Chasing Sunsets in Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental

Each one of us has its own favorite part of the day and most people choose sunrise over sunset. They prefer sunrise because it signifies a new beginning and gives you a fresh start of your day. Some people find sunset very depressing because it depicts the end and a good bye. In Psychiatry, there are people who suffer from Sunset Syndrome which describes the onset of confusion and agitation that generally affects people with dementia or cognitive impairment that usually strikes around sunset.  So this really adds on how sunsets can be an ugly news to other people. But for me, the aesthetic experience of watching a sunset simply gives me comfort and hits a lot of pleasure centers in my brain. It is a joy that I couldn’t explain. It is like a poem that is written on the skies but I could never recite. 

In almost three years of going to different places, I realized that I’ve been constantly chasing sunsets for so long. And I never get tired of it because the euphoria that it brings to me is different. When we say we chased the sunset is that we literally stepped up on the gas and increased the speed so that we would be able to catch it. 
We were already on the last part of our two day trip with my boyfriend and it was a long ride from Sipalay to Dumaguete City, 172.7 km to be exact. Since I don’t know how to maneuver an automobile vehicle, my task was to keep my driver-slash-boyfriend awake all the way. It was supposed to be a 4 hour trip but there was a heavy rain somewhere in Hinoba-an,os we have to slow down a little bit. I thought it was going to be that way all through out the trip but good thing it stopped after 10 minutes.
One thing I like about roadtrips is that you get to have an impromptu karaoke session and unlimited soundtrip. Worthy and senseless conversations are also included. 
It was in Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental when we started to chase the sunset. My boyfriend knows me well because he was the one to remind me about it. We used to do this when we are heading back to our hotel during the long day tour we have in a certain place. The first time we did this was during our Siquijor trip. We thought we were able to make it because it was quarter to 5 PM that time and we could still see the sun high above our heads. But when we reached to the viewing deck of our resort we checked in, it already faded beyond the clouds and horizon. 
It was a long stretch between Sta. Catalina and next town Siaton, 42 kms to be exact. And for almost an hour, you’ll get to enjoy the scenery by the window. One thing you can’t find in concrete jungles of big cities, is the tranquil and soothing vibe that a rural place can bring. 
We parked and took the chance to see this God-made beauty before we headed back to Dumaguete. 
Unlike other sunsets you see in various photographs, what we had was a unique one. There were no gradient colors that painted the sky. It was only a huge ball of fire that slowly descending through the horizon, its as if gravity was the one responsible of it. When in fact, it was just the earth rotating on its axis and revolving around the sun.

I hope I will witness more and chase more sunsets in the near future just like how I chase my dreams on becoming a successful doctor. And I would love to do it with my significant other 🙂
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Marica, a 20-something lady who loves to explore new things in the world while juggling her life in the medical field.


  1. I love sunsets. I was living in Samboan for 4 years and Negros is just an ocean away. Not sure if it's oriental or occidental. Maglibog jud ko anang duha hahaha but definitely, the sunset is magnificent!

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