BACOLOD CITY TOURIST SPOTS |12 THINGS TO DO
Bacolod City Tourist Spots | Things to Do is now updated. The list is a comprehensive collection of places, like restaurants, hotels, and attractions from the neighboring cities and towns in Negros Occidental, Philippines.
Top L-R (Bacolod Tourist Spots): Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol, San Sebastian Cathedral, Pope John Paul II Tower | Bottom L-R: Bandstand, Negros Museum, A Man and a Water Buffalo Sculpture at the Capitol Lagoon
When it’s my first time to visit a place in a limited time, I usually organized my schedule based on “what is best” found in the area. So I listed the Twelve (12) Things to do in Bacolod City, Philippines/Bacolod Tourist Spots. This list is for those who plan to visit the city and would love to see the best that Bacolod offers.
Of course, I have listed here things that are not only found in the City, but this list also includes some side trips which one can do while having time in the City.
1. Visit Bacolod City Tourist Spots | Iconic Places
San Sebastian Cathedral, Bacolod City
The seat of the Roman Catholic Church in Bacolod City, Philippines is located right in front of the Public Plaza. This late 19th Century Church has Coral Stones from Guimaras and hardwood from Palawan as its primary building materials.
Bacolod City Bandstand
The Bandstand was constructed in 1926 is inscribed on the sides of its roof with Musical Icons such as Wagner, Beethoven, Mozart, and Haydn. This Bacolod Tourist Spot is standing right at the center of Bacolod Public Plaza. The structure which
Negros Museum, Bacolod City
The Negros Museum, another Bacolod Tourist Spot is located in the Provincial Capitol Complex. The building of the museum was built originally as the Provincial Agricultural Building in 1925.
Provincial Capitol and Lagoon
The seat of the provincial government of Negros Occidental. Its Romanesque neo-classical architectural design is a reflection of the status of Negros Occidental during its hay day being the richest brought about by the boom of the sugar industry. During World War II, this place was used as headquarter by the Japanese.
Panaad Park and Stadium, Bacolod City
Located in Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City. The park houses the Panaad Sports Complex, which is a host to various significant National and International sports events. The place is also the venue of the annual Panaad sa Negros Festival.
Pope John Paul II Tower, Bacolod City
Another Bacolod City Tourist Spot is the seven-story structure located at the back portion of SM City Bacolod, the Pope John Paull II Tower. The structure is standing right at the same location where the Pope held a Mass when he visited Bacolod City during his first visit in 1981.
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Visiting Bacolod City will never be complete without trying the famous Chicken Inasal ( Things to do in Bacolod City, Philippines)
Seafood is abundant in the Province of Negros Occidental. Many restaurants in Bacolod City are offering fresh catch seafood every day ( Things to do in Bacolod City, Philippines)
2. Eat | Restaurants Bacolod City
Try Bacolod City Chicken Inasal
It is Bacolod which popularizes “first” the chicken Inasal. So don’t miss the chance to taste Bacolod’s Chicken Inasal. You can try Chicken Haus, Chicken Deli, booth have air condition dining area or the open space of Manokan Country.
Savor the Fresh Seafood and Local Cuisines of the Negros Occidental
Food is always part of any traveler’s itinerary. In Bacolod, e have a wide array of restaurants which offers the best Sea Food.
Recommended: Imay’s Restaurant located at 6th St. Bacolod City; 18th Street Palapala Restaurant, Ading’s Restaurant, Aboy’s restaurant or the Diotay’s Seafood Restaurant
Various Kakanin offered by Quan Delicacies,Bacolod City
Must-try sweets… ( Things to do in Bacolod City, Philippines)
3. Give in to Bacolod City Sweet Offerings – Cakes and Pastries
Negros is the sugar capital of the Philippines. So undoubtedly we boast on our sweets offerings.
Native Delicacies, Bacolod City
Quan Delicacies is the only established shop offering a wide array of native delicacies such as Cassava Cake, Palitaw, Suman/Biko, and much more. When in Bacolod, don’t miss to drop by any Quan Outlets: La Salle, North drive, Veranda, San Juan, Robinsons (Grocery Area), Gaisano City (Grocery Area), SM Food Court. Quan Delicacies also have cakes and pastries and of course the famous Napoleones. Bacolod’s Napoleones. Trivia: Puto Pao is Quan’s original recipe.
