Cadiz City the Home of the Most Colorful Festival in the Country: Dinagsa Festival is currently developing a 20-hectare ecological park, situated in Brgy. Caduha-an (one of my home addresses).
The Eco-Park is managed by DARCO (Dalayapan Agrarian Reform Cooperactive).
As of this writing the eco-park have opened it’s coffee shop to the public, the Cafe DARCO. The said cafe is open from 8 AM until 6 PM, daily. Cafe DARCO offers a good view of nature while enjoying the native coffee and various coffee choices and several native delicacies that they serve. The snacks that they offer depends on available crops that they harvested. To name a few these ranges from combo (banana fritter), ukoy (cassava/shrimp fritters, banana/camote cues).
Also, as per the farmers manning the cafe, they are developing various amenities such as:
- Camp Grounds – this is still in development but this has been used already during the Provincial Jamboree last October 2019.
- Spring Pool
- Viewing Deck – still under construction, but this can be accessed already and have an entrance fee of 50 PHP.
- Recreational Activities.
There is surely a lot to look forward to. Just like some additional side trips.
I have mentioned that Caduha-an is one of my home address, right? Now, let me tell you a secret. It’s something you can do when visiting Dalayapan while additional amenities are still under development.
- Aluyan Falls – A baby waterfall that requires a 45 minute to an hour walk at the rice fields and green grasses from Aluyan small water impounding system. Water at the falls is very clear & cool. I suggest to start early morning in going up the falls to enjoy the very fresh air & scenic view. Quite secluded so if you’re lucky you’ll have the place by yourself.
- Dipping Pool – Situated near the ecopark, it requires a few minutes walk from the main road.
- Go swimming by the quarry.
Also not far from Caduha-an is Brgy. Sicaba, the starting point for your next beach escapade at Lakawon Island.
Here’s some additional photos.
HOW TO GET THERE?
From Bacolod City
via public transportation going to Cafe DARCO
- Go to Ceres North Bus Terminal. You can ride an AC or economy bus bound for Cadiz.
- Ask to be drop at Caduha-an Public Market, then take a tricycle beside Iglesia ni Kristo and ask to be drop at Cafe DARCO.
- For the side trips I have mentioned, you can ask around the locals where it is.
via private vehicle
- If using google maps or waze you can just input Cafe DARCO as your destination.
So there you have it, the things you need to know about The Developing Eco-Park in Negros Occidental: Dalayapan Eco-Park.
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