September 18, 2012

Modern Bamboo Design - Metrobank Architecture Competition Entry 2012

Modern Architect - Winner of Metrobank Architecture Competition 2012

Metrobank Architecture Competition 2012 Winner - Modern Filipino Bamboo House

Beautiful Bamboo Design and Curvilinear Masses enclosed into a Bamboo Walls - see this Entree to Metrobank Architecture Art and Design Excellence Competition 2012. This is a beautiful entry with Green Building Design Elements like planting and landscape

Read the rest of the Metrobank Architecture 2012 Winner who's Entry was Lost.

August 1, 2011

Getting Around in Bacolod City

Getting Around in Bacolod City.

Orientation

Bacolod is one of the 13 cities in the province of Negros Occidental, it is the provincial capital of Negros Occidental and the center of commerce and finance in the province. To the east lies the town of Murcia while to the north lies Talisay city and to the south Bago City and to the west of Bacolod is where Guimaras Strait is located. Bacolod is then divided into Barangays or suburbs which can either be also considered as districts, the suburbs are then divided into subdivisions, actually Barangays are residential areas which consists of a community not less than 100 families.

Climate

There are two pronounced seasons in Bacolod; Wet and Dry seasons. Wet Season starts from May and continues until January, with heavy rainfall during August and September. The Dry Season starts on February and ends in April, with April being the warmest month of the year while December is the coolest. The province and the whole country experiences droughts during the dry seasons sometimes in extreme conditions.


Downtown Bacolod's traffic dominated by the king of the road; The Jeepney.
Downtown Bacolod's traffic
People
People from Western Visayas are generally called Illongos' even if they don't come from Iloilo, this is because almost all of them speak the same language however people from Capiz, Aklan at Antique have their own languages but still sound like Illongo or Hiligaynon to be exact and most of it is similar to Illongo. The people from Bacolod are called Bacoleños (pronounced as Bah-ko-len-yos), most of them are the descendants of the people of Panay who are of Malay or Southeast Asian descent, the province where Bacolod is located; Negros Occidental was used to be home to many Negros or Aborgines therefore it was called Negros but today the Malay descent population dominates the city while the Chinese descent population forms a minority of the city and the Indian population slightly rising from the early 60s till now is forming a significant pillar of the Bacolod's economy as most of them are businessmen.

By plane
Bacolod is located 45 minutes South of Manila by plane and 30 minutes west ofCebu. Commercial flights are available daily from Manila and Cebu. If flying to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila you will have to change planes for the 45 minute hop to Bacolod. You will land at the new Bacolod-Silay Airport which is of international standard.

Shuttle buses and vans are available for service from the airport to the Bacolod City for the price of ₱250. If you land from overseas at Mactan-Cebu International Airport you can use Cebu Pacific or PAL Express to Bacolod

Getting in and out
By bus: There is a shuttle service from SM City Bacolod to Bacolod-Silay Airport and costs 100 per person, contact the SM management for schedule and more information.
By taxi: Taxis have fixed prices provided by the local government. Below listed are the prices which are for getting out of the airport.

Establishments and notes
Mabuhay Lounge of Philippine Airlines is open to its members in the departure lounge and have some refreshments too. The Departures and Arrivals terminals aren't divided into two, either departing or arriving you can grab a donut, hot dog, coffee or snacks outside the airport. Three Cafes are located inside the departures lounge while two shops selling Pasalubong items and souvenirs are available, Merci Pasalubong is located in the departures lounge whileBong Bong's is just outside the airport terminal. Maps and brochures are provided by the Department of Tourism of the local government of Bacolod if you don't have one you can pick it up in the arrivals area which is located outside the baggage claim area. A gallery of photos of Negros Occidental is found in the departures lounge.

Bus terminals
There are two major terminals in Bacolod, both operated, owned and used by Ceres liner.
 -Ceres Southbound Terminal (Ceres South Terminal), Luzuriaga St, +63-34-4460681/ 4460686. Buses departing for and arriving from Dumaguete(via Mabinay) arrive and depart in this terminal 
 -Ceres Northbound Terminal (Ceres North Terminal), Lopez Jaena St (From China Bank you will already see the entrance of Lopez Jaena St., walk to the street and you will see the Terminal), +63-34-4334993. Buses departing for and arriving from Cebu(via Toledo or Tabuelan), San Carlos(via Don Salvador Benedicto), Bayawan(via Cauayan and Sipalay) and Kanlaon City(via La Carlota, La Castellana, Moises Padilla).

Get around
Transportation within the city and to adjacent towns is by taxi or jeepney (local equivalent of a bus). Bus liners as well as rental cars are also available for travel. The city's road layout ease the traffic in the city yet traffic jams have increased since the city's economic progress, traffic jams are common during rush hours especially during the evening from 5pm to 6pm where commuters are mostly students and employees going home, traffic jams tend to become slower and a lot worse during the approaching days of New Year, Christmas and during the major festival of Masskara. If you are in a hurry, the streets of Bacolod are not suitable for running as it is crowded, it is suggested that you instead walk in the area where jeepneys park but you must be caution. Vehicular accidents are common throughout the city, driving after drinking is not recommended as this is the main reason why vehicular accidents happen in the city, second the reason why vehicular accidents happen is because of the weak implementation of traffic rules and regulations as well as the disobedience of common drivers. Jaywalking is illegal in Bacolod and has recently been strictly implemented to control traffic; pedestrian lanes may be faint in the streets of Downtown Bacolod and may be difficult to spot, violators may be fined while those who violate traffic rules in Araneta Avenue in Downtown Bacolod will also be fined; lanes are separated for public utility jeepneys and private vehicles.

