Bacolod is known as the City of Smiles because of its MassKara Festival a very fun and colorful festival full of dancing and lovely music, the city is also known as Land of Sweet People because of the warm, cheerful attitude and kind hospitality of the locals. The city of Bacolod is also a good jump off point to other beautiful places in Negros and in Visayas. It’s well connected with air travel via various local airlines serving the city. You could also take buses going to various places in Negros Island.
There a lot of things to see and do in the city and we’ll list some here. Here’s our Top Ten Places to Visit in Bacolod.
1. Fountain of Justice – The fountain is located just in-front of the Old City Hall. This is the site where the house of Jose Luis de Luzzuriaga’s used to stand and it was where the Spanish surrendered Bacolod to the Filipino forces.
2. The Ruins – The ruins is located in Talisay City and you can see here the remains of a Spanish-period sugar plantation that was burned during WWII. Even though it’s in ruin the place is still beautiful and is a popular destination for wedding photo shoots.
3. San Sebastian Cathedral – The cathedral is located in Rizal Street. The construction of the cathedral was planned by Fr. Gonzaga but died without completing it. The cathedral was completed in 1894 by the Government and the Priests.
4. Negros Museum – The museum provides a tour of the History of Negros Occidental from its beginnings to the colonial oppression, rise of the sugar industry, cultural influences brought by foreigners, the revolution, past governors and murals done. A good place to see if you want to earn more about the province’s history.
5. Orange Gallery – The Gallery is located in Lacson. The museum exhibits the works of local artists. A good place to see to appreciate local artworks.
6. Mt. Kanla-on Natural Park – The Park is home to a lot of endangered animals, such as the Bleeding Heart Pigeon and a whole lot more. A fun place to be in if you’re an animal lover like myself.
7. Buro-Buro and Bucal-bucal Springs – The springs are just located in the outskirts of Bacolod. The place has an artificial swimming pool, natural pool and some mini waterfalls. The place also offers natural massages. A good pace to go to if you want to get away from the chaos of city life.
8. Bacolod Western Visayas Clonal Nursery – The nursery features different kinds of plants that are important part of the reforestation program of Negros Occidental. There are mo entrance fee to visit the place but you’ll need permission from the city hall.
9. Barangay sang Virgen Chapel – This chapel is magnificent and spectacular and was designed by Archbishop Norman Campus. The chapel has a mosaic of the Barangay Sang Birhen or (Virgin of the Barangay) made of 95,000 shells.
10. Queen of Peace Parish Church – The church is also known as Huaming in Chinese which refers to the school where it is located, serves as a church for St. John’s Institute as well as for surrounding communities.
Have you been to Bacolod? Feel free to share your tips and suggestions.
Photo Credits (Wikimedia Commons): The Ruins by Rachel Leyritana