12 THINGS TO DO WHEN VISITING BACOLOD CITY

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 that 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 while having time in the City.

THE INNS BY THE ORIENTAL - BACOLOD CITY

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 for your guidance: Hotels and Resorts in Bacolod City.

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.

Here’s a few of them: Imay’s  and Mely’s located at 6th St. Bacolod City; 18th Street Palapala , Ading’s Restaurant, Aboy’s  or the Diotay’s Seafood Restaurant

 

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Bacolod 18th St. Pala pala (East Branch)

Bacolod 18th St. Pala pala

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Ading’s Restaurant

ABOY’S Goldenfield, Singcang 435-2340

ABOY’S Goldenfield, Singcang 435-2340 Photo credits: SSC Bacolod

3. Try Bacolod’s Homegrown Best Restaurants

Bacolod City has famous homegrown restaurants which offers various cuisines that you will surely love. The Bob’s Restaurant which is found right in front of the Riverside Medical Center has been serving Bacolod City for many years now. Bascon which is along Lacson Street offers many Negrense and other delectable cuisines. You can also try the  Bar 21 located along Lacson Street.

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.

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Napoleones by Quan

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.

Cakes of Calea

Cakes of Calea

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 an amazing 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  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

Boating Lagoon at Mambukal

Boating Lagoon at Mambukal

6. Mambukal Mountain Resort

Another place which one might want to visit when in Bacolod is the Mambukal Mountain Resort. The place offers nature, warm sulfur dipping pool that has claims for its health benefits. You can also do a short trekking to enjoy its 7 waterfalls. Mambukal is just a 35-minute drive from Bacolod City. Cottages and restaurants are also available in the place.

 

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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

7th Falls, Mambukal Mountain Resort

7th Falls, Mambukal Mountain Resort

7. Visit Bacolod’s Attractions within the  City Proper

Jojo Vito Designs Gallery

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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Paint your own mask at Jojo Vito Designs gallery

Paint your own mask at Jojo Vito Designs gallery

Punta Taytay

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.

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Sunset at Punta Taytay

The  Ruins

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

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The Ruins

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.

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Sculpture at the Provincial Capitol Lagoon

8. Visit The Negros Showroom: Best of Negros Products

the negros showroom

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.

Chicken Inasal

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.

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Sipalay

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 for more information about Sipalay City:

Other points of Interest in Sipalay include the Philex Gold Mines,Maricalum Mines, Tinagong Dagat,Campomanes Bay, Malinab Lagoon,Mamara Cave,Matlag Cave, Canturay Mangrove Plantation, Sugar Beach, Punta Ballo Beach

 

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Sipalay, Tinagong Dagat

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.

Kipot Twin Falls, Bago City

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 stopover 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 it’s 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

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 hotel.

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.

Pataan

Pataan Mountain Resort

Pataan Mountain Resort

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, it’s 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.

 Silay City

Balay Negrense, Silay City

POINTS OF INTEREST IN SILAY CITY

  • Balay Negrense Museum is the ancestral mansion of the Gaston Family 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

Silay City is just a 15 minutes drive 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.

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 How to Get to Bacolod City:

 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.

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Default Comments (36)

36 Comments:

  1. Hi jojo. I’m in iloilo right now. And will be stayinh here for a month. Im planning to visit bacolod next weekend. I only have weekends to tour around the region , gusto ko lang sana bg sample itinerary to Atleast mavisit ko lahat un atkeast 2 days. Thanks jojo.

    And im looking for some group para makisaling ousa nalang ako. Hehe.

  2. Hello jojo..
    Im from Estancia,Iloilo..My husband and I together with my 6 year old daughter planning to go this in Bacolod this coming holy week..Any suggestion please na nami lagawan dira bacolod aside xng Campuestuhan and The Ruins?Ky nasa list namun na ina hehehe..Kag nice na hotel na affordable lng..Thank u

  3. We want to visit bacolod any suggetion where is the best place to stay?

  4. Karen Grave Ylaya

    Hi. Im from cebu. And im planning to go to bacolod this june by landtrip. Where is their bus terminal located?

  5. I’m in Bacolod for 3 weeks for work, travelling from London, UK. I usually go to Davao and know everyone but this time I am a lone traveller. I will have all my weekends to myself so would like to explore if possible! Any suggestions?