Ang Paghimud-os in Provincial Capitol Lagoon
Ang Paghimud-os in Provincial Capitol Lagoon


Historical sites
There are a number of historical attractions in Bacolod showing the history of the city and the Province of Negros Occidental.

Fountain of Justice, (Just in-front of Old City Hall). The Fountain of Justice is the site where Jose Luis de Luzzuriaga's residence used to stand, it was where the Spanish forces surrendered Bacolod to the Filipino forces. During the night it is illuminated by lights, it is the usual meeting place for protesters and rallies alike. Today the Fountain of Justice only often functions. Free as it is for public viewing. 


Iron Dinosaurs (Vintage Steam Locomotives), La Herencia Entrance and Bacolod Murcia Milling Co. compound.Locomotives were used in Bacolod as a mode of transport for the sugar canes, thus they were part of making Bacolod the sugar bowl of the Philippines. 


Mariano Ramos Ancestral home, Burgos St. 

Bacolod Public Plaza, Rizal St (A 5-10 minute walk from the City Hall and adjacent to San Sebastian Cathedral). The plaza is like the Bacolod version of Central park but the smaller version, fountains are scattered around the plaza and a gazebo stands in the middle and they are actually the main attractions, just like other parks, trees are scattered around it. The last but not the least, the Unknown Soldiers Monument also known as Theodore Vinther Monument is found here. It is the common place where events like the MassKara festival is held as well as other activities such asArnis(Filipino martial arts) and other martial arts practices usually happen, it is also a hub for joggers and people doing aerobics during the morning. 


Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol Building and Lagoon, Gatuslao St. corner Lacson St. This is the official seat of the provincial government and served as the headquarters of the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II and formerly was the Negros Museum. The building is of Romanesque architecture and also has a nice surrounding park and lagoon, which includes the Ang Paghimud-os statues done by Eduardo Castrillo, "Ang Paghimud-os" is a Hiligaynon word for "The Struggle". The building is considered the most impressive building in Bacolod. 
The Man and Carabao statue in the Provincial Lagoon


Lizares-Rodriguez Mansion, Lizares St. 


The Ruins, Talisay City. The remains of a Spanish-era sugar plantation that was burned by the owners before Japanese forces could seize it during WWII. All that is left of the mansion is its stone skeleton. It is a popular destination for wedding photo shoots. The grounds have beautiful flower beds. It might give you a feeling that you're somewhere in the countryside in countryside of Europe perhaps. 


New Government Center, (Take the route of Central Market - Homesite, do ask the driver if it drops passengers in the Center). The New Government Center has replaced the Bacolod City Hall, the Government Center is mistakenly called the New City Hall. The building boasts an architecture of western style resembling government buildings in the west, a huge fountain is in front of it. Recently jeepney routes to the center have been introduced, an alternative route from Central Market is use the Fortune Town and Homesite route where you can stop at Lopue's East and walk it to the center. Visitors are welcome inside yet sometimes your attention can be called by guards or employees if you disturb office hours or either go up to the offices even if you're not a government employee. Free to the public.



Religious Sites
Churches are a big part of life for a Filipino and all have historical, spiritual and religious meaning.


Bacolod Evangelical Church, the oldest Baptist Church Structure in Negros Occidental is located in Gonzaga St. near the Department of Education.
San Sebastian Cathedral
San Sebastian Cathedral, the Centennial Bells and the Palacio Episcopal, Rizal Street, . The Cathedral was first planned by Fr. Gonzaga whos started building it by collecting coral but died without completing it. It was then continued by the Government and the Priests and was completed in 1894. Now the coral-made Cathedral is covered by cement.  *


St. Jude Thaddeus Shrine, Barangay Alijis. This young church is dedicated to St. Jude Thaddeus; the patron Saint of the Hopeless, this church boasts art within and outside, though it does not reach everyone's expectations this was just newly built with high ceiling painted with murals as that of seen in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel. The shrine also is in honor of The Divine Mercy. 


Carmelite Monastery, Mandalagan, Lacson St (Just a walk from Robinson's Bacolod), +63-34-29083 (carmeljtbacolod@gmail.com). The Carmelite monastery is obviously home to the order of Carmelites, the monastery is open for people who want to see the church, you can drop your prayers and wishes in some boxes are around the church which will be hopefully granted by the prayers of the nuns. Do some exploring around the compound, meet the nuns and observe how they live. 


Sacred Heart Church and Seminary (Lupit Church), Lacson St. and Lizares St (Just near Neg. Occ. high school and Paglaum sports complex). Its magnificent architecture is obviously European inspired, its high ceilings and its tall antena like building might let you think you're inside a Gothic church but built with cement. Its interiors are much appreciated and from the outside might let you think it's a town church back in the United States in a remote town, even though it's a church it looks much like a cathedral, the church has mini chapels on the sides of the Cathedral which are in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary. 


Museums and Galleries
Negros Museum Building.
Museum Negrense De La Salle, University of St. La Salle, (63)34-4345998. Monday to Friday 8:30am - 12:00pm, 1:30pm -5:00pm. 


