October 03, 2017

Eight Things to Do in Bacolod City for an Authentic Travel Experience

Enjoy the sights and sounds of MassKara festival with our DIY travel guide!
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October in the City of Smiles is all about the MassKara festival. This is the Bacoleños colorful parade featuring masks and costumes which celebrates life, survival, and triumph.

If you’re in town to celebrate the festival, here are some of things you can do during your stay for an authentic Bacolod experience.


1. Stay right at the city center.



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Spacious room at Sea Breeze Hotel


There are plenty of options on where you can stay in Bacolod. But if you want a hassle-free commute from the city’s main plaza, Sea Breeze Hotel is a good choice. The hotel lies alongside the public plaza where MassKara competitions take place. It offers spacious rooms, affordable rates, and accessibility from both SM City Bacolod and Bongbong’s Piaya and Barquillos.

As the festival nears, most hotels are fully booked and rates normally increase. It is advisable to secure your hotel booking early before you proceed to the city.


2. Shop like a local.



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Native products and delicacies can be found at Bacolod Central Market.


If you want to experience local shopping in Bacolod, head down to Bacolod Central Market where you can buy crafts and native products at reasonable prices. There are several downtown stores in the city where locals shop. Plaza Mart is one of the most favorite shopping places in town as it is in the downtown area. You can also shop at Lopue’s, Corona Top and Shop Inc., Bacolod China Mart, and Limman’s.

In the evening, the downtown street is busy during the entire MassKara celebrations. Various kiosks where food and Masskara-inspired souvenir items are sold line up along the street.


3. Bring home pasalubong items.



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Bongbong’s pasalubong center is filled with yummy treats. (Image: Bongbong’s Piaya and Barquillos)


Bringing home pasalubong (take-home gift) and memorabilia complete your travel. Piaya (muscovado-filled unleavened flatbread) is a good choice to take home from Bacolod. It is famous in Negros Occidental where it originated. You can buy piaya and other souvenir items at Bongbong’s Piaya and Barquillos, one of the top souvenir stores in city. Bongbong’s also carries items like keychains, mugs, T-shirts, and other local products.

There are several branches of BongBong’s in the city but the most accessible one is in the downtown area along Lacson Street. Other pasalubong shops in Bacolod include Merzci, Pendy’s , and The Negros Showroom.




4. Join locals at Manokan Country.



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Manokan Country, home of the famous Bacolod inasal (Image: Aida’s Manokan)


Despite growing restaurant hubs in Bacolod, Manokan Country remains as the locals’ top favorite dining place because of its iconic dish—chicken inasal! Manokan Country is a compound of dining stalls serving this local roast chicken dish and other grilled foods. It is located right across the SM City Bacolod and is a few blocks away from the downtown area.

Like piaya, chicken inasal is common in Negros Occidental where it originated. Because of its popularity to locals, the restaurant is normally jam-packed with diners on peak hours.


5. Eat the freshest seafoods.



Bacolod itinerary

Fresh seafood by the kilo at Hyksos


There are lots of seafood restaurants in Bacolod that you can dine in. One of the go-to seafood restaurants in town is Hyksos Pala-Pala. Hyksos has huge counters filled with various types of fresh scallops, shells, crabs, fishes, and prawns where you can choose the type of seafood you like. The seafood is ordered by kilo and cooked in any style you prefer, whether buttered, sauced, fried, steamed, grilled, and kinilaw (ceviche).

Other noteworthy seafood restaurants in the city are Ading’s Pala-Pala, Aboy’s Restaurant, Diotay’s Eatery, Bacolod 18th Street Palapala Seafood Grill & Restaurant, and many more.


6. Indulge in the Bacoleños back rib dish.



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Tender and delicious baby back ribs (Image: Lord Byron’s Backribs)


Your food adventure doesn’t stop in Manokan Country and Hyksos. If you fancy other dishes in Bacolod aside from chicken and seafood, Lord Byron’s Backribs restaurant can be a good option. The restaurant is popular in Bacolod where it originated. It became a big hit to Bacoleños because of their affordable, tender, juicy serving, and generous cut of baby back ribs served with their signature flavored yellow rice.