  6. Hello Jojo. My wife and I are planning to visit Bacolod in June. Any top 5 places/resorts you can recommend?

    (BTW, possible 4 days in Bacolod then will fly out to Cebu for another 4 days. We plan to be based in one hotel and will just check places that are very much worth visiting. Our first time in the Visayan Islands).

    • check this places

      – Ruins Best time at 4pm before sunset.
      – Mambukal resort if your in for nature trip.
      – Campuestohan mountain resort, suggest to drop Bantug Lake ranch (they serve organic foods, its along the highway going to campuestohan.
      – May’s Garden (organic restaurant also)
      – Calea cakes and pastries( best moist chocolate cake)

  7. Hello Jojo. My wife and I are planning to visit Bacolod in June. Any top 5 places/resorts you can recommend? My e-mail is fjose12@aol.com. Call me Tito Pat. 🙂

    (BTW, possible 4 days in Bacolod then will fly out to Cebu for another 4 days. We plan to be based in one hotel and will just check places that are very much worth visiting. Our first time in the Visayan Islands).

    • Hi Tito Pat, you can visit Mambukal Mountain resort around 30 minutes from the city. If have a little more time Siapalay is really nice (so many beaches in that place), quite far though. Campuestohan is also nice, but looked like a theme park. Feel free to PM me whenever you need some information. Welcome to Bacolod 🙂

  8. Joey Villa de Gracia

    Any itineraries for 2 nights in Bacolod ? I’m actually from Cebu. I need some soul searching. I need some relaxation. Please. Thanks

    • Hi Joey, Bacolod is relatively small and its quite easy to get around…now if you want some soul searching , you might want to visit Mambukal..its a mountain resort…less than an hour ride from the City proper . Have a HAPPY TRIP and don’t hesitate to drop me a message should you need help 🙂

  9. Wow its really amazing.. You featured a lot of beautiful sceneries in bacolod. I miss my hometown there is no place like my bacolod city of smile. Love your blog..

  10. Thank you for this blog. I am looking for tourist spots and I cam across this page. Thank you for the information about Bacolod.

  11. Anyone knows of any halal restaurants in Bacolod?

  12. We offer package tour services to campuestohan and mambukal. visit our website http://campuestohanmambukaltourpackagebacolod.weebly.com/

  13. I wish we could visit Bacolod soon. It looks like a nice place to have a vacation.

  14. One of the things I’m interested when going to other places is the kind of pasalubong I will bring home. You have mentioned some foods here. I want to try them since some of them are not familiar to me. I always find the Maskara very artistic, but there’s rarely long coverage of that festival in televisions.

  15. Wow. This information is useful for anyone who’ll travel to Bacolod.

  16. The ruins is part of my bucket list. I’ve always wanted to go to Bacolod. and the Napoleones made me crave!!

  17. I havent been to Bacolod but thanks to relatives and friends who went there already, I was able to taste some of the famous delicacies from that province. One of my faves is the Napoleones, a bit sweet but very addicting!

  18. I’ve not heard of Barcolod before, to be honest. But looks like a great place to visit 🙂

  19. I have not been to backlog and I’m planning on doing that next year… Thanks for the info.

  20. I like to visit Campuestohan Highland Resort because of its vantage point and cool weather. I also like to see Bacolod’s other attractions.

  21. Such an informative posts, will put it on my to do list once i visit your province!

  22. I’ve read about Calea in Bacolod and it’s one of the places I would try should I visit your city!

  23. Your list is spot on, especially with the food. Every single friend I have that’s been to Bacolod has a photo in Calea!!

  24. So many things to look forward to when visiting Bacolod. Honestly, I’ve never been to any province in the PH but with posts like this, it is really inviting and I am excited to explore many paradise in PH 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!

  25. I’m making plans to visit Bacolod this year. I’ve heard so much about their dishes ( so many local restaurants to try ). I’d have authentic Inasal and all the Napolenes that I want. You got me interested in Silay. The heritage houses will definitely worth the side trip.

  26. Of all these things on your list, I think I’ve only done one – stayed at Buenos Aires Mountain Resort. Hope to explore more on my next trip.

  27. Pop na POP ang bacolod 10/10 for pop points blogmytuts

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