1. VISIT THE NEGROS MUSEUM
The museum has full of historical anecdotes of the elite families of hacienderos as well as their old memorabilias. You will most likely enjoy the Doll Museum with collections coming from all over the world. The guide will also entertain you with Negros tales and such.
2. SPEND SOME TIME AT THE NEW GOVERNMENT CENTER
Along the circumferential road east of Bacolod is the New Government Center (NGC). Its presence along the Circumferential Road is said to have pump-primed the sprouting of commercial business establishments (hotels, restaurants, private offices, banks, call centers, supermarket, etc) in the surrounding areas.
3. HAVE A TASTE OF BACOLOD’S STREET FOOD
On downtown area, you can usually find street foods sold in cart. From peanuts, to popcorn, balut and stuff. During Masskara, more of them are visible on the streets. So if you want to have an adventure with street food, go have some.
4. HAVE A SIDE-TRIP TO MAMBUKAL
Mambukal is a 45-minute drive from Bacolod City located at the town called Murcia. The Mountain Resort is managed by the provincial government and considered to be a protected area. Mambukal is home to the 7 waterfalls, plenty of bats, hot sulfur spring, swimming pools, butterfly garden, the mini-lake, wild flowers and trees.
5. VISIT THE RUINS
The Ruins, the so-called Taj Mahal of Negros: one of a must-see places in the City. It was a mansion of the rich Sugar Baron in Negros named Don Mariano Ledesma-Lacson built in the early 1900′s in honor of his Portuguese wife, Maria Braga.
6. SPEND TIME AT THE PROVINCIAL PARK AND LAGOON
Just across the Capitol Building is the Provincial Park and Lagoon. Locals go there to stroll in the park, feed the fishes in the lagoon, exercise (jogging/aerobics), practice dance or school activities, or simply spend time with their loved ones. Tourist go there usually for photography.
7. GO VISIT BALARING IN SILAY CITY
Balaring in Silay is a place where you can relax & enjoy sea breeze, fascinate your eyes with green scenery & amuse your ears with the sounds of birds. This eco-tourism area for mangrove reforestation started in 1996.
8. JOIN THE MASSKARA FESTIVAL
Masskara Festival is a celebration/expression/manifestation of Bacolenos’ thanksgiving “for the abundance of blessings life brings them”. It was conceived 31 years ago. Borne out of the city’s woes in the 1980′s.
Masskara festival is held every October, culminating on the the weekend nearest October 19, which is the Charter anniversary of Bacolod City. We visited the city for their 31st MassKara Festival.
9. DON’T BE SHY, HAVE FUN WITH THE STREET DANCERS
One thing nice about the Masskara Festival, the organizers are quite tolerant of tourists having pictures with the street dancers while the parade is going on. Through this, it will surely make you remember the joy of going to the Masskara Festival.
10. BEFORE LEAVING BACOLOD CITY, GO TO SOME PASALUBONG CENTER
Take your pick at various goodies on display at Merci Pasalubong Center. You can present your plane or bus tickets to get a 10% discount! You may buy such wonderful goodies like mango tarts, piyayas, biscochos and etc.
You can also check Why Join Masskara Festival this October 2014? for more information about this wonderful festival in Bacolod City.
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