Masskara Festival is held every October
12 Things to do When Visiting Bacolod City
(Updated May 2016)
When it’s my first time to visit a place with a limited time, I normally organized my schedule based on “what is best” found in the place. So I listed the Twelve (12) to do Things When Visiting Bacolod City. This list is for those who plans to visit Bacolod and would love to see the best which Bacolod offers. Of course, I have listed here things that are not only found in the City but this list also includes some side trips which one can do when in the City of Smiles.
The Inns by the Orientals
1. Place to stay
The “best place to stay” would depend on one’s budget.Bacolod as a wide array of places to choose from here’s the lists: Hotels and Resorts in Bacolod City.
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2. Try Bacolod’s Sea Food
Food is always part of any traveler’s itinerary. In Bacolod ,we have a wide array of restaurants which offers best Sea Food.
At 6th Street, you will find Imay’s Restaurant which offers great sea food delicacies . Just in front of this restaurant you will find Mely’s Garden which also offers seafood and also other native dishes.
One of the newest Seafood restaurants which opened recently is the Ading’s Restaurant. Located at the old Pala-Pala Market. Read here –Ading’s Pala-Pala
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Aboy’s Restaurant. Aboy’s is a byword when it comes to seafood. Located at Goldenfield Commercial Complex, just within the City and can easily be reached through taxi.
3. Try Bacolod’s Homegrown Best Restaurants
Bob’s, Bascon,Bar 21
4. Try Bacolod’s Sweets
Negros is the sugar capital of the Philippines. So definitely we boast our sweets offerings.When in Bacolod, don’t miss to drop by any Quan Outlets: La Salle,North drive, Lopue’s East, Lopues Araneta, Lopues San Sebastian, Robinsons (Grocery Area), Gaisano City (Grocery Area). Quan Delicacies is famous for their native delicacies such as cuchinta, puto, cassava pudding, sapin-sapin,etc. They also have cakes and pastries and of course the famous Napoleones. Bacolod’s Napoleones . Trivia: Puto Pao is Quan’s original recipe.
Another favorite place to go if we talk about sweets is Calea. Located along Lacson Street, just in front of L Fisher Hotel. Calea offers a wide array of cakes and pastries. Across the street is the Cs Cafe, not as busy and big as Calea, but the place is nice to stay for coffee after dinner.
5.Campuestohan Highland Resort
For those traveling to Bacolod and has a few more days to stay, I highly recommend a day trip to Campuestohan Mountain Resort. Campuestohan Highland Resort has a view to offer, aside from its world class and state of the art facilities and ambiance, the cool temperature is something which one will surely enjoy.Situated right in the boundaries of two of the most progressive cities in the province – Bacolod City and Talisay City, Campuestohan is a 5-hectare property that radiates the splendor of the lush green forests of Mt. Makawili
Campuestohan Highland Resort is located at Sitio Campuestohan, Brgy. Cabatangan, Talisay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Telephone : +63-915 211 1406 | +63-34 702 0964 | +63-917 300 5007
6. Mambukal Mountain Resort
Another place which one might want to visit when in Bacolod is the Mambukal Mountain Resort.
From Bacolod to Mambukal Mountain Resort is a 35-minute drive by a private car passing through Murcia town. Public utility vehicles plying this are located at the northwestern side of the Libertad Public Market. Jeepney trips to Mambukal start at 7:20 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Fare is about Php30 per person.
Discover Mambukal Mountain Resort
For inquiries, visit or call:
Mambukal Resort, Brgy. Minoyan, Murcia , Negros Occidental, Philippines, Telefax: +63 (34) 710-0801,
Mambukal Resort Office: Office of the Governor, Old Capitol Building, Gatuslao Street, Bacolod City, Phone: +63 (34) 709-0990 Telefax: +63 (34) 433-8516
7. Visit Bacolod’s Attractions within the City Proper
Jojo Vito Designs Gallery-Bacolod is home to the world-renowned Masskara Festival which is held every October. But one should not worry when visiting Bacolod in other months because they can still have a glimpse of what the Masskara Festival is by visiting Jojo Vito Designs Gallery. Inside the Gallery, you will see a wide array of masks assortments , ranging from the smallest magnet up to the giant mask. In the gallery are some of the masks used by Masskara Queens as is the official mask maker of the Masskara Queen. Some mask used by Miss Earth Candidates 2014 when they visited Bacolod is also in the gallery. Interactive activities like “painting your mask” is also available when visiting the place.
Jojo Vito Designs Gallery located at 119 Alunan Avenue, Bacolod City (Landmark is Metrodome). TeL 704-2378 or 0922-8516729.
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Another attraction within the City is the Punta Taytay. Not really for swimming, but Punta Taytay has native “Kainan” which serves fresh food while enjoying the sea. The sunset is also a nice scene in this place. If you love photography, you can come here and wait for the magical hour and take shots of local fisherfolks doing their regular chores. Within the vicinity is the Laguerta Glass Museum which you can drop and see for yourself a great collection of vintage glass.
