Bacolod in Negros Occidental: The City of Smiles

Bacolod in Negros Occidental: The City of Smiles

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Bacolod City is located in Negros Occidental in the Western part of the Visayas, which is known as the “Sugarbowl of the Philippines”. It is highly known for its Masskara Festival held during every 3rd week of October. The city feels more persevered into the rest of the world, with more sophistication and green shoots of environmental consciousness. It boasts of rich history, good food, stunning sights, monumental attractions, and other man-made and natural wonders.

Here’s a list of some of Bacolod City’s tourist spots that you must not miss when you visit:

Bacolod City Government Center and Lagoon

The lagoon is a large body of water with live tilapia fish swimming inside. It is part of the South Korea – Philippines development cooperation. Surrounding it is a pathway where locals can jog and walk anytime of the day.

Calea Pastries and Coffee

One of the most popular places where we can find the best tasting cakes, pastries, and coffee in Bacolod. Their products came with a reasonable price, you really get what you pay for.

The Ruins

The mansion was built in the 1900s by Spanish-Filipino sugar baron, Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson for his Portuguese wife, Maria Braga. From then, it was the biggest and most elegant residential structure in the province. The mansion has a 4-tiered fountain brought in from abroad fronting the mansion and lavish furnishings from Europe and Asia filling the lovely home.

But, it met its ill fate in the early part of the World War II when Don Mariano asked Filipino guerrilla fighters to burn the mansion down to prevent Japanese from using it as their headquarters.

Today, the mansion still stands tall amidst sugar plantation and continues to awe both local and foreign tourists.

Campuestohan Highland Resort

It is located in Sitio Campuestohan, Brgy. Cabatangan, Talisay, Negros Occidental, not quite far from the city proper of Bacolod. The resort is considered the crown jewel of tourist destination in the Province. It has a unique, world-class facilities and accommodation. The resort offers a lot of activities such as; Zipline, Swimming, Sky Bicycle, Cable Hamster Wheel, Rope Course, Horseback Riding, and much more to enjoy.

Mambukal Resort

The resort is blessed with exceptional beauty wonder and natural features. It is located on the eastern side of Negros Occidental and about 45 minutes travel away from Bacolod City. It lies 1,200 feet above the sea level and serves as a gateway to Mt. Kanlaon Natural Park. Mambukal Resort offers many activities such as; Boating trip, Slide for Life Zipline, Sulfur Spring (for viewing only), Hanging Bridge and Seven Falls, Dipping Pools, and Swimming Pools.