Negros Museum, Gatuslao St, (+63)34-4349505, . Located in the old agriculture building close to the capitol building. View artifacts related to the sugar industry that began as the the main industry of the province in the 1800s. It also houses an international doll collection. The building is close to a large park, locally referred to as the "lagoon" because of an artificial pool within the park. 


Dizon Ramos Museum, JRR Foundation 42 Burgos St (Near the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Hospital), +63-344348512, . Tu-Su 10.00-12.00 & 13.30 to 16.00. The first 1950 lifestyle museum in the Philippines, formerly the house of Raymundo L. Dizon Sr. and Hermelinda V. Ramos. The main lifestyle exhibit is on the second floor and on the ground floor are seven galleries. One shows how Bacolod looked in previous times; others are: The National Artist gallery, The Holy Land Collection, The Alunan - Puentebella Dolls Collection, Rudy Dizon horse figures, Bro. Roly's crystal collection and the Masskara collection of ABS-CBN that was turned over to the museum. Adult: ₱30.00, Students with Identification card: ₱10.00. 


Orange Gallery, Lacson St (just before Lopue's Mandalagan). Showcases the work of local artists. 


Christmas Village, San Juan St (Near Sylvia Manor hotel). Opened only during Christmas season. This is the work of a man collecting figurines and collections for 17 years, the details of the miniature model of a Christmas village are incredible, cliffs, lakes, mountains etc. are done carefully and hand painted by the man himself. The owner travels every year and collects figurines and displays it in the village. The miniature village might make you imagine how Santa's village in North pole might be. You're not suppose to take a picture however chances of luck might happen when he'll turn his back and you can flash a picture, if you're obedient but if you don't have a chance to do that, it's alright the owner sells souvenir pictures and postcards. Accepts donations of any kind and gives them for charity. 




Wildlife and Nature
Eco-Garden (Eroreco).

Negros Forests and Ecological Foundation Inc.(NFEFI), South Capitol Road (Next to Hall of Justice), +63-344339234 (info@negrosforests.org), .A movement of concerned citizens in conserving the forests of Negros Island as well as animals that are in threat of extinction raised to a foundation which we know now as Negros Forests and Ecological Foundation Inc. Visit the foundation and see their rare warty pigs, leopard cats, spotted dear, bleeding heart pigeon and many more animals which most are endangered. Help the foundation by adopting an animal or tree or either become an NFEFI volunteer. 


Buro-Buro and Bucal-bucal Springs. Located in the outskirts of Bacolod, Buro-Buro and Bucal-bucal springs which is popularly known as Bucal-Bucal which means boil however the water isn't hot but cool, they have an artificial swimming pool and a natural pool and some mini waterfalls nearby the artificial pool where you can get a natural massage from nature. Huts are available if you need them and the place is ideal for family barbecues, reunions, outings etc.


Mt. Kanla-on Natural Park. This natural park is a home to many endangered animals, such as Bleeding Heart Pigeon, Negros Fruit Dove and many more which makes it an ideal birdwatching spot. 


Bacolod Western Visayas Clonal Nursery, Barangay Alangilan, +63-34-7070425. The nursery features different kinds of plants that are important and part of the reforestation program of Negros Occidental. Contact the city hall for more information because it requires permission in visiting the nursery as most of the plants are of high importance. Free. 

Sports
Football is popular throughout Bacolod; thus it is Known as the "Football city of the Philippines". It has been notable for hosting the 23rd Southeast Asian Games Men's football. The Panaad Stadium is used for tournaments and such events. There are three golf clubs in the province of Negros, two located in Bacolod. For bowling, badminton, tennis enthusiasts and people who miss bowling and billiards, you don't have to worry as there are alot of commercial establishments which offer services to those activities. For those who want to try hardcore games, shooting ranges are around the city while for those who want to see and experience theSabong or Filipino cockerel derbies, there is a stadium where derbies are popularly held. Tai Chi is practiced in Yuan Thong temple. The Capitol Park and Lagoon is popular for joggers and people doing aerobics during the morning.

Resorts and Spa
Carribean Water Park, Goldenfield West Side, Goldenfield Commercial Complex, Singcang, +63-34-7096059 (info@caribbean-waterpark.com), http:/ / www.caribbean-waterpark.com/ . 08:00-22:00. The water park has the first water slide and biggest water slide in the whole of Negros Occidental, The water park's amenities are a pool with a depth of 4 feet as well as a kiddie pool with a depth of 2 and a half feet including a jacuzzi, the main pool has 2 slides; the first is 30ft high and the other is a 40ft, a pirate ship wreck replica is erected in the main pool where kids can explore. Function rooms, locker rooms, huts and air conditioned rooms are available for rent.Entrance fee, 4 years old and above: ₱50, Below 4 years old: ₱50, cabins and huts cost from ₱400-₱1,000. 


Grand Royal Spa, Villa Angela East Arcade(Take a ride from Central Market using Cent.Market-Fortune Town or Homesite route and go down at Lopue's East, adjacent to the building is Villa Angela Arcade), http:/ / www.grandroyalspa.com/ . Offers the Filipino alternative healing; Bentosa Cupping, they also offer facial spa, body scrub and massage. ₱150-₱500.

Sport Facilities:
Golf
Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club, Inc., Bata Subdivision, +63-3428257. This Golf club has 18-holes, with a panoramic view of the Mount Mapara and Patag. 


