Saturday, 25 January 2014

Bacolod-Silay Airport Access Road: From Shopping To Flying in 15 Minutes!

It was my first time last month to drive through the Bacolod-Silay Airport Access Road. 

                            (Talisay City from the air)

When I flew out of the Bacolod-Silay International Airport a few months back, I saw this road from the air looking like a white straight line extending from Bacolod City, cutting through several sugarcane plantations and ending at that airport road in Silay City, where, upon meeting that road, one would just turn right and after a couple of minutes, you're at the province's airport entrance.

(The Ceres Liner terminal outside Bacolod City)

For those living in Bacolod City and the southern cities and municipalities of Negros Occidental, this access road, which was inaugurated in November 2013, is a great idea since it cuts the passengers' mad dash to the airport by a considerable amount of time. 
                                                   (Banago Wharf)

This time, we were at the 'Shopping' district of Bacolod City and decided to take the new access road. I think if we took the main highway from where we were, it would have taken us about 30 minutes to make it to Silay City, considering the traffic and the holiday congestion that we needed to navigate through. But driving through the access road, it only took us about 15 minutes to reach Silay City.
                                 (That long line is the access road)

And the drive was scenic, too! No buildings or subdivisions! For tourists and passengers who don't have time to see haciendas of sugarcane, this 15-minute drive offers a quick sightseeing tour of plantations plus the unobstructed views of Mounts Marapara and Kanlandog.
                  (The access road, the airport and the runway)

And if you're not heading to the airport, why not use this access road to do some sightseeing in Silay City or at The Ruins in Talisay City?

Although I have dropped by Silay City's El Ideal several times already, I really have to tour this charming city's old, ancestral houses.

                                      (Riding along the access road)

And as for the famous tourist spot, The Ruins, I may have to rush writing a blog about it soon.
                                         (The Bacolod-Silay Airport)

So, thanks to the smart Philippine government officials, who approved of this project, and to the South Korean government for funding it, the drive from 'Shopping' to flying can be as short as 15 minutes.
                    (The access road turns right into the airport; 
                                      we turned left)
               (This is actually the Victorias Milling Company 
                           when we were almost home)

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