Bacolod General Tourist Info - Philippines

Bacolod City is the capital of Negros Occidental. It is actually the province’s largest city and it is also, arguably, the most livable city in the country. It has won numerous awards for being the country’s cleanest and greenest city. Let’s take a look at some general information which will help you understand a little more about this beautiful city.

If you want to visit Bacolod, you probably would like to know what the place has to offer. If you have not checked out a Bacolod general tourist info site before, reading this will definitely help you know Bacolod before you actually go there for a visit.

There are over 500,000 people in Bacolod. Bacolodnons are known for their happy dispositions. This is why the place is known as the “City of Smiles”. The people are known for their zest for life and their attitude is reflected in their famous festivals, the Masskara Festival and the Pana-ad Sa Negros Festival.

History

The earliest records show settlement started in 1770. Originally the settlement was on a rocky location but it was relocated in 1787. By 1788 the Spaniards declared the township of Bacolod official.

By 1894 the city was declared the capital of Negros Occidental. The city remained under the control of Spain until 1899 when the Americans led by Colonel James G. Smith took over. The town was declared a city on October 19, 1938.

The city came under Japanese occupation beginning May 1942. The Japanese took over the Mariano Ramos Ancestral House, which was then the city’s seat of power.

It remained under Japanese control until the Americans liberated the city in 1945. Rebuilding was a long process but thanks to its sugar industry and tourism, the city recovered.

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Geography

Bacolod is the capital city of Negros Occidental, situated in the Western Visayas Region. Talisay City lies on its north side and Murcia is on its eastern border. The Guimaras Strait is on the west and Bago City is on the south side.

Globally, Bacolod’s location is 10 degrees, 40 minutes 40 seconds north. The eastern coordinates are 122 degrees 54 minutes 25 seconds. The total area is 16,145 hectares. This includes bodies of water. The altitude is 10 meters (33 ft) above sea level.

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Climate

The city has two seasons: the dry and wet. The wet season commences in late May and goes on until January. Light to heavy rains are experienced during this period.

The rest of the year is dry, with April being the peak summer month. The summer days usually extend up to mid May, although a few scattered rain showers can take place.

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The Landmarks

There are many places that you can visit when you go Bacolod. However there are some places that you should definitely not miss.

The city is known for its beautiful old mansions that were once owned by sugar barons. The city also boasts of a number of historical monuments and 19th Century churches which were built during the Spanish era. One of these churches is the San Sebastian Cathedral. It can be found in downtown Bacolod. This church was originally built as a chapel, but it was converted into a cathedral around the early 1900s.

Another famous church is the Sta. Clara Chapel. This chapel is known for its mural mosaic of Virgin Mary. The mosaic is made of over 95,000 shells. Another church worthy of note is the San Antonio Abad Church where Solomon Saprid painted one of his great masterpieces, the Risen Christ.

Shopping

There are actually many places to shop in Bacolod. If you are looking for antiques, Bacolod is the best place to go to. In fact, it is not difficult to find an antique shop because they are scattered all over the city.

If you are looking for export-quality products, you can visit the ANP Negros Showroom. This place holds beautiful products like handicrafts, shell crafts, fabrics, decorative objects, pastries and gift items. You can also visit Bacolod Shellcraft and Artwares where fine pieces of mosaics and house accessories are being sold.

If you want to purchase the freshest products, you can go the Central Market which can be found in the city’s downtown area. You will find the freshest fruits and vegetables as well as Bacolod’s native products being sold in the Central Market.

What You Can Do

You will never lack of activities or things to do when you visit the city. There are numerous water sports that you can enjoy. You can try mountain climbing or you can try your hand at playing tennis or golf. The city has some of the best golf courses in the country where world-class swingers have been produced.

Where to Go

There are numerous places that you can visit in Bacolod. Some of these include the Carmelite Monastery, Lacson Street, Bacolod Public Plaza, Golden Fields Commercial Complez, Bacolod Memorial Park, Provincial Capital, Mariano Ramos Ancestral House, University of Saint La Salle, University of Negros Occidental Recoletos, the statue of the Man and the Beast, the Public Plaza’s Gazebo, La Consolacion College and a whole lot more.

Tourism

There are many tourist attractions in Bacolod. Among the most popular are the splendid antique mansions that were once held by wealthy sugar barons.

Other attractions in the city are the many churches built during the Spanish occupation. Some of the most famous churches are the Sta. Clara Chapel and the San Sebastian Cathedral.

The Talisay Church is another famous landmark. It was constructed around the 1800s. The place is renowned not just for its relics but also for its historical importance. The remains of Father Fernando Cuenca and General Aniceto Lacson are located there.

Other tourist attractions in Bacolod are the revolutionary markers commemorating the battles that were fought in and around the city. These markers are in Magalona and Bago, which are easily reached from Bacolod.

Another attraction is Patag Valley. This is 27 miles from the city and sought after by trekkers. The valley is between Mount Silay and Mount Marapara. The valley is 400 meters over sea level.

The Mambukal Resort is another favorite destination of local and foreign visitors to the city. 18 miles from the capital, it will take you to Mount Kanlaon. Aside from the mountain, the surrounding area is encompassed by lakes, rivers and other natural wonders.

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Accommodations

There are many hotels in Bacolod, so you will never truly lack of choices. You will definitely find something to suit your budget. Some of the best hotels include the Casino Filipino Hotel, Grand Regal, Kundutel, Sugarland, Planta Centro, Luxur Place, L’Fisher, The Sea Breeze, The Sylvia Manor, Circle Inn and the Check Inn.

Going to Bacolod

Before you actually book a flight to Bacolod, you should check the best times to visit this fair city. If you are lucky, you might get great discounts on your airfare. Commercial flights to the city are available from Cebu and Manila on a daily basis. If you fly in from Manila, however, you have to change planes to get to Bacolod.

Bacolod is one of the best cities in the country and it’s certainly worth a visit. In fact, it is one city where you should think of residing in if you have plans in moving to the Philippines.

 

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