Bantug Lake Ranch (Negros Occidental, PH)
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. — Albert Einstein
Summer is over. That’s what I thought. After my consecutive stint in Indonesia, Singapore and Cebu (because of work related stuff), I thought my summer was over. A week after my Cebu business trip, I was sent to Bacolod. I grabbed the opportunity to see what more to Bacolod besides the many sweet eats I have been exposed to during my 1st 3 visits.
Campuestuhan Highlands was on top of my list. I have been wanting to go there but time would not just let me. So I have made a point that I’ll see it this time (separate blog on Campuestuhan soon). Several people, I talked to mentioned about a lake found on the way to Campuestuhan. It was my first time to hear about it. It’s called Bantug Lake Ranch — dubbed as Bacolod’s newest picnic ground located in Barangay Alangilan, Bacolod City (the very same route going to Campuestuhan).
I did a quick research about the place before I decided to go and check it out. Bantug Lake Ranch is a ranch with a man-made lake. (The only man-made lakes I have seen prior to this are Burnham Lake in Baguio City and Lake 77 in Bislig City). With my yearning to spend some serene moments with nature, I took a cab and went to visit Bantug.
After a good 20-30 minutes, I was there already. I paid the entrance fee of Php50.00 and I started my photo walk within the ranch. True to what some blogs I have quickly read, the place radiates the tranquility of nature. I immediately noticed the lake surrounded by verdant flora. There were several boats and kayaks docked while a few ducks were swimming. I went around the lake to take photos.
Near the lake is a koi pond where a number of koi fishes are. There is this walkway that is lined with yellow bell plants that look really beautiful. There were other animals like horses and birds that I saw from afar. I was contented walking around the lake area so I decided to just stay there. What I love the most were the beautifully lined lanzones (Lancium domesticum) trees. They were such a delight to the eyes.
It was indeed a relaxing morning at the ranch despite the gloomy weather then. I was able to talk to one of the ranch’s caretaker who shared that people can actually do a lot of activities within the ranch. One can try horseback riding or feed the various animals. I would have wanted to go on kayaking or boat riding (or fishing) then but I had a limited time so I guess I should come back next time. I asked if camping was allowed and I was all smiles to hear that they allow it. (Even bonfires are allowed). I was also told that the place may also serve as a venue for events like birthday parties and weddings to which they provide catering services. Interestingly, the ranch has an organic vegetable farm too.
It was indeed a short but relaxing visit at the Bantug Lake Ranch. So if you want to commune with nature and you are in Bacolod, consider including this place in your itinerary. For questions (and reservation), you may call these landline numbers (034) 213-1916 / (034) 435-5306. You may also visit their website at http://bantugranch.com/
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