“I know a place, where no one ever goes,
It’s hidden in a valley, beside a mountain stream,
And lying there beside the stream I find that I can dream.”
I remember this song when I was in Kaitulari Mountain Resort, a wonderful eco-tourism park in the town of Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental.
In fact, I consider Kaitulari one of the most beautiful resorts in Negros Island.
Its swimming pool is even feed by underground mountain springs, providing coolness to the swimmers.
To be in Kaitulari is to be with nature. You can hear the cicada singing. You can hear the sound of the river flowing. Amidst the silence you can find yourself. And in the rustic, rural, natural setting of trees and flowers, you can see the majestic Mt. Kanlaon and the clear blue sky.
In short, Kaitulari offers you a quiet, serene place where you can get lost from the humdrum of everyday life and find yourself again.
“One can imagine herself but in a dream,
Climbing up a mountain, or down a long ravine.
The magic of this peace and quiet evermore shall stay,
To make this place a haven, each and every day.”
How to go to Kaitulari? Its owner and host par excellence Larry Geronca himself provides the direction, as follows:
KAITULARI. How To Get There.
From Bacolod. By Car– Drive South to Pontevedra. Go East via Antipolo to La Castellana. The next town is Moises Padilla (Magallon). Continue 5 more minutes.
By Bus–Take Canlaon Ceres. Say “Kaitulari Guinpana-an”. Get dropped off at Guinpanaan Elem School. Behind the School Campus is Kaitulari Entrance.
From Cebu: By car–Drive West to Toledo. Ro-Ro to San Carlos. Go South to Crossing Bagauines and Turn Right going West to Canlaon. Pass Canlaon City to Biak-Na-Bato Crossing. Turn Left (South) and continue till you reach Brgy Guinpana-an Elem Sch. Turn Right, and “You have reached your Destination.”
By Bus–Take Bacolod-bound Ceres via Canlaon. Say, “Kaitulari Guinpana-an Please”.
Once more, while walking in Kaitulari I remember singing the lyrics of the song “I Know A Place”
“Oh how I wish I’d never have to leave
All of my life, such beauty to receive,
Now, I know, that God has made this world for me.”