Bacolod City, the capital of Negros Occidental, hosts the impossibly joyful Masskara Festival every year. It may be the defining image of the province, but it’s not the only great thing about it. Fall in love all over again at The Ruins in Talisay. Wander through the ancestral houses of Silay in the north. Lounge on the beaches of the south. Head to Danjugan Island, and get closer to nature.
Western Visayas is on the beaten track, but it’s still a joy to visit. Enjoy what it has to offer, and seek out its undiscovered attractions.
A tour of Bacolod’s attractions starts at the city plaza, where you’ll find San Sebastian Cathedral (built in 1876). Its coral stone is from Guimaras and its hardwood is from Palawan. The historical building of Palacio Episcopal (Bishop’s Palace), built in 1890, served as a refuge for the Spanish colonizers during the revolt of 1898. TheFountain of Justice in front of the old city hall is where the Spanish colonizers surrendered to Filipinos in 1898.
HOW TO GET THERE
AIR - There are daily flights from Manila to Bacolod City. There are also flights from Cebu.
LAND - From Cebu, Bacolod is approximately seven hours away or 45 minutes via San Carlos-Toledo/Tabuelan (Cebu).
SEA - Bacolod is accessible by boat from Manila (18 hours) and 45 minutes from Iloilo City by fast craft.