2019 BACOLOD, PHILIPPINES TRAVEL GUIDE | ITINERARY, BUDGET


BACOLOD, PHILIPPINES TRAVEL GUIDE | ITINERARY, BUDGET

The Bacolod City People’s House (Bacolod Travel Guide)

2019 BACOLOD PHILIPPINES TRAVEL GUIDE | ITINERARY, BUDGET, TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Here’s your complete Bacolod PhilippinesTravel Guide. Bacolod City is the capital of the province of Negros Occidental which can be found in the central part of the Philippines.

ABOUT THE CITY OF BACOLOD, PHILIPPINES

In 2008, Bacolod topped a survey by MoneySense Magazine as the “Best Place to Live in the Philippines”.This is manifested with the mushrooming of residential developments all over the city. These developments include the opening of Forbes Hill, a 15-hectare luxury Village and the “first” upscale village in the “first” Live-Work-Play township in Negros Occidental.

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Bacolod  City’s first flyover (Bacolod Travel Guide)

Bacolod City is the Philippines’ third fastest growing economy in terms of information technology (IT) and business process outsourcing (BPO) activities. The city has also been declared by the Department of Science and Technology as a “center of excellence” for information technology and business process management operations. It also recommended – the best location in the Visayas for BPO activities by the Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP). To strengthen this claim, Bacolod ranked 3rd among the top ten “Next Wave Cities” of the Philippines for the best location for BPO and offshoring according to a 2010 report of the Commission on Information and Communications Technology. In 2013, the city was declared a “center of excellence” for IT-business process management operations by the DOST, joining the ranks of Metro Manila, Metro Cebu, and Metro Clark.

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PANASIATIC CALL CENTER, BACOLOD CITY

Bacolod City has developed into a highly urbanized city in 1984and was named one of the “Outstanding Cities of the Philippines”.  It was also adjudged the “Cleanest and Greenest Highly Urbanized City” in the country in 1997, 1998 and 2000, 2001, respectively.

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For outdoor buddies, Bacolod City offers various outdoor activities like football, tennis, mountain climbing and biking and its biggest attraction-golf.

Click here  for  some Tips  to remember when visiting Bacolod City:

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Bacoladiat Festival

WHAT TO EXPERIENCE IN CITY OF BACOLOD, PHILIPPINES

Bacolaodiat Festival: A Chinese New Year celebrations in Bacolod City and led by the   Filipino-Chinese community in Bacolod. This is normally held in the Provincial Lagoon. Bacolaodiat is derived from the words “Bacolod” and “Laodiat”; a Hokkien word for “Sinadya” in Hiligaynon, meaning “Celebration”.

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Bacolaodiat Festival

Panaad sa Negros: Held every April in Bacolod, is considered as the “mother of festivals” in the province of Negros Occidental. It represents the happy nature of every Negrense. The province of Negros Occidental constructed the Panaad Park and Stadium in Brgy. Mansilingan which is home to the Panaad Festival.

 

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Masskara Festival (Bacolod Travel Guide)

Masskara Festival: A big annual Mardi Gras-like event celebrated every  October. Each of the city’s barangays (districts) joins the fierce competition for the best-costumed group, best in choreography etc. Lots of food and handicraft stalls, street dancing, Electric Masskara and an Oktoberfest-like event at Lacson Strip. The word “Masskara” is a portmanteau, coined by the late artist Ely Santiago from mass (a multitude of people), and the Spanish word Kara (face), thus forming MassKara (a multitude of faces). Click on various posts about Masskara Festival:

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Handicrafts by Jojo Vito Designs Gallery, these are also available at the Negros Showroom

WHAT TO BUY IN THE CITY OF BACOLOD, PHILIPPINES

  • The ANP Negros Showroom is a one-stop shop selling export-quality products showcasing Negrense Culture and craftsmanships such as furniture, fashion and garments, gifts, and decorative items, food, natural and organics. The Negros Showroom has two branches: Lacson and Central City Walk, Robinson Place.
  • Central Market in the downtown area also displays native products, textiles, native delicacies, and fresh fruits.
  • Jojo Vito Designs Gallery offers the largest collection masks, gifts and decors, souvenir items and many more. It also offers some interactive such mask painting among others.

