Natives believe it is a "sacred volcano", a dwelling place for spirits and that, inside the mountain is the residence of Prince Kanla-on.
Now ant then, he gives utterance about his dissatisfaction with the world outside.
If one is lucky .... on a day with full moon and low-tide
at midnight, he is allowed to enter the palace in Mount Kanla-on and get an invitation to enjoy the grace of excellent hospitality as guest of Prince Kanla-on and Princess Marapara.
One of my favorite places was Guintubdan, a barangay of La Carlota City in an elevation of 800-1,000 meters (2,500-3,000 feet) above sea level, after I returned from tours to "Euroland". Days without
phone calls, no appointments, news ..... short, relaxful vacations, holidays in a still unpolluted environ.
It is a quiet place - except
the sound of waterfalls and cock-crows, but - this is "sweet music" and you know that they grow up in good and healthy conditions. Guintubdan is an ideal breeding station for fighting cocks. The best and fierciest - winner in cockpits - come from there.
Because of its fertile volcano soil, the area is called "a fruit and vegetable basket of Sugarlandia", with one of the entrances to
K A N L A - O N N A T I O N A L P A R K
a 25,000 hectar wilderness around summit and craters and on the slopes of Mount Kanla-on, one of the most active volcanos in the Philippines, and with its 2,465 meters (8,088
feet) the highest peak in Visayas. Out of around 200 volcanos in the Philippine archipelago, 21 are active.
Lola (granny) prepared the
best chicken and the sweetest bibinka (rice cakes) - in her house still without electricity. AirCon? Not neccessary in the fresh mountain air; clean and clear water not from a pipe, but from a spring in the garden with beautiful flowers, several kinds of orchids
and other plants.
Guintubdan is a vantage point: Kanla-on in the back, viewing Panay on the sunset-side. Guimaras in between, also known
as "Mango Island" because of its 160,000 mango trees. No motorized traffic - except sometimes delivery vans, pick-up cars for transfers of cocks to Bacolod Airport and Seeport; jeepneys and tricycles (motor-bikes with side-car) from La Carlota City and neighbouring
barangays. Some tropical rainshowers more than in the plains.
Tops are most time of the day in clouds - except in the morning.So, it's recommended
to calculate three days for a