Don Salvador Benedicto

Post modified: March 23, 2022

By Bryan Villarosa

By Bryan Villarosa

Bacolod-based and Accredited Real Estate Salesperson by PRC

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Guide: Attractions/Tourist Spots, Maps, Cafes, Where to Stay

Don Salvador Benedicto is the “Baguio” or “Sagada of the Visayas.” It’s a wide geographical area with a cool climate that’s like in the Cordilleras. It’s shortcut name is DSB or sometimes referred to as Salvador Benedicto. 

It offers a cool, natural climate within a short distance from Bacolod City. Around 1.5 hours from the Capital and you can relax in the fresh air. 

In this blog, I’ll chronicle my travel experiences, cafes, insights and tips about Don Salvador.  

WHat to See in DSB

(In sequential order from Bacolod)

  • Bacolod-Murcia Road
  • Pandanon Resort
  • Doc J’s 2: D’ Horizon Cafe
  • Kromz Payag Resort
  • Coffee 39
  • Cafe La Guada (40km)
  • Lions Club
  • Manggapuri Villas
  • Pinetree Forest
  • Stonepeak Cafe
  • Mountain View Resort
  • Lasang View
  • Terraza Cafe
  • Jomax Peak
  • Viewing Deck to Malatan-og Falls
  • Malatan-og Falls
  • Balokon Resort
  • Balis Cafe
  • Bandolon Frost Town
  • Salvio’s Cafe
  • KM55 Vacation Villa 
  • Nay Del’s Resto and Resort
  • Toreno Resort
  • To San Carlos
  1. Through Public Transport, simply go to Bacolod Ceres South Terminal at Lopez Jaena Street. Fare depends on your destination.
  2. If you got a private car, the route is very easy. Simply use Google Maps or Waze. Or you may follow the N69 Philippine Highway Route 
  3. The rare route is take a Murcia jeepney and look for the paradahan DSB in Murcia.

Cafe La Guada

Good Coffee. Good Food. Good View.

Cafe La Guada is a road-sde cafe in Don Salvador. It offers good coffee, good view, good food. The cooks/chefs are wearing professional attire. The views are stunning. 

You can choose the seats where your group can overlook the valley and the mountains and the river. Learn more about La Guada Cafe.

The 'buwis buhay' pose in La Guada Cafe. The staff said one must secure a waiver before doing this pose on the edge.

Pine Tree Forest

DSB Pine Trees beside the road is a private property. Thankfully, the owner is very generous and kind to allow tourists to have the pine trees experience.

You can simply go down and use the entrance. The entrance is painted red, has signages “No Parking and No Smoking.” Make sure the civilian guards would allow you. Be courteous and say hi. They welcome tourists as long as the area is not reserved. 

Be mindful also if there is a prenuptial wedding photography session. The couple may be conscious if there’s too much noise or destruction. 

Shots you can make at the Pine Tree Area

Pine Tree Lane

This road brings me down to the memory lane and reminds me of scenes I see in tv dramas.

Mural Lion

Go further inside and you'll find captivating murals. I love how the shot was taken with pine tree leaves, original Filipino alphabets and the lion mural. For me the symbolism connotes that there is greatness in the Filipino spirit an expression of that is found in DSB.

The Stone Peak Cafe

Stone Peak is one of the most searched attractions as of 2019. It offers a ranch-like atmosphere with breath-taking views of the mountain valleys. I also saw some horses.

I believe the name was taken from the composition of the primary house which is stone. And the location from which it stands- which is at the peak of a hill where you can overlook the horizon, the mountains and the plains. 

You’ll enjoy a sip of coffee or a delightful snack. I saw two food areas: one is near the stone house. This one has walls of glass. The other one is on the lower portion of the slope.

Entrance Fee and Waiver

Entrance Fee is P50 per head. Management clarifies that location may be slipper at times, especially when wet. And they’re not liable for injuries that may occur on the location.

Overlooking SHot

You may find some better shots but the I think a good shot should capture the house and the cliff.

How to Get to Stone Peak

The Cafe is around 420 meters from the main highway. If you’re taking the bus, you must be willing to walk this distance. If you’re on a backpacking set-up, I don’t suggest you take the toll. But rather, find a habal-habal which is not so frequent but could pass by the highway. You may consider hiring our transportation daytrip service if you want to maximize your DSB exploration.

If you got a car service, use Google maps and follow the signs on the inner road. 

Lions Club and Platform

DSB Lions Club gives you a ‘Baguio-like’ feel. In Baguio, it’s just the lion’s head. Here in DSB, it’s full body. 

It proudly bears the saying, “When there’s a need, there’s a lion.” If offers a platform where you can stand and take a shot with the mountains at the back. 

DSB Lions landmark can be found at the KM 42 milestone. This landmark is part of our itinerary in our DSB Day Tour Package.

 

The Lion, the platform and the transportation service

KM 55 Vacation Villa

KM 55 Villa, or some call as the Vacation Villa or Glass House, is one of the best places to stay in Don Salvador. 

It’s surrounded with glasswalls and swimming pool. You’ll enjoy the views of mountain and cool air. 

It helps you to create a perfect bond with your friends and family in one great location. 

You can easily find Vacation Villa at AirBnB.

The Vacation Villa Facade

Malatan-og Falls

Malatan-og Falls is a majestic glory of Don Salvador. 

You’ve got two options to see this falls: (1) Viewing Deck for a long-range shot; and (2) For the adventurous, make around 1 hour Trek to make it close and personal.

The shots here are from TUP students.

One of my visits was with friends at Campus Ministry

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By Bryan Villarosa

By Bryan Villarosa

Bacolod-based and Accredited Real Estate Salesperson by PRC

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