|Places to See|
- During World War II, the Andres Bonifacio Elementary School, along Bonifacio St., served as a Japanese garrison while the Apolinario Mabini Elementary School, along Mabini St., served as headquarters of the Japanese Army. The Ramon Residence, along Burgos St., was the wartime residence of Gen. Tagaishi Kono, commander of the Japanese Army in Negros.
- The Provincial Jail, along Gatuslao St., was formerly Fort San Juan. It was originally built in 1890 by Recollect Fr. Mauricio Ferrero and was used as a prison during the Spanish era. In 1898, during the revolution, Spanish friars were imprisoned here. It became a fortress during World War II.
- The old Provincial Capitol, a Roman Neo-Classical building located in front of the park and lagoon along Gatuslao St., was built in 1927-33 and now houses the Negros Museum.
- The City Plaza, located not far from the seawall, is a popular meeting place and scene of cultural presentations. At the plaza’s east entrance is the sculpture Ang Pahimud-os (The Struggle), done by noted sculptor Eduardo Castrillo while at the north end is the Rectangular Lagoon, the massive sculpture “Woman Reclining on a Female Carabao” done by a French artist and the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier. At the south end is the sculpture “Man Pulling a Male Carabao” done by U.P. Fine Arts graduate and Negrense artist Felix Garzon, and the Theodore C. Vinther Monument, built in memory of the American soldier who died in defense of Bago Bridge. The Bandstand, built in 1927, has the names of world famous composers like Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and Wagner encircling the sides of the roof. The Memorial to the Fallen Journalist was built by the Negros Press Club.
- The Western Visayas Regional Hospital, along Lacson St., is also called the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Hospital. It was built in 1927 as a 30-bed hospital.
- The Instituto Rizal, along Araneta St>, was constructed by the Americans in 1903, the first school established by the Americans in the city. It was transferred to the Bacolod West Elementary School in 1952 and renamed the Rizal Elementary School in 1959. On its grounds is the “Rizal Mini-Park”, constructed to commemorate the centennial of Rizal’s death.
- The 20-hectare Negros Occidental Sports and Recreational Park, in Brgy. Mansilingan, is located east of the city and is surrounded by eucalyptus trees. Also called the Panaad Park and Stadium, it hosted the April 1998 Centennial Palaro. The main stadium seats 15,000 people. The complex has a rubberized Regupol (imported from Germany) track oval, tennis courts and an lympic-size swimming pool with a touch pad, electronic timer and camera track.
- The San Sebastian Cathedral, along Rizal St., flanking the plaza, was originally a small chapel founded by Bishop Mariano Cuartero on April 27, 1876. The present structure, using Guimaras Island coral, was built upon the initiative of Recollect Fr. Mauricio Ferrero and completed on January 20, 1882 by Fr. Fernando Cuenca. It became a cathedral June 23, 1933. The cathedral was repaired and improved in 1936 by Bishop Casimiro M. Lladoc. Its bells were brought down from the belfry and mounted on the right side of the churchyard in 1976, the 100th year anniversary of the cathedral.
- Beside the cathedral is the Palacio Episcopal, the bishop’s palace and seat of the diocese of the province. Started in 1830 by Father Julian Gonzaga, it was completed only in the 1890s and was a refuge of Spanish military and civil officials during the revolution. Tel: 2-3909.
- The Diocesan Shrine of St. Thaddeus, in Brgy. Alijis, has a floating Risen Christ as the altar’s centerpiece and an intricately painted ceiling of heaven done ala Sistine Chapel by a local artist. The crown-shaped San Antonio Abad Church, in Lizares Subdivision, features Stations of the Cross done by Bacolod’s top artists and an altar sculpture called “The Risen Christ” done by national artist, Solomon Saprid.
- The Sta. Clara Chapel, within Sta. Clara Subd., on the northern suburbs near Banago Wharf, was built in 1983 with native materials. It features a unique nine by 12 foot mosaic-mural of the Blessed Virgin of the Village (Barangay sang Birhen) using 95,000 pieces of locally available polished shells done by 60 men using 100 man hours and supervised by Mrs. Leticia Ledesma. The Stations of the Cross, altarpieces and images of the saints were a collage etched out using 30,000 species of local shells.