Bacolod City Cakes and Pastry Shops
Another favorite place to go if we talk about cakes and pastries is Calea. Located along Lacson Street, just in front of the L’ Fisher Hotel. Calea offers a wide array of cakes and pastries. Across the street is the Cs Cafe, not as busy and big as Calea, but the place is nice to stay for coffee after dinner. Just within the area is Felicia’s , another shops offering great desserts.
Party in the City of Smile ( Bacolod City Tourist Spot )
4. Party in Bacolod City at the Boxes Restaurants and Bars
Experience Bacolod party vibe at The Boxes located at the Marketplace, Bacolod. The place is a strip composed of restobars offering what it takes to enjoy the night while in the city of smile. Try these places when visiting The Boxes:
Address: Deck #3, Boxes, Villa Angela Technopark
Mobile: 0922 800 8178
Bok’s Restobar, Bacolod City
Address: Boxes 2 Market Place
Phone: (034) 213 0774
Chateau Al Fresco Restobar
Address: Villa Angella Boxes
Mobile: 0908 962 4975
Fafi’s House of Chili Crab
Address: Market Place Container Van
Mobile: 0906 289 4738
Stow Away Restobar, Bacolod City
Address: The Boxes, Marketplace
Mobile: 0917 701 6155
Sugureta Bar and Restaurant
Address: The Boxes Deck #8, Villa Angela Arcade, Bacolod City
Mobile: 0947 505 0556
Retro KTV and Bar
Address: Unit 10, The Boxes, Marketplace East
Mobile: 0916 204 8416
Address: Pons Restobar, The Marketplace at Villa Angela, Bacolod City
Mobile: 0927 667 4382
The Dee Loo Restobar and Grill
Address: The Boxes, Unit #12, Marketplace, Villa Angela, Bacolod City
Mobile: 0917 126 1167
Experience Masskara Festival ( Bacolod City Tourist Spot /Attraction )
5. Experience the World Renowned Masskara Festival of Bacolod City
Masskara Festival is a world-renowned festival held in Bacolod City every month of October. Experiencing this festival is a must for any festival fanatic to witness massive crowds enjoying a month-long festivity in the City of Smiles.
Jojo Vito Designs Gallery ( Bacolod City Tourist Spot )
6. Bring home a Smile with Bacolod Masks | Icon of the Famed Masskara Festival
You need not worry when visiting Bacolod in other months or if you don’t have the opportunity to experience the Masskara Festival. Visitors can still have a glimpse of what the Masskara Festival is by visiting Jojo Vito Designs Gallery. Inside the Gallery, you will see a wide array of masks assortments, ranging from the smallest magnet up to the giant mask. In the gallery are some of the masks used by Masskara Queens being the official mask maker of the Masskara Queen. Some mask used by Miss Earth Candidates 2014 when they visited Bacolod is also in the gallery. Interactive activities like “painting your mask” is also available when visiting the place.
Jojo Vito Designs Gallery located at 119 Alunan Avenue, Bacolod City (Landmark is Metrodome). Tel 704-2378 or 0922-8516729.
Their FB Page, Jojo Vito Designs Gallery
Top to bottom: Campuestohan Highland Resort, The Ruins, Mambukal Mountain Resort ( Bacolod City Tourist Spot )
7. Visit Nearest Famous Attractions in Bacolod City
Campuestohan Highland Resort
For those traveling to Bacolod and has a few more days to stay, I highly recommend a day trip to Campuestohan Mountain Resort. Campuestohan Highland Resort has a fantastic view to offer, aside from it’s world-class and state of the art facilities and ambiance, the cooling temperature is something which one will surely enjoy. Situated right within the boundaries of two cities in the province – Bacolod City and Talisay City, Campuestohan is a 5-hectare property that radiates the splendor of the lush green forests of Mt. Makawili.