Bacolod Golf and Country Club, Hacienda Binitin, Murcia, +63-3429945(bacgolf@bacolod.worldtelphil.com, fax: +63-3425995). Guests must be sponsored/ accompanied by a member. 


Bowling
Super Bowling Lanes, Goldenfield Commercial Complex, +63-344350059. 
Lopue's East Bowling Lanes, Villamonte. 


Lawn Tennis
Center Court Tennis Courts, Magsaysay St, +63-34-4344705. 
Montevista Tennis Association, Barangay Montevista. 


Badminton
Pong Hang Badminton Center, Capitol Subdivision, +63-34-4333632. 


Billiards
MO2, Goldenfields Commercial Complex Araneta St, Singcang. 
Lopue's East Billiards, Burgos-Circumferential Rd (In Lopue's East Department Store), +63-34-4335288. 


Tai Chi
Yuang Thong Temple, Burgos St., 6th Rd. Tai Chi is done during Sundays from 7:00am to 8:30am. Is a Mahayana Buddhist temple, if you haven't seen Tai-chi before, this is your chance to see it. 

Resorts
Sta. Fe Resort, Barangay Granada, +63-34-4341456/ 4321073 (staferesort@gmail.com), . Built in the 1940s it is the first resort in Bacolod, not only it is the first resort in Bacolod but the only resort with a chapel, mini zoo with crocodiles, rare birds, monkeys and other animals, a complete gun facility and probably the best hangout for families, friend and reunions in the city, pools are also accessible in the resort while dorms and rooms are available for rent if you need them. Sta. Fe isn't only a resort but also caters to conventions. It's other facilities include tennis and volleyball courts and other sporting facilities. 
Palmas del Mar

Casinos
Casino Filipino, Golden Fields Commercial Complex, +63-344348901. Operated by PAGCOR, the most popular casino in Bacolod. 
Slot Machine Arcade, Lacson St. As the name says, it only offers 89 slot machines, if you get tired of playing slots go to Casino Filipino. 

Learn
Bacolod is the seat for many universities in Negros Occidental, ESL (English as Second Language) learning centers are open in the city making it in the toplist for cities for ESL programs along with Manila and Cebu and for the past few year an influx of foreign students who have chosen to study in Bacolod. According to statistics about 93% of the total population is literate.

Colleges
 -Bacolod City College. 
 -Colegio de San Agustin (San Agustin), B.S. Aquino Drive, +63-34-4342471/ 4342475(Info@csab.edu.ph, fax: +63-34-4339187), . Established on 1965, the college offers courses on nursing, technology, engineering, computer, and arts. 
La Consolacion College Bacolod and the San Sebastian Cathedral at its side.
 -La Consalacion College (LCC), Rizal St and Gatuslao St (Adjacent to San Sebastian Cathedral and next to Bacolod Public Plaza), . Established on 1919, the college provides Primary, Secondary and Tertiary education. The college specializes and is known for its Hospitality Management courses as well as courses in Architecture. Other courses offered include Liberal Arts and Education. The institution is widely known for its reputation for English as Second Language (ESL) Programs for non-English speakers especially Koreans, its Integrated School has Korean students while a separate program for adults for the ASL is available. 
 -Riverside College (Riverside), . 
 -STI College Bacolod (STI), 26 Lacson St (2nd Floor Era Mall), . STI College Bacolod and STI Education Center, is a leading IT and ITES education provider in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental. STI Bacolod is a member of the STI Education Network with branches all over the Philipines. 

Universities
 -University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R), Lizares St (Libertad), . This University was founded by Dr. Antonio A. Lizares and Dr. Francisco Kilayko in the 1940s and was named "Occidental Negros Institute". It was then acquired by the Agustinian Recollect Friars in the 1960s and renamed as University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos. Today the University provides Colleges of Nursing, IT, Business and Accountancy, Engineering and, Arts and Sciences. 
 -University of St. La Salle (USLS), C.L. Montelibano Rd (Behind Doctors Hospital), . Was established in 1952 by seven American Brothers, the institution was elevated to university status in 1988, with the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Accountancy, College of Engineering, College of Education, College of Nursing, College of Law, College of Medicine and the Graduate School. 
 -West Negros University (WNU), Bacolod City (Burgos-BBB Sts,), . 

Banks
Development Bank of the Philippines, Bacolod branch.
 -Allied Bank, They have branches in Araneta St., Libertad and Locsin St, Araneta +63-34-4350646, Libertad +63-34-4339645, Locsin +63-34-434049. 
 -Banco de Oro, They have branches in Gonzaga and Araneta St, Gonzaga +63-34-4344965, Araneta +63-34-4351809. 
 -Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Luzuriaga St, +63-34-4333207. 
 -Metro Bank, They have branches in Gonzaga St., Gatuslao St., and BS Aquino drive, Gonzaga +63-34-4350822, Gatuslao +63-34-4341284 and BS Aquino drive +63-34-4345809. 
 -Philippine National Bank (PNB), Lacson St., Amelia Ave., and Araneta St, Lacson +63-34-432-1603, Amelia Avenue +63-34-4320398, Araneta +63-34-4350316. 
 -United Coconut Planters Bank, Lacson St., Libertad, San Juan St., and BS Aquino drive, Lacson +63-34-4337521, Libertad +63-34-4350278, San Juan +63-34-4342461, BS Aquino +63-34-4341370. 


