"Getting there: The Church of the Cartwheels" Bacolod City Off The Beaten Path Tip by matt10gonzalez
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Getting to the Church of the Cartwheels can be hard.
IF YOU HAVE CAR:
If you have a car, it's in Manapla, around one and a half hours away. In Manapla, there's a really tiny sign along the highway pointing left to a farm road, saying "Church of the Cartwheels". Make a left and follow that sign, then just drive all the way straight until you reach an intersection and a private resident house. Make a left in that intersection and just go straight and wala! You've found the Gaston Ancestral House! The shoe house is hidden inside it. Keep going straight and wala again! You've found the Church of the Carthwheels!
If you feel lost, don't be scared and just ask directions from the locals around here. You'll be surprised to find out a lot know this place here!
Oh, and if you entered the town of Manapla, it's wrong. You don't enter the town of Manapla to go here.
IF YOU DON'T HAVE A CAR:
If you don't have a car, then getting to the Church of the Cartwheels can be pretty tough.
If you're going to ride a jeepney, you will have to prepare lots of patience, adventure to get here! Watch carefully at the names of the jeepneys: You will need to ride a jeepney that goes to Cadiz or Escalante. Take note that Manapla is between Cadiz and Victorias. It's something like this:
THE JEEPNEY MAP OF NEGROS OCCIDENTAL
O - Escalante (Around 3 hours)
O - Cadiz (Around 2 hours)
O - MANAPLA (Around 1 hour and 30 Minutes)
O - Victorias (Around 1 hour)
O - Silay (Around 45 Minutes)
O - Talisay (Around 30 Minutes)
O - Bacolod (Starting Point)
As you can see, Manapla is between Cadiz and Victorias. Take note too that it's an easy town to miss. So if you're not sure, don' t fall asleep in the jeepney!
So for example, let's make our Starting Point Bacolod. To get to Manapla, you will need to take the jeep that goes to Cadiz or Escalante or if there's one, to Manapla.
DON'T get off in any of them! It's like taking a subway: Escalante is the last station and Manapla is 2nd to the last. If you're impatient and you think you can't find a jeepney to Manapla, Cadiz or Escalante, you may take jeepneys to Victorias or Silay but you will eventually have to catch another jeepney again to Cadiz. Patience is the key!
To make things much easier, any jeepney you board, just ask if it's going to Manapla and tell them you want to go to the Church of the Cartwheels. If you're shy, just write it on a piece of paper and show it on board and they'll tell you.
Take note that the jeepney doesn't work like a robotic public bus that just stops in a sign saying 'Bus Stop' or a subway! You can just get off anywhere you feel like even if it's in the middle of no where! (Just knock on the ceiling of the jeepney!)
Remember too that the Church of the Cartwheels isn't in the town of Manapla but rather on the highway. Watch carefully for the sign and get off the jeepney when you see it. After you do that, you should be on a highway in the middle of sugar canes. Do you see a farm road with a really tiny sign saying 'Church of the Cartwheels?' If you do, good. You can walk that farm road but warning! It can take 30 minutes. (And in the hot sun, this can be torture!) There should be tricycles around and they should be willing to take you all the way to the Church.
If you were able to do this all this way, wow! Congratulations! You've learned to ride a jeepney. Now, wasn't that an adventure?
Go ahead and try it this way, it's really a fun way to get here!
FOOD: Take note that there's NO restaurant here! Either you will have to eat a heavy breakfast or a late lunch, or bring some food here! Oh well, you were warned it was off-beaten.
COSTS: It'll be wise to prepare 150 pesos for all this including the jeepney rides and the tricyles rides. (There's to fee to the Church of the Cartwheels as of 2008) But make sure it's all in small bills or coins so it'll be much easier to get change.
BEST TIMES TO GO:
7 AM to 12 PM- It isn't too hot in the morning. Eat a heavy breakfast first. If you leave 7 AM by jeepney, you will probably arrive this place around 9 AM. 2 hours here is more than enough to savor the whole place. If you leave by 11:00 AM, you'll probably be back in a mall in Bacolod by 1:00 PM. Perfect timing for a wonderful lunch!
3 PM to 6 PM- Although this looks tempting because this is the time when the sun sets, this is best done by car or taxi so that you won't have to worry when it'll get dark.
WEATHER: ALWAYS BRING AN UMBRELLA. You'll never know when it'll rain. A super hot sunny morning can turn into a strong, rainy day in the Afternoon. Don't do this when it's raining hard, it'll be pure torture.
BEST ADVICE: Just ask, ask and ask and you'll make it! It isn't that hard as long as you ask.
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