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Lamps by Hacienda Crafts at the Negros Showroom

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Masks by Jojo Vito are also available at the Negros Show and Jojo Vito Designs Gallery (Bacolod Travel Guide)

Read about Jojo Vito Designs Gallery

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(Bacolod Travel Guide) Read here – Enjoy International Cuisines at  Fisher Hotel 

 

WHERE TO EAT IN BACOLOD, PHILIPPINES

Bacolod is also known for good food. Various restaurants in the city offer International cuisines. But of course, homegrown restaurants offering the best local dishes flourished around the area.

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CITY OF BACOLOD, PHILIPPINES TRIP ITINERARY

We have prepared a detailed 3-day itinerary for those who would want to visit Bacolod City for the first time. This itinerary is designed for you to experience what the city has to offer in a short period of time.

Click here for the detailed 3-day Bacolod City, Negros Occidental Adventure

Bacolod Hotel

The Inns by the Orientals is a boutique hotel located at the downtown area of Bacolod City (Bacolod Travel Guide)

LIST OF HOTELS AND BUDGET ACCOMMODATIONS IN BACOLOD, PHILIPPINES

Various accommodations in Bacolod City range from first-class hotels to budget-friendly pension houses. You can book your hotel room on any of the links/names of the hotels provided below. Just click the link and it will bring you to a booking site. You can take advantage of the discounted rates offered by any of these hotels.

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Avenue Suites
Corner 12th Lacson Street, Bacolod Downtown, Bacolod (Negros Occidental), Philippines

Bacolod Pension Plaza
Cuadra Street, Bacolod Downtown, Bacolod (Negros Occidental), Philippines

Circle Inn – Hotel & Suites
Lopez Jaena – Malaspina Streets, Bacolod Downtown, Bacolod (Negros Occidental), Philippines, 6100

East View Hotel
Carlos Hilado Circumferential Road corner Esperanza Diola Street, Bacolod Downtown, Bacolod (Negros Occidental), Philippines, 6100

Go Hotels Bacolod
Lacson Street, Mandalagan, Bacolod (Negros Occidental), Philippines, 6100

GT Hotel Bacolod
Corner Galo and Locsin Street, Bacolod Downtown, Bacolod (Negros Occidental), Philippines, 6100

Goldenfield Kundutel
Goldenfield Commercial Complex, Singcang, Bacolod (Negros Occidental), Philippines, 6100

L’Fisher Hotel
14th Lacson Street, Bacolod Downtown, Bacolod (Negros Occidental), Philippines, 6100

Luxur Place
Magsaysay Avenue, Singcang, Bacolod (Negros Occidental), Philippines, 6100

MO2 Westown Hotel San Juan
Corner Luzuriaga, San Juan Street, Bacolod Downtown, Bacolod (Negros Occidental), Philippines, 6100

Planta Centro Bacolod Hotel & Residences
Corner of Araneta & Roxas Streets, Singcang, Bacolod (Negros Occidental), Philippines, 6100

Royal Am Rei Hotel
13th Lacson Street, Bacolod Downtown, Bacolod (Negros Occidental), Philippines, 6100

Palmas del Mar Conference Resort Hotel
J.R. Torres Avenue, Singcang, Bacolod (Negros Occidental), Philippines, 6100

The Bell Hotel
18 San Juan Street Barangay 13, Bacolod Hacienda, Bacolod Downtown, Bacolod (Negros Occidental), Philippines

For more, click here for the List of Hotels in Bacolod City

 

Bacolod Hotel

Chalet, L Fisher Hotel (Bacolod Travel Guide)

