop of urban decay.     As I lingered amidst the empty tables and vacant stalls, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of disillusionment. What should have been a vibrant hub of activity had devolved into a desolate wasteland—a casualty of neglect and indifference. In the grand narrative of Bacong’s evolving landscape, the juxtaposition of decay and modernity serves as a sobering reminder of the fragility of progress. For even amidst the gleaming facades of new developments, the specter of neglect looms large—a testament to the enduring struggle to reconcile the aspirations of the present with the ghosts of the past.     Makeshift public market in an open space     Amidst the desolation and neglect, a glimmer of hope emerges—a temporary but coherent refuge for the market stockers who once called the old market home. With the free space adjacent to the modern office building now prepared, a semblance of order begins to take shape. In this makeshift sanctuary, the market stockers have found respite—a temporary haven amidst the urban decay. Divided into sections, the space has been carefully allocated to accommodate the diverse array of goods on offer. A section for the wet market stands adjacent to another for dry goods, while …

Photo of the Day for April 13, 2024 – Gateway to Negros Oriental by air

Photo of the Day for April 13, 2024 – Gateway to Negros Oriental by air

At 7 o’clock in the morning at Dumaguete Airport, the scene is illuminated by the soft yet intense light of the just-risen sun. Positioned at the end of the runway, this photographer eagerly awaits the arrival of the first flight of the day from Manila. The sunlight, still low on the horizon, casts a warm glow over the tarmac, creating a picturesque ambiance.     As the aircraft approaches for landing, its silhouette stands out against the radiant sky, showcasing the seamless harmony between man-made machinery and the natural world. The gleaming aircraft, painted in vibrant colors, cuts through the air with grace, symbolizing the dawn of a new day and the promise of connectivity between distant destinations. Dumaguete Airport, officially known as Sibulan Airport, serves as the main gateway to Dumaguete City, the capital of Negros Oriental province in the Philippines. Located in the town of Sibulan, just a short distance from Dumaguete City’s downtown area, the airport plays a vital role in facilitating air travel to and from the region. Despite its relatively modest size, Dumaguete Airport is equipped to handle domestic flights connecting Dumaguete to major cities across the Philippines, including Manila, Cebu, and Davao. The airport’s facilities include a single terminal building with basic amenities to accommodate passengers. Surrounded by lush greenery and scenic landscapes, Dumaguete Airport offers travelers a tranquil and welcoming environment, reflecting the laid-back charm of Dumaguete City itself. With its strategic location and efficient operations, the airport continues to play a crucial role in promoting tourism and economic development in Negros Oriental and the wider Visayas region.

Photo of the Day for April 10, 2024 – Rainy Day Rendezvous: Navigating Tanjay City’s Market Streets

Photo of the Day for April 10, 2024 – Rainy Day Rendezvous: Navigating Tanjay City’s Market Streets

In this charming scene captured on a side street of the bustling public market in Tanjay City, Negros Oriental, the warmth of camaraderie and the joy of companionship are palpable. A friendly couple, clearly relishing each other’s company, rides leisurely on a motorbike amidst a light rain shower. The man confidently steers the bike ahead, while his companion, positioned behind him, holds aloft a large yellow umbrella, its vibrant hue adding a splash of color against the subdued surroundings.     Despite the drizzle, there’s an air of contentment as they navigate through the narrow street, surrounded by the ubiquitous presence of Pedicabs – a common mode of transportation in the Philippines. The woman’s gesture of shielding them both from the rain with the umbrella not only serves a practical purpose but also reflects a sense of care and consideration. Amidst the everyday hustle and bustle of the market, this simple yet heartwarming sight reminds us of the beauty found in shared moments, the joy of togetherness, and the gentle rhythms of life in a vibrant city. And in a country where umbrellas are not only used to shield from rain but also to protect against the sun’s rays, this image captures a slice of Filipino life, where adaptability and companionship go hand in hand.   See also the videos about Tanjay City: TANJAY CITY MARKET and WALKING in TANJAY CITY  

BLOG: Exploring the Visayas arriving at Sibulan Port

BLOG: Exploring the Visayas arriving at Sibulan Port

As the ferry glided through the crystal clear waters of the Visayan Sea, passengers on board were treated to breathtaking views of the surrounding islands, their lush greenery contrasting with the azure expanse below. Including Negros, a jewel of the Philippine archipelago, known for its rich history, vibrant culture and breathtaking scenery. For travelers from the south of Cebu Island, the ferry ride from Liloan Port in Santander to Sibulan Port in Negros Oriental is the gateway to an unforgettable adventure. As the ferry approaches the port of Sibulan, passengers’ anticipation grows of the wonders that await them on the island of Negros.   PHILIPPINES MAGAZINE – PHOTO OF THE DAY – Exploring the Visayas arriving at Sibulan Port   Leaving the ferry at the busy dock of Sibulan Port, travelers were greeted by the warm tropical breeze and the vibrant energy of the surrounding city. From here, the journey continued to explore the various attractions of Negros Oriental, from pristine beaches to green mountains. However, before embarking on their island adventure, travelers had the opportunity to experience the convenience and efficiency of Miracle Wash Laundromat Services . With branches in both Sibulan and Batinguel, Dumaguete City , Miracle Wash provided the weary travelers with a convenient solution to their laundry needs. Amidst the excitement of exploring Negros Oriental, travelers could rely on Miracle Wash to take care of their laundry and ensure their clothes remained fresh and clean throughout their trip. Whether preparing for a day of sightseeing or relaxing after a day of adventure, Miracle Wash provided travelers passing through Sibulan and Dumaguete City with a reliable and accessible laundry solution. Now travelers could turn their attention to the vibrant markets of Dumaguete City to the tranquil beaches of Dauin Beach. As they ventured further into the interior of the island, they discovered a land full of natural wonders and cultural treasures that provide a glimpse of Negros’ rich heritage. From the bustling streets of Sibulan to the picturesque landscapes of Negros Oriental, every corner of the island invited travelers to discover the hidden treasures. The video about the place Sibulan: SIBULAN – The place

NEWS: Thousands of vacancies up for grabs in Dumaguete job fair

NEWS: Thousands of vacancies up for grabs in Dumaguete job fair

DUMAGUETE CITY – More than a thousand vacancies are available to those seeking employment locally or overseas during a job fair set Saturday in this Negros Oriental capital. Socorro Mira, head of Public Employment Service Office (PESO) here, told the Philippine News Agency on Friday that 14 local companies and seven overseas manning agencies will be participating in the local and overseas job fair at a mall here. This is the first job fair for this year, initiated by the city government through the PESO, in cooperation with other agencies, such as the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). Available positions include those in the construction, hospitality and business process outsourcing sectors; nurses, service crew, and restaurant workers, among others. Mira said representatives of the Department of Migrant Workers, the Overseas Workers Welfare Association and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority will also be on hand to provide services to the jobseekers. Another job fair is scheduled on May 1, in coordination with the DOLE, as part of the Labor Day anniversary celebration, Mira said.    Source: PNA