Victorias City: Sugarlandia of Negros

Victorias City is actually my favorite city outside of Bacolod in Negros Occidental. It does not receive publicity as being… the next highly urbanized city in Negros Occidental, as Kabankalan has that label.

Located 46 km north of Bacolod, on the coast, Victorias City is already highly developed in many ways.

Have Fun!

Various PBA Teams play games throughout the seasons at the City Sports and Amusement Complex, complete with a professional basketball court.

VMC Golf and Country Club is located in Victorias City. Korean tourists play Golf at VMC, as well as other foreign tourists and residents of Bacolod City and surrounding areas.

Victorias Milling Company, named the World’s Largest Integrated Sugar Mill, sits on 7,000 hectares. Victorias Milling Company provides very nice subsidized housing for its employees, including a number of our relatives. Very affordable living.

On site of Victorias Milling Company is St Joseph the Worker Chapel. It is home to the Internationally Acclaimed Mural, The Angry Christ, painted by artist Alfonso Ossorio.

Penalosa Farms is the most famous Organic Farm in Negros Occidental, located in Victorias City. Their Products include…100% Certified Organic Meat, Poultry, Vegetables and Fruits. They also make and bottle their own line of Salad Dressing, Spiced Vinegar and Chili Sauce.

I had Victorias Bacon for breakfast this morning, which is produced by Victorias Foods in Victorias City. They also have fabulous Cooked Ham. Victorias Bacon is the best Bacon, in my opinion, among all Philippines Produced Bacon, available in our area. Maybe even better than Hormel!

Victorias Foods is probably more famous for their Spanish Style Bangus and Spanish Style Sardines, canned at their Victorias City Cannery.

Victorias City has a Winery. Federico’s Winery produces great Tropical Wine, Bignay, Duhat and Mangga.

One of the better Pizzerias, Pizzaro Pizza, chose Victorias City as their first branch outside Bacolod City, 4 years ago or so.

Victorias City attracts tourists during their 3 annual Festivals, including the largest, The Sugar Festival.

There are nearby Beach Resorts, outside Victorias City. We attended a Family Reunion several years back at a Beach Resort in that area.

I think Victorias City is a cool place to visit. Play Golf, catch a PBA game, go to the Beach, buy Organic Food or Victorias Food Products to take home, have a Pizzaro Pizza, buy a bottle of Tropical Wine and check out the Angry Christ mural, together with other sightseeing spots.

A new City Mall just recently opened in Victorias City, which really upgrades shopping and dining options.

Gawahon Eco Park has beautiful scenery at a higher elevation. Kayaking, Paddle Boating. Swimming and Hiking are some of the activities. None I am really interested in but I enjoy the scenery. For those who want to overnight, there are rooms, villas and suites, P1,200-P2,000 per night.

Inside the Victorias Milling Company is the full size Locomotive on display. It was actually used in years past to haul Sugarcane. Interestingly, the Locomotive was made by Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia, PA.

There is a 43 year old Carabao Sundial on display in Victorias City, which is working. Time numbers are inscribed on the horns of the Carabao Sculptor.

Federico Tropical Wine is sold in Luzon at various stores. The Kultura Dept at SM Dept Store sells it in Bacolod and so does several Pasalubong Stores. The Bignay Wine is great, in my opinion. The taste is somewhere in between a Cherry and Currant. The Duhat Tropical Wine is also very good, with the taste similar to Plum Wine. Popular with Japanese tourists and residents in our area. And popular with Expat Winos. Joke only!

I hope to see you one day, somewhere…all around Bacolod.

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Panaad 2013: Kabankalan and Victorias


I am a little late with my final post about the Panaad Festival 2013 but I will cover some very memorable highlights that we enjoyed as my favorite festival was winding down. I am already looking forward to Panaad 2014.

The Greater Bacolod Area is my favorite place in the Philippines and Negros Occidental is my favorite Province. When one attends the Panaad Festival, they can see all the greatness of the 19 towns and 13 cities of Negros Occidental. Two places that I would like to spotlight, a little bit, are Kabankalan and Victorias City. They both had interesting exhibits and I had my photo taken with two of the Festival Queens.


We have very good friends who live in Kabankalan and also family members. Kabankalan is a First Class City and outside the Metro Bacolod Area, Kabankalan is the fastest growing city in Negros Occidental. The second airport of Negros Occidental is under construction in Kabankalan. Kabankalan is being developed as a highly urbanized city in the province and while it will not be overnight, it is happening! The Mayor of Kabankalan is the former Governor of Negros Occidental, Isidro P. Zayco, and there are about 170,000 people living in Kabankalan. It is the home of the annual Kabankalan Sinulog Festival, which is held the third Sunday of January.

Sinulog Festival

Sinulog Festival

Mag Aso Falls is one of the more famous tourist spots in the Kabankalan Area.

mag aso falls

Victorias City is a Fourth Class City, located NW of Bacolod City. Like most Filipino families, there are relatives living everywhere and Victorias City is no exception. Victorias Milling Company touts as being the world’s largest integrated sugar mill, as it sits on 7,000 hectares. Inside the Victorias Milling Company is their chapel and its mural of the Angry Christ is famous worldwide. It was painted by international artist, Alfonso Ossorio, and it has been featured in Life Magazine and in other famous publications.

angry christ jpg

Victorias City is also famous for Victorias Sardines!

victorias sardines

I have been a lover of music all my life and I always have a blast at the Panaad Festival! The different towns and cities spotlight an excellent band almost nightly and this year was no exception. I would like to mention Band Aid. An excellent band that I listened to at the Victorias City exhibit, two nights straight. I have met and listened to many guitarists over the years but one of the best I ever heard was in Band Aid. Marlon is his name. Tony, the front man of the band, told me that Band Aid plays on Monday and Friday evening in Bacolod at a resto bar. More on that later!

Marlon of Band Aid

Marlon of Band Aid. He can really play the guitar! Carlos Santana and Stevie Ray Vaughn good!!

Band Aid

Band Aid

Band Aid did a number of songs by song stylists such as, America, the Beatles, Santana, Neil Young and a host of others. If anyone does not like Band Aid, something is wrong with them! Great songs.

Please do not forget to check out Retiring to the Philippines. It is the best online expat magazine about the Philippines and we also have a forum, where you can ask questions and have a discussion about Retiring to the Philippines.

My good buddy, Steve Fleming, and I have some great new articles up about the Philippines that I think you will enjoy. Retirement is a Lifestyle and I do not know a better place on earth retiring to than to the Philippines! There are many islands to choose from in the Philippines and there is one island waiting just for you! I found my retirement paradise in Bacolod City. After 4 years of living in Negros Occidental, my family and I have not even scratched the surface of all the things to see and do here in the fabulous province of Negros Occidental.