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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

La Vista Highlands of San Carlos City in Negros Occidental


My parents had a blast watching the breathtaking view of the Marapara and Kanlaon mountains and greeneries while sitting in the coffee area of La Vista Highlands in San Carlos City.

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The view of the mountains first enticed the owner Architect Albert Garbanzos 
to buy and develop the property as he likened what he saw to Mt. Fuji of Japan. 
According to the story, the original owner of the land  sold the 24 hectare property to him because of his good purpose of developing it into a resort and of preserving at least 10 percent of the land by planting trees. However, that is only half of the story because the original owners felt good about him and 
it was as if the "diwata" or a mountain fairy has already told them whom to sell the land to.  

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This is what we came for. Although the sun is up at nine o'clock in the morning, 
the breeze coming from the mountains was cool and refreshing.

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To find water source, Garbanzos has to tap a surhuwana (faith healer) from La Castellana, Negros Occidental to look for the source and when she came to look for it, she went near the Balete or lunok tree and she declared that she was told by the diwata that she liked him and she will give him water.  

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A pose against the sun with a backdrop of clouds and the hills.

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The hills where the 750-m zip line is located.

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According to Garbanzos, when the first room of his house was finished, he was amazed when one wee hour in the morning, he saw a pair of Mariposa butterflies perched on the window panels along with a hundred of them. He considered such an unexpected phenomenon,  a welcome for him to his new home from the Diwata.

(End of tale.)

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At the entrance of the resort. I can feel the breeze kissing my face.

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An orchid along our way down.

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A gumamela bloom by the pool.

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Can't resist the water, so cool and refreshing.

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The poolside is enticing.

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That's me at the 4 feet area and there's my mother at the 6 feet area.

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Cool and serene.

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A pink santan-like bloom.

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Inhale the tranquility.

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The Zipline. Aside fromthis, they have cable car ride, 
cliff hanger and horseback ride.

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The rate of the adventure. The zipline is offered in round trip. 
Upon arriving on the other end, there is a 200-step hill going to the station 
where a return zipline ride awaits.