- The Lizares Mansion, built by sugar money, is the tallest residential edifice in the city and has traceried windows. The Valencia-Locsin Mansion is characterized by interconnecting bridges that allow clan members to visit each other without stepping out into the street. It houses fine Chinese-carved furniture pieces.
- Yulo Ancestral Home
- The Negros Museum displays a 40-ft. long batil (long boat), a life-size replica of an Iron Dinosaur (steam locomotive) donated by the Victorias Milling Co., a real sugar laboratory using traditional equipment donated by the La Carlota Sugar Central, nine huge paintings by Bacolod artists depicting life in the pre- Hispanic period and those by Charlie Co, which explores the economic and social ascent of Chinese in Negros. Its JGM Gallery of International Folk Art and Toys features toys and folk arts from around the world. The museum also has a conference room, audio-visual room, a gallery for changing exhibits, souvenir gift shop and a concert lobby. Open Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10am-6pm. Guided tours at 10-11am and 3:30-5:30pm. Tel: 434-5552. Fax: 433-4764.
- Bacolod was founded in 1770 as Daan-banwa, a small village along the Magsungay River.
- In 1849, it was declared as the capital by Gov. Valdevieso y Morquecho.
- Bacaold was made into a chartered city on June 18, 1938 by virtue of Commonwealth Act No. 326, the fifth city chartered during the Commonwealth Period.
- The city's name was derived from the word buklod meaning “hill,” referring to a rise on which the town's first church stood.
This highly- urbanized city, known as “Sugar City,” is surrounded by plantations and has a sugar central (Bacolod-Murcia Milling Co.).
- Area (sq. kms.): 162.67
- Population (2010): 511,820
- No. of Barangays: 61 (41 urban)
- Income Class: First
- District: Lone
- Zip Code: 6100
- Area Code: 034
|Where to Dine|
- Aboy’s Restaurant - Goldenfield Commercial Complex (tel: 435-0760)
- Akasya Grill and Steakhouse - 17th St., Capitol Subdivision (tel: 434-8256)
- Apollo Restaurant - Hilado St. (tel: 435-4732-33 & 433-4850)
- Apollo Restaurant - Cuadra St. (tel: 435-4889)
- Apollo Restaurant - Gonzaga St. (tel: 435-4890).
- Bacolod Pavilion Restaurant - Reclamation Area (tel: 434-1823 & 8-2626)
- Bar 21 - Lacson St. (tel: 433-4096), Bob’s Big Boy Drive-In Restaurant (North Drive, tel: 434-2409)
- Brick Pit Grill - C.L. Montelibano St. (tel: 432-3520)
- Café Breizh de Boracay - Lacson St.
- Chinky’s – cor. Gonzaga and Gatuslao Sts. (tel: 434-2239)
- Chinky’s – Mandalagan (tel: 441-0027)
- Chinky’s – Libertad Town Center (tel: 434-1388)
- Chinky’s – cor. Libertad and Lopez-Jaena Sts. (tel: 434-5226)
- Chinky’s – Centroplex (tel: 433-8282)
- Chinky’s – Gaisano City (tel: 708-1110)
- Chinky’s – Cineplex, Araneta St. (tel: 708-0378)
- Chinky’s – Plaza Mart (tel: 708-0642).
- Chowking - Araneta Ave. (tel: 435-4622 & 432-2469)
- Chowking - Robinsons Place (tel: 441-0586)
- Chowking - Gaisano (tel: 434-0321)
- Cozy Nook Restaurant - Capitol Subd. (tel: 434-1545)
- Entertainment Depot - Lacson St.
- Frankie’s Pit Stop - 27th Lacson St. (tel: 433-0669)
- Greenwich - Gaisano City (tel: 434-1111)
- Greenwich - Luzuriaga St. (tel: 434-7386)
- Imperial Lounge - Mayfair Plaza, corner Lacson and 13th St.
- Inaka Restaurant and Sushi Bar - 21st St. (tel: 434-4045)
- Jo’s Chicken Inato - Reclamation Area (tel: 433-1046)
- Jo’s Chicken Inato - Burgos St. (tel: 433-7769).
