Fun things to do in Bacolod City

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    Negros Tour

    by buenababe Written Jul 25, 2011

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    When you see the map of the Philippines, notice the island that look like a sock. That's Negros. Negros is divided into 2 provinces - Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental. The Capital City of Negros Occidental is Bacolod and Dumaguete for Oriental.

    So if you are in Bacolod and in the mood for road tripping and adventure, try touring the island! From Bacolod, you could travel south to Dumaguete City passing by coastal towns and mountains. An overnight stay in Dumaguete sounds like a nice plan, then from there, you could go to San Carlos City. Then from San Carlos, back to Bacolod via Don Salvador Benedicto and appreciate a great scenery.

    It can be a tiring trip of 3 days but the experience and scenery is worth it.

    river view this is negros roadside sugarcane fields on the road
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    Pamper Yourself with a Spa!

    by buenababe Written Jul 7, 2011

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    After a tiring day of sightseeing or just for a relaxing feeling, try having a massage.

    My mom and I would usually go to a spa and it's always a nice bonding moment for us.

    We often go to Bacolod Spa. Their service and masseurs are good and it's always a great experience. There are different kinds of massage to choose from like thai, swedish, etc... they also have foot spa, reflexology and even facial service. The price ranges to P250-500 or it depends on the services you will avail.

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    Roadtrip to My home!

    by buenababe Written Jul 7, 2011

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    If you are in Bacolod, and if ever Im free, I'd be happy to show you my Hometown. I grew up in a town at the foot of Mt. Canlaon called La Castellana. It is just an hour and a half ride from Bacolod. There, the scenery is nice where plantations of sugar cane, rice field and mountains are abundant on the roadside.

    We also have lots of springs and waterfalls nearby my hometown.

    You can stay at home for free and we'll treat you not just a visitor, but part of the family. ;)

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    Visit the New Government Center

    by buenababe Updated Jun 21, 2011

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    The newly-built Government Center of Bacolod City just opened its operation a couple of years ago for the public. The old City Hall was located in downtown area and can not cater all the government operations anymore so it was moved to a more spacious place with a new bigger building.

    Many locals go to the New City Hall to exercise and do walking every morning, and at night, it is a good place to hang out and just relax.

    Bacolod's New Govt Center Hello Philippines facade...
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    Visit the St. Sebastian Cathedral

    by buenababe Written Jun 16, 2011

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    The St. Sebastian Cathedral stands tall in "downtown" Bacolod. It is situated at the Center of the City and marks the end of Araneta St. which goes straight from neighboring City called Bago.

    It is one of the oldest churches in the province, built by the Spaniards. It holds masses everyday and is usually too crowded every Sunday where an hourly mass is held.

    For Catholics, it is a good place to visit and pray, thanking God for the safe travel and all His blessings.

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    Visit The Ruins

    by buenababe Updated Jun 16, 2011

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    The Ruins, the so-called Taj Mahal of Negros: one of a must-see places in the City.

    It was a mansion of the rich Sugar Baron in Negros named Don Mariano Ledesma-Lacson built in the early 1900's in honor of his Portuguese wife, Maria Braga. During the World War II, the Japanese intended to make the mansion their Headquarters but the Americans burnt it with the owner's consent in order that the Japanese won't be able to make use of it.

    It used to be an abandoned place, in the middle of the sugar cane fields, remote from "civilization". It is located near my friend's house and we used to visit it when we were in high school, around 15 years ago. In 2007, the grandson of the Late Don Mariano Lacson decided to restore the building and named it The Ruins. They opened it to the public as part of Bacolod's Landmark (though the place is officially part of Talisay City, a city next to Bacolod). From then on, The Ruins is a venue of History and a good place for special occasions and for photoshoot.

    The Taj Mahal of Negros a view of the fountain and the garden a landmark at the garden the Ruins entrance the restaurant inside of The Ruins
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    visit Mambukal Mountain Resort

    by eversure Updated Jan 29, 2011

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    Mambukal is 35 min away from the city and is worth a visit. It has a dipping pool whose source are from the hot springs that abound nearby. Very refreshing. The hubby and I tried it and he swears the aches in his joints went away. After the dip we climbed up to see several falls. We only got up to the 3rd. Then we had lunch. There are several food stalls in the main area with good grilled porkchops, chicken and fishes. The rest rooms are clean if a bit wet owing to the fact that its located besides the pool. (which is clean too)

    You can stay overnight as there are several airconditioned cottages.

    For the more adventurous, there is a "Slide for Life" (zipline), a canopy walk among tall trees and Rock Climbing. There is also a clean comfy spa as well as a boating lagoon and a butterfly garden.

    After lunch we walked about just taking in the mountain air and the great view of nature. We also splashed around in the mini-falls. I simply love hopping from rock to rock with cool water gushing about my legs.

    dipping pool (sulfur water) cool mountain water entrance to the resort Kiddie pool
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    Find Time For Art Appreciation

    by cyndymc Updated Nov 11, 2010

    When we ate at the Chicken House North, I saw the Orange Gallery which is known to showcase the artworks of local artists. Their exhibits vary every year, but there are also mainstay exhibits. At the Orange Gallery, they allow artists and other participants/guests to discuss the works on display. Art enthusiasts will surely enjoy taking a trip there.

