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5 Reasons To Live in Negros

Here's proof that bucolic Negros Occidental is more than just sugar and the MassKara Festival

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Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Pictorial Direction: Gwyn Guanzon

Writing an article about my hometown made me realize that I had quite a unique childhood. After all, how many city dwellers can say they used to spend summer afternoons playing tug-of-war with big, scruffy goats, or have fresh tubo for an afternoon snack? What makes it even stranger is that I did not grow up on a farm. 

I was born and raised in Bacolod City, the bustling capital of Negros Occidental.  I lived there for a decade, from grade school to high school. I miss being in the City of Smiles because of its relaxed pace. This city is so unlike the harried existence I have in Metro Manila. Bacolod is for anyone who wants to "stop and smell the roses," or in this case, the inasal.

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