Today's "hot spot" on Negros Island is Kabankalan. It's still small, friendly and on it's way up, in many ways. I believe it will be the next Dumagete. Now there are not many Joes, and all the good things that suggests.
Kabankalan has two malls - one of which is brand new. There is a Unitop department store so you can buy all your stuff, cheap. The traffic aint bad, at all. It is filled with motorellas... but maybe that guarantees a quick ride at a good price, if you are still without wheels of your own.
I kinda like Kabankalan. It's not on the beach but it's not far to the salt water. You might use this... dare I say virgin place as your base, while you find your place, on Negros :)