Bacolod Geography - Philippines
If you want to have an easier time traveling, being aware of the geography of Bacolod should be considered important. The amount of time you spend getting to know the environment will help you traverse the city and the surrounding areas more easily.
Bacolod can be reached off the coast of Negros Occidental which is in Region 6 (Western Visayas). To be more specific, the city is on the northwest part of the coast and flanked by Silay on its east end. On the west is the Guimaras Strait where the beautiful island can be seen. On the northwest border is Talisay, while Murcia and Bago City occupy the east and southwest end respectively.
The geography of Bacolod, in terms of global positioning, is 10 degrees, 40 minutes and 40 sec to the north and 54 m and 25 sec due east (122 degrees in other words). The total area comprising the city is over 16,100 hectares (this also includes the waters off its shore). In terms of the land, there are currently 61 barangays.
While the features of the land vary with hills and valleys, mostly it is on a plain field although the land tends to curve down as it heads toward the shoreline. It is about 10 meters (30 ft) over the sea level.
Although parts of the land have been reclaimed and several square feet more have been converted for the use and building of modern commercial and residential complexes, a lot of the natural features of the geography of Bacolod have been preserved and kept as landmarks. This includes Mt. Kanlaon, one of the major tourist attractions in the city, as well as the Margaha Valley near it.
The other features of the landscape have also been kept intact including the various beaches and dive sites around it. The fact that these locations have been maintained not only makes them tourist attractions but also serve as landmarks for those traveling to the outer parts of the city. It is also worth pointing out that owing to the natural formations of the landscape, the city is spared from the harmful effects of the powerful typhoons that strike other parts of the country.
The geography of Bacolod is, when looking at the map, clearly laid out and traveling around it should be easy enough to do. By recognizing the various towns, cities and natural spots, the process of going around becomes even easier.