A December 2006 trip
to Bacolod by writeonthespot
Quote: Bacolod is a sweet and warm place for tourists - with the sweet-smelling food and the sweet smiles. But for me, Bacolod is home, especially on Christmas.
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14th Lacson Street
Bacolod City, Hegros Occidental, Philippines 6100
63 (34) 433-3731
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Robinson's Place Bacolod
Attraction | "Strolling at the Public Plaza"
The Bacolod City public plaza is the heart of the city. Its location was designed just like how towns and cities were arranged during Spanish time: a Cathedral, a market, and police precinct around the town square. A cemetery should be beside the church but this was already converted into a school, where my alma mater now stands. Almost every public utility vehicle, the jeepney, passes through the city plaza or the central market. When Christmas season arrives, the walkways around the plaza, especially the side facing the church, are filled with stalls selling bargain items.
People usually sit idly in one of the benches or stroll at the plaza, which also serves as a park. Others hold public debate here. A small gazebo stands at the center of the public plaza. Children would play in the gazebo when it is not used for any public function or occasion. Apart from bargain displays, the city square comes alive with Christmas lights hanging on large trees. Sometimes, beautiful Christmas trees which are up for competition are displayed in the plaza. On the eve of New Year, fireworks are lit up in the plaza by people living near the heart of the city. Smoke fills the square after so much noise and light displays. Funny though when the first of January comes, you can find only a few people in the plaza while the market and malls around it are closed. Probably many businessmen are still asleep or are out visiting relatives during this time.
Bacolod Public Plaza
Across from San Sebastian Cathedral
Bacolod City, Philippines
The majestic columns and steps of the Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol is a favorite postcard picture. At the foreground is the Provincial Lagoon, a man-made body of water, with a park and golden carabao/buffalo statues which add color to that beautiful scene. Add some slides and a children’s playground on the side, Christmas trees and floating Christmas lights at the lagoon. That’s the scene during Christmas season.
The Provincial Capitol becomes a fusion of Spanish architecture and modern lights and decors. The capitol building is a familiar structure that connects the city’s present to its past. Being the capital of Negros Occidental, Bacolod City enjoys this landmark in its boundary. The Provincial Capitol houses the office of the governor and other offices that run the affairs of Negros Occidental.
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Too bad when I went to the Negros Museum it was still closed for the holidays. Nevertheless, my sister and I dropped by at the Museum Café. It was a bit small yet cozy. Underneath the glass tables were diorama and other artsy stuff that depicts about Negros and the Philippines. A glass wall separates it from a section in the Museum. From the coffee shop you can view some art works made by students. There were paintings and colorful paper arts. So, while sipping coffee you can already let your eyes wander and appreciate the display at the other side of the room.
The food in the menu were not too pricey but they’re not too cheap either. There are mostly pasta, bread and some cakes for snacks. To get to the Museum Café, take a jeep with signage "Banago" from the Public Plaza. If you’re not too sure, as jeepney routes sometimes change from time to time, ask the driver if it’s passing by the museum or the provincial capitol building.
Negros Museum Cafe
When you’re looking for elegance plus a place to dig in some food souvenirs, Pendy’s is the place to be. Located along Lacson St., Pendy’s is very accessible. You can take a jeepney going to Mandalagan, Bata, or Talisay. Many residents come here to purchase the local food delicacies that they will bring to their destinations. Pendy’s has a quiet and serene atmosphere. It has a touch of sophistication that makes it stand out from other restaurants.
Most of Bacolod’s elite come here for coffee and for an afternoon chat. In fact, the time that we went there, women in their fifties and sixties were huddled in one table. Their food is a bit pricey but tastes great. They offer American food like burgers as well as pasta and several pastries. They also have Napoleones, a delicious tart with sugar frosting, and various kinds of chocolates. They also sell some souvenir items like key chains and shirts with Bacolod or Negros imprint.