It is almost impossible to miss the intersection in a sharp left curve where we have to turn to the sugar factory to the right. It is located one and
a half kilometers after the bridge over a small river that runs. Following heavy rain in the mountains, whose summits we see right in the background, ever can turn from a trickle into a raging river and thereby also to flood the wider environment.
Otherwise, the shallow river bank is very popular among carabaos, which use the place as a "Beach Resort" and are happy if they enjoy at lunchtime the break
from work while hauling the sugarcane harvest and then comfortably indulge in the cool water of their siesta.
The connecting road to the -"Central"
called - sugar mill has heavy traffic and on the edge waiting trucks fully with loaded with sugar canes for the entry permit.
From a distance
we could see the white smoke from the chimneys of the sugar factory that has made a name for some time in other areas of the production of art and materials. And also fish farming and canning is another branch of economic activity in order to create monoculture
"sugar" additional posts.
In well-marked roads, we arrive at the factory premises to the finished in 1950, small, almost inconspicuous
The unique works of art in its interior had triggered an extremely controversial debate among Christians in the fifties and sixties.
What had happened?
B e n j a m i n V a l e n c i a n o ,
who had attended no school, but as a wood carver was extremely
talented, was commissioned the construction of the chapel with making statues of saints. What he presented, then amazed the experts:
were dark-skinned statues wearing national dress - the holy pair as Filipinos: Virgin Mary with baby Jesus wearing a "Saja" Joseph a "Barong". The two figures were the first examples for Filipinism in the religious history of art.
World famous, the chapel was because of the mural, made by
A l f o n s o O s s o r i o ,
son of Don Miguel, the founder of Victoria's Milling Company, which
he designed in a unique color technique and style of painting.
Experts from around the world trying to find out the mystery of color mixing,
because the painting looks half a century later still as fresh as if would just become yesterday finished the painting. "Life Magazine" named it once
"The Chapel of the Angry Christ".
It's lunchtime. So we drive over two kilometer up behind
the factory site where the 18-hole golf course begins. It is one of the various places in international format, Negros Occidental offers guests and locals.
From the terrace, where let us serve lunch, we see across to the spacious grounds on which we - it's midday - this time, of course, can not see a player with his punches.
The operational center of the railway station has confirmed to me that one of the "Henschel" stands "under steam" today. So, let's go for it!
Victorias has a three hundred kilometers wide rail network on which earlier most of the sugar cane crop was transported by rail - as in most sugar mills in Negros, which contribute to more than half of the total
production in the Philippines.
Despite all this, was the operation of steam locomotives "beneficial" because fueled by "bagasse", a waste
product in the manufacture of sugar and so the operating costs were lower than those of diesel locomotives.
Then one day the "private"
transport industry came into the business. More and more sugar cane was transported by truck and rail networks rotten ..... If they are not removed by the 'neighbors'. But roads were more and more blocked and - not built for high weights - increasingly destroyed.
Towards the locomotive office we pass the railroad crossing of an extension track, where a small cart pulled by a horse. The "users" are
people from a Barangay behind the golf course which are on their way home after shopping in the city.