- Jollibee - La Salle Ave. cor. B.S. Aquino Drive (tel: 433-3111, 434-4437, 435-0842 & 44, fax: 435-1309)
- Jollibee – G/F, State Theater, Gatuslao St. (tel: 433-0180 & 433-0184, fax: 435-21-52)
- Jollibee - Libertad Town Center, Mabini cor. Libertad St. (tel: 432-1111 & 432-2222)
- Jollibee – G/F, Gaisano City Bacolod, Araneta St., Singcang (tel: 708-0088)
- Jollibee - 4th St., Lacson
- Jollibee - Lopues East Center, Burgos St., Villamonte (tel: 432-9565)
- Jollibee – G/F, Dela Rama Bldg., Luzuriaga cor. Gatuslao Sts. (tel: 434-7381-82)
- Jollibee – G/F, Robinson's Place Bacolod, Mandalagan (tel: 441-0505)
- Jollibee - SM City
- Korean Grille Restaurant and Bar - 23rd Lacson St. (tel: 433-7896)
- McDonald’s – cor. 6th and Lacson St.s (tel: 434-6670)
- McDonald’s – USLS Food Court, La Salle (tel: 434-7406)
- McDonald’s – Centroplex Mall (tel: 434-2381)
- McDonald’s – Luzuriaga St. (tel: 433-4355)
- McDonald’s – cor. Burgos St. and Circumferential Road (tel: 432-3111)
- Mongol Bowl - Mayfair Plaza (tel: 433-8001)
- MO2 Bar and Restaurant - Goldenfield Commercial Complex (tel: 433-6062)
- Pizsa! Pizza Pasta Restaurant - Goldenfield Commercial Complex (tel: 435-1212 & 435-1414)
- Pizsa! Pizza Pasta Restaurant - Araneta St. (tel: 433-1327)
- Pizsa! Pizza Pasta Restaurant - Lacson St. (tel: 435-1616).
- Pizza Hut - Robinsons Place
- Pizza Hut - Gaisano City Supermall (tel: 432-2111)
- Pizza O Corner - Goldenfield Commercial Complex (tel: 433-2071)
- Quorum - Goldenfield Commercial Complex (tel: 433-8982)
- Reptiles - 22nd Lacson St.
- Satimboca Bar & Restaurant - Lacson St., Capitol Subd. (tel: 433-8310)
- Seafood Market Restaurant - Araneta St. (tel: 433-1000 & 433-3606)
- Shakey’s – G/F, Robinsons Place (tel: 441-0281-82).
- Steaks R Us - Goldenfield Commercial Complex (tel: 433-7225)
- Tasty Treats - Araneta St. (tel: 433-7680)
- Ting-Ting’s Native Foods - B.S. Aquino Drive (tel: 433-0594 & 709-0972)
- Tita’s Food - B.S. Aquino Drive (tel: 433-2398)
- Tops Millennium Plaza - 10th St. (tel: 435-0106 & 709-9509)
- Twenty One Bar and Restaurant - 21st St. (tel: 433-4096).
|Where to Stay|
See "Bacolod City (Negros Occidental) Resorts and Accommodations" at Tourist Support Directory
|Where to Shop|
- Gaisano City Supermall - Araneta St., Singcang
- Robinsons Place - Lacson St., Mandalagan
- MDS Ceramics - 26 Rosario St.
- Anaware Ceramics - 33 Camia St., Capitolville
- NLS Ceramics - Lacson St., Mandalagan
- The Suarez Orchid Collection, at cor. Lacson and 20th St., has several greenhouses of rare and exotic flowers.
- The Art Association of Bacolod Gallery showcases the paintings and other art works of famed Bacolod artists.
- Casa Grande Antiques, at 17th corner Lacson Sts., sells fine furniture, heirloom pieces, antique santos and curio items. Tel: 2-8162.
- Elizabeth's House of Antiques & Artwares, along Lacson St., features wooden santos, furniture and 12th century Chinese vases and bowls.
- The Philippine Arts & Antiques, at the Lopue Bldg. in Brgy. Mandalagan, features art objects, orientalia, excavated tradewares, santos and furniture.
