Bacolod City Things to Do

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  • Things to Do
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Bacolod City Things to Do

  • Suggested 3 day 2 night itinerary for...

    If you only have 3 days, i do not suggest you go to guimaras from Bacolod. It is much too inconvenient.day1: visit the Kapitolyo, the Capitol Lagoon across the Kapitolyo, the Negros museum inside the Kapitolyo. Have lunch or dinner at Imay's - local cuisine with seafood aplenty. If you have time, visit the Plaza and the San Sebastian Cathedral....

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  • Don't Be Shy, Have Fun With Street...

    One thing nice about the Masskara Festival, the organizers are quite tolerant of tourists having pictures with the street dancers while the parade is going on. As long as the dancers are NOT performing at the judging areas, and as long as you don't get in the way of their street dance, you can approach them to have your souvenir picture. Better...

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  • Spend Some Time At The New Government...

    Along the circumferential road east of Bacolod is the New Government Center (NGC), considered the newest landmark in the City. Its presence along the Circumferential Road is said to have pump-primed the sprouting of business establishments (hotels, restaurants, private offices, banks, call centers, supermarket, etc) in the surrounding areas. This...

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  • See The Parade of Giant Puppets

    A brainchild of La Consolacion College (LCC), the Giant Puppet Parade immediately drew wows from the crowd. The students of LCC Fine Arts, Interior Design and Architecture competed in making the giant puppets. It is unfortunate that I wasn’t able to witness the parade from the Capitol Lagoon to the City Plaza. (We were in Silay City.) Good thing, I...

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  • Masskara Festival Mask & Costume Display

    I thought the Masskara Village was the only exhibit at Robinson’s Place. As hubby and I went up to the 3rd level of Robinson’s Place to look for restaurants, we discovered the Masskara Festival Mask & Costume Display. On exhibit were the masks and costumes to be used by participating schools and barangays in the 2011 Masskara Street Dancing...

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  • Must See: Masskara Village

    The Maskara Village is an annual event organized by ABS-CBN. The event kicks off with a mask-making contest participated in by designers/artists from the different cities and municipalities of Negros Occidental. Then, all the handcrafted masks are displayed in the Masskara Village. I missed it to see the exhibit last year because I didn’t know...

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  • Associated Negros Producers' Showroom

    Beforehand, I read that ANP Showroom sold "the best Negrense handicraft and products such as houseware, decorative objects, garments, gift items....furniture to furnishings, ceramics, scented candles, pottery, novelties, ladies/children's garments, fashion accessories, souvenir t-shirts as well as indigenous food and pasalubongs". When I went...

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  • Sunset at the beach...

    Sunsets are always amazing. The beauty of the sun setting in while darkness envelopes. I think it's the most special time of the day and makes one ponder on life and alike...There are beaches 15-20 minutes south of Bacolod where one can have a glimpse of the nice sunset. The beach thought isn't that good and it has black sand... But the sole...

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  • A taste of street food!

    On downtown area, you can usually find street foods sold in cart. From peanuts, to popcorn, balut and stuff. ;) During Masskara, more of them are visible on the streets. So if you want to have an adventure with street food, go have some. ;) Not all of them are guaranteed 100% clean though, so choose the food you want to try as well.

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  • Foodtripping @Masskara

    During Masskara, a row of food stalls are in the public plaza, serving beer, soda, barbeque. Some even have karaoke/videoke... It's a place where the locals go to hang out. But be sure to look after yourself and things there.

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  • Masskara Festival!

    Every year, the City celebrates its Charter Day on Oct. 19 and a Masskara Festival is held. People would flock in the city to witness the street dancing contest and all the merry-making organized. The highlight is usually the weekend before Oct. 19.

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  • Palmas del Mar

    Palmas del Mar is a resort hidden near the sea shore area of Bacolod. If you want a more relaxing place to stay or just visit for a day trip/outing then Palmas is the places to be. They have nice rooms, cottages and swimming pools. They also have billiard and table tennis tables. The place also holds garden weddings, garden parties or functions.The...

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  • Side-trip to Mambukal

    Mambukal is a 45-minute drive from Bacolod City located at the town called Murcia. The Mountain Resort is managed by the provincial government and considered to be a protected area. Mambukal is home to the 7 waterfalls, plenty of bats, hot sulfur spring, swimming pools, butterfly garden, the mini-lake, wild flowers and trees. Room hotels/lodging...

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  • Negros Tour

    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!...

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  • Pamper Yourself with a Spa!

    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......

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  • Roadtrip to My home!

    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...

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  • Visit the New Government Center

    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...

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  • Visit the St. Sebastian Cathedral

    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...

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  • Visit The Ruins

    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...

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  • visit Mambukal Mountain Resort

    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...

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  • Find Time For Art Appreciation

    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...

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  • Visit San Sebastian Cathedral

    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...

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  • To Art Lovers: See The "Ang Paghimud-os"...

    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...

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  • Don't Miss The Centennial Bells

    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...

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  • Pass By Palacio Episcopal (The Bishop's...

    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,...

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  • View The Archives @ Negros Museum

    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...

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  • Spend Time At The Provincial Park and...

    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...

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  • View the Provincial Capitol Building

    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...