The restaurant is a big native cottage with wooden chairs and tables, and huts that can be occupied by groups. Aside from Bacolod, they also have another branch in Dumaguete City.


7. Satisfy your sugar cravings.



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The wide selection of cakes at Calea


If you want to satisfy your sweet tooth after your meal, there are several homegrown cake and pastry shops just around the corner of Bacolod streets. A “dessert triangle” sweet spot is located along Lacson Street where three well-known cake shops are just a stone’s throw away from each other. The most famous one is Calea with their best-selling cake creations like blueberry cheesecake, choco caramel cheesecake, and many more. Other places where you can also spoil yourself with a sweet escape are at C’s by L’ Fisher and Felicia’s Pastry Shop.




8. Tour the old mansion.



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Tourists go about The Ruins, one of the most visited historical sites in Negros Occidental.


The Ruins is a go-to tourist spot in Bacolod known to be the “Taj Mahal of Negros.” It is an old mansion built during the Spanish the era and intentionally burnt down in World War II. Over the years, the architecture of the mansion has been put into restoration. Because of its enchanting history and ancient structure, The Ruins serves as a place of attraction for both locals and tourists.

The Ruins is situated in Talisay City, which can be reached straight from the airport.


Do you have a noteworthy experience in Bacolod City? Share it with us in the comments section below!

Niña Caraig

Niña is the Content Development Manager at ShoppersGuide Marketing, Inc. Prior to ShoppersGuide, she worked in a real estate company and began her career at C&E Publishing. In her free time, Niña loves to go shopping and watching movies with her friends.

Niña Caraig

Niña is the Content Development Manager at ShoppersGuide Marketing, Inc. Prior to ShoppersGuide, she worked in a real estate company and began her career at C&E Publishing. In her free time, Niña loves to go shopping and watching movies with her friends.

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October 03, 2017

Eight Things to Do in Bacolod City for an Authentic Travel Experience

Enjoy the sights and sounds of MassKara festival with our DIY travel guide!


October in the City of Smiles is all about the MassKara festival. This is the Bacoleños colorful parade featuring masks and costumes which celebrates life, survival, and triumph.

If you’re in town to celebrate the festival, here are some of things you can do during your stay for an authentic Bacolod experience.


1. Stay right at the city center.



Bacolod itinerary

Spacious room at Sea Breeze Hotel


There are plenty of options on where you can stay in Bacolod. But if you want a hassle-free commute from the city’s main plaza, Sea Breeze Hotel is a good choice. The hotel lies alongside the public plaza where MassKara competitions take place. It offers spacious rooms, affordable rates, and accessibility from both SM City Bacolod and Bongbong’s Piaya and Barquillos.

As the festival nears, most hotels are fully booked and rates normally increase. It is advisable to secure your hotel booking early before you proceed to the city.


2. Shop like a local.



Bacolod itinerary

Native products and delicacies can be found at Bacolod Central Market.


If you want to experience local shopping in Bacolod, head down to Bacolod Central Market where you can buy crafts and native products at reasonable prices. There are several downtown stores in the city where locals shop. Plaza Mart is one of the most favorite shopping places in town as it is in the downtown area. You can also shop at Lopue’s, Corona Top and Shop Inc., Bacolod China Mart, and Limman’s.

In the evening, the downtown street is busy during the entire MassKara celebrations. Various kiosks where food and Masskara-inspired souvenir items are sold line up along the street.


3. Bring home pasalubong items.



Bacolod itinerary

Bongbong’s pasalubong center is filled with yummy treats. (Image: Bongbong’s Piaya and Barquillos)


Bringing home pasalubong (take-home gift) and memorabilia complete your travel. Piaya (muscovado-filled unleavened flatbread) is a good choice to take home from Bacolod. It is famous in Negros Occidental where it originated. You can buy piaya and other souvenir items at Bongbong’s Piaya and Barquillos, one of the top souvenir stores in city. Bongbong’s also carries items like keychains, mugs, T-shirts, and other local products.

