Bacolod City Local Customs

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Bacolod City Local Customs

  • Fiesta! Everyone's Welcome

    Whenever a barangay or town celebrates a fiesta, guests are welcome in a local's home for food and drinks. Yes, it is part of the Filipino hospitality. In our town (1.5 hours from Bacolod) we celebrate our town fiesta every 5th of April. So if you're traveling to Bacolod and would like to see my hometown, then you are invited to our place. Just let...

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  • Masskara!!!

    Every October 19, Bacolod Celebrates its charter day and a Masskara Festival is held. It is a week long celebration wherein the highlight is usually the weekend before the 19th. Be sure to book your flight and hotel months before October since plenty of people are sure to be joining the festivity. There are street parties, bands, organized...

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  • Eat out!

    Bacolodnons love to eat out and to be "seen". It's just a small city where a friend of a friend knows this and that. We have a variety of local restaurants which we patronize and recommend with Pride... They say, when you visit Bacolod, prepare your tummy for food tripping. ;)

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  • Sweet As Sugar

    Aside from their sincere and warm hospitality, guess what you’ll immediately notice about the people of Bacolod: their sweet way of talking in an indescribable melodious tone. You’ll also observe that they really love to entertain guests. They are eager to meet friends/relatives of friends and they enjoy conversation over food and/or...

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  • The Rise Of The Middle Class

    When crisis hit the sugar industry, many of the workers who were displaced didn’t wallow in self-pity. Rising above their misfortune of losing jobs, many took a chance to work abroad. The overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) now send money to their families, thus improving their standard of living. The wife now shops in malls and works out in the gym;...

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  • Simple, Slow And Easy

    Simple:Far from the aristocratic types I imagined, the affluent in Bacolod do not dress up to impress. In fact, many wealthy people don’t wear flashy clothes and jewelry in public; they dress up and act simply. Ilonggos enjoy a good life, but the affluent find time for socio-civic and religious projects.Slow And Easy:I gathered that there are many...

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  • "Bibingka" As Street Foods

    I was told that when Aboy's Restaurant introduced the "Bibingka" and "Puto Bumbong", they became such a big hit to Bacolod diners. On the streets of Bacolod, you can also have the "bibingka". Cooked on the streets and packed on the streets, the "bibingkas" are bought and eaten by locals who probably can't resist the aroma of burnt banana leaves and...

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  • Weekend Get Together

    Most clans/families get together on weekends. I had the occasion to witness the get together of the Garcia Clan. After a festive meal, I was happy to see such affluent families discussing not business matters but stories about their family members, their socio-civic involvements, travels, guests, etc. There is also time for joking and...

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  • Hospitality At Its Best!

    I believe that the best way to learn about the culture of a place is by observing things and people around you; actually talking and mixing with the locals, and joining them in their festivals and fiestas. I did just that, and although the Bacolod residents often spoke their dialect (Ilonggo), I experienced the warmth, sincere friendship and...

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  • "Sinamak", Soy Sauce & Calamansi

    When you go to a restaurant serving native foods, you'll see already set on the table a bottle of "sinamak", a bottle of soy sauce, and ready to squeeze calamansi on a saucer. It seems that almost all grilled foods are usually eaten with the following condiments: soy sauce with squeezed calamansi (native lemon) and "sinamak" (mixture of palm...

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  • Feeling of Oneness

    Whether affluent, middle class or poor, I noticed that family ties of Bacolod people are closely knit. They eat meals together, they go see places together, and many even watch the Masskara Festival together. At The Masskara Festival, parents saw to it that children were safe and secure. Smaller children were carried or put to sit on high but...

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  • Rice For Meals

    For meals in restaurants, viands are eaten NOT with bread, but with your choice of plain rice, fried rice or garlic rice. The rice is usually served on slightly singed banana leaves cut to the shape of the plate. The banana leaves impart a peculiar taste and aroma to the hot rice.Rice is generally eaten using spoon and fork, but for viands that are...

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  • Lechon

    mmm, pork, not just pork, but the entire pig, slow roasted and stuffed with spices. I had lechon no less than three times when I was here and will forever be grateful. Among pork lovers of the world, the Filipino style of cooking the pig is widely considered the best in the world. the crispy skin, the tender meat...it leaves you with no doubt that...

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  • Party with the Dead!

    On all Soul's day (Oct. 31-Nov. 3) The entire Bacolod heads to the graves (The cemeteries) and puts up a party for their dead friends and relatives! That's right- families and friends step right up on the cemetery, burn candles and fill the whole place with prayers, it's a colorful atmosphere. Of course, not everybody prays- many kids & adults play...

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  • Maskara

    Masskara = "mass" + "kara" ??? Impossible, it is just a joke. "Mass" is an english word and "cara" is spanish. It is only a playing with the spelling of the word.The word mask is of Arabic derivation and probably from the Arab population of North Africa, but now is almost international. In Arabic, "maskharah" = "man in masquerade", "jester" or...

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  • do not agree

    When an acquaintance or a friend offers food or their home or anything of theirs for you to borrow or to taste and then prefaces the offer with a - its not the latest style or it might lack salt or they might say its not big or bed not so comfy, DO NOT AGREE. Its the Asian way of being modest. Even if what they're saying rings true - DO NOT AGREE....

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  • Hotselling Rice Cake "Puto" By the Road.

    In Himamaylan town proper (about 1 1/2 hr from Bacolod on the way to Kabankalan to the south), a few stalls in front of the town plaza by the national road are selling rice cakes that are selling like hotcakes (hmmm, does that make sense?). These stalls have their wood-fired mini-oven set-up just beside the stalls.We were intrigued by the...

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  • MassKara Festival Lesson 101

    MassKara Festival is celebrated every 3rd week of October, main event (parade and street dancing) is on 3rd Sunday of the month of October, nearest to the Charter Anniversary of Bacolod City. MassKara is a word coined by a certain Mr Ely Santiago, 26 years ago from 2 words "mass" means many people and "kara" , Spanish word for face. It means a...

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