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Bacolod City: The City of Smiles

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  

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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The Ruins: Maria Braga’s Gift of Love

The Ruins of the Lacson Family Mansion is now a certified tourist spot.  It is one of the best ruins in the world –  that is according to the hilarious tour guide where he declared that the ruins is the 12th best ruins in the world out of 12 ruins.  When I first get to see the ruins, I immediately had the goosebumps, not because I was frightened but because I was just overwhelmed with the elegance of the Mansion.

The Lacson family is one of the richest and well-known families in Negros Occidental up until today.  Mr. Lacson way back years and years ago, fell in love with Maria Braga and had children, but sadly Maria Braga died.  And with the love of Mr. Lacson for his wife, he built this majestic mansion for the love of his wife.  Several years later, he married again with another woman but he decided to leave the mansion because it was, for him, exclusive for Maria Braga.  Can you imagine how in love he was?  Anyways..  Later on, it was destroyed by the Americans during world war 2 because the Americans heard that Japanese will use the mansion as barracks or place of refuge.

Whatever the fate of that mansion is before, all that matters now is it is an attraction that is gaining the international tourists.  We Filipinos must be very proud!

How To Get There:  From Bacolod City ride the jeepney bound for BATA, or ride the jeepney with the route Libertad-Bata.  Ask first if it is bound for Bata because you might end up going to Libertad.  Tell the driver of the jeepney to drop you off the corner going to the ruins, then you can ride a motorbike for 25php going to the ruins.  You can also choose to ride a taxi from the city and tell them the destination, I am 100% sure that they already know the place.

More pictures of the ruins: 

Once you are in Bacolod for the Masskara Festival, do not ever forget to visit the ruins.  It is fascinating and educating!

Choose The Ruins, Choose Philippines!

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