Campuestohan Highland Resort is located in Sitio Campuestohan, Brgy. Cabatangan, Talisay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Telephone : +63-915 211 1406 | +63-34 702 0964 | +63-917 300 5007
Another attraction within Metro Bacolod is The Ruins. Known as the Taj Majal of Negros because of its history, The Ruins is one of the most photograph attraction of the City. The place is also a favorite venue for parties by many. The Ruins are remains of the 1920s mansion with its Neo-Roman architectural design, built by sugar plantation owner Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson, in what is told and re-told for his enduring love and memory of his Portuguese wife, Maria Braga. The house was ordered by the Americans to be burned during World War II, to prevent the Japanese from using it as a camp. The original structure was built in the 1900s. is For inquiries, text or call (034) 476-4334/ 0917-832-6003
Mambukal Mountain Resort
Another place which one might want to visit when in Bacolod is the Mambukal Mountain Resort. The place offers nature, warm sulfur dipping pool that has claimed for its health benefits. You can also do a short trekking to enjoy its seven waterfalls. Mambukal is just a 35-minute drive from Bacolod City. Cottages and restaurants are also available in the place.
Click here for more about Mambukal Mountain Resort
For inquiries, visit or call:
Mambukal Resort, Brgy. Minoyan, Murcia, Negros Occidental, Philippines, Telefax: +63 (34) 710-0801,
Mambukal Resort Office: Office of the Governor, Old Capitol Building, Gatuslao Street, Bacolod City, Phone: +63 (34) 709-0990 Telefax: +63 (34) 433-8516
8. Go on a Heritage Tour in Silay City
Silay City is regarded by many as the Paris of Negros.
Be amazed by the old ancestral houses preserved in this city. Ancestral homes in Negros Occidental echo the power wielded by the influential families in the 1900s when the sugar industry ushered in an age of prosperity, making Silay a political, intellectual and cultural hub.
It’s just easy to locate various attractions in this city because everything is only in the town proper.
Balay Negrense Museum is the ancestral mansion of the Gaston Family that was converted into a lifestyle museum. This museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m. Tel. No. +63 (34) 495-4916.)
Bernardino-Jalandoni Museum (Pink House)
This structure was built in 1908. It is a perfect example of the affluent Filipino house of the late 19th-early 20th century still influenced by the nipa hut and built smack by the side of the street since motor vehicles were still non-existence to smog the place. All items on display are authentic period pieces. It is located at Rizal Street with Tel. No. +63 (0)34 4955093. It is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Ramon Hofileña Heritage House
This ancestral house is the residence of the family of the late Manuel Severino. Located in Cinco de Noviembre Street, Silay City. Presently, one of the children and heirs of the owners act as the curator and local guide of this ancestral house.
Cinco de Noviembre Marker
The Cinco de Noviembre Marker used to be the location of a drugstore where Negros Revolutionaries secretly helped to plan a successful revolution against the Spanish colonial forces. The successful revolution happened on November 5, 1898. The street where the marker is located is now named Cinco de Noviembre Street.
San Diego Pro-Cathedral
This Church is the only pro-cathedral outside of Metro Manila. The church has a dome that resembles St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. It was built in 1920 and designed by an Italian architect, Antonio Bernasconi.
Added Silay City Attraction:
Patag Mountain Resort (for those who still have time to spend. This is already outside the City Proper)
Silay City is just a 15 minutes drive from Bacolod City. Public utility vehicles plying the route abound and can reach the city at the same time. Silay is the site of the new airport of international standard. Traveling to the town is made more accessible by its four-lane highway. The city is a two-hour drive from Bacolod. Public utility vehicles are plying the northern Negros route pass-through this progressive city. From Cebu, one can reach Sagay via Toledo in about four hours including a one-hour ride in fast ferries.
