Bacolod Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
    by paolodecastro
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    View from the top of the tower
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  • Things to Do
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Bacolod Highlights

  • Pro
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    planxty says…

     Very laid back town, safe and friendly. 

  • Con
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    paolodecastro says…

     If you would want to go here...for the MASSKARA....try to coordinate your accommodation, tickets, etc., early........ 

  • In a nutshell
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    Laog-a-wata says…

     Must witness it's annual Maskara Festival during October. 

Bacolod Things to Do

  • The Ruins of Talisay

    One of the must visit place in Bacolod is the remnants of the mansion of Don Mariano L. Lacson in Talisay.Time come and go. Though the mansion is irreparable, it was acclaimed as one of the most fascinating ruins of the world.

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  • Lacson Street

    Lacson Street has it all! There are many places where to eat and hang out along Lacson Street. Japanese, Italian, Filipino, etc. restaurants are everywhere! Also, coffee shops are commonly seen around this area. One of the places we’ve been to is Sorrento. Sorrento is a building where numerous bars can be found and also if you feel like shopping,...

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  • Another fine market.

    Readers of my pages, particularly my Asian pages, are probably heartily sick of me writing tips about markets, markets and more markets. Well, here is another one and I make no apology for it. I rarely buy anything, not usually having the wherewithal to cook but I adore wandering round them especially late at night or early in the mornng, dependant...

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  • What a wonderful market.

    I visited this market literally within about 30 minutes of steppng off the ferry in Bacolod, accomanpied by my VT friends Buena ad Gregg. The reason for this was that we were buying produce that was to be prepared for us in a nearby restaurant (see seperate tip)It is well-documented on VT my love of both fish and markets, especially Asian markets,...

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  • A quirky little place.

    Whilst I love Bacolod, there are not a huge amount of what you might describe as tourist attractions. One such is the Negros Occidental Museum whch turned out to be an unusual little place. Having paid my 50 peso admission, I found myself in what appeared to have been a large old colonial house.A large portion of the ground floor appears to be...

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  • Last chance to see.

    The Negros Forest and Ecological Centre right in the middle of Bacolod saddens and encourages me in about equal measure. It is an institution devoted to attempting to save endangered species from the Visayas region, specifically Negros.I am not a huge fan of zoos generally as I think that animals should not be caged in but I can see the reasoning...

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Bacolod Hotels

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Bacolod Restaurants

  • A must try for Batchoy lovers

    We were told to try their Batchoy and it never failed us. We were suppose to try this at their main branch along Lacson Drive but upon arriving during dinner time, they were not serving it anymore. We had to transfer to their other branch located at the Go Hotels of the Cebu Pacific group. We ordered the super special Batchoy which includes the...

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  • Should not be missed

    I must say that this is the best restaurant in Bacolod. A must try would be the Squid fats which is cooked as black adobo, the steamed oyster mushrooms is also a must try. The inasal Scallops are also great for appetizer. The restaurant is a bit far, roughly 20-30 minute drive from the town proper but again, everything's worth it! SCALLOP INASAL |...

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  • Don't miss the hanging colorful masks!

    We had our first lunch in Aboy's. I can definitely say that this restaurant gave me an awesome impression on my first visit! The restaurant is like a big house! I love the hanging colorful masks, I really find it very attractive! The ambience, food and the service were great! The place was very wide and you can choose where you wish to dine whether...

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  • Get a taste of Bacolod's finest!

    Pendy's restaurant is the most elegant resto I've ever seen in a province like in Bacolod. When we entered the place, it was like.. the time turned back in the Spanish times, I felt I was in one of the restaurants in Intramuros, Manila. I don't know anything about Pendy's but it's quite popular here then I got to know it better when I saw this...

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  • Don't go back home without the chicken!

    If there’s one thing that you mustn’t miss while in Bacolod, that is to eat in Bacolod Chicken House! They say that this is the only proof that you’ve been in Bacolod! This is the home of the famous and original chicken inasal. There are 2 branches of Bacolod Chicken House, one in Araneta Avenue and the other in Lacson Street.We got there through a...

