Bacolod City, is dubbed as the “city of smiles” because of its people’s friendly faces. It is now one of the best cities in the Philippines when talking about the standards of living. It is one of the most livable cities in Asia, and in 2012 was dubbed as the most livable city in the Philippines by surveys. Personally, if I would be given the chance to settle in Bacolod, I would. It is really an ideal place to start a family with and establish your own business or career. For the benefit of the people who haven’t heard of this place yet, Bacolod city is home to the prestigious Bongbong’s Piyaya, Inasal na Manok Bisaya, and it celebrates Masskara Festival every year. It is one of the most popular festivals in the Philippines. It happens around every third saturday or sunday of October. Too bad I was not able to try Masskara yet, but sooner or later I shall return.
How To Get There: From Cebu City: You can travel to Bacolod by Bus through a roll-on and roll-off ferry via route Cebu-Toledo-San Carlos-Don Salvador Benedicto-Bacolod (4 to 5 hours) or Cebu-Tabuelan-Escalante-Bacolod route (6-7 hours). Check on Ceres Bus hotline for more schedule info. You can also travel Cebu-Bacolod by air through Cebu Pax.
From Manila: You can travel by Air through Cebu Pax and Philippine Airlines and by sea through 2go Travel.
From Iloilo – Travelling Iloilo-Bacolod is the easiest. There are four fastcraft companies who serve the Iloilo-Bacolod route and they have daily schedules, just check on their travel schedules.
Where To Stay: Bacolod Pavilion – Bacolod Pavilion hotel is the place I suggest since it is located near the port and it is also near downtown area. You can just take a walk in going to SM. In our case, we took the room in Bacolod Pavilion Resort, just across the hotel. It has pool as well. We got the room for only 900 php per night (with CaTV, aircon, pool use, and the room was nice).
Places To Visit
Negros Occidental Capitol Grounds
San Sebastian Cathedral
Of course, who would forget the controversial list of who to and not to vote? San Sebastian Cathedral was the first one to post a banner on this campaign.
Bacolod Public Plaza
Bacolod City Downtown Area The old city hall
Pope John Paul II Tower
SM City Bacolod
The Ruins is one of the jewels of the Philippines. To know more about this place, visit my separate entry about The Ruins.
Mambukal Mountain Resort Mambukal Mountain Resort is located in Murcia, a town near Bacolod. Travel time is about 20 to 30 minutes going to the place. See more pictures and info about this place. Try to check on my separate blog entry about Mambukal Mountain Resort.
Things You Should Not Miss
Aida’s Chicken in Manokan Country
Bongbong’s Piyaya (This are actually items from Bacolod, Iloilo, and Guimaras)
And Lastly, You should not miss this one…
I really enjoyed eating this one because it is my first time to eat this street food.
If anyone happens to know this, please tell me the name of this street food because got to know more about this and how to do this one. :)
Bacolod City is a strict and prosperous city. It has a lot of things for you to experience. I suggest you visit the city on the third week of October to celebrate with their feast. I am sure that you would surely have fun in Bacolod!
And Oh, do not ever forget to be yourself when you are in Bacolod, because they say no to “plastic.” lol.. :)
Choose Bacolod! Choose Philippines! Smile!
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