Bacolod: the City of Smiles. One need not go far and wide to validate this claim, and there’s more to Negros Occidental’s capital than the Masskara Festival.
Being in a Masskara Festival season it’s expected that hotel rates are at their peak, but accommodations in Bacolod are still very reasonable and chances are there’s one for every budget. As tourists looking for the most accessible and comfortable stay with reasonable rates, we opted for MO2 Westown Hotel along