Kabankalan City is classified as a first class city and is situated about halfway between Bacolod and Damuguete, on the western coast of Negros Occidental. Kabankalan is about two thirds of the way from Bacolod to Sipalay and as a result, we often used to stop off for lunch on the way to Sipalay at Perico’s, a quirky (formerly) Portuguese style restaurant on the main highway.
Aside from these stopovers, I had not really thought too much about Kabankalan as a tourist destination until my boss asked me to investigate the area further, in search of possible accommodation options for out-of-town guests, due to the fact we had a project in nearby Sipalay.
Subsequently, through the help of my local connections, I came across Balicaocao Resort, nestled up in the mountains overlooking Kabankalan City and the Sulu Sea. Upon some further investigation, we stumbled across Mag-aso Falls.
There were two things that immediately struck me – the color of the water in the basin that the water fell into was an amazing turquoise color, unlike anything I had seen before and secondly, the waterfall itself had three distinct, very gentle, flowing falls. Would you make a special trip to Kabankalan just to visit Mag-aso Falls? No, you wouldn’t. However, if you were travelling along the west coast of Negros, had your own vehicle, and had a couple of hours up your sleeve, I would recommend it for sure!