Do you see that pinkish and white colored leaves that looks like a bush? Those are the top leaves of the cherry blossom trees with Mt. Kanlaon as the backdrop!
La Castellana is a first class municipality in Negros Occidental named after Spain’s “Paseo de La Castellana" in Madrid. The town is located at the base of Kanlaon Volcano and is famous for its annual festival, Bailes de Luces, and for its scenic spots.
Looking at Mt. Kanlaon from La Castellana, Negros Occidental; photo by Mayor Mhai Mhai
Did you know that you can also find cherry blossom trees in this town? It was just recently noticed by the townsfolk that Palawan cherry blossom trees are growing in the mountain areas of the town which is part of the Kanlaon National Park and Forest Reserve.
It is said that the cherry blossoms color changes depending on the month or season. You’ll either see it in white, yellow or pink.
The mayor of La Castellana, Negros Occidental has already requested the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to study the trees and how to propagate it.
There is no word yet if the area will be open to the public for those who would like to see it up close. But, you can already see the trees from the highway if you drive from La Castellana going to Canlaon City.
So when you’re in Visayas, you no longer need to go to Atok, Benguet or Puerto Princesa, Palawan, and even book a flight to Japan or Korea just to see these Sakura trees.
For more info, contact the La Castellana Tourism Office at (34) 473-0472.