The City of Smiles
Bacolod is nationally known as the “City of Smiles.”
Why this nickname? Because it reflects the happy disposition of the Bacolodnons or Bacoleños.
Many visitors to Bacolod from other cities and provinces in the country, and even from abroad, could not help but noticed the geniality and warmth of the people in Bacolod.
Bacolod City is only 45 minutes by plane from Manila and 18 hours via ferry. It is the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Hub in the Western Visayas. There are several BPO companies that operate here like Convergys, TeleTech, Teleperformance, Panasiatic Solutions, Focus Philippines, and others.
Why Should You Visit Bacolod City?
You visit Bacolod City because it is the gateway to 12 other cities and 19 municipalities in Negros Occidental, each with different and unique history and culture.
People also Bacolod City for fine dining and for great food, historic sites, and warm hospitality.
In Bacolod you can see the Provincial Capitol complex. It consists of the capitol building and an artificial lagoon in a spacious park, in front of the building.
Leandro V. Locsin, a National Artist for Architecture and the architect who designed Istana Nurul Iman Palace, the official residence of the Sultan of Brunei and the seat of Brunei government, has called the Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol building as the best capitol building in the country.
The capitol building was built in 1927-1931 following the Beaux Art style favored by the city planner Daniel Burnham, the world-famous architect and urban planner.
From Bacolod you can go down south to Sipalay City with its fine beaches and explore other towns and cities along the way.
Or you can go up north to see Silay City, referred to as the “Paris of Negros” and is considered as the cultural and artistic center of Western Visayas. Silay has 30 heritage houses declared by the National Historical Institute as historical landmarks, and is the second city in the Philippines to have been declared as a museum city, next to Vigan in Ilocos Sur.
While in the north, you can visit another treasure of Negrense heritage –the Church of the Angry Christ – within the compound of Victorias Milling Company in Victorias City. In the church is the world-famous mural of the “Angry Christ”, painted by a Harvard-trained artist, Alfonso Ossorio, son of Don Miguel Jose Ossorio. Don Miguel was the founder of Victorias Milling Company, once the largest integrated raw sugar and refinery complex in the world.
Eating in Bacolod: What and Where to Eat
The Negrenses are known for their love for fine food, which makes Negros Occidental’s cuisine legendary. It’s mouthwatering dishes rank among the best in the Philippines. So, while in Bacolod, try a lot of delicacies, including sugar-based items, which Negrenses are famous for. Fresh lumpia, chicken inasal, piaya, batchoy, pinasugbo, barquillos.
If you want to try these and more, just visit any of the restaurants along Lacson Street, Bacolod’s food alley.
Where To Stay
Bacolod has a lot of hotels and pension houses to accommodate any visitor – from low budget pension houses to first class hotels.
A beautiful province, a charming people, and more.
Negros Occidental is a beautiful province, with charming people and mouth-watering cuisine. These, and more, make for a destination that is best when personally experienced.
A visit to Bacolod City and Negros Occidental is not just a journey. It is a destination, a memorable experience for a lifetime.