Discover the iconic city of smiles

iconic city of smiles – Bacolod is widely known as the “city of smiles” and the heart and capital of the province of Negros Occidental in the Philippines. It is a home to the well-known MassKara festival that takes place every third week of October. Walk around the beautiful city and you will feel how friendly as well as gleeful people can be.


iconic city of smiles

[covertplayersinglevideo trvideoid=”zSwmHXupWmI” trdisplaytype=”5″ trnumbervideosdisplay=”” trvideoperpage=”155″ trthumbnailwidth=”80″ trthumbnailheight=”100″ trpopupwidth=”500″ trpopupheight=”350″ trvideoalign=”left” trytautohide=”0″ trytautoplay=”1″ trytcontrols=”0″ trytrelvideo=”0″ trytshowlogo=”1″ trytshowtitle=”0″ tryttheme=”dark” trythighquality=”hd720″]However, MassKara Festival carries a rather exciting history. MassKara was created when the city was damaged by disasters. Based on history, since Negros Occidental relied greatly on sugar cane industry, the significant price fall of sugar through 1980s pressured numerous sugar cane farms to suffer. On April 22 of the very same year was an occasion when an inter-island vessel, MV Don Juan, carrying countless individuals, collided along with a tanker and wrecked in the midst of the sea as well as cost 700 lives of Bacolodnons.

[covertplayersinglevideo trvideoid=”44lm2zZQc7I” trdisplaytype=”5″ trnumbervideosdisplay=”” trvideoperpage=”36″ trthumbnailwidth=”155″ trthumbnailheight=”100″ trpopupwidth=”500″ trpopupheight=”350″ trvideoalign=”left” trytautohide=”0″ trytautoplay=”1″ trytcontrols=”0″ trytrelvideo=”0″ trytshowlogo=”1″ trytshowtitle=”0″ tryttheme=”dark” trythighquality=”hd720″]To get rid of the city's persistent gloomy atmosphere because of economic crisis as well as lost of lives, lots of concerned citizens like the artists, other social groups along with the government planned a festival that is now known as “MassKara festival”. The reason is to lift the spirit of people by means of fun festivity using smiling masks and express the concept that regardless of how difficult every day life is or whatever happens, Bacolodnons will survive.

Places you should visit

Manokan Country

Manokan Country is actually a stretch of commercial establishments almost all selling the similar food like chicken inasal. Some are selling barbeque, also, however, this place is renowned for traditional chicken inasal, the popular delicacy when in Bacolod.

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Miren Desserts Cafe

Miren is situated in the art district close to Lopue’s Mandalagan. The interior place is bright and nicely lighted. The walls are embellished with Purple as well as Pink paintings that enhances the cafe's comfy atmosphere.

Calea Pastries and Coffee Shop

The place is ideal for cake lovers!This cozy café have wide choices of cakes, pastries as well as cookies. You can find “pasalubong” items here too.

Bong Bong’s Pasalubong

Try their own steaming hot “piyaya” delicacy. You will surely love it! Grab the Ube as well as muscovado stuffed piyaya. Biscocho is great, too!

The Ruins

Just 1 hour or less of journey from Bacolod going to Talisay is the grand “castle” in the midst of a sugar cane plantation situated in Talisay. The Ruins, the 92 year old mansion, is considered among the Philippine’s finest architecture. It is ranked on number 12 across the world as the most fascinating ruins. And lately, the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers as well declared the Ruins as being the Philippines Best Landmark.

When traveling to Bacolod City, do not forget to drop by at these places to enjoy your vacation.

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