Mambukal: A fusion of man and nature's creation
Muricia, Negros Occidental (28 February) -- Rising at 1,200 feet above sea level, sitting over 23.6 hectares at the foot of Mt. Kanlaon and traveling time of 40 minutes away from the capital city of Bacolod, Mambukal Mountain Resort is a fusion of what nature has to offer and what man can create.
Mambukal Mountain Resort, the latest tourism flagship of the province, started as resort offering a bath house and a picnic garden with cool ambiance. The bath house was developed in 1927 by a Japanese architect named Ishiwata.
Nature provided one of the biggest offering of the resort- the hot sulfuric springs which can be found everywhere in the resort. The resort was named Mambucal, derived from the local term, "bukal" with the English translation which means "boiling" literally referring to the boiling mud of the sulfuric springs within the resort. The waters from the hot springs are also believed to be medicinal that can cure different skin diseases.
Aside from the hot springs, seven falls can be explored in an easy trek on a pleasant sunny day. The series of falls constantly feed the pools and the boating lagoon in the resort with its cool water. Tropical trees abound in the area where bats, birds and butterflies find their sanctuary.
To compliment what nature has to offer, the provincial government took over the resort since 2003 and has since developed the resort as the premier resort and tourist destination.
Last year, the newest addition to the Mambucal Mountain Resort is the inauguration of the 300-person capacity Convention Center and the operation of the newly renovated Ishiwata Bath House.
Tourist lodge offers standard rooms and suites, air conditioned single cottages and camp sites for the more outdoor types of guests.
Swimming pools, therapeutic warm dipping pools, picnic huts, boating facilities, wall climbing, slide for life, canopy walk, and camping grounds, overnight cottages and a food court.
In 2003, the province has generated P6,068.857 in revenue and after six years in operation (2008), the province has collected P26,033,101 from an estimated of 220,619 tourists who visited the mountain resort in 2008. (PIA/EAD) [top]