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Weekend Guide in Metro Bacolod

Negros Occidental

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Belle Piccio | Jul 27, 2018

Weekend Guide in Metro Bacolod
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The Bacolod Metropolitan area or simply known as Metro Bacolod is the 6th most densely populated out of the 12 metropolitan areas in the Philippines as defined by the National Economic and Development Authority. The metropolitan area is centered in the provincial capital which is Bacolod City. It’s component cities includes Silay, Talisay and also expanded to Bago City and the Municipality of Murcia under the initiative of the Bacolod City Government.

With this large area we can not just tour the metropolitan in just 1 or 2 days. But with our suggested guide, you can get a taste and a bit of experience what it’s like in the province.

If you only have the weekend to spare, you can book an early Saturday morning flight to Bacolod City as early as 3:55am (you’ll arrive at 5:20am) and for your flight back to Manila you can book your Sunday as late as 11:20pm to give you 2 days full of fun!

The Silay Heritage Houses and Balay Negrense

Maria Ledesma Golez Heritage Building; image by Helton Balairos

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Visit the century old houses in Silay City that showcases the lifestyle of sugar barons in the province. The buildings also makes you feel and like gets to live in the glorious past during the Spanish colonial era.

Don’t forget to pass by Balay Negrense.

Balay Negrense; image by Helton Balairos

Balay Negrense is the ancestral house of the Gaston family. It was built in 1897 and is now turned into a museum where you’ll still find the original furniture and household materials of the house. The museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays.  

The Ruins

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Known as the Taj Mahal of Negros the old mansion was built by the late Don Mariano Lacson in loving memory of his wife. The mansion was almost destroyed in 1942 during the World War II and was abandoned since then until 2005. Fortunately, the structure was not totally eaten by fire and is still under the care of a Lacson bloodline after generations passed.

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The Ruins operation hours is 8:00am to 8:00pm.

Entrance Fee:

  • Adults: Php100
  • Senior/PWD: Php60
  • Students: Php50
  • Children (Below 8): Php20

*Note: Fees, prices and schedule are subject to change without prior notice.

They have a cafe where you can drink your morning coffee while enjoying the majestic structure of The Ruins.

For inquiries or reservations, call +63 (34) 476-4334 or 0917-832-6003.

The Negros Museum

The Negros Museum makes innovative use of original contemporary artworks and quality reproductions in telling the story of Negros Island. It is a child-friendly museum with a livelihood component since local artists and artisans sell copies of their commissioned works at the Museum Shop. The museum is dedicated to promoting and sustaining a deep understanding of local culture, history, artistic practice, and ecology, primarily among children and youth of the island of Negros, and also among peoples visiting the various areas of the province.

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Business hours is between 9:00am to 6:00pm.

Entrance Fees:

  • General Admission - Php50
  • Senior Citizens - Php40
  • Students and Children - Php20

*Note: Fees, prices and schedule are subject to change without prior notice.

For inquiries or reservations, call (034) 433-4764 and (034) 708-5080.

Campuestohan Highland Resort

 

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Campuestohan Highland Resort; image by Dustin Mijares

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Instead of getting a hotel in Bacolod City proper, you can stay at the Campuestohan Resort where you can get to enjoy a variety of amenities perfect for adventure seekers.

The resort is located at Sitio Campuestohan, Brgy. Cabatangan, Talisay, Negros Occidental.

The resort is open daily at 7:00am-6:00pm.

Entrance Fee:

  • General Admission - Php150
  • Children 2 years old and below - free

*Note: Fees, prices and schedule are subject to change without prior notice.

The fee already includes the use of swimming pools, playgrounds, resort grounds and hanging bridge. It is best that you call their booking office (9:00am-5:30pm) ahead, if you wish to go on an overnight stay.

For inquiries or reservations, contact the resort at (034) 702-0964, (+63) 915-211-1406.

 

Mambukal Mountain Resort

 

warm sulfur dipping pool; image by Belle Piccio

Owned and managed by the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental, Mambukal Resort was recognized as a location for health center and recreational resort by virtue of Republic Act 1964 in July 22, 1957. It boasts of a number of waterfalls and sulfur springs, and blessed with beautiful natural features which spread over 23.6 hectares.

 

boating lagoon; image by Belle Piccio

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Mambukal Resort is located at Brgy. Minoyan, Murcia, Negros Occidental.

For inquiries or reservations, contact (034) 473-0610 or their booking office at (034) 433-8516.

Where to Eat

Your trip won’t be complete if you can’t savor the Negrense cuisine. They say, food is the best way to understand the culture of the place.

chicken inasal; image by Belle Piccio

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Negrenses love to eat and are particular with the flavor of their food. From big restaurants and even if it’s just a carinderia or street food you’ll surely be in for a treat. You’ll notice that there are food establishments at every corner in the metro. Here are some known local restaurants that you must try that started just as a hole-in-the-wall and grew big through the years:

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  • 21 Restaurant

And of course, the Manokan Country for the original Bacolod chicken inasal.

Manokan Country; photo courtesy of Bacolod City Public Information Office

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There are also fast food chains such as McDonald’s, Jollibee, Chowking, Pizza Hut, Shakey’s and KFC among others if you opt to grab your meals and snacks with these known stores.

Where to Stay

If you are still looking for a place to stay there are many hotels, inns and pension houses available in the metro. Here’s a few:

  • Avenue Suites
  • Bacolod Business Inn
  • Circle Inn Hotel and Suites
  • East View Hotel
  • Go Hotels Bacolod
  • L’Fisher Hotel
  • O Hotel
  • Planta Centro Hotel and Residences
  • Westown Hotel
  • Sugarland Hotel

Just like any other hotels in the Philippines, check-inn time is 2:00pm and check-out time is 12:00nn.


How to Get There

From Manila, you can fly to Bacolod (Php3500++, round trip, 45 minutes). From Bacolod-Silay Airport, you can take a shuttle, or a cab (minimum of Php400) and ask to be dropped off at your destination.

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