Another within the city attraction in Metro Bacolod is The Ruins. Known as the Taj Majal of Negros because of its history, The Ruins is one of the most photograph attraction of the City. The place is also a favorite venue for parties by many. The Ruins are remains of the 1920s mansion with its Neo-Roman architectural design, built by sugar plantation owner Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson, in what is told and re-told for his enduring love and memory of his Portuguese wife, Maria Braga. The house was ordered by the Americans to be burned during World War II, to prevent the Japanese from using it as a camp.was built in 1900’s. is For inquiries, text or call (034) 476-4334/ 0917-832-6003
Other attractions which you might want to visit are as follows: Provincial Capitol Building, Bacolod City Hall,Capitol Park and Lagoon,Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club, Panaad Park and Stadium,Goldenfield Commercial Complex-Casino and Nightlife, San Sebastian Cathedral/Bishop’s Palace, Sta. Clara Chapel, Sta. Fe Resort, Palmas del Mar Village Resort
Sculpture at the Provincial Capitol Lagoon
8. Visit The Negros Showroom: Best of Negros Products
One shall never leave the city without dropping by The Negros Showroom. The Negros Showroom showcases the “Best of Negros Products. The showroom houses great products ranging fashion and garment, gifts , decors, and housewares; furniture and furnishings; food and; natural and organics.
9. Try Chicken Inasal
Its Bacolod which popularizes “first” the chicken Inasal. So don’t miss the chance to taste Bacolod’s Chicken Inasal. You can try Chicken Haus, Chicken Deli, booth have air condition dining area or the open space of Manokan Country.
10.Side Trip to Sipalay
For a Happy Tripper like me, side trip is always on my itinerary.So if you have an extra time of at least 2-3 days , you can have a side trip to the Negros farthest south portion – Sipalay.Sipalay is almost four hours drive south of Bacolod City by public utility vehicle and over three hours by private car. Public utility vehicles plying the southern Negros route pass by this city. All roads leading to this southernmost city are fully asphalted.
Sipalay’s beach is one of the best in Western Visayas, and many divers adore this place. Read here Sipalay
Points of Interest in Sipalay: Philex Gold Mines,Maricalum Mines, Tinagong Dagat,Campomanes Bay, Malinab Lagoon,Mamara Cave,Matlag Cave, Canturay Mangrove Plantation, Sugar Beach, Punta Ballo Beach
If you are renting a car going to Sipalay, you might want to drop by the Municipality of Hinigaran and try the goodies of Mila’s. Milas is located just along the highway and you might want to buy food here for you side vacation or as Pasalubong.
11. Side Trip to Bago City
Another recommended side trip activity you can do is the visit Bago City.Bago City is 30-minute drive south of Bacolod City by private car. Public utility vehicles abound in this first stop over going south of the provincial capital. Car rental facilities are available through reservation. All roads leading to all barangays in the city are cemented.
Bago City has great tourist treasures you might want to try, but you need to rent a vehicle to reach the place so as not to waste time . But if you have the luxury of time , by all means you can commute.
In going to various attractions of Bago City. One can drop by in Balay ni Tan Juan. Balay ni Tan Juan was built towards the end of the 19thcentury, the “Balay na Bato” is the residence of General Juan A. Araneta in the Poblacion of Bago. As a structure that stood witness to the struggles of the people during the dark years of Hispanic Colonization and the events that took place prior to that historic Negros Revolution of 1898, the Balay was declared by the National Historical Commission in 1978 as a National Historical Landmark and was allocated appropriate funding for its restoration. Balay ni Tan Juan has become a usual host for visiting tourists who want to know about the history, arts and culture of the Bagonhon.
On thing I like in Bago City is the Tinago Mountain Resort. The place is not populated and the view is just amazing. On your way to Tinago is the Kipot Twin Falls and Pataan Mountain Resorts. This is one of the reasons why its nice to rent a car because its easy for you to drop by in some attractions of the place.All theses resorts are simply amazing.
Buenos Aires Mountain Resort
Just below the Tinago Mountain Resort is the Buenos Aires Mountain Resort. You might want to spend a night here. The resort is run by the City of Bago, and its well maintained and guarded.Buenos Aires Mountain Resort is located 29 kilometers east of Bago City. The resort was once a hideout during the 2ndWorld War. Ideal for family vacation, the resort has three swimming pools, training center, pavilion, cottages and a hostel.
From Buenos Aires, one can go up further and visit the Rafael Salas Park and Nature Center. Rafael Salas is a special interest park that serves as a gateway to the Mt. Kanlaon Natural Park. It appeals to mountain climbers and adventure seekers because of the long and challenging trek to the peak of Mt. Kanlaon. Falls are a great attraction of the place.
12. Drop by Silay City
Before going home , if you are taking a plane. You might want to spare a day or even just a half of it for Silay City. Silay City is the Paris of Negros. Be amazed by the old ancestral houses preserved in this city.Ancestral homes in Negros Occidental echo the power wielded by the influential families in the 1900s when the sugar industry ushered in an age of prosperity, making Silay a political, intellectual and cultural hub.
