For both locals and tourists looking for a great vacation destination in the country, Bacolod City is a must-visit place in the Visayas region! With its flourishing economy, more and more tourist attractions and recreation destinations are opening, making it more attractive to people.
Bacolod City, nestled in the magnificent province of Negros Occidental, has a long history of the sugar industry, a booming business during the Spanish colonial period. This has given great wealth and power to sugarcane business moguls and provided income to a huge Negrense population.
Besides being known as the home of the famous delicacy piaya, Napoleones, and chicken inasal, the city also offers many cultural and historical spots you can explore, such as the Ruins, the ancestral home of the Don Generoso Villanueva, Negros Museum, and San Sebatian Cathedral.
The city is also considered as the country’s sports capital, and it continues to produce outstanding athletes and hosts important sporting events in boxing, football, golf, martial arts, and others.
The city dubbed as “The City of Smiles” doesn’t only have welcoming and friendly people but also has a warm weather. You can enjoy while visiting nearby resorts and beach destinations to better appreciate the rich cultural heritage and natural attractions of the region waiting to be discovered.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT BACOLOD
The months of December to May are the dry season in Bacolod, while October is a busy month in the city because of the famous MassKara Festival celebrated yearly. Foreign and local spectators flock to the city to witness and experience this momentous event.
Every February, the city celebrates the Chinese New Year festival called the Bacolodiat festival, featuring the parade of lanterns and cultural shows.
During April, the city hold “mother of all fiestas”- the Pana-ad Festival. This is a form of Thanksgiving celebration to Divine Providence to reinforce their faith in exchange for a good life. It is held at the Panaad Park, a huge spectacle that is participated by 13 cities and 19 provincial towns, which is why it is widely accepted as the mother of all provincial festivals.
HOW TO GET TO BACOLOD
There are three different ways to get to Bacolod City. You can travel by air, land, and sea.
There is the New Bacolod Silay Airport at Silay City, about 20-30 minutes away by car. You can book your flight to either a local flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL), or local budget airline Cebu Pacific Air (CEB), offering daily flights from most major cities within the country.
If you wish to enjoy the sea traveling to Bacolod, head to the BREDCO port. There are trips from Manila and the nearby province of Iloilo.
2Go Travel: Manila to Bacolod has four trips per week with a travel time of 20-24 hours.
Supercat 2Go Travel: Iloilo to Bacolod 4 trips daily with almost 1 hour and 30 minutes travel time.
If you’re from Cebu and traveling to Bacolod, Ceres bus transport travels daily. Travel time is approximately between 7-11 hours, depending on your point of origin in Cebu.
If you plan to stay in the city for more than a day, there are various accommodations for your budget and necessities for a home away from home.
Here are budget-friendly accommodations for your stay in Bacolod
Mainstreet Pension House is a nice budget hotel offering basic necessities: clean linens, air-conditioning, heated water, and clean towels. It is located at the center of Bacolod, which is a good jump-off point to go around the city.
Royal Am Rei is near popular Bacolod attractions such as the San Sebastian Cathedral. If you wish to enjoy the nightlife in the city, this is an ideal place to stay in. You can visit some pubs, Trapdoor Tasting room, Palawud Resto Grill and Bar, Tippy’s Bistro.
The Suites at Calle Nueva is at 15 Corner Nueva, Locsin Street, Nueva Street, Bacolod, 6100 Negros Occidental. This mid-range hotel features modern air-conditioned rooms with a flat-screen TV, en suite bathroom with hot shower, personal safe, microwave, and buffet-style breakfast.
Its convenient location makes it one of the most favorite accommodations by travelers.
Go Hotels Bacolod
Located in Lacson St. Bacolod City, this streamlined budget hotel is 2 km from The Negros Museum and the Bacolod Public Plaza and 3 km from the 19th-century San Sebastian Cathedral.
Its location is very accessible to Robinson’s shopping mall, which is just a two-minute walk away. The rooms are air-conditioned with high-quality beddings, flat-screen TV, safety deposit box, and a desk.
If you prefer staying in a luxury hotel with great amenities and accommodation, don’t worry! Here are some tourist favorites for more high-end accommodation.
Seda Capitol Central at North Capitol Road, Lacson, in the Ayala Capitol central complex, will give you easy access to nearby restaurants in the city. The rooms are, of course, fully air-conditioned, with a flat-screen TV, iPod dock, and en suite bathrooms with a hot shower and hairdryer.
L’Fisher Hotel is at 14 Lacson St., Bacolod features quality amenities such as the swimming pool and complimentary breakfast. You can reach a few popular tourist attractions such as the Provincial Capitol, San Sebastian Cathedral, and Capitol Lagoon by just walking from the hotel.