HOSPITALS IN BACOLOD CITY

BACOLOD ADVENTIST MEDICAL CENTER (Formerly Bacolod Sanitarium Hospital)
Address: Taculing, Bacolod City
BAMC Contact Number: +6334 433-3195, +6334 433-4831

QUEEN OF MERCY SPECIALTY HOSPITAL
Address: Eroreco, Mandalagan, Bacolod City
Contact Number: +6334 434-1031

CORAZON LOCSIN MONTELIBANO MEMORIAL REGIONAL HOSPITAL
Address: Burgos-Lacson St., Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
CLMMRH Contact Number(s): +6334 433-2697, +6334 435-1591
Email: clmmrh_coh@yahoo.com
Website: clmmrh.doh.gov.ph

PABLO O. TORRE, SR. MEMORIAL CENTER (Formerly Riverside Medical Center)
Address: B.S. Aquino Drive, Bacolod City
POTSMC Contact Number(s): +6334 433-7331, +6334 705-0000

THE DOCTOR’S HOSPITAL
Address: B.S. Aquino Drive, Bacolod City
TDH Contact Number(s): +6334 433-2914, +6334 433-2741

MONEY

Money exchangers lurk around the streets of Downtown Bacolod (CBD) and are easy to spot if you walk into those streets some of them will yell “Dollar exchange!” or they’d come forward and ask you, you can spot some major money exchangers with their self-owned stalls. If you don’t feel safe in exchanging with money exchangers, you can either go to pawnshops or banks for an alternative and safer option.

Cebu Pacific

 

HOW TO GET TO BACOLOD CITY

 By Air. 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 desk. 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 ₱100/150. It is not suggested to take a taxi to the airport, it will just cost more than the regular fare vans offer.

GETTING AROUND BACOLOD CITY

Transportation within the city and to adjacent towns is by taxi, jeepney, bus. Cars for rent are also available for travel especially for out of towns are the most convenient.

2Go Travel

Superferry is now called 2Go Travel (Bacolod Travel Guide)

 By Sea. 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 major 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.

Please Click here for How to Get to Bacolod City | Fascraft and Ceres Bus Schedules

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Supercat (Bacolod Travel Guide)

By land-RORO-land.  Bacolod City is approximately 3 hours from Iloilo City via Dumangas route while, by land-ferry, Bacolod is approximately 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 approximately 6 hours by land-RORO-land via the same route. 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. Bacolod City to Dumaguete City via Mabinay route is approximately 6 hours while via Cadiz City-San Carlos City route takes approximately 8 hours, both routes going Negros Oriental.

FACES OF THE CITY OF BACOLOD, PHILIPPINES

The Ruins

The Ruins, one of the tourist attraction in Bacolod, Philippines

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Hi-Residences Condominiums, East Bacolod

Campuestohan Highland Resort

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Campuestohan Highland Resort

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MASK MAKING AT JOJO VITO DESIGNS GALLERY

Read here Ryan Bang and Chiff Caligdong paint their masks at Jojo Vito Designs Gallery

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Read here Side Trip at Lakawon Beach Resort

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Don’t leave Bacolod  without trying the Chicken Inasal. There are various restaurants offering authentic bacolod Chicken Inasal such as Chicken Haus, Chicken Deli, Chicken Masskara, Aidas and many more

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Good homegrown restaurants abounds in Bacolod, Philippines. You can try: Imay’s, Aboy’s, Ading’s Palapala, 18th St. Palapala, Rau Ram Cafe, Bob’s, and many more.

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Read here Enjoy Organic Farm Tour  while in Bacolod

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Native delicacies when in Bacolod City? Visit Quan Delicacies. Read here Try  Quan’s Native Delicacies

Merzci Pasalubong

For your pasalubong try Merzci. They have various outlets all over The City of Bacolod, Philippines 

Bacolod Piaya

One of the oldest maker of Bacolod Piaya, The Sugarlandia Barquillos. It’s worth the try!

