NOAH or Negros Oriental Arts and Heritage is a stone factory in Bacong, Negros Oriental.
The products are exquisitely inlaid with various gemstones in the Philippines like agate, cave stones, fossils, jade, jasper, minerals, mountain stone, onyx, petrified wood, river stones and seashells. These rocks are then cut, carved, glued in mosaic-like patterns before being glazed and polished.
Each product is patiently and carefully handcrafted by Negrenses. Thus, when it reaches Manila and other parts of the world, it would cost more.
These stones are made into boxes, containers, candleholders, dining ware, fashionware, office supplies, photo frames, pots, vases, wall decors, clocks and a lot more.
The Factory Site is located at #1 Juan Luna St., South Poblacion, Bacong, Negros Oriental. It is open to the public on weekdays where both foreign and local tourists get to see how export quality stonecrafts are manufactured. The NOAH showroom is also open if you want to buy the meticulously crafted stones for pasalubong.
TRIVIA: Bacong was the hometown of one of the Visayan heroes of the Philippine Revolution, Pantaleon Villegas, famously known as Leon Kilat.
How to Get There
Bacong is a small coastal town adjacent to Dumaguete City. It is a 10-minute drive from Dumaguete City by private car.
From Manila, you can fly to Dumaguete (estimated cost of Php4,000++, round trip, one hour and 15 minutes). You can ride a tricycle (around the city, minimum of Php8 per passenger per destination) and ask to be dropped off at the bus terminal. You can ride a bus going to Bayawan but get off at Bacong.
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