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Asia » Philippines » Negros » Bacolod April 20th 2014

For someone who has a full time job like me, it is always a privilege to be able to have a long vacation (1 week). So why not enjoy the chance and spend it in one of the happiest place in the Philippines known as the "City of Smiles" (also with sweetest dialect tone)...touchdown Bacolod City. Bacolod City is the capital of Negros Occidental located on the West part of Visayas. Travel time may vary depending on your mode of transportation if by plane (from Manila- 45 minutes to 1 hour) if by vessel (From Manila Port: 18-23 hours). Upon arrival I was welcomed by the gloomy weather. Kinda disappointing that the weather forecast for the coming days will be rainy and stormy But of course the weather will not served as a hindrance as I ... read more

Asia » Philippines » Negros » Bacolod April 1st 2014

After just two quick nights, it was time to bid farewell to wonderful Sugar Beach, and head back up northwards along the western coast of Negros Occidental. And it was another standing-room only jam-packed bus ride from Montilla to the provincial capital of Bacolod, which would also be my last new stop here in the Visayas. A medium-sized city that is a somewhat smaller version of Cebu, Bacolod doesn't offer many tourist attractions per se. But it is steeped in history, and it's difficult to understand the Visayas and the Negros island in particular without having a sense of the importance this coastal port city played during the island's sugar-producing hey-days. So I decided to pay a visit to tie up my entire journey here in Central Philippines. I spent just another quick two nights in ... read more
Dizon Ramos Museum
San Sebastian Cathedral
Farewell Sugar Beach

Asia » Philippines » Negros » Bacolod October 25th 2013

MassKara Festival 2013 Held every 3rd week of October, Bacolod City stands true to its slogan "City of Smiles". As many schools and barangays (local political units) within the city dance and sway to the beat with streetdancers wearing smiling masks and make an already festive occasion more carnival-ish. I brought my family here on this October weekend, with hopes that adult and teen tastes will converge in celebrating this most-awaited festival. A Mardi Gras of sorts, Philippine version. Resiliency characterizes the Filipino spirit and this character manifests itself in full splendor here. After all, Masskara was conceived at a time when Bacolodnons, or Bacoleños, or Bacolodians -- whatever and however the residents are called -- were struggling with near despair over the decline in world sugar prices, aggravated by the sinking of MV Don Juan ... read more
School Category Contenders
Green for Environment!

Asia » Philippines » Negros » Bacolod March 20th 2012

Wealthy sugar baron Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson built the mansion in 1900′s for Maria Braga, his portuguese wife. He made sure that the mansion was furnished with imported luxurious items. The Mansion’s structure resembles that of the italian architecture with neoclassical columns. The facades of the mansion is comparable to the ones in Carnegie Hall. The belvedere facing west enables one to view the beautiful sunset through the bay window.... read more

Asia » Philippines » Negros » Bacolod March 2nd 2012

Took me two months to write about my first backpacking trip to Bacolod in Negros- alone..With two months of planning and three months mustering courage to do it, everything went smoothly as a breeze... img= read more

Asia » Philippines » Negros » Bacolod February 22nd 2012

The Miag-ao Church was built in 1786 by Spanish Augustinian missionaries and was declared as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Baroque Churches of the Philippines" in 1993. On the front facade, which is flanked by two watchtower belfries, one can see the unique blending of Spanish and native influences.The central feature of the bas-relief facade is a large coconut tree which reaches almost to the apex. While an integral part of the Philippine landscape, the coconut tree is also the subject of lore. According to an old Philippine legend, the coconut tree was t... read more

Asia » Philippines » Negros » Bacolod February 21st 2012

Located in Rizal Street in Bacolod, just few steps away from SM City is a Dining experience for every chicken lovers and not so chicken eaters. If you want to try the authentic Inasal at its best taste and best price it is the place to be. Be ready for a gastronomical indulgence and battle with the finest of them all, inalsal, the grilled chickens of Bacolod. Ranging from 35-65 pesos per stick depending on the chicken size and parts youl enjoy dinner with sides of talaba and other choice of seafoods. Don’t forget to try chicken oil to your rice and for best tasting experience, use bare hands for eating. Don’t worry, there are lavatories for hand washings. For ... read more

Asia » Philippines » Negros » Bacolod April 26th 2011

"Charming, sweet and refined" is how I would describe the city of Bacolod in Negros Occidental, Philippines. Like a genteel lady, Bacolod unwittingly seduces its visitors with attractions that evoke charm, good taste and generosity. It's no surprise then that it has won the hearts of those who have visited it (including mine). Pride of Heritage Foremost among Bacolod's charms is its colorful history and heritage. "The City that Sugar Built" was home to many men and women of privilege - individuals who were generously rewarded by the production and supply of sugar across the Philippine Islands. Well-preserved ancestral homes reflect both opulence and propriety as well as the ostentatiousness and vanity of the sugar barons and their families. Thus, visitors to Bacolod get to see period style houses that will pique the interest not only ... read more
City of Smiles

Asia » Philippines » Negros » Bacolod June 14th 2008

Greetings from the Philippines! We are in an internet cafe in a mall. Malling is a huge Filipino pastime, it's pretty funny. img= Recently, Noah, Tito Tin, and I spent 3 days on this small island of Lacawon. It was really beautiful and isolated from most everything else. Half the time, we were the only guests to the islands. We walked around it quite a bit and talked to some native children of the island. At night we went crab catching on the beaches, digging crabs out of their holes and chasing them along the shore. During the day we found what we thought were clear jellyfish, and they were EVERYWHERE!! We soon found out that they were called "ice-ice", but later the native children told us they were "mata-mata" (in Alongo) or in English "eyes-eyes ... read more

Asia » Philippines » Negros » Bacolod June 10th 2008

Arrived in Philippines yesterday, I think I've seen only about 1 and a half other white people, including Noah. This entry is going to be short bc we are on Noah's Tita's internet. Yesterday, we spent our time in Manila for the most part with Noah's Tita Cee, Tito Joey, and cousin Johann. They are all a fun bunch. Johann is a hilarious little 11 yr old. The whole time they made sure we we're well fed. Noah and I even tried balut, which is a half-developed duck in the egg.. hair, beak, bones and all.. mmm! I've been feeling kind of sick lately, a lot to do with the red eye flights lately. Tita Cee gave me some vitamin C drink. She reminds me a lot of Noah's mom Liza (Hi Liza!), also Tita Cee's ... read more

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