d Bacolod City is one of the best destinations in the Philippines. Great food, peaceful and serene community, easy access to basic needs, hospitable people —Bacolod is all these and more. Known for being a relatively friendly city, it bears the nickname “City of Smiles.” Bacolod City is the capital and the largest highly urbanized mid-size Philippine city of the province of Negros Occidental. Having a total of 499,497 inhabitants as of August 1, 2007, it is the most populous city in the Western Visayas Region. Bacolod City serves as the entrance of the sugar-rich cities and towns of the Province.
Bacolod City is 45 minutes by air from Ninoy Aquino International Airport and 30 minutes by air from Mactan-Cebu International Airport plus approximately 20 minutes of travel by land since the new airport is now located in Silay City. The Port of Bacolod is a major seaport and has daily ferry trips to Iloilo City. By boat, BacolodCity is 18 hours from the Port of Manila and 45 minutes from the Port of Iloilo. By land, Bacolod City is approximately 3 hours from Iloilo City via Dumangas route.
PLACES TO VISIT AND THINGS TO DO IN BACOLOD
MAMBUKAL RESORT-Perfect Haven for an Adventurous Weekend
It’s a nice place to go since theirs so much to do there. Sitting in the Hot Springs and looking up to see giant bats hanging upside down was very different but cool as well
The place is surrounded with lots of trees. Even when the sun is scorching hot during the day, it’s still refreshing, well for me.
I personally like the hike to the falls. It wasn’t special but since I live in the city and i rarely go somewhere outside the city, i really enjoyed it. They said there are seven falls, but we just went to 4? I guess. The last one was the coldest. It was really cold even when it was already 10 in the morning.
You can also go Kayaking or boating in their lake or lagoon.
The mansion was built in the early 1900’s by the sugar baron, Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson
(1865-1948) and was home to his unmarried children with his first wife, Maria Braga Lacson (+1911), a Portuguese from Macau. The mansion was the largest residential structure ever built at that time and had in it one of the finest furniture, chinaware, and decorative items, as the father of Maria Braga was a captain of a ship that sailed across Europe and Asia and would cart with him these items. One of their daughters maintained a beautiful garden of lilies in and around the
4-tiered fountain fronting the mansion, all brought in from abroad.
Since, my friend told me that the best time to visit the Mansion is around 3:00 PM till 6:00 PM. Because, you will be able to see the majestic view of the house. Unfortunately, It was a very sad afternoon for me.The fact that there is an exclusive event in the house at that moment. So I went back to Bacolod City and visited San Sebastian Cathedral.
The San Sebastian Cathedral is named in honor of Saint Sebastian, an early Christian saint and martyr more commonly known in the Philippines as San Sebastian. The Spanish missionaries had placed Magsungay, the village that was the precursor of the modern city of Bacolod under the care and protection of Saint Sebastian sometime in the middle 1700s. Luis Fernando de Luna (1777-1779), a corregidor, donated a relic of the Saint for the growing mission, and the village came to be known as San Sebastian de Magsungay.
After the church visit. My friend brought me to “CHICKEN COUNTRY”which is one of Bacolod’s pride. Their proudly grilled chicken that is so yummy and delicious. Your PHP 100.00 is really a bang for this Unlimited rice dinner. After we had our dinner my friend sent me to their South Terminal going back to Cebu. Since, It was an unplanned visit. I’ve been in Bacolod for like 6 hours only.
HOW TO GET THERE:
Note: I don’t have the specific information on how to get there. Since, I’ve got a friend who live there and she’s the one who guided me all the way to the places that we were visited. But, If you will ask me on how to get there from Cebu City.
You can ride a bus from Cebu South Bus Terminal going to Toledo Port; (Fare is PHP 70.00). Travel time will take 1 to 2 hours. From Toledo Port to San Carlos City you have to take a ferry boat. Fare is around PHP 200.00. Travel time will take 30 minutes to 1 hour. Then from Tolde Port. You can take a bus gong to Bacolod that will take 2 hours. Fare is around PHP 200.oo
Bus Fare from Dumauete to Bacolod- PHP 377.00
Bus Fare from Libertad to Mambukal resort to Libertad – PHP 35.00 (70.00 ohp back and forth)
Libertad to Talisay- PHP 7.00
Talisay City going to the RUINS fare- PHP 150.00 Since we are two.(back and forth)
Talisay to Bacolod City fare (PHP 7.00)
Chicken Country Dinner- PHP 100.00
Bacolod City to Terminal fare – PHP 7.00
Bacolod Terminal to Cebu City- PHP 550.00
TOTAL EXPENSE- PHP 1,268.00