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UNDERSTANDING BACOLOD CITY
The charming city of smiles, BACOLOD, humbly resolves itself as the capital of Negros Occidental and stretches a metropolitan area covering the other two cities of Talisay and Silay. Its locals are a multitude of warm, friendly people who speaks good English, asserting the city to becoming one of the top choices for BPO industry in the Philippines.
As a tourist, the beauty of Bacolod is appreciated not by the outward sense of traveling for there is less fascinating landscapes in the area. It is rather enjoyed inward – literally munch, lip smack and finger lick on its top delicacies while on a food trip or figuratively take in a great deal of understanding about its rich heritage while hopping on its ancestral homes, old churches and few sites of historic interests.
Bacolod is urbanized but easy to navigate, you take a pedicab (trishaw) or a jeepney for P8 to get around areas within the city – and a bus, taxi or even a jeepney to its adjacent towns.
QUICK FACTS & TIPS ABOUT BACOLOD CITY
Here are few facts and tips to consider when traveling around Bacolod.
- Bacolod celebrates the renowned Masskara festival every 3rd week of October. It is a spectacle of colorful, vibrant masks that comes in a mardi gras of street dancing on a mix of latin and tribal music. During the festival, hotels are mostly booked. Travelers are advised to look for accommodation 3 months ahead of the trip.
- The streets of Bacolod become busy around 5-7PM after school and office hours, and worse on holidays and during the Masskara festival. Don’t be caught in the traffic.
- The city can tickle even the deepest of your gastronomic delights. Set aside a considerable amount for food trip.
- A terminal fee of P200 is required in your exit flight. Consider this on your list of expenses.
- Avoid getting ripped off. Be wary of taxi drivers that do not use a meter.
- Bacolod City makes for a good base for Mt. Kanlaon Natural Park and to the nearby historic district of Silay.
- A kilometer zero post can be found at the Capitol ground.
HOW TO GET TO BACOLOD CITY
Here are your options in getting to Bacolod city:
By Air Below are local destinations that offer plane trips to Bacolod.
- Cagayan de Oro
- Puerto Princesa
The airport is situated at Silay, its metropolitan area. Upon your arrival, you can choose any of the options below to get to Bacolod City.
- Shuttle Service which is provided outside the airport for a fare of P150 per person.
- Public transportation. Take a tricycle outside the airport and head to Silay center where you can take a bus or jeepney bound for Bacolod North Terminal. At the terminal, ride another jeepney to your destination.
- Van which is located at the airport’s parking area. Fare is around P150 per person.
- Taxi (or GrabTaxi) with an estimated fare of P250. Ask the driver to use a metered fare to avoid getting ripped off.
By Bus Traveling by bus is possible from these local destinations:
- Cebu – Head to the South Bus terminal and look for Ceres buses plying to Bacolod city.
- Dumaguete City – At the bus terminal near Robinsons mall, catch a Ceres bus to Bacolod. Trip goes every hour.
- other towns in Negros
Take note that there are 2 bus terminals in Bacolod, both operated by Ceres Liner:
- Ceres Southbound Terminal – for buses from and to Dumaguete (via Mabinay)
- Ceres Northbound Terminal – for buses from and to Cebu (via Toledo or Tabuelan), San Carlos (via Don Salvador Benedicto), Bayawan (via Cauayan and Sipalay) and Kanlaon City (via La Carlota, La Castellana, Moises Padilla)
By Ferry (Click here for the shipping line, schedule and fare.)
TOP ATTRACTIONS IN & NEAR BACOLOD CITY
Here are 6 top tourist spots that you can cover in a day tour or with an itinerary for 2 to 3 days while in and near Bacolod city.
THE NEGROS MUSEUM
THE RUINS (MANSION)
MANOKAN (CHICKEN) COUNTRY
CAMPUESTOHAN HIGHLAND RESORT
MAMBUKAL SPRINGS RESORT
Click the link if you are looking for top attractions in Negros Island
TOP THINGS TO DO IN BACOLOD CITY
Here are activities that are worth a try while traveling around and near Bacolod city.
- Food Trip – satisfy your gastronomic delights by hopping on to few of the top food attractions in the city, aside from chicken inasal.
Cakes and Desserts in Calea
Food items at Bongbong and Merci’s Pasalubong centers
2. Join the Masskara Festival! Watch the city come alive and get lost in the pleasantries that only the Masskara festival can bring.
