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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Valencia Camp Lookout - An Unexpected Trip

For almost six years here in Valencia, Negros Oriental, I never thought that I'd reached Camp Lookout this late afternoon. This is used to be a favorite hangout place during the early 1980's, but since it's now privately owned, it's no longer maintained for tourism purposes. Though the place is really beautiful and still continue to provide panoramic view of Dumaguete City, the gate is usually closed and restricted.
Valencia Camp Lookout

 
My newly found travel buddy, Janet. She also have a blog.
Camp Lookout has a great clearing and can provide scenic view of Dumaguete City and its neighboring towns, the sea, the sky, and other islands across. My friend told me about a brief history of the place. Accordingly, soldiers strategically camped in this area, because they could easily see coming fleets of enemies. They would even have a glimpse of group of soldiers heading uphill. As it names speaks, Camp Lookout is a perfect place for a lookout to protect the territory from the East.

If you wish to be in Dumaguete City, this is one of a place of interest you would surely want to consider. How would you like to appreciate a panoramic view of the city while inhaling the fresh air of the mountains? There NO ENTRANCE and not even DONATIONS to get into the place. You can visit Valencia Municipal Office to get a guide in reasonable rates. If you're adventurous enough to trace the cemented road to Camp Lookout, that's much better. Though some part of the road is not fully cemented, Camp Lookout is the dead-end you would be grateful to reach.
Fog in Camp Lookout
It's really chilling cold out here
Fog
The photos I included in this post does not include the Camp Lookout site. I missed taking photos when we reached the place, because it was so quiet. We curiously opened the gate, and tried to find someone whom we can ask for permission. There's none! So that's when we decided to get back home, but we decided to stop by the Silliman Off-Campus facility. 
Janet took this photo before the fog. These bikes are from those strangers we've met in the area. They are also exploring the place.
two-story function hall
Cottages in Camp Lookout
Silliman University is a private research university in Dumaguete City. They built their Camp Lookout facility as their Creative Writing Center. It serves as the venue and permanent home of Silliman National Writers Workshop. The Center has a two-story main function hall, and five beautiful duplex cottages and all are available for rentals.
Fog Fog Fog
We got home when the drizzles stopped. I still couldn't believe I'm posting this tonight. We're planning to get back there this week and hopefully to visit Casaroro Falls (finally). If you haven't read my Halloween post last year, click HERE. You would know why I'm still hesitant to visit the waterfall. 'Till here, bloggers and readers! I hope you have a wonderful night!


Just me, 
Phioxee

48 comments:

  1. What a nice place and views!!! =]

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  2. Beautiful photos. So lush and green and inviting. Wish I were there.
    Manzanita

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  3. So thankful na you sharing pictures out there since d ko makapunta dyan. Isang batalyon family ko at not easy to travel together:)
    Until next time:)

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  4. Mukhang okay to a! naku dumadami ang listahan ng pupuntahan ko pag bumibisita ako dito. hahahaha XD

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    1. Sir invite naman sa blog mo. Diko kasi ma access

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  5. natuwa ako sa fog na yan!! hahaha may ganyan pala dyan hahaha kasi ang alam ko kapag visayas eh super init kasi hahaha kapag nagustohan ko yong pic na may upuan sa tapat ng kahoy hehehehe

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    1. Yung lugar namin dito eh known as little baguio of visayas lala. Kasing lamig ng malaybalay,bukidnon. Yung name ng place namin eh valencia

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  6. You forgot to mention the eerie feeling inside the camp coz we don't know what lies ahead there, and the reason why we didn't take photos coz it was raining hard we can't get our phones out. Hahaha. You should link my blog as well sa caption. Wahahah..

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    1. I didnt mention that bcoz we will be back there ryt?

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  7. GAnda..parang Baguio lang. Maulan ba nun ng sobra kaya sobrang fog?

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    1. Thousand feet from the ground kasi kaya me fog. Di naman masyadong maulan. Drizzle lang

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  8. parang ang lamig lamig sa place foggy :)

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  9. It's an awesome place <3 I could spend a whole week in a place like this .
    Noor @ Noor's Place

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  10. ang gondo ng Camp Lookout... sarap magrelax at magandang setting ng date this Valentine's...

    pag nagDumaguete ako sana makapasok ako jan... samahan niyo ko n Grah ha...

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  11. ganda naman ng mga shots mo
    mejo pang horror movie in a cool way haha
    kasi foggy
    sarap dyan lalo pag may kadate haha

    anyways salamat sa pag sali sa sulit.com post ko aahh

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  12. Nice :3 It's a magical landscape over there.
    x, Lara
    http://rrv12.blogspot.fi/

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  13. Great blog! I would like to invite you to my blog. Let's follow each other ;)
    xxx from Spain

    *** mydope.net

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  14. ay hanganda nito...
    sana maka punta din ako sa Dumaguete

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  15. Great place to visit this summer! Madami talagang nice places in the Philippines and thanks to travel and bloggers, we are getting acquainted with our own country.

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  16. How sad that Camp Lookout is now privately owned. Now only a few get to see its beauty. You got some GREAT pictures!!! Wouldn't it be great to get to stay in one of those cottages?

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  17. Camp Lookout looks like a very romantic place. Even through the fog, Camp Lookoout looks beautiful

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  18. Wow! What a neat location to visit! Very misty and mysterious looking. :-)
    Glad you have a travel buddy too!
    Jamie
    ChatterBlossom

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  20. wow. parang super ganda na nakakatakot ewan ko ba... ung ung nafeefeel ko haha!

    weeeh fog! grabe ung fog!

    RE: and yes!! gwapo niya talaga... :'''))))

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  21. I really like that pics and like I see, it was raining and raining. Have a nice day.

    http://www.fashiondenis.com/

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  22. We like your photos! So foggy and kinda dark but in a good way, like Tim Burton´s darky vibe kinda look.

    Thanks so much for your comment, we really appreciate it! =)
    KISSES
    http://sharpenstyle.blogspot.com.es/

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  23. Really foggy! I could imagine how cold it was there and how lovely the view is :) Post ka agad about your trip to the waterfalls - ingat kayo :)

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  24. Thanks for dropping by my blog. This camp lookout seems very mysterious with all the fog. I would love to visit there one day.

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  25. you were really serious about the fog...hehe I wish i can join your next trip to the camp lookout...:) the place looks creepy indai but im willing to try...hehe


    xx!

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    1. You should come with us. Lesgo there this thursday

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  26. How far is this from Forrest Camp? I was in Valencia a year ago but I missed going to this place.

    http://www.pinoywanderingboy.com

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    1. Forest camp is far from vamp.lookout. You will have to take Jawa road to get there

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  27. wow!! looks really cold!!!! i wanna experience the fog!!!!! :)

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  28. I am sure that was an amazing experience! :) Really cool post! :)

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  29. it looks so peaceful. Ganda! Sarap magbakasyon!
    Nice captures. kuhang kuha pati ang fogs!

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  30. WOW, Lovely
    Plz visit my blog this time, I need a little help :p

    XoXo
    http://abudhabifood.blogspot.com

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  31. Does this mean that Camp Lookout is already owned by Silliman University?

    It is a good place to visit but the only problem is that it is a private place.

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    1. A businessman named julio sy owns the place :-) silliman owns a nearby area outside camplookout. For the sake of the address, silliman adopted the name camplookout

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  32. Camp Lookout seems a nice place to hang out! For some reason, I like how the weather gives a bit of spookiness (on your photos, hehe) to the place. Hee. Hope I can visit there one day.:)

    I usually hear Silliman University back in college. My professors and former students of Literature usually go there (every year, I believe?) for a creative writing workshop. I haven't been to one, but I'm not sure if I really want to attend one. Hihi.

    Do you go to Silliman University?

    And oh, thanks for the blog visit! :) Have a great week!

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    1. Hi! M already working patti. Thanx for the visit

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  33. Pictures palang giniginaw na ko. Grabe yung fog. Haha sana makarating din akong dumaguete someday.

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  34. wow! gusto ko na pumunta senyo! ampunin mo na ko...hehehe...

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  35. I've been hearing a lot of great things about Negros Oriental lately. One of my closest friends just came back last week from a holiday in Dumaguete City and she had the most wonderful time. Great post.

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  36. wow nice... we will be planning a hiking experience by the end of this month. sana kakayanin namin ang paakyat :)

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