- Recuerdos de Bacolod, at Robinson's Place along North Drive, features excavated items from Bohol and Panay like wooden santos, furniture and 7th and 9th century pottery pieces. There are also reproductions of the original antiques.
- The Torres Antique Collection, at the Torres Compound, Airport Subd., features Chinese and Indo-Chinese pottery, rare wooden and ivory santos, 12th century Chinese Ming dynasty wooden bowls and vases. Visit is by appointment.
- The Vega Antique Collection, at No. 4 19th St., features ivory and wooden saints, furniture and Chinese and Indo-Chinese pottery. Visit is by appointment.
- The Central Market, at the corner of Bonifacio and Gonzaga Sts., sells handicrafts, textiles, native delicacies and fresh fruit.
- The ANP Negros Showroom, along Lacson St., showcases Negros' export quality products like houseware, decorative objects, garments, gift items and food delicacies.
|How to Get There|
Ceres Bus Lines buses ply the 8-hr. Bacolod City-Cebu City route including the ferry and the 8-hr. Bacolod City-Dumaguete City route via San Carlos City.
- Ceres Transit - tel: 434-2386 & 446-0681-86
- Jeepstar Transport Services - cor. Lizares and Mabini Sts., Libertad (tel: 435-4396)
- NN Tours - tel: 2-9795
- Vallacar Transit - Sabok, Lopez Jaena St., South Terminal (tel: 434-2387)
There are two bus terminals in Bacolod City: the Southern Bus Terminal along Hernaez St. and the Northern Bus Terminal along Lopez-Jaena St.. Rainbow Express and Pearl Orient Lines ply the northern route with its central terminal in Bacolod City. Royal Express plies the southern route. Ceres Liner plies both the northern and southern route.
Destnations (Bacolod City to:)
- Manila: (Negros Navigation, WG&A Superferry)
- Iloilo City (Iloilo): (Bullet Express, PFFC-Sea Angels)
Banago Wharf is located about 7 kms. northwest of the city.
Shipping Line Offices:
- Aleson Shipping - tel: 434-8404-05
- Bullet Express - Bacolod Coastal Ventures Pier, Reclamation Area, tel: 432-0188
- Negros Navigation - Banago Wharf, tel: 441-0647, fax: 441-0044
- Negros Navigation - DOLL Bldg., 6th cor. Lacson St., tel: 434-4291-98
- Sea Angels Ferry Corp. - tel: 225-5209-10 & 422-7627-28
- Supercat Fast Ferry - tel: 434-2350-51
- Weesam Express - tel: 434-5413
- WG&A Superferry - Bredco Port 2, Reclamation Area, tel: 435-4965, 434-2093 & 433-0313, fax: 433-0494
Destinations (Bacolod City to;)
- Manila: 478 kms. (70 mins., Air Philippines, Cebu Pacific Air, Philippine Airlines)
- Cebu City: 120 kms. (30 mins., Cebu Pacific Air, Philippine Airlines)
The airport is located 3.5 kms. south of downtown, in Singcang. It has a 6,400-ft. long paved runway.
Airline Ticket Offices:
- Air Philippines - Bacolod Main Terminal Bldg., Singcang (tel: 433 -9211-12 & 708-4657, fax: 433-9210)
- Cebu Pacific Air - Sugarland Hotel, Araneta St. (tel: 435-2690-99 & 434-2020-23, fax: 434-2024)
- Philippine Airlines – Airport (tel: 433-3045 & 433-9661, fax: 434-7870)
- Philippine Airlines – (tel: 34-1595 to 96)
|Tourist Information Center|
- City Tourism Office - cor. San Juan and Gonzaga Sts., in front of Public Plaza (tel: 434-6751, 708-3066 & 433-6847)
- Mayor’s Office - City Hall (tel: 435-1111, fax: 435-3333)
- January 19-20 (San Sebastian)
- June 24 (St. John the Baptist) - held at Brgy. Punta Taytay, it features a fair and a fluvial parade.