Try to visit Balay Negrense, its just easy to locate various attractions in this city because everything is just within the city proper. Silay City also offers great food. You can dine in at “Sirs” just a humble dining place but their food is great.
POINTS OF INTEREST IN SILAY CITY
- Balay Negrense Museum( the ancestral mansion of the Gastons that was converted into a lifestyle museum. This museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday at 10:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m. Tel. No. +63 (34) 495-4916.)
- Bernardino-Jalandoni Museum (Pink House)– built in 1908. It is a perfect example of the affluent Filipino house of the late 19th-early 20th century still influenced by the nipa hut and built smack by the side of the street since motor vehicles were still non-existence to smog the place. All items on display are authentic period pieces. It is located at Rizal Street with Tel. No. +63 (0)34 4955093. It is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Ramon Hofileña Heritage House
- Cinco de Noviembre Marker
- San Diego Pro-Cathedral ( the only pro-cathedral outside of Metro Manila. The church has a dome that resembles St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. It was built in 1920 & designed by Italian architect, Antonio Bernasconi)
- Patag Mountain Resort (for those who still have time to spend. This is already outside the City Proper)
- Steam Locomotive at HPCo.
- 31 Ancestral Houses
- El Ideal Restaurant
- Silay City Park
- Silay Shooting Range
- Mangrove Canopy
- Bagonita Ride (for those who has time)
- Hometown Delicacy Barter Trade
- Nora Lacson House of Delicacies
- Hda. Adela Folklore Village
Silay City can be reached in 15 minutes by private car from Bacolod City. Public utility vehicles plying the route abound and can reach the city at the same time. Silay is the site of the new airport of international standard. Traveling to the city is made easier by its four-lane highway. The city is a two-hour drive from Bacolod. Public utility vehicles plying the northern Negros route pass by this progressive city. From Cebu, one can reach Sagay via Toledo in about four hours including a one-hour ride in fast ferries.
How to Get There
By Air. The Bacolod-Silay International Airport, located in Silay City, is 15 kilometers northeast from Bacolod. Bacolod is 1 hour by air from Manila, 30 minutes by air from Cebu, 1 hour by air from Cagayan de Oro and 1 hour and 10 minutes by air from Davao City.
For arriving passengers who want supplemental guides to the city or free maps, Department of Tourism and the Local Government has a desk in the arrivals area where you can grab free maps or have a dose of information from the people over the desk. Hotels, resorts, and car rental companies have kiosks in the arrival areas where you can easily book a room and just head to your hotel room without any hassle.
There are vans leaving for the airport at SM City Bacolod, Bacolod Provincial Hospital, Old Bacolod Airport and Victoria Arcade/Lopue’s East/SaveMore Supermarket, the regular fare per person is ₱100/150. It is not suggested to take a taxi to the airport, it will just cost more than the regular fare vans offer.
By Sea.Banago Wharf and BREDCO Port are the vessels entry point in Bacolod. It has daily access to Iloilo, with different shipping lines such as 2GO Travel (as relaunched in 2012), Weesam Express, Ocean Jet, Montenegro Lines, Jomalia Shipping and Tri-Star mega link. There were also access routes to Puerto Princesa City via Iloilo City, Cagayan de Oro City, General Santos City, Zamboanga City, Cotabato City, Butuan City via Cagayan de Oro route, Dipolog City, Iligan City, Ozamiz City, and Surigao City via Cagayan de Oro route. As of 2012 to the present, SuperFerry and Negros Navigation was relaunched into 2GO Travel routes from Bacolod going Manila, Iloilo and Cagayan de Oro. Bacolod City is 18–23 hours from the Port of Manila, 2-3hrs from Dumangas Port and 45 minutes-1hr from the Port of Iloilo.Bacolod Seaport or Bredco Port serves inter-regional trips from major destinations such Manila and Iloilo. Iloilo seaport is just 45 minutes from Bacolod and is one of the easiest to access because every hour there’s a trip.Cagayan De Oro City, Manila, Zamboanga City, routes are available. By 2Go travel serve routes to and from these cities.
By land-RORO-land. Bacolod City is approximately 3 hours from Iloilo City via Dumangas route while, by land-ferry, Bacolod is approximately 45 minutes to an hour directly from Iloilo City. By land-ferry-land, Bacolod City is approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes from Cebu City via Toledo-San Carlos City-Salvador Benedicto-Murcia route while it takes approximately 6 hours by land-RORO-land via the same route. By land-RORO-land, Bacolod is approximately 7 hours and 30 minutes from Cebu City via Tabuelan-Escalante City, Toledo-Escalante City, and Toledo-San Carlos City-Canlaon City routes. Bacolod City to Dumaguete City via Mabinay route is approximately 6 hours while via Cadiz City-San Carlos City route takes approximately 8 hours, both routes going Negros Oriental.