3. Partake in a Paint your Mask activity at JoJo Vito designed House of Mask where you can also find the finest masks for souvenir. The place is a few meters towards the east from Metrodome, right in front of Bongbong’s pasalubong center. The gallery is open from 8:30AM to 5:00PM, Mondays to Saturdays.
BACOLOD CITY SAMPLE ITINERARY
In getting around the top tourist spots in Bacolod, one can go on a DIY or an arranged tour package. DIY is preferred by travelers who are in a shoestring budget. The 2 samples of DIY itinerary below that you can combine for 2 or 3 days assume a party of two and suggest an estimated budget per person (not including the expenses for accommodation and souvenir).
OPTION A – BACOLOD with side trip to Mambukal and Campuestohan | Budget per person: P1,500+
|To Mambukal Springs||3:00PM||P100|
|Back to Bacolod City||6:00PM||P35|
|Dinner at Manokan Country||6:30PM||P150|
|To Campuestohan Highland Resort||9:00AM||P500|
|Back to Bacolod City||11:30AM||P60|
|Try Kansi or KBL for lunch||12:00PM||P200|
|Bacolod City Walk Tour||1:00PM|
|San Sebastian Cathedral|
|Capitol Park and Lagoon|
|Kilometer Zero Post|
|Buy Pasalubong at Bongbong or Merci’s and House of Mask||3:00PM|
|Desserts at Calea||4:00PM||P200|
|The Ruins (stay until night to see the Ruins all lit up)||5:00PM||P100|
OPTION B – BACOLOD with side trip to nearby cities | Budget per person: P2,400+
|Arrive in Bacolod City||8:00AM|
|The Negros Museum||8:30AM||P100|
|To Mambukal Springs||9:30AM||P100|
|Head back to the city||1:00PM||P35|
|Lunch at Manokan Country||1:30PM||P150|
|To Campuestohan Highland Resort||2:00PM||P60|
|Enjoy the activities in the resort||4:00PM||P500|
|Back to Bacolod City||9:00AM||P60|
|To Lakawon Island||11:00AM|
|Enjoy the island||12:00PM||P570|
|Back to Bacolod City||3:00PM||P310|
|Buy Pasalubong (souvenir)||4:00PM|
|Visit the Ruins||5:00PM||P100|
|Dinner (try KBL and Kansi)||6:00PM||P250|
|Sweets at Calea||7:00PM||P200|
WHERE TO STAY IN BACOLOD CITY
At Lakawon Island.
Check out the links below for the best accommodations, both budget and luxury, around the city of Bacolod.
- Mainstreet Pension House Check rate and availability
- The Suites at Calle Nueva Check rate and availability
- Star Plus Pension House Check rate and availability
- Saltimboca Tourist Inn Check rate and availability
- Cityscape Residences Check rate and availability
- Hometown Hotel Check rate and availability
- Joaquin’s Place Check rate and availability
- Amaia Steps Capitol Central Check rate and availability
The Ruins (Mansion) shot on a dark glass.
English to Hiligaynon (Ilonggo)
Good morning – Maayong aga
Good afternoon – Maayong hapon
Good evening – Maayong gab-i
Thank you – Salamat
Where is… – Diin ang…
How much – Pila
BE A RESPONSIBLE TRAVELER
Lastly, have fun and don’t forget to be awesome. 😉
EXTEND YOUR TRIP
- 4-hour land and sea transport to Cebu – Budget Travel Guide here.
- 4-hour bus drive to Sipalay – Budget Travel Guide here
- 7-hour bus drive to Dumaguete – Budget Travel Guide here and Siquijor – Budget Travel Guide here.
Or, go to the surfing capital of the Philippines – Siargao Budget Travel Guide here.
Or, visit other top destinations in Luzon:
- Baler Budget Travel Guide
- Zambales: Anawangin, Nagsasa and Capones Budget Travel Guide
- Palaui Island Budget Travel Guide
- Pagudpud Budget Travel Guide
- Laoag Budget Travel Guide
- Vigan Budget Travel Guide
- Baguio Budget Travel Guide
- Sagada Budget Travel Guide
- Cordillera Budget Travel Guide
Or visit other countries in Asia:
- Bangkok, Thailand Budget Travel Guide
- Chiang Mai, Thailand Budget Travel Guide
- Johor Bahru, Malaysia Budget Travel Guide
- Singapore Budget Travel Guide
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