The Bacólod North Highway is one of the most majestic highways in the country especially in the parts between Bacólod City to Silay City. Picturesque with a nice view of the seashore, mountains and sugarcane fields, it is one of the most traversed since it serves those who use Bacólod-Silay International Airport. Sugarcane trucks are a usual sight too since up North, you have the sugar refineries of Hawaiian-Philippine Company and Victorias Milling Company just close by. Some say it is Negros’ equivalent of North Luzon Expressway minus your toll fees and other tollway perks. More than being the equivalent of NLEX, it is also a way equal to Commonwealth Avenue with a notorious nickname, The Killer Highway. On the average for the previous years, the highway took away lives by the hundred every year including a close relative because of road mishaps. Overturned overloaded sugarcane trucks are a common sight too like what we passed by on our Silay tour. These accidents have bred “huring-huring” or hearsay about the mystery that lies on this picturesque highway. As some people say, the killer behind the beauty.
One such mystery are the twin giant breadfruit frees that grow by the highway. These two trees are a significant distance from the highway yet have attracted attention. It has been suggested that these two trees are more than a hundred years old which makes it a tree of heritage value too. Just like the famous lunok or giant rubber tree in Canlaon City, Negros Oriental, no one dared cut this tree lest experience the fury of who may live in its foliage. Legends have developed from why this tree is there in the first place. Some say that once upon a time, there lived two sisters there who has been promised to marriage to gentlemen from Guimaras. The two gentlemen promised to return after their journey to Guimaras but never returned. One version says they were buried there from which sprouted these two trees and another version says an ancestor spirit had mercy on their affliction so they were turned to trees. It has been said that the spirit of these two sisters haunt the highway in which sector have seen accidents. No one even dared to build a structure or a house nearby until a Baptist Mission College built its campus near the towering trees.
There also goes a story that at the end of World War II, there were American troops passing by the area. They stopped near the trees, probably where the Baptist Mission College is now, to rest. Quite hungry, they asked the old lady passing by if they can have some food from her basket. The Americans thanked her and asked where they can return her belongings to which she pointed to a mansion behind the tall trees. The next morning, the Americans were confused in trying to find this said mansion for they swore to have seen it. They ask a boy if he knows where the mansion is and with a confused face said that there was never any mansion there for he was born in the place and has not seen it at all. There was another incident where an old lady called an American luxury car company in the United States if she can buy a car. The old lady paid and gave an address but as they were about to deliver the car, they discovered that it pointed to the two tall trees without a single house whatsoever. In another story, some have suggested that spirits regularly cross the street going to the trees which causes the accidents on sight of one. Because of all these myths and legends, people have traditionally sounded a horn whenever their car passed by the place in a way of saying “tabi-tabi po”. These might be scary or outrageous stories but these defines the artistry related to the culture by which they try to explain every phenomenon.