    Orange Gallery Outdoor Display By Orange Gallery Artists Outdoor Display By Orange Gallery Artists Outdoor Display By Orange Gallery Artists
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    Visit San Sebastian Cathedral

    by cyndymc Updated Oct 26, 2010

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    San Sebastian Cathedral, one of the century-old churches in Negros Occidental is considered one of Bacolod's great architectural landmarks. Built in 1876 by a Recollect Friar, Fr. Mauricio Ferrero,, the Cathedral has accumulated a lot of very interesting stories behind its history.

    After your prayers inside the Cathedral, find time to examine its majestic structure. Do you know that the structure was not made of ordinary river stones and cement? It's amazing! The Cathedral's structure is composed primarily of coral stones mined from the deposits of Guimaras, brought to Bacolod by barge and" lorchas". The wooden elements that you see came from hardwood cut in Paragua, now known as Palawan.

    Inside the San Sebastian Cathedral Twin Belfry & Facade of San Sebastian Cathedral Street View of San Sebastian Cathedral National Historical Institute Marker Choir Loft of San Sebastian Cathedral
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    To Art Lovers: See The "Ang Paghimud-os" Sculpture

    by cyndymc Updated Oct 26, 2010

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    When we went to the Provincial Capitol Park, I wondered what was the  sculpture erected at the east entrance of the Capitol Park & Lagoon. It was such a beautiful fine piece of art. The marker below identified the sculpture as "Ang paghimud-os " meaning "The Struggle". One of the country's noted sculptor, Eduardo Castrillo created this magnificent work of art.

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    Don't Miss The Centennial Bells

    by cyndymc Updated Oct 26, 2010

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    Before, I wondered what was so special about the Centennial Bells to be listed in the suggested DIY City Tour. Reading the marker below one of the bells, I understood. In 1976, the 100th year anniversary of the Cathedral, two bells were brought down from their belfry and mounted on a special commemorative centennial wall at the right side of the churchyard. The two bells were thereafter called the CENTENNIAL BELLS.

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    Pass By Palacio Episcopal (The Bishop's Palace)

    by cyndymc Written Oct 26, 2010

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    Considered one of Bacolod City's architectural landmarks, the Bishop's Palace was built by Fr. Julian Gonzaga about 50 years earlier (or 46 years to be exact) than the San Sebastian Cathedral. This is because construction of the Bishop's Palace started in 1830, while the structure of the Cathedral began in 1876, The construction took a slow pace, and was finished only in the 1890's. It is worth noting that the the Spanish military and civic officials sought refuge in the Palacio Episcopal during and after the revolution of 1898.

    Palacio Episcopal & Cathedral Belfry Palacio Episcopal Palacio Episcopal & Cathedral Belfry Front of Palacio Episcopal
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    View The Archives @ Negros Museum

    by cyndymc Updated Oct 26, 2010

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    The first time we went to the Provincial Capitol Bldg., I had wanted to go to the Negros Museum, but it was still closed. I learned that it is open only from 10:00 A. to 6:00 PM, Tuesday to Sunday. Then, on another day, our car passed by the Negros Museum, but we didn't bother to stop and go inside as there were more places and more people that we had scheduled to see that day.

    I was told that Negros Museum, unlike other historical and humanities museums that collect antiques, it collects archival stories about the people of Negros Occidental. Showcased are important historical events pivotal to making Negros "The Sugar Bowl of the Philippines". Therefore, people sometimes refer to the museum as "The Sugar Museum'".

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    Spend Time At The Provincial Park and Lagoon

    by cyndymc Updated Oct 25, 2010

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    Just across the Capitol Building is the Provincial Park and Lagoon. Locals go there to stroll in the park, feed the fishes in the lagoon, exercise (jogging/aerobics), practice dance or school activities, or simply spend time with their loved ones. Tourist go there usually for photography.

    Two of Bacolod's famous landmarks can be found at the north and south ends of the rectangular lagoon. There stand the statues of a woman and female water buffalo on the north end, and a man and a male water buffalo on the southend of the lagoon. It is said that an Italian artist created the massive sculptural work on the woman standing beside the female water buffalo. Soon, a Negrense artist schooled at the College of Fine Arts of the University of the Philippines created a similar sculpture, that of a man and male water buffalo.

    Trivia: I learned from our driver that fishes at the lagoon are fed to the prisoners:))

    The Famous Sculptures At Both Ends Of The Lagoon Statue of Woman & Female Water Buffalo Statue of Man & Male Water Buffalo Tourist Taking Shots Local Lads Feeding The Fishes
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    View the Provincial Capitol Building

    by cyndymc Updated Oct 25, 2010

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    The Provincial Capitol Building in Bacolod City is the official seat of the provincial government of Negros Occidental. Tourists seek it to appreciate the massive structure of Romanesque neoclassical architectural design. To those interested in history, it is amusing to know that the building served as the Japanese Imperial Army's headquarters during the World War II.

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