Top L-R: Lakawon Island Resort, The Author in Suyac Island, Suyac Island | Bottom L-R: Carbin Reef, Danjugan Island Sealife, Sipalay
9. Experience the Best Beaches of Negros Occidental ( Beach Bumming)
For the beach lovers Negros Occidental offers impressive beaches:
Sipalay is almost four hours drive south of Bacolod City by public utility vehicle and over three hours by private car. Public utility vehicles are plying the southern Negros route pass through this city. All roads leading to this southernmost city are fully concreted. Points of Interest in Sipalay include the Philex Gold Mines, Maricalum Mines, Tinagong Dagat, Campomanes Bay, Malinab Lagoon, Mamara Cave, Matlag Cave, Canturay Mangrove Plantation, Sugar Beach, Punta Ballo Beach
Sipalay’s beach is one of the best in Western Visayas, and many divers adore this place.
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Top L-R: Sugarcane Plantation, Kipot Twin Falls, Tan Juan Araneta Monument | Bottom: Pataan Falls, Balay ni Tan Juan Araneta, Buenos Aires Mountain Resort
10. Go on a Side Trip to Bago City
Another recommended side trip activity you can do is the visit to Bago City. Bago City is 30-minute drive south of Bacolod City, Philippines by private car. Public utility vehicles abound in this first stopover going south of the provincial capital. Car rental facilities are available by reservation. All roads leading to all barangays in the city are cemented.
Bago City has lovely tourist treasures you might want to try, but you need to rent a vehicle to reach the place so as not to waste time. But if you have the luxury of time, by all means, you can commute.
Balay ni Tan Juan Araneta
In going to various attractions of Bago City. One can drop by in Balay ni Tan Juan. Balay ni Tan Juan was built towards the end of the 19thcentury, the “Balay na Bato” is the residence of General Juan A. Araneta in the Poblacion of Bago. As a structure that stood witness to the struggles of the people during the dark years of Hispanic Colonization and the events that took place before that historical Negros Revolution of 1898, the Balay was declared by the National Historical Commission in 1978 as a National Historic Landmark and was allocated appropriate funding for its restoration. Balay ni Tan Juan has become a usual host for visiting tourists who want to know about the history, arts, and culture of the Bagonhon.
Tinago Mountain Resort, Kipot Twin Falls, and Pataan Mountain Resort
Another thing I like about Bago City is the Tinago Mountain Resort. The place is not populated, and the view is just fantastic. On your way to Tinago, we pass by the Kipot Twin Falls and Pataan Mountain Resorts. Aforementioned is one of the reasons why it’s nice to rent a car because it’s easy for you to drop by in some attractions of the place. All these resorts are amazing.
Buenos Aires Mountain Resort, Rafael Salas Park and Nature Center and Canlaon Natural Park
Just below the Tinago Mountain Resort is the Buenos Aires Mountain Resort. You might want to spend a night here. The resort is run by the City of Bago, and its well maintained and guarded. Buenos Aires Mountain Resort is located 29 kilometers east of Bago City. The resort was once a hideout during the 2nd World War. Ideal for a family vacation, the resort has three swimming pools, training center, pavilion, cottages, and a hotel.
From Buenos Aires, one can go up further and visit the Rafael Salas Park and Nature Center. Rafael Salas is a unique interest park that serves as a gateway to the Mt. Kanlaon Natural Park. It appeals to mountain climbers and adventure seekers because of the long and challenging trek to the peak of Mt. Kanlaon. Falls are a great attraction to the place.
The Negros Showroom ( Bacolod City Tourist Spot )
11. Shop at The Negros Showroom, Bacolod City
One shall never leave the city without dropping by The Negros Showroom. The Negros Showroom showcases the “Best of Negros Products. The showroom houses excellent products ranging from fashion and garment, gifts, decors, and housewares; furniture and furnishings; food and; natural and organics.
12. Organic Farm Tour
May’s Organic Garden, Bacolod City
Located in Brgy. Pahanocoy, Bacolod City. May’s Organic Garden being one of Bacolod Tourist Spots offers an interactive tour for sustainable farming methods. They do some demonstration for the shredding machines, ram pump, lemongrass oil production, vermicomposting windmills and much more. The place is also a resort which offers accommodations for their guests as well as a restaurant offering organic food. They also have facilities for meetings, weddings, and other events.
This farm which employs an integrated farming system is located in Victorias City. Listen to the owner
Ramon Peñalosa, the owner of the place as he lectures on probiotics-based swine raising technology, zero waste management, vermicomposting, intercropping and much more. The area offers a charming organic garden which they serve to their guests.
