The City of Smiles

An unassuming city filled with warm people and an interesting mix of urban and rural landscapes, Bacolod invites you to enjoy a slower-paced lifestyle and take in its sites one journey at a time. While you’re in the city proper, try to learn more about the region’s heritage by visiting The Negros Museum or taking a stroll around the Provincial Capitol Lagoon.

Visit churches like The Church of Angry Christ Altar and the grand Bacolod Cathedral. Hop over to the nearby town of Talisay and marvel at The Ruins, which is one of Bacolod’s most famous attractions.

Campuestohan Island Resort

While you’re in Talisay City, you can also check out beautiful heritage homes. Hike in Mambukal Mountain Resort at the neighboring town of Murcia. Don’t forget to try out Bacolod’s famous chicken inasal as well.

If you really want to see the city come alive, drop by around the fourth Sunday of October and experience the MassKara Festival first-hand. The city isn’t known as the city of smiles for nothing. With friendly and charming locals to greet you around town, you are sure to feel welcome here every time.


Fast Facts

  • Public Transportation: Jeepneys, Buses, Taxis, Tricycles
  • Languages/Dialect: Ilonggo/Hiligaynon, English, Tagalog
  • Payment Options: Cash, Credit/Debit Card
  • Known For: Chicken Inasal, The Ruins, MassKara Festival, Lumpiang Ubod


What to Know Before Visiting

Person with Mask at Masskara Festival

  • Bacolod enjoys the moniker Sugar Bowl of the Philippines because of its sugar cane industry.
  • Sometimes, it’s also called Land of the Sweet People because of their taste leaning towards sweet culinary specialties.
  • MassKara Festival is not the only festival you can look forward to in the city. You can also try to catch the Pintaflores Festival, the Ugyonan Festival, and the Bacolaodiat Festival.
  • Familia Luzuriaga cemetery in Bacolod city is the only cemetery in the country that’s located in a highway intersection.


Best Time to Visit Bacolod

The Ruins

The best time to visit Bacolod City and enjoy its top tourist spots is during dry season, which is around December to May. It’s easier to move around the city with sunshine and clear skies. Just be sure to bring an umbrella and some drinks with you to stay cool.

If you don’t want to miss the MassKara Festival celebrations, be sure to come to the city around the fourth Sunday of October.


How to Go to Bacolod

By Air

Book a flight from Manila to Bacolod from the country’s top airlines like Philippine Airlines and Airasia. The flight only takes around 55 minutes from Manila.

If you’re coming from Cebu City, you can also book a 30-minute flight. The new Bacolod-Silay airport is only a few minutes ride away from the town proper.

By Land

Aside from buses that are used to get around other municipalities, jeepneys, tricycles, and taxis can also be used to get around the city.

By Sea

You can either book a direct port to port ferry like 2GO or ride a RoRo bus from Manila to a RoRo ferry from Batangas port. RoRo land and ferry transportation is usually a cheaper alternative than a flight or a direct ferry from Manila. There are also ferry routes from the nearby province of Iloilo.


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