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  • Don't miss the hanging fried chicken!

    We had our dinner in Palmas del Mar Resort which is actually a 5-acre resort situated at the edge of the sea. What’s great about this is that though you don't stay in their resort, anybody can eat at their restaurant while watching the sunset. This resort is a bit far from the Business Inn Hotel where we stay, about 20 minutes to get there. At the...

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Bacolod Nightlife

  • get tipsy, get gypsy!

    After shopping and after trying all the sunglasses in the TOP SHOP, we decided to chill for a moment and savor our last night in Bacolod. We headed to the gypsy bar, just beside the TOP SHOP. The bar is very cozy, I just feel like being at home due to the red sofa near the door and somewhat like a beanbag which you can use to sit on the floor. I...

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  • Party till you drop..........

    There are some place s to go for a nightlife here....for the typical days...just across my hotel is the Piazza Sorrento.................thre are many bars there to chooseThen when i came here.......its the Masskara so the best place to see is to party at the whole of Lacson street........(the whole street is closed every night during the Masskara...

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  • More Beer Please!

    The newest party place in town! Up for non-stop beer drinking??? Ti's the place to be! Good crowd -- and i mean all the coolest party animals ever! (And that includes US!!! hahaha!) Just be there!!! c",)

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Bacolod Transportation

  • Car Rental in Bacolod

    If you don't have a relative in Bacolod and want to do a DIY tour it is a good idea to rent a car and self-drive around Bacolod and the nearby city of Silay and the other towns in the province. This will give you the freedom to explore the historical sights and tourist places that makes the province of Negros occidental a must see...

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  • Passad

    In Visayas Region, public transportations like jeepneys are called “Passad” .The only difference between the 2 is the design of the vehicle. Passad looks longer and rectangular while jeepney has curves.. well, that’s how I see it. We took Passad when we went to Lacson Street, then when have to tell the driver “Para” which meant that we have reached...

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  • Shuttle from airport

    It takes 20-30minutes to get to the city from the airport so the best way to get to the town proper is by hiring a shuttle service. There are many shuttle services parked just outside the airport and the fee is 2,000Php for 8-10pax.

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Bacolod Shopping

  • Where to buy Pasalubong

    Bong-Bong's has it all! the shop is big with lots and lots of goodies!the staffs are very helpful too! You can ask them to pack the stuffs in a box to have no hassle in the airport. I can't say more, just take a look at the pictures;) Souvenir tshirts 200-500Php, keychains 55-60php, masks 499-1000php, local delicacies 30-200php and lots of...

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  • Buy the Maskara souvenirs

    Theres no specific shop to buy these colorful souvenirs, its everywhere you just have to look for the best ones and the cheapest ........just look around...... Your travel here will not be complete unless you buy this item.My mistake is just i bought only two Maskara...i should have bought ten pieces then framed it....so it would make a good...

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  • My own version of Masskara T-shirt

    The I DESIGN is just one of the shops located along the Lacson Street (note that the street was closed every evening to give way for the festival celebration at night)......Saw their shop and I got interested to buy Masskara t-shirt (i had the idea of earing the masskara t-shirt on the masskara contest itself).....but I go also interested on having...

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Bacolod Local Customs

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    Elaborate headdresses

    by berenices Updated May 18, 2010

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    Quite often, after the big Masskara festival parade and the competition, to earn a bit of cash, some young people go around and try to sell the masks or headdresses they used for the festival. They commonly approach tourists (foreign and visitors from Manila) and try to convince them to buy the things. It's very difficult to turn down an offer, as these headdresses are usually very elaborate, very creatively done -- impressive really and quite cheap (we were asked the equivalent of around 20 USD by one man). What usually prevents the would-be buyer is the inconvenience of transporting them without ruining anything.