Shopping Centers and Malls
 -The University Courtyard, (Near University of St. La Salle). The courtyard is home to many clothing stores, a bookshop, a beauty saloon, internet cafes and restaurants. It usually is where most students' hangout after school. 
 -Terra Dolce. This is an arcade like mall where many clothing shops are. 
888 Chinatown Square Mall is famous for being a budget mall in Bacolod City.
 -888 Chinatown Mall, Gatuslao St. A newly opened Mall in Bacolod, most of the products sold inside the mall are Made in China therefore called as Chinatown Mall, opened on August 8, 2008. Its interiors are some like Chinese and might make you feel you're in Chinatown but in a mall version. Cheap buys from pirated DVDs to imitations of famous brands to bargain shops and to Ready-To-Wear shops are found here. The mall has free rides from the downtown area to the mall. 
 -ANP Showroom, 9th corner, Lacson Street, Bacolod City. A store that sells handicrafts made by proud Negrenses, it is the best source for souvenirs from MassKara masks, key chains etc. Aside from the Lacson street branch, they also sell their products in Merci's Pasalubong in Bacolod-Silay International Airport in the departures area. Most of the items are priced above average, expect to pay at a high rate however the price you pay is worth it as the store sells souvenirs better than the ones you buy outside.. 
 -Pottery Village, Brgy. Pahanocoy,
 -Recuerdos de Bacolod arts and antiques. One stop shop showcasing antiques such as statues of Santos; Saints, and woodwork. 
 -The Central Market is a best option for affordable souvenirs such as Native handmade products, Sweet delicacies and Uga. This is the best place to bargain.
Big 3 malls, the Big 3 malls consists of the most popular malls in the city as well as the largest malls. The big 3 malls are a one stop shop area where you can buy popular brands and popular fastfood chains and they are owned by the largest mall companies in the country.
 -Gaisano City, Araneta Ave (Infront of Grand Regal Hotel). Next to Robinson's Bacolod this mall was built and then faced competition with Robinson's, the mall has a cinema, famous fast food chains, bookstores and is popular for their monthly sales. 
 -SM City Bacolod, Luzuriaga St. and Fr. M. Ferrero St. The mall is divided into two buildings; Northwing and Southwing. Fastfood chains such as McDonald's, Jollibee and Pizza chains such as Pizza Hut are located here, from all the malls and shopping centers in Bacolod, this may be the best as its air conditioning is good as well as its interiors and architecture are modern. A department store and a supermarket store is also available, ACE hardware is also open. Facilities include a department store, supermarket, cinemas, food court, appliance center and has over 119 stores functioning. 
 -Robinson's Bacolod
Robinson's Place Bacolod
 -Bong Bong's Pasalubong, UTC Mall, Araneta St, Purok Lechonan, +63-34-435-1672, . This maybe more popular than Merci Pasalubong however they offer less options, their specialty is their piaya and barquillos. They have a lot of branches in Bacolod however their stores are located in Araneta street and Gaisano City. 
 -Merci Pasalubong, SM City/ Gaisano Bacolod/ Araneta Street/ Lopez Jaena/ Lacson Street, Lacson Street:+63-34-7091788, Araneta Street:+63-34-7071400, Lopez Jaena:+63-34-4334753, . Merci's specialty is piaya and biscocho. They have a number of branches around Bacolod. ₱10-₱100. 

Dining
Much of the Bacoleño cuisine is shared with the Western Visayan province of Panay. In the modern times, Bacolod has a number of growing Oriental and Western restaurants but still the people maintain their native cuisine. Sud-an is Illongo for Mains while Kan-on is Rice, it also means Will Eat.

Restaurants and cafes
Just like most major developed/ developing cities of the Philippines, Bacolod too caters too international cuisine either oriental or western. Most of the restaurants and cafes in Bacolod are located along Lacson St. while most of the inter-continental and fusion cuisine is found in Piazza Sorrento which is also in Lacson St. Mexican, Thai, Italian and European cuisine is catered to people here but people craving for Korean, Japanese and Chinese cuisine don't have to freakout if they're hungry as many restaurants cater East Asian cuisine. Open air restaurants in Bacolod usually serve native Filipino cuisine at a low and affordable price, fastfood chains are usually found dominating the malls like Robinson's, Gaisano Bacolod City and SM City Bacolod. A newly opened branch of Starbucks is found along Lacson St., the first branch in whole of Negros Occidental. Bacolod is an urbanized city meaning there wouldn't be hard time finding classy and high class quality type of food.

Budget
 -Jo's Chicken Inato, Reclamation Area, Gustilo St. A great choice for fantastic chicken inasal served in a very "native" style. The food is served on a large banana leaf and typically silverware is not provided unless requested. This is truly a great place to eat for someone who doesn't want to eat something too exotic, but wants to try a native dish. 
 -Marby Plaza, Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod. A great choice for people who wants to save money. 
 -Ting-Ting's Native Restaurant, Shopping. Get to Ting-Ting's native restaurant if you want your taste buds and tummy to be satisfied with Bacoleño cuisine without hassle, food is cooked same as it is cooked at home difference is you won't be cooking. The place is open air and fresh air fills the open air area which is suitable for brunches and lunches. It is affordable and cheap too. 
 -Manokan Country, Fr. M. Ferrero St. A row of stalls and restaurants are found here, this is the best place to eat at a affordable price, the Chicken Inasal festival was held here on last 2009. Eat with your hands and take a bite of the famous Chicken inasal which is served with garlic rice. This is the home of the Chicken Inasal and the humble beginnings of major food chains of Chicken Inasal today. PHP50-200. 

