Lake Balinsasayao and the adjoining Lake Danao, including Lake Kabalin-an and the surrounding areas totaling 8,016 hectares (19,810 acres) became a protected area on November 21, 2000, with Proclamation No. 414 and is now designated as Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park.
Lake Balinsasayao is one of two small but deep crater lakes rising 1,000 feet (300 m) above sea level located 1 ...
2 km (7.5 mi) west of the town of Sibulan in the province of Negros Oriental, Philippines. It lies northwest of a narrow mountain ridge, situated in a caldera between four mountains, Mount Mahungot to the south, Mount Kalbasan to the north, Mount Balinsasayao to the east and Guintabon Dome to the west. The other lake, Lake Danao, is situated on the southeast.
One of the major tourist attractions in the province, Lake Balinsasayao is a protected natural park, home to an expansive ecosystem and biodiversity. The lake has a rich fish fauna, including a number of introduced species, and the surrounding dipterocarp forests are rich in bird life.
Conserving the flora and fauna continues to be a struggle as surrounding forests are exploited for timber and charcoal production. The uncontrolled cutting of timber by the slash-and-burn farmers (kaingineros), is reducing the inflow of water to the lakes and causing a fall in water levels.
Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park News
This week I had the opportunity to visit Dumaguete and Apo Island with the Philippines Tourism Board. I have put together this guide highlighting the best Dumaguete tourist spots for anyone planning to visit the famed "city of gentle people" on Negros Island.
One of the best things to do in Dumaguete is to explore the Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park. The twin crater lakes known as Balinsasayao and Danao, rising 1000 meters above sea level, are the prominent features within the national park located on the western side of Mount Guintabon.
Christmas came early for Bacolod City-based wildlife biologist Lisa Paguntalan.
A new mistletoe species, Amyema lisae, was named after Paguntalan, executive director of the Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, Inc.
In an article published in the scientific journal Phytotaxa, article authors Pieter B. Pelser, Shiella Mae B. Olimpos, Peter O?byrne, and Julie Barcelona wrote that the plant was named after Paguntalan to honor her contributions to nature conservation in the Philippines.
Paguntalan was also described as a champion of organizing and involving local communities i ...
Grab a Philippine map and look for that boot-like shape island, that definitely is NEGROS, which is situated between the islands of Panay (to its left, where Boracay is) and Cebu (to its right). Its location tells you that as far as tourism goes, Negros has quite a competition so it is often left out by travelers. However, like its neighboring islands in the Visayas, Negros is a hundred-attraction offering that caters to different points of interest - from beaches, historic sites, nature areas, and architectural buildings. Some of it are still underdeveloped and remain off the beaten trail, an ...
The Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System Act, or Republic Act 11038, was signed into law on June 22, but it was only publicly known last week.
It is now the enabling law for the establishment, disestablishment, and management of protected areas in the Philippines. Basically, the ENIPAS has two main features - it amends Republic Act 7586, or the National Integrated Protected Areas System Act, and declares 94 sites from various regions of the country as new protected areas.
Both the ENIPAS and NIPAS refer protected area as "identified portions of land and/or water set aside ...
I attended the USAID Philippine-American Fund Grantee Summit last Thursday and Friday in Manila, and I was quite impressed by the initiatives of civil society groups across the country in making a difference, not only to lives of its intended beneficiaries, but including our environment as well.
Administered by the Gerry Roxas Foundation, the PhilAm Fund has provided funding support to 37 nongovernment organizations in implementing projects related to anti-trafficking in persons, economic growth, education, governance, and biodiversity conservation.
The Bacolod-based Philippines Biodiver ...