Bacolod is one of the more pleasant cities in the RP - less filth; fewer beggars and pavement vendors;greater sense of savoir faire; traffic lights!! It still suffers as they all do from urban dereliction and that ever-present stench of drains and ordure (Filipinos generally look surprised: they are so used to it, they don't notice)but it's not as rank as Iloilo or Cebu, for example.
I wouldn't mind living there.
Bacolod is certainly a city to watch out for - many delightful restaurants and cafes with great food and pastries, lots of hotels in different price ranges, rich culture and pride of sports especially football, and right beside it is the Silay Airport that will soon have international flights.
its called the city off smiles I have to say the people in Bacolod are so much more happy then the other cities I seen in phil so many resorts to spend time at I would love to go there for the festable in octoter
Bacolod City is a first-class metropolitan area. It is a very safe place for travelers. Just one thing that I suggest is that the government needs to focus on cleanliness on the streets and other public places.
Suffice to say there's lots to do in this city, voted number one place to live in the Philippines. Possibly one of the most structured and easy to get round cities I have yet visited in the Philippines.
Lovely countryside, good food eateries or otherwise, good shopping in either SM or the big Robinson mall's. Well worth a visit. Good access to to Pinay and Ilolio.
There is a not alot of things to do in Bacolod but I do find it relax and serene. The place is home to San Sebastian Church (The Cathedral) which been built during the Spanish period.
It's up to you what would you like to do or choices but I find Bacolod is not so busy like other cities. People are friendly. The food court provides music to their customers during weekends. It's a Blast!!!
my first visit to Bacolod. my trip was to see the Masskara festival in 2013. if you enjoy photography then this festival on the two main days of dancing is an event not to be missed.
the school children on the friday were just amazing. the outfits are so colourful and the dancers were a joy to see. the sunday event very much the same. i took close to 1,500 pictures and have to say i hope to see more Masskara festivals in the future. my only complaint would be that the plaza where the dancing takes place is just way too small. i would guess 1,000 people inside watching and 2,000 outside trying to get in!! just needs a bigger venue in the future.
I hated Bacolod at first because of the vehicle exhaust pollution, but once I learned how to avoid that, and found some of the treasures of Bacolod, I began to love the place.
The first-class dining experience which is the Museum Cafe, the history and culture of the area accessible from Bacolod, the seven falls and Mambukal Mountain Resort, I could happily stay in Bacolod a long time.
The heart of the sugar capital of the Philippines, Bacolod is filled with genuinely friendly people who will be more than happy to tour you around their wonderful city.
Though not as commercialized as Manila nor Cebu, Bacolod has her own unique charm that you may want to explore.
Make sure you familiarize yourself with the routes of public transport so mapping your tour around the city and nearby towns will be easier and more cost-effective.
Bacolod is indeed the City of Smiles because every Bacolodnon bears a greetful smile on their faces when welcoming visiting guests, friends and family.
Recommend to visit the place , its one city in the Phils which is really a nice place to stay, good food, nice people, rich culture, past and present.
After landing in the Bacolod-Silay airport, we had an interesting, bumpy ride aboard a small truck to a Cadiz City community on the foot of Kanlaon.
Most of the way, we had no issue with good cemented roads. Power outage did not dampen our night as the wind cooled us down. The next day, splashing in the very cool waters of a nearby river, our tired bodies were washed fresh. We went to the Northland Resort for an afternoon swim in a crowded big swimming pool. The crowd made it more fun! We stayed the night and we were off to Bacolod City at 8:30am the following day. Bacolod had lots of interesting places - we went to the San Sebastian Cathedral, the plaza, the Central Market and nearby area, the Provincial Capitol and Lagoon, the Ecological Garden, the Museum, the New Government Center, the Ruins in Talisay and an old house in Silay. A memorable, short but adventure-packed vacation!
One of the most pleasant cities in the country. There is still chaos and filth but FAR LESS than in neighbouring cities such as Iloilo or Cebu.
I will be returning to Bacolod in the next few months. I enjoyed my time in the city and was made to feel very welcome by the local people.
Go there with the intention of experiencing a new culture and food. Don't expect things to be the same as in the 'West' as it isn't. Just enjoy what the city and its people have to offer.
Dont miss to dine in Manukan Country for their authentic "inasal" grilled chicken and in the place called Pala-pala for seafood lovers.
Also try the adventures in Mambukal Resort then relax and enjoy their warm surfuric bath after while watching thousand of large bats flying during sunset.
Bacolod is a busy city with many hotels, restaurants and places to visit. In October the Masskara Festival takes place for three weeks.
We have been twice now - only visiting for a couple of days. The Barangay Dance Competition (20 October) was spectacular but the venue and organisation could have been better. Firstly there is insufficient seating or standing room for the many spectators who attended. Secondly the event finally started just before 2pm (almost 2 hours behind schedule) at the hottest part of the day. I think as may as 3 participants of the first dance required medical attention. The honoured guests who had the front seats the show must have been fabulous judging by the colourful costumes and masks. For me the heat was too much to tolerate and I could only manage viewing four of the dance teams. Congratulations to the winner - you certainly deserved it!
I loved exploring this city, almost exclusively on foot.The people are so warm and inviting, it is so nice how they treat strangers
Near the hotel, there is a good restaurant " Pepe's restaurant ". It takes one minute on foor to eat good chicken and beef dishes.
Ask the hotel staff about the tour in Bacolod they can assist you and they can refer you the cheapest car/ taxi for the tour.
I love going back to Bacolod because of it's wide array of food! It truly is a food haven and with very affordable prices.
However, be careful where you stay in Bacolod, as it is ironic how this "City of Smiles" can produce some of the rudest and unprofessional people who may not necessarily place cleanliness as a priority when maintaining a hotel and do not respond kindly when you point it out (especially at the supposedly better hotels I had the misfortune of staying in; we had first hand experience of seeing a cockroach in our first hotel and immediately transferred).
The highlight of this trip to Bacolod would definitely be the smiles and hospitality of the natives. Land of Smiles ! :)
The Bacolod City is the best place to travel. Very safe and relaxing city. The food and restaurant are very affordable.
The chicken inasal is so delicious.
The city has grown more cosmopolite since the 80's. New network of roads for easy access & wonderful road side vistas.
Super friendly Illonggos. Beautiful airport in Silay facing the majestic Kanlaon peaks. Plenty of Resto to explore but big franchise resto names are tough competitions to local dining venues. We should have stayed longer.
Bacolod is like a mini Manila. My agenda there was not really as a tourist although essentially that was what I was.
I found the volume of people and the traffic a bit overwhelming so I did not do much sightseeing.
nice place to experience though i only stayed for 2 nights and 1 day, people ar sweet, friendly and acomodating
If one is a " budget traveller" - he must visit Bacolod City .This place is a mixture of culture and nature.
Anyone who has gone to see the Ruins,the Seven Falls and the modern malls in Bacolod would surely have some good memories to look back to. I hope to go back again .
You'll need more than five days just so you can eat everything. Seriously, best food in the Philippines.
We spent a lot of time with the local people. They are the most wonderful friendly people you can meet.
English is a little hard at times but everyone likes to help you. The local attractions are fun like the theme park in the mountains.