 -Pala-Pala Market, 18th Aguinaldo St, (+63)34-4339153. Pala-pala is a place where you can buy fresh seafood in the wet market then go to a restaurant nearby and have it cooked at an eatery nearby and offers affordable prices. From oysters to crabs to blue marlins are all guaranteed fresh and a blue marlin might cost less than P200. Note there are two pala-pala markets in Bacolod. 
 -Erika's Cup, East Block, Villa Angela. It would hard to find fried ice cream in Bacolod and it is not so common in the country fortunately Erika's cup serves fried ice cream, along with fried ice cream on their menu is also ice cream of course. People complain it's expensive because of the small proportions they serve however it's worthwhile trying fried ice cream for once in a lifetime. 
 -Royal Caribbean Jamaican Patties, La Salle Ave. As the name suggests, the restaurant serves Jamaican cuisine and their specialties Burger Steak, Classic Pattie and Cheese burst. It might be the only restaurant in the city to serve Jamaican and Caribbean food perhaps. Well they serve Jamaican cuisine however it doesn't mean international cuisine should be expensive, priced from ₱50-₱100. 
 -Imbiss, Burgos St. It serves international cuisine, the must try is their sausages, their specialties include Hungarian Sausage, Pizza Al Tonno, Veal Bratwurst, Garlic Sausage, Pizza Magarita, and Pizza Filipinas.₱100-₱200. 

Mid-range
Restaurant below cater some dishes not exceeding ₱300.
 -Apollo Restaurant, Hilado St. The oldest Chinese Restaurant 
 -Bascon Cafe, C.L. Montelibano St (Just near Univ. of St. La Salle). Cafe that serves pastries and cakes, hop in if you have a sweet tooth. 
 -The Blue Mexican, Piazza Sorrento, Lacson St, +63-34-3437474. Serves Mexican cuisine. 
 -Inaka, 21st Lacson St (Opp. Cafe Bob's 21 and next to 21 Restaurant), (+63)34-4344045. Japanese Buffet, the food is good, has a wide variety of choice and priced favorably. 
 -Krua Thai Restuarant, Piazza Sorrento, Lacson St. Krua Thai restaurant serves authentic Thai cuisine, located in Piazza Sorrento, their interiors are of Thai inspired to make you feel as if you've stopped in Thailand just for a minute. The place isn't crowded much, suitable for romantic dinners. 
 -L'Kaisei Express, SM City Bacolod. L'Kaisei opened a smaller branch in SM City Bacolod which is much more accessible and affordable. They serve typical Japanese cuisine and they also serve Bento Boxes which is like a package of rice and viand which costs 90 pesos to 150 pesos. Sushi, Californian Maki etc. are also available. 30-200 Pesos. 
 -Kuppa, Hilado St (Across St. John's Institute High School). When it comes to coffee and tea talk, Kuppa tops the best, they serve Spanish chocolate and milk that actually is delicious. Their gelato too is worth trying, along with the tea, coffee and gelato, wouldn't it be better if you dined in too? they don't only offer tea and coffee on their menu but you can also dine in too and have a taste of their dishes. 
 -Mu Shu, 20th Lacson St, (+63)34-4350972, . Bar and Restaurant which serves a fusion of Asian cuisine. Try their Pritchon or Pritong Lechon (prito means "fried" and "lechon" means roast - usually the whole pig) and a good sampling of Southeast Asian dishes like Pad Thai, Hainanese Chicken, Nasi Goreng and drinks to match. 
 -Roli's Bakeshop, Roli's Arcade, La Salle Ave. Roli's bakeshop is popularly known for its for their Napoleones or Mille Fuielle or either Napoleons, a creme puffed pastry originated from France and brought to the city. 
 -Quan, Araneta St, (+63)34-4323702. A good place for native delicacies, Try their Cuchinta and Puto.  
 -Sweet Greens, Lacson St. Serves Organic food as well as sell organic food too. 
 -Bob's, Benigno S. Aquino Drive (Right in front of Riverside Medical Center), 434-2409. One of the oldest restaurants in Bacolod, the restaurant serves typical Filipino authentic cuisine with a classy ambiance and wonderful interiors. less than $10. 

Splurge
Restaurant below have some dishes not exceeding ₱500-₱600 or more.
 -Italia Restaurant, 23rd San Agustin St, 034-4323704 (italia_restaurant@yahoo.com). 10AM-9PM. Serves pizza straight from the brick oven, a wide range of pasta dishes and Angus steaks. Also offers a good variety of fine wines. 
 -21 Restaurant, 21st Lacson St. Serves great seafood which is directly taken from a specially built aquarium. It serves Authentic Filipino cuisine. 
 -Cafe Uma, Lacson St. Their price list might be too expensive for you that it will make your pockets have holes, well actually no, the cafe charges at an expensive rate however it's worth the price because serve is served in large portions and are temptingly delicious. The cafe usually serves international cuisine, from quesidillas to pasta they have it all to satisfy your cravings. 
 -Carlo's Ristorante Italiano, (at the Goldenfield's complex). Italian Restaurant, other than the usual pasta scene in the menus of Italian restaurants, they also serve steak and known to be the best in town. 
 -L'Kaisei, 10th Lacson St. A good Japanese restaurant with reasonable prices and a relaxed atmosphere. 
 -Vienna Kaffeehauz and Vienna Coffee bar, (Mayfair Plaza, 12th Lacson St. /  Gaisano City, Araneta St). Kaffehauz: 08:00-00:00, Coffee bar: 10:00-21:00.Serves authentic Viennese and Austrian cuisine as well as their own coffee. It serves their own brand of coffee with 11 kinds from Espresso to Vienna's eiscoffee. It currently has two shops in Bacolod; Vienna Kaffeehauz in Mayfair Plaza and Vienna Coffee bar in Gaisano City. 