Located in a much colder place, Brgy. Kumaliskis, Don Salvador Benedicto. The area is a wellness vacation destination. Dr. Albert Jo, a Doctor of Medicine, turned chef will be the to cook for your food as he gives his talk on organic food and natural/herbal medicines.
Resorts and Hotels in Bacolod City | Tourist Spots
Where to Stay | Pension House, Hotels in Bacolod City
To see various Bacolod Tourist Spots would take you at least a minimum of 3 days (just to see a few). To make your trip more enjoyable, we have listed several hotels for you to consider.
The “best place to stay” would depend on one’s budget. The list of Pension House, Hotels in Bacolod City below offers a wide array of places to choose from.
How to Get to Bacolod City
So, would you like to see Bacolod Tourist Spots? Here are some pieces of information you need to get to the city.
The Bacolod-Silay International Airport, located in Silay City, is 15 kilometers northeast from Bacolod. Bacolod is 1 hour by air from Manila, 30 minutes by air from Cebu, 1 hour by air from Cagayan de Oro and 1 hour and 10 minutes by air from Davao City.
For arriving passengers who want supplemental guides to the city or free maps, Department of Tourism and the Local Government has a desk in the arrivals area where you can grab free maps or have a dose of information from the people over the counter. Hotels, resorts, and car rental companies have kiosks in the arrival areas where you can easily book a room and just head to your hotel room without any hassle.
There are vans leaving for the airport at SM City Bacolod, Bacolod Provincial Hospital, Old Bacolod Airport and Victoria Arcade/Lopue’s East/SaveMore Supermarket, the regular fare per person is ₱150. If you are traveling alone is not suggested to take a taxi to the airport; it will just cost more than the regular fare vans offer. But if you are traveling by group (maximum of 4) it would be best to taxi a taxi because you can divide the fare which is cheaper than the van.
Philippine Airlines’s Sale Seats
For people who plan to visit Bacolod City and Negros Occidental, it would be best to book your ticket in advance. Advance booking would mean getting the best deal, especially with Philippines Airlines. Philippine Airlines has multiple flights to and from Bacolod City. Below are sample seat prices for Bacolod City for people flying from Metro Manila for 2019.
Banago Wharf and BREDCO Port are the vessels entry point in Bacolod. It has daily access to Iloilo, with different shipping lines such as 2GO Travel (as relaunched in 2012), Weesam Express, Ocean Jet, Montenegro Lines, Jomalia Shipping and Tri-Star mega link.
There were also access routes to Puerto Princesa City via Iloilo City, Cagayan de Oro City, General Santos City, Zamboanga City, Cotabato City, Butuan City via Cagayan de Oro route, Dipolog City, Iligan City, Ozamiz City, and Surigao City via Cagayan de Oro route. As of 2012 to the present, SuperFerry and Negros Navigation was relaunched into 2GO Travel routes from Bacolod going Manila, Iloilo and Cagayan de Oro. Bacolod City is 18–23 hours from the Port of Manila, 2-3hrs from Dumangas Port and 45 minutes-1hr from the Port of Iloilo. Bacolod Seaport or Bredco Port serves inter-regional trips from significant destinations such as Manila and Iloilo.
Iloilo seaport is just 45 minutes from Bacolod and is one of the easiest to access because every hour there’s a trip. Cagayan De Oro City, Manila, Zamboanga City, routes are available. By 2Go travel serve routes to and from these cities.
Bacolod City is approximately 3 hours from Iloilo City via Dumangas route while, by land-ferry, Bacolod is about 45 minutes to an hour directly from Iloilo City. By land-ferry-land, Bacolod City is approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes from Cebu City via Toledo-San Carlos City-Salvador Benedicto-Murcia route while it takes around 6 hours by land-RORO-land via the same direction.
By land-RORO-land, Bacolod is approximately 7 hours and 30 minutes from Cebu City via Tabuelan-Escalante City, Toledo-Escalante City, and Toledo-San Carlos City-Canlaon City routes.
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