Bacolod is one of the most progressive cities in the country and also listed as one of the most liveable cities in the Philippines. Located in the province of Negros Occidental, it is most notable for its Masskara Festival held during the 3rd week of October. It boasts of rich history, good food, stunning sights, monumental attractions and other man-made and natural wonders. You can find many places and do many things in (and near) Bacolod City. Here's a list of some of Bacolod City's tourist spots, attractions and things to do and experience in the "City of Smiles".
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Bacolod City - Tourist Spots, Attractions and Things To Do and Experience
1. Drop by the Capitol Grounds and LagoonIt is a park located along Lacson St. in the heart of Bacolod City. This is also where Kilometer Zero marker or the point of distance reference of the city is located. The provincial capitol complex is consisted of the capitol building and an artificial lagoon in front of it. This is a perfect place to jog in the morning or late afternoon, to relax or to just hang around. For more details, click HERE.
2. Visit San Sebastian Cathedral and Bishop’s PalaceThe San Sebastian Cathedral is located in downtown Bacolod City. It was originally a small chapel and was declared as a cathedral when Bacolod was raised to the status of a diocese with a jurisdiction comprising the island of Negros in 1933. On the right side of the church, is a convento that is a typical bahay na bato. The wooden upper story of the structure was reconstructed after the 1985 fire that damaged it. For more details, click HERE.
3. Climb Pope John Paul II TowerThe John Paul II Tower stands at the Bacolod Real Estate Development Corp. reclaimed area where the Pope held a Mass in February 20, 1981. It was built to commemorate the event that happened when the late Pope John Paul II visited Bacolod City. At the entrance of the tower stands an eight-foot sculpture of John Paul made of synthetic bronze and fiberglass created by Brother Tagoy Jakosalem. For more details, click HERE.
4. Marvel at the Beauty of "The Ruins" in Talisay City"The Ruins" is considered as one of the 12 most fascinating ruins in the world. A monumental landmark that can be found in Talisay City, the city between Silay and Bacolod. It is the ancestral house of Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson, a rich and young Filipino Sugar Baron. Built in the early 1900's, as a memory of don Mariano's wife Maria Braga, a young Portuguese lady he met in one of his trips in Hongkong. During its heyday, the mansion was the largest residential structure. For more details,
5. Swim and Hike at Mambukal Resort in the nearby town of MurciaMambukal Mountain Resort, a government-owned piece of paradise is a favorite vacation destination of local and foreign tourists since it is very accessible from Bacolod City, the capital city of Negros Occidental. It is located in the town of Murcia, some 31 km east of Bacolod city. With a land area of over 23.6 hectares, it is blessed with numerous beautiful natural resources and unparalleled scenic features. HERE.
6. Explore Silay City and Walk along its Heritage HousesIdentified as one of the 25 major tourist destinations in the country by the Department of Tourism, Silay City is considered as the “Seat of arts, culture and eco-tourism in Western Visayas”. Visit the San Diego Pro-Cathedral, Explored the Heritage Houses and taste the local flavors. For more details, click HERE or HERE.
7. Visit the Bacolod Public PlazaFound right in the heart of downtown area, the City Public Plaza is near to the city hall and right across the San Sebastian Cathedral. Constructed way back in 1927, it is a place for recreation and other activities. It features a gazebo where names of world-renowned musical composers like Beethoven, Wagner, Haydn, and Mozart are inscribed on its sides.
8. Experience Masskara FestivalIf you happen to visit the city in the month October, experience and join the fun at the happiest festival in the country - the Masskara Festival. It is the most anticipated festival in the country held every 3rd week of October in the "City of Smiles" Bacolod City where thousands of tourists flock the city for the 3-week revelry. There are street dancing and arena competitions, pageants, bazaars, food fairs, concerts, sports events, street parties, among many others. For more details, click HERE or HERE or HERE.
9. Go on a Food TripEat to your heart’s content and worry about your diet after. Indulge on the best tasting Chicken Inasal at Manokan Country, lucious cakes from Calea, fresh seafoods at Palapala and Silay recipes of Paño-paño, Pili Bars, Fresh Lumpia, Empanada and Guapple Pie.
10. Buy PasalubongNever leave Bacolod City without bringing home some pasalubong such as Piaya, Napoleones, Pinasugbo and other Bacolod delicacies. Everyone will surely love it if you bring home some of these as pasalubong.
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There are really many things that you can do and experience in Bacolod City that will surely make your trip enjoyable! Tara and let's discover the City of Smiles!
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