Bars, Pubs and Nightclubs
Goldenfield commercial Complex has been home to many bars, pubs, nightclubs as well as casinos for the past few years and is considered where the best nightlife comes to life in Bacolod city.
 -Bar 21, 21 Lacson St. A bar that not only has a partying and club scene but also fine dining. 
 -Breizh Cafe, Lacson St.. It doesn't have much nightlife in it however it's the best place where you can sit down and drink. If you want some private party, a karaoke television (KTV) rooms are available. 
 -Draft Bar, 21 Lacson St (Behind Bar 21). A bar where a non-stop drinking till you drop scene is seen. 
 -Gypsy Tea Room, Lacson St (Corner of Piazza Sorento). Beers, cocktails and appetizers are served here and surprisingly "Shisha" is available here, henna tattoo, permanent tattooing and palm reading are also available which might you think you're somewhere in a street in the Mid-East. 
 -Offshore Bar, Araneta St (Metrodome). Bands play live acoustic here and they serve Absinthe also, a popular destination for those who wanna listen to acoustic music while sitting back and drinking. ha 
 -MO2 Restobar, Goldenfield Commercial Complex. One of the most popular party venues for nightlife, located in the bustling commercial complex of Goldenfield. It's usually a crowded bar. 
 -Mu Shu, Lacson St. In the day an Asian restaurant, in the night a nightclub, chairs and tables are moved aside to create a dance floor, the DJ makes the room alive and parties don't end even when in sunrise. 
 -Piazza Sorento, Lacson St. It's not that lively in the night though, it's more lively in the day. A huge building with inter cafes, jewelers, restaurants, boutiques, cafes and bars. 
 -Saltimboca Bar, Lacson St.. Not your usual destination if you wanna party or get good drinks however some mini concerts for charity is held here for kids who are cancer patients. If you prefer to just sit down, drink, relax and listen to music this is your typical destination. 
  

Hotels & Accomodations
The following are 2 to 3 star type hotels by Western standards ($25-75):


Budget
 -GK ERH Village, Experience Life with the Poor!, (darrylwilsonjr@gmail.com). ₱250-₱750. 
 -Bascon Hotel, Gonzaga St. and Lacson St. ₱500-₱1,100. 
 -Circle Inn Hotel and Suites, Lopez Jaena – Malaspina Streets, Capitol Shopping Center, +63 34 709 9111, . Offers 85 spacious accommodation rooms, all of which have Internet access, cable television, and refrigerator and mini-bar. Some of its amenities include coffee shop with a 24-hour bar and snack service, plunge pool jacuzzi, massage service. 
 -Check Inn Hotel, Luzuriaga St, +63-34-4323755, . Bascon hotel has 91 fully air conditioned, showers, cable tv, laundry, gym, restaurants, a rooftop garden as well as free WiFi connection. This might be the best option for those who want to save money as it has almost all the facilities of what a mid-range and splurge hotel might have. ₱850-₱1,750. 
 -M02 Days Inn, Goldenfields Commercial Complex. ₱888-₱1,300. 
 -Sea Breeze Hotel, San Juan St, +63-344337370 (seabreeze_ph@yahoo.com, fax: +63-344337994). ₱945-₱1,750. 
 -Tamera Plaza Inn, 79 Lacson St, +63-34-4321708 (tameraplazainn@gmail.com, fax: +63-34-7090886). Located in Lacson street it has a WiFi connection, restaurant, laundry service, shower, cable TV, a bar and coffee shop. The hotel also serves free breakfast. ₱850-₱1,700.