- First week of May (Pilgrimage for Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage) - held at Airport Subd., it honors the patroness of travel with a religious procession featuring beautiful muses on well-decorated hammocks or “duyans” carried by well-muscled men and elderly devotees in native attire dancing all the way from the cathedral to the site of the shrine, all the while reciting their petitions to the Virgin. Other activities include a purok beautification contest and sports competitions. The pilgrimage is climaxed by a Holy Mass and procession.
- October 19 (Masskara Festival) - the city's Charter Day, it was begun in 1980 during the height of the province's economic depression. To overcome the negative image other people had of the place and at the same time to attract tourists, the Masskara (“many faces”) was conceived to dramatize the Negrenses' unconquerable soul and fortitude. It is features competitions (mask-making, brass band, eating and drinking), windsurfing regatta, sports competitions, cultural programs, carnivals, a monthlong fair held at the city's livelihood center showcasing the island's prodcts and handicrafts, a beauty contest (Masskara Queen) and climaxes in a 3-hr. mardi-gras street parade on the Saturday and Suunday nearest the 19th with groups of people wearing colorful costumes and friendly smiling papier-mache masks in a multitude of designs and shapes and dancing to Latin rhythms.
- Allied Bank - Araneta St. (tel: 2-9688 & 2-9688)
- Allied Bank -Libertad St. (tel: 2-4792 & 433-3548)
- Asian Bank - Luzuriaga St. (tel: 2-2492 & 433-0593)
- Bank of the Philippine Islands - Araneta St. (tel: 433-3504, 434-2495 & 708-1410, fax: 434-0585)
- Bank of the Philippine Islands - cor. of 17th and Lacson Sts., Mandalangan (tel: 434-7914, 709-7878 & 433-2115, fax: 433-3859)
- Bank of the Philippine Islands - Philam Life Bldg., Lacson St. (tel: 433-0125 & 708-0300, fax: 433-0129)
- Bank of the Philippine Islands - Libertad St. cor. Carlsberg Road (tel: 435-3977, fax: 708-0280)
- Bank of the Philippine Islands - Lopue's Bldg., Mandalagan (tel; 709-8090, fax: 441-0342).
- BPI Family Bank - 17th Lacson St. (tel: 2-2956)
- BPI Family Bank - Gatuslao St. (tel: 435-2940)
- Business and Consumer’s Bank - Araneta St. (tel: 2-5309, 2-0900, 2-8538 & 433-0553)
- Business and Consumer’s Bank - Gonzaga St. (tel: 2-4076 & 2-8431)
- Business and Consumer’s Bank - cor. of Araneta and San Sebastian Sts. (tel: 2-3881 & 435-1809).
- Chinabank - B.S. Aquino Drive (tel: 435-0063-64)
- Chinabank - cor. of Araneta and San Sebastian Sts. (tel: 2-1392 & 2-1734)
- Development Bank of the Philippines - DBP Bldg., Lacson St.-South Capitol Road (tel: 8-1041 & 433-3574, fax: 433-2303)
- East-West Bank - Lacson cor. Luzuriaga St. (tel: 433-8321 & 433-8322, fax: 433-8320)
- Land Bank - Land Bank Bldg., Gatuslao St.-Cottage Road (tel: 435-0141-44 , 435-1107 & 435-0163, fax: 2-9707)
- Metrobank - Araneta St. (tel: 2-9752-53)
- Metrobank - Gonzaga St. (tel: 2-4700, 2-5210 & 2-5783)
- Metrobank - Capitol Shopping Ext., Hilado St. (tel: 2-9112, 2-9135 & 2-9218)
- Monte de Piedad Savings Bank - Rizal St. (tel: 433-7885)
- Philippine Commercial and Industrial Bank (PCI Bank) - Araneta St. (tel: 2-4740 & 2-2550)
- Philippine Commercial and Industrial Bank (PCI Bank) - B.S. Aquino Drive (tel; 435-3211, 435-3217 & 2-5398)
- Philippine Commercial and Industrial Bank (PCI Bank) - Goldenfield Complex, Singcang (tel; 2-6543, 433-0509 & 435-1307)
- Philippine Commercial and Industrial Bank (PCI Bank) - Lacson St. (tel: 2-6543, 433-0509 & 435-1307)
- Philippine Commercial and Industrial Bank (PCI Bank) - Hilado St. (tel: 2-8007).