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34 Comments

  1. Emalyn Almario

    Hi i just want to tour bacolod alone this coming october, will you tecommend someone who can help me to go around in bacolod?
    Your response is much appreciated.

    Thanks a lot.

  2. Planning to go in bacolod this july,if mag mumula po ako ng guimaras pde po ba by boat?thanks po

  3. Hi,

    Thank you for your detailed Bacolod Itinerary ! I am just wondering if how can we go to Bacolod if we’re coming from Roxas City? Thank you.

  4. TIRSA MERANO

    hi ..will you recommend me someone who owns taxi so that he will be the one to take us a tour during our stay in bacolod?

  5. Upon arrival at the Bacolod seaport, what means of transportation are available for travellers who just disembarked from fastcrafts from Iloilo City? Are there jeepneys or taxi terminals there where they can find a ride into the city?

  6. How do you go to the Silay heritage houses if you came from the airport? Thanks!

  7. richard hao

    hi sir vito this is richard hao from cebu city. i am arriving in bacolod then i am planning to proceed to manila by 2go how much is the estimated ticket ok ty much. if you have any idea for acheaper cost in going to manila from bacolod pls let me know asap i am on a tight budget ty much

    • Hi Richard, The ticket on a Tourist Class would also cost you a little less than 2k. There is also a Ceres bus going to Manila, I haven’t tried it yet, but I heard it would take 3 days for you to arrive manila, ticket is around 1,600.00

  8. is there a jeep from negros showroom to the ruins?

  9. CourtneyLynne

    Omg so many fun things to do!!! I definitely hope
    My travels take me there one day!!!

  10. Would love to visit the Philippines! I know many people who have visited and they all have had such wonderful experiences. This resort is so beautiful and looks like so much fun for all ages.

  11. What beautiful photos. I’d love to visit there sometime. Those ruins look amazing. I’ll add it to my list of places to visit.

    • yes they are , as a foreigner living here in bacolod , there is so much to do , it is definitely the city os smiles ,,,, been here for 5 years and have enjoyed every min of it

  12. Nicole escat

    This is one of the beautiful place here in the philippines, I’ve been there for a weeks for a vacation and its really fun,

  13. Such an amazing place to visit, i really love the pictures.

  14. Wow there is a lot to take in here about what to see, and experience in Bacolod. I may never go there, but I like to learn about places like this. Helps me feel like I know some things. 😉

  15. Bacolod City sounds like it has all kinds of things to do. I’m always looking for fun places to go to. Thanks!

  16. I’ve been there once, but it was a very short visit. I would love to go again and finally explore Bacolod.

  17. Elizabeth O.

    It’s obvious from the pictures that there are a lot of things to do in Bacolod and they are so fun too! Thanks for sharing the ways you can go there. I would love to visit someday.

  18. I think Bacolod is still one of the best places to stay here in the Philippines. The place is rich in culture, history. I’ve only heard good words about Bacolod, the food, and its people and I definitely look forward to visiting soon.

  19. Sounds like an absolutely wonderful place to visit

  20. This looks like a fantastic place to check out. My sister and I were just saying the other day we needed somewhere new (not routine) to go. Thank you.

  21. I would like to visit Bacolod City one day! Thanks for sharing such valuable and interesting guide! The photos are so inspiring 🙂

  22. I hope to experience all the good things you mentioned about Bacolod City. The sooner, the better.

  23. Philippines has really a lot of things to offer and Bacolod City alone is already a paradise… the city offers an overwhelming amount of festivities , landmarks and foods that we Pinoys should be proud of
    thanks for sharing

  24. Bacolod city is undoubtedly a great place to visit,would love to visit there sometimes.Thanks a lot for this share.

  25. Bacolod City is all around as it has its heritage sites, its natural wonders and a really festive atmosphere. i really should visit Bacolod soon.

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