Midrange
 -East View Hotel, Carlos Hilado Circumferential Road corner Esperanza Diola St, +63-34-4330596, . Bacolod City's modern hotel that has 66 rooms, conferences and banquet rooms, and an independent restaurant Bluegrass Café Bar and Grill that serves international cuisine. 
 -Northwest Inn, Rizal St. and Mabino St, +63-34-344077 (northwestinn_ph@yahoo.com). ₱1,140-₱2,740. 
 -O Hotel (Bacolod Executive Inn Hotel), San Sebastian St and Locsin St, +63-34-4337401/ 4337404 (fax: +63-34-433-7442), . 55 Air conditioned rooms with cold and hot showers, a deposit safety box, telephone and refrigerator, laundry service, cable TV, coffee shop and bar, aside from their own facilities, a Banco De Oro ATM is available. ₱1,200-₱4,000. 
 -The Sylvia Manor, San Juan St, . The Sylvia Manor is a 52 room boutique hotel located in Bacolod's throbbing business district with the SM Shopping Mall and Bacolod City Hall just around the corner. They have excellent Wi-Fi coverage within the premises.
Splurge
 -Casino Filipino Hotel Bacolod (Casino Filipino Hotel), Singcang, +63-34-4348901 up to 10(chf@info.com.ph, fax: +63-34-4344433), . Rooms are airconditioned, with cable television, private bath, and refrigerator Average rate is $73. 
 -East View Hotel, Carlos Hilado Circumferential Road Corner Esperanza Diola St. ₱1,400-₱4,500. 
 -L'Fisher Hotel, 14th Lacson St, +63-34-4333731/ 4333739 (lfisher@globelines.com.ph), . checkin: 14.00; checkout: 12.00. Perhaps the most known hotel in Bacolod, this hotel has been popular for many years and probably considered a first class hotel and most of the locals might suggest it for accommodation while staying in Bacolod however it's more expensive compared to other hotel but the price is worth it. Rooms vary, executive suites have king sized beds, walk in closets, dining areas, receiving area etc., while cheaper rooms have ordinary facilities such as a cable TV, refrigerator, a dresser etc. $60 - $400. 
 -Luxur Place, Magsaysay Ave, +63-34-4344551, . ₱1,500-₱3,000. 
 -Planta Centro Bacolod, Araneta St corner Roxas St, +63-34-4680400 (reservations@bacolodplantahotel.com, fax: +63-34-4680408), . A newly built first class hotel, the hotel has a swimming pool and a gym, rooms have an electronic safe, cable TV, minibar, WiFi connection and hair dryer. ₱1,650-₱7,200. 

Hospitals
Riverside Medical Center is somewhat the city's most modern and advanced of all hospitals and might also pass western standards and the price of health here is reasonable and affordable. Public hospitals are crowded while the Sanitarium hospital run by the Seventh Day Adventists is clean and neat, they also sell vegetarian and vegan food.
 -Bacolod Sanitarium and Hospital, Taculing, +63-34-4334831/ 4334836.
 -Dr. Pablo O. Torre Sr. Memorial Hospital (Riverside Medical Center), B.S. Aquino Drive (Infront of Bob's cafe), +63-34-4337331/ 7050000(info@rivermedcenter.net). Considered to be the only first class hospital in the city.
 -Philippine National Red Cross, +63-34-4348541 (fax: +63-34-4341344)

Emergency
 -Police, Magsaysay Ave., Barangay Taculing, 166/ +63-34-4341412.
 -Fire, San Juan St., Barangay 8(located in the CBD), 164/ +63-34-4345022.


Within the province

Bacolod is the provincial capital of Negros Occidental, just like every capital in the world it is crowded, polluted and everywhere you turn around you see development. Refresh yourself by getting out Bacolod, the nearby municipalities and cities are much quieter and away from the noises and pollution, abundance of beaches and springs are what the province can be proud of. Traffic isn't part of the Negrense's vocabulary, the province has one of the best road plannings in the country meaning getting to other cities wouldn't take your whole life. Buses are the best mode for getting around the province while jeeps are affordable but are not suggested for foreigners, the best thing is to do is to rent a car or a van if you're travelling as a group or family.

 -Bago City — The main attractions they have to offer are the Kipton twin falls as well as mountain resorts, an ideal destination for trekkers.
 -Cadiz city — Popular for its white sand beach;Lakawon beach, an island off the coast of Cadiz.
 -Escalante City — Discover the diversity of ecosystems which is one of the richest in the island of Negros and one of the last surviving ecosystems in the island, see the mangroves and the sea grass along the shores as well as remnants of corals
 -La Carlota — Trek and hike in Guintubdan.
 -Mt. Kanlaon Natural Park is a natural reserve in Canlaon City, the highest point in the Visayas and a favourite spot for Spiritualists and Mountaineers and Catholics during the Holy Week. The reserve is surrounded by flora and fauna, animals found here are deers, boars etc.
 -Murcia
 See Mamabucal Resort, The resort is on a higher elevation that the city hence having a cooler average temperature. It's main attraction are its natural hot springs.
 -Punta Bulata White Beach Resort & Spa - Secluded resort with long stretch of white sand beach, abounding marine life, it is often unknown to many.
 -Salas Park located a few minutes from Mambucal Resort. Best to see during the night, where it overlooks the City of Smiles. The trip to the park is what locals call, little Baguio with all the zig-zag and steep roads. You would also be surrounded with old pines, mahogany and the cool air. Best for hikers too. A local guide is available to bring you to various springs and falls. Come to discover.
 -Silay — Known as the Paris of Negros because of its European styled hundred old houses which are well preserved and made as historical monuments.

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    The City of Bacolod (Filipino: Lungsod ng Bacólod), is a highly urbanized midsize Philippine city.[10] It is the capital of the province of Negros Occidental. Having a total of 499,497 inhabitants as of August 1, 2007, it is the most populous city in the Western Visayas Region.[6] It is currently ranked as the 17th most populous city in the Philippines.[11] It is part of a metropolitan area called Metro Bacolod, which includes the cities of Silay and Talisay.[12] It is notable for its world famous MassKara Festival held during the 3rd week of October. Known for being a relatively friendly city, it bears the nicknames "City of Smiles" and "Football City of the Philippines". Bacolod City recently ranked no. 1 in a survey by MoneySense Magazine as the "Best Place to Live in the Philippines".[13] Bacolod ranks 3rd among the top ten "Next Wave Cities" of the Philippines for the best location for business process outsourcing and offshoring according to the 2010 report of the Commission on Information and Communications Technology.[14][15]

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