- Philippine National Bank - Lacson St. (with ATM, tel: 434-8007, fax: 433-9462)
- Philippine National Bank - cor. of Amelia and Margarita St., Libertad (tel: 433-0931, fax: 435-3280)
- Philippine National Bank - cor. of Luzuriaga and Araneta St. (with ATM, tel: 2-6350, fax: 433-2476).
- Philippine Savings Bank - YU Bldg., Bonifacio St. (tel: 435-0060 & 435-0069)
- Philippine Veterans Bank - Lacson St. (tel: 2-7229, 2-6931 & 8-2013)
- Prudential Bank - Araneta cor. Ballesteros St. (tel: 2-3280)
- Republic Planters Bank - San Juan St. (tel: 8-1104 & 2-2388)
- Security Bank - cor. B.S. Aquino Drive and Hilado St. (tel; 435-0854-55)
- Security Bank - North Drive (tel: 2-4692, 2-5489 & 2-3615).
- Solidbank - Gatuslao St. (tel: 2-2249 & 8-1812-43).
- United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB) - Northpoint Bldg., North Drive (tel: 435-4114 & 434-1370-72, fax: 434-1373)
- United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB) - P. Hernandez cor. Doña Juliana St. (tel: 433-9638, 433-0682, 435-0278-79 & 434-7862-63, fax: 434-7861)
- United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB) - San Juan cor. Luzuriaga St. (tel: 434-2461-63, 433-7990 & 433-1634, fax: 434-5437)
- United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB) - cor. Lacson and Galo Sts. (tel: 433-7521-26 & 433-0182, fax: 433-4085).
- Bacolod Police Headquarters - cor. of Lacson Ext. and Magsaysay Ave. (tel: 166, 433-3636, 433-5218 & 434-1472)
- Station 1 - Downtown Plaza (tel: 434-8776)
- Station 2 - 18th St. (tel: 434-8177)
- Station 3 - Mandalagan (tel: 441-8334)
- Station 4 - Villamonte (tel: 433-5041)
- Station 5 - Granada (tel: 707-7800)
- Station 6 - Taculing (tel: 708-8908)
- Station 7 - Mansilingan (tel: 446-2595)
- Station 8 - Tangub (tel: 444-1593)
- Station 9 - Sum-ag (tel: 703-5080 )
- Station 10 - Hacienta Guanzon (tel: 446-0117).
- Bacolod Adventist Medical Center - C. V. Ramos Ave., Taculing (tel: 433-4831)
- Bacolod Doctor’s Hospital – B.S. Aquino Drive, Capitol Shopping Center (tel: 8-2710, 8-2719, 433-2731-41 & 709-8041-45, fax: 433-1256)
- Bacolod Our Lady of Mercy Specialty Hospital - Erocero, Mandalagan (tel: 434-1031-34)
- Bacolod Sanitarium & Hospital - Brgy. Taculing ( tel: 2-6634-38 & 433-4831-36)
- Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital - cor. of Lacson and Burgos Sts. (tel; 113, 433-2697, 433-2937, 2-6305 & 435-1591)
- Dr. Pablo O. Torres Sr. Memorial Hospital - B.S. Aquino Drive, Capitol Shopping Center (tel: 433-7331-49 & 433-3021-29, fax: 434-5532)
- L.N. Agustin Memorial Hospital - Brgy. Eroreco (tel: 435-0811, 434-1031, 434-1033-35, 434-1045 & 708-9220)
- Negros Occidental Medical Village Hospital - Benigno Aquino Drive
- Our Lady of Mercy Specialty Hospital – Eroreco (tel: 432-2887)
- Riverside Hospital - B.S. Aquino Drive (tel: 433-7331)
- Bacolod Fire Department - San Juan (tel: 2-2898 & 8-3183)
- Bacolod Fire Department - Lopez-Jaena (tel: 8-2091)
- Amity Volunteer Fire Brigade & First Aid Medical Team - Hilado St. (tel: 164, 2-3333 & 433-3244-45)
- Chamber Volunteer Fire Brigade - Libertad St. (tel: 164, 2-1111 & 8-2311)
Negros Museum Interior
San Sebastian Cathedral