There are several branches of BongBong’s in the city but the most accessible one is in the downtown area along Lacson Street. Other pasalubong shops in Bacolod include Merzci, Pendy’s , and The Negros Showroom.




4. Join locals at Manokan Country.



Bacolod itinerary

Manokan Country, home of the famous Bacolod inasal (Image: Aida’s Manokan)


Despite growing restaurant hubs in Bacolod, Manokan Country remains as the locals’ top favorite dining place because of its iconic dish—chicken inasal! Manokan Country is a compound of dining stalls serving this local roast chicken dish and other grilled foods. It is located right across the SM City Bacolod and is a few blocks away from the downtown area.

Like piaya, chicken inasal is common in Negros Occidental where it originated. Because of its popularity to locals, the restaurant is normally jam-packed with diners on peak hours.


5. Eat the freshest seafoods.



Bacolod itinerary

Fresh seafood by the kilo at Hyksos


There are lots of seafood restaurants in Bacolod that you can dine in. One of the go-to seafood restaurants in town is Hyksos Pala-Pala. Hyksos has huge counters filled with various types of fresh scallops, shells, crabs, fishes, and prawns where you can choose the type of seafood you like. The seafood is ordered by kilo and cooked in any style you prefer, whether buttered, sauced, fried, steamed, grilled, and kinilaw (ceviche).

Other noteworthy seafood restaurants in the city are Ading’s Pala-Pala, Aboy’s Restaurant, Diotay’s Eatery, Bacolod 18th Street Palapala Seafood Grill & Restaurant, and many more.


6. Indulge in the Bacoleños back rib dish.



Bacolod itinerary

Tender and delicious baby back ribs (Image: Lord Byron’s Backribs)


Your food adventure doesn’t stop in Manokan Country and Hyksos. If you fancy other dishes in Bacolod aside from chicken and seafood, Lord Byron’s Backribs restaurant can be a good option. The restaurant is popular in Bacolod where it originated. It became a big hit to Bacoleños because of their affordable, tender, juicy serving, and generous cut of baby back ribs served with their signature flavored yellow rice.

The restaurant is a big native cottage with wooden chairs and tables, and huts that can be occupied by groups. Aside from Bacolod, they also have another branch in Dumaguete City.


7. Satisfy your sugar cravings.



Bacolod itinerary

The wide selection of cakes at Calea


If you want to satisfy your sweet tooth after your meal, there are several homegrown cake and pastry shops just around the corner of Bacolod streets. A “dessert triangle” sweet spot is located along Lacson Street where three well-known cake shops are just a stone’s throw away from each other. The most famous one is Calea with their best-selling cake creations like blueberry cheesecake, choco caramel cheesecake, and many more. Other places where you can also spoil yourself with a sweet escape are at C’s by L’ Fisher and Felicia’s Pastry Shop.




8. Tour the old mansion.



Bacolod itinerary

Tourists go about The Ruins, one of the most visited historical sites in Negros Occidental.


The Ruins is a go-to tourist spot in Bacolod known to be the “Taj Mahal of Negros.” It is an old mansion built during the Spanish the era and intentionally burnt down in World War II. Over the years, the architecture of the mansion has been put into restoration. Because of its enchanting history and ancient structure, The Ruins serves as a place of attraction for both locals and tourists.

The Ruins is situated in Talisay City, which can be reached straight from the airport.


Do you have a noteworthy experience in Bacolod City? Share it with us in the comments section below!

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Niña Caraig

Niña is the Content Development Manager at ShoppersGuide Marketing, Inc. Prior to ShoppersGuide, she worked in a real estate company and began her career at C&E Publishing. In her free time, Niña loves to go shopping and watching movies with her friends.

Niña Caraig

Niña is the Content Development Manager at ShoppersGuide Marketing, Inc. Prior to ShoppersGuide, she worked in a real estate company and began her career at C&E Publishing. In her free time, Niña loves to go shopping and watching movies with her friends.

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