This is so since the lagoon and park is well-secured and lighted, and it is very safe to walk, stroll, jog, and even just to linger 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
It is at the lagoon where I do my walking exercise every morning when the weather is good. When I am in the mood to dance, I join the morning’s “Hataw Pabalhas” there.
The Hataw Pabalhas is actually a dance-like exercises with music, and with “leaders” on the stage where anybody can just join, free of charge, except for some voluntary donation of any amount that you put on a native small basket for the purpose. It is used for snacks of the “leaders” who lead the aerobic movements in the stage with accompanying music.
What makes walking or jogging or doing a “Hataw” in the morning in the Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol Park and Lagoon unique is the place itself, which is historical.
When you do the Hataw dance exercises, for example, you face the stage and the background is the iconic Provincial Capitol building of Negros Occidental itself.
The Capitol building was built from 1924-35, following the Beaux Art style favored by the famous American city planner Daniel Burnham, who came to the Philippines early in the century upon the invitation of William Cameron Forbes, appointed as governor general in 1904.
The internationally known Filipino architect Leandro V. Locsin, the architect who designed the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and the Palace of the Sultan of Brunei, among many other notable structures, considered the Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol building as the best provincial capitol building in the Philippines.
When you walk inside the park, again, popularly called the “lagoon”, you are also walking alongside the history, or better still, historical figures.
One of the features of the park are matching sculptures depicting a woman standing alongside a water buffalo and that of a man pulling another water buffalo. These sculptures are located at the northern and southern ends of the lagoon.
These figures were executed by Italian sculpture Francesco Riccardo Monti who also did the sculptures of the Metropolitan Manila Theater.
So, if you want to be healthy, Hataw Pabalhas every morning at the lagoon is for you. According to Mayo Clinic, considered one of the world’s best medical practice and medical research group, exercise has a lot of benefits, especially if you are suffering from diseases like:
a). Heart disease. Strength training can improve muscle strength and endurance, make it easier to do daily activities, and slow disease-related declines in muscle strength.
c). Asthma. Often exercise can help control the frequency and severity of asthma attacks.
d). Back pain. Regular low-impact aerobic activities can increase strength and endurance in your back and improve muscle function. Abdominal and back muscle exercise (core-strengthening exercises) help reduce symptoms by strengthening the muscles around your spine.
e). Arthritis. Exercise can reduce pain, help maintain muscle strength in affected joints and reduce joint stiffness.
Indeed, health is wealth, and to be healthy, join the hataw everyday at the Negros Occ. Capitol Park and Lagoon for free.