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  • Go To Bacolod's Masskara Festival

    I thought the word MASSKARA was misspelled, thinking it should have been spelled MASKARA, but it was really meant to be MASSKARA. MassKara is derived from the two words MASS, meaning "many" or "multitude" and KARA, a Spanish word meaning "face". Put together, MASKARA means "a mass or multitude of smiling faces". Masskara Festival is a...

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  • Join In The Fun: Electric Masskara

    Aside from the Street Dance competition, another highlight of the Masskara festival is the Electric MassKara at the Tourism Strip in Lacson Street. Every year, for two nights before the street dance competition (Note: this year it was from October 15 to 16, starting at 8PM), Lacson St. (from the 5th St. to North Drive) is converted into a Tourism...

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  • Play Golf in Negros/Bacolod

    Negros Occidental has a number of golf courses. Marapara Golf and Country Club is in the northern part of Bacolod. Take the Bata road going east and travel straight til you see the country club's sign. Another favorite of Bacolod players is the Binitin Golf Club which is just a little bit past the Bacolod-Murcia border. Victorias Milling Compound,...

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  • Mountain lady

    So, there is a local legend here about a woman who was banished and went off to the hills and somehoe turned into a mountain. Locals will point out that the mountain range resembles a nude woman who is laying on her back. I would argue that any mountain range would fit that desription, but it is a beautiful sight.

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  • flying foxes

    Flying foxes, or fruit bats, are all over the place here, yet they are an endangered species. Locals do eat these sometimes. If you look into the trees your will see them hanging upside down. The best time to see them in flight is around dusk where hundreds will circle the sky and screech in high pitch tones. These things are big, with about a 3...

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  • 7 falls

    Everyone told us we had to go up 7 falls. Being a big fan of waterfalls, we quickly found a guide and negotiated a price (tips, they work for whatever you feel like giving them.) The climb is sometimes steep, but nothing someone in decent shape should shy away from. The falls themselves are beautiful and you may focus just on them, but as you look...

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  • sulphur springs

    the sulphur springs are hot enough to cook and egg, in fact they smell a bit like rotten eggs, but a dip here can be very relaxing. If it gets too hot there are regular swimming pools nearby that you can cool off in. You won't see many kids in this pool due to the heat (although they are allowed) and that is a bonus in my book :)

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  • Balaring in Silay

    Balaring in Silay is a place where you can relax & enjoy sea breeze, fascinate your eyes with green scenery & amuse your ears with the sounds of birds. This eco-tourism area for mangrove reforestation started in 1996. Here you will see different species of mangrove trees & creatures that thrive like fish, crabs & seashells. You can also rent a...

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  • Nature's Village Resort

    Nature's Village Resort is located along the highway of Talisay City, just 10-15 minutes from Bacolod City. The resort has a driving range, tennis court, restaurant, resort swimming pool, kiddie pool, children's park, gazebos and picnic grove, function hall, and standard hotel.

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  • Merci Pasalubong Center

    Take your pick at various goodies on display at Merci Pasalubong Center. You can present your plane or bus tickets to get a 10% discount. We bought 6 boxes of biscocho, polvoron, barquillos & mango tarts back home. Check your items coz the sales lady can be careless. She forgot to pack the rest of the barquillos we paid for that she left in the...

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  • Bacolod Public Plaza

    The City Plaza across San Sebastian Cathedral provides a cool place for relaxing after a stroll around the city. It has benches under shady trees, where cultural events are often held on Sunday afternoons & special occasions.

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  • San Sebastian Church

    San Sebastian Church is made of coral stones from Guimaras while the wooden parts were made of hardwood from Palawan. This huge structure looks imposing & grand. You wouldn't miss this church coz it's located at the downtown area of Bacolod City across the public plaza. It's just a short walking distance from SM City.

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  • ANP Negros Showroom

    ANP Negros Showroom has a wide display of local crafts & workmanship. It showcases here the creativity of the Negrense, their talent and ingenuity. Their products are all created by local manufacturers. You can buy gifts here as pasalubong to bring back home.

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  • Negros Forest Ecological Foundation

    Negros Forest Ecological Foundation is a non-profit making, non-governmental organization dedicated to protect, conserve and restore the Negros environment and to safeguard the sustainable use of its resources for the present and future generations.

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  • Negros Museum

    I loved our visit to Negros Museum. The guide is very informative & friendly. She happens to be a Cebuana also so she mixed English & Visayan languages. The museum has full of historical anecdotes of the elite families of hacienderos as well as their old memorabilias. I particularly enjoyed the Doll Museum with collections coming from all over the...

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  • Guintubdan Cold Spring

    After our visit to Guintubdan Falls, our guide informed us that there's a cold spring nearby just a few minutes ride from the falls. When we arrived there, the spring was so inviting that we took a quick dip for a few minutes. It was so cold that we soaked only for a while. Anyway it was getting dark & we had to hurry back. Otherwise, it was a very...

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  • Guintubdan Nature Camp/Falls

    We made a side trip to Guintubdan Nature Camp/Falls after visiting La Carlota City. It was about 30 mins or more up the foothills of Mt. Kanlaon along cemented road. At the receiving area, we were informed that we had to walk down 300 steps to see the falls with a guide for P50. Be careful in dealing with those steps coz it tends to be slippery...

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