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 This is used to be a favorite hangout place during the early 1980's, but since it's now privately owned, it's no longer maintained for tourism purposes.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.
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.
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.
|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|
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!