    I don't think there is anything wrong in this, and that it is a tourist trap. Most of these parade participants come from the poorer districts, students, and young people. I'm not so sure though if the organizations (they parade as an organization or group) they belong in allow this, as they may have an obligation to return the masks after.

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Bacolod Warnings and Dangers

  • Allergies Caused by Hena

    Hena is great....to look at...especially mine......i liked it...but a week after it was tattooed in my arms.....I got allergies......There were rushes all over my hands (on the area where the hena tattoo was placed....)I suggest...to everyone who would want to have a hena tattoo for the first time...to think about it.....

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  • Trip to BAcolod City

    We are going to Bacolod this December.2006 after 6 years. What are the areas you suggest we should stay away and why?. Also, are there any interesting new places around the area such as resorts, . It will be interesting to know . I would appreciate the input.Thank you .Bing

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Bacolod Tourist Traps

  • Dont go for the Last flight sched going...

    I booked my flight via Cebu Pacific.....a few weeks before the date of the flight i was thanking GOD that i din't booked for the Philippine Airlines....(well we already know that at this time they are having some difficulties on their flight schedules...but i think it's getting to normal na)I was booked on October 14 friday, because I am planning...

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  • On Buying the Masskara Souvenir

    I bought my masskara Souvernir Php 120.00.......on the lacson street Saturday night.....Lacson street is the main street of the Party................But when i went to the office of a friend (Aldritz near the old airport)...saw the Masskara same size.....for only Php 65.00 almost half the price.....Vendor's will always know if you are not from...

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  • Knowing the right FARE...............

    We are going to Baralihan....for the floating restaurant...so we ride tricycle from Talisay Public Market going to the Floating Restaurants......then when I was about to pay the tricycle driver He said Php54.00 na lng......implying that he is good enough just to ask for the Php 54.00......The catch is that the right amout should only be Php...

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Bacolod Off The Beaten Path

  • Join the Masskara Festival

    Been there done that.........My sister read that a travel writer in a broadsheet said that if you want to travel the Philippines...the writer enumerated ten best places a traveler shouldn't miss (well i asked my sister to get that thursday copy October 20 issue of Philippine star) BACOLOD is in the list.......I hope so.................:)Much better...

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  • Feeding Nemo

    This is perhaps one of the things i will miss here.......feeding the carp on the lagoon located at the Capitol Building.....The park here at the Capitol serves many purpose to the people. I enjoyed walking here in the morning.....DEFINITELY will miss it.............;)

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  • Visit a hacienda for a...

    Well Bacolod is the land of the Hacienda and the Haciendero's.......I have never seen a Hacienda........So if you have a friend who lives in Bacolod and a hacienda...why not convince him/her for a hacienda visit......try to feel like a Haciendero for a Day.......isn't it good..........Buena...next time i go to Bacolod........like to visit your...

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Bacolod Favorites

  • TRy to Feel the Place

    Well i commute everyday from home to office....don't have the luxury of a car...for now.......hahaaaaIn going to one place to another we took the public transportation......and its nice.......they still have a clean air here.........i noticed also that i didn't have a pimples when i was here.......hahahahahaaa...maybe because i enjoy what I do...

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  • The Many Faces of the MASSKARA

    It is definitely a miss in your trip in Bacolod if you haven't see the MASSKARA Festival itself.......The colorful clothes......the lavish costumes........(the costume designers don't run out of ideas in doing the costumes)All the participants are very competitive you can see it.......There's so many people waiting for this event...and maybe some...

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Take the evening promenade.
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Witness The Masskara Parade & Presentation
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Trying Hena tatoo for the first time
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Visit Government Center at Night
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A walk to remember
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Experience Sunset at the Ruins
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Visiting the Balay Negrense
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TRy Kuppa...........in the evening
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Ilonngo's Batchoy
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Spanish Recipe at the Ruins
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Join the MASSKARA Photo Contest
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Food Pasalubong...............
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Ride the Airport shuttle instead of hiring a taxi
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Eat bacolod's Inasal here
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