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Bacolod is Home Sweet Home

An October 1994 trip to Bacolod by writeonthespot

Quote: Bacolod is one of the beautiful and peaceful cities in the heart of the Visayan region of the Philippines.

Bacolod is Home Sweet Home

Overview

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Bacolod City is known to Filipinos as the City of Smiles because of the sweet and gracious people who are from this place. The sugar bowl of the Philippines, Negros Occidental, the province wherein Bacolod is the capital, is the main source of sugar in the country. The people truly live up to its name, as many smiling Bacolodnons abound wherever they may be. Its annual festival, the Masskara, is something tourists look forward to every year when the city plaza is transformed into one big beer garden for almost a week. Colorful street parades and creative masks are anticipated by the people. Bacolod is also popular with its good food, which comes cheap, especially the local delicacy like its chicken ba...Read More
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It's one of the oldest hotels in Bacolod, but it remains the favorite hotel of tourists. Because it's near the airport and located along the highway, it is very convenient to stay in this hotel.The rooms are big enough, with a homey ambience. They have complete amenities in the room that will ensure one's comfort when staying here. My only disappointment in staying in Sugarland, aside from the deafening sound of planes early in the morning, is that it is a bit small, without space for a garden or a big pool. Even if its ballroom is one of the most in-demand function rooms in the entire Bacolod, it still doesn't have so much conference rooms for big occasions. Even their dining ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 16, 2006

Sugarland Hotel
Araneta Street, Singcang.
Bacolod, Philippines 6100
+63 (34) 435.2690

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Best Things Nearby:There's a mini-zoo and a mini-sports complex. There is also a large area for camping. Across is the factory of popular San Miguel Corporation, the makers of San Miguel Beer.Best Things About the Resort:It is private and it caters to every member of the family.Resort Experience:Sta. Fe is one of the oldest resorts in Bacolod but until today many families still flock here to enjoy a splash in its swimming pools. It is a getaway from the now urbanized downtown area. There are three pools in Sta. Fe, one of which is for kids. The newest one is an olympic-sized pool used for training and competition. There are also tennis courts, bowling lanes &a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 30, 2006

Sta. Fe Resort
Brgy. Granada
Bacolod City, Philippines 6100
(63) (34) 434-1456

Manokan Country

Restaurant

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When it comes to chicken barbecue, the Manokan Country is the ultimate destination. It's a street lined with food stalls and restaurants with the sweet smell of grilled chicken filling the place. At lunch time, people flock here for an appetizing meal of chicken barbecue and sea foods like oysters. The food is so great that some people use their fingers for eating. Most of all, the food are really very, very cheap that you would be surprised of paying so less for a food that is so good.At night, Manokan Country is converted into a beer place as men come here for a drink. With a bottle of beer in one hand, the other hand dips the grilled chicken on sweet and sour vinegar filled with chilli ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 16, 2006

Manokan Country
Reclamation Area
Bacolod, Philippines

Calea

Restaurant

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Calea's chocolate cake is the best in Bacolod, if not in all of the Philippines. Manilans would ask their friends from the city of smiles to bring them a box of Calea's cake to feast upon.

Calea seems to be elusive because the coffee shop is hidden behind a restaurant along Lacson Street. One may note that many of the cafe's patrons come mostly from the middle and higher classes, especially since it is located near a posh hotel. But Calea's mystique is what draws people to this haven for sweet lovers.

Apart from cakes, Calea also serves delicious pasta. Families and businessmen come here to enjoy the food and cozy ambiance or waste away time chatting over cups of coffee.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 30, 2006

Calea
Lacson Street
Bacolod, Philippines

Masskara Festival

Attraction

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Masskara Festival started when the sugar industry of Bacolod, then enjoying the title of "Philippines' Sugar Bowl," crashed. To encourage its citizens, the local government organized the festival, which is known for the colorful smiling masks donned during the celebration. Schools, establishments, and barangays would dance in the streets with varied beautiful masks. People would flock in Bacolod's main thoroughfares to watch the street dancers and attractive floats. Celebrated every October, Masskara is also the localized version of Oktoberfest. The city square would be filled with stalls selling barbecued chicken and lots and lots of beer. Bacolodnons would stay up till the wee hours of the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 30, 2006

Masskara Festival
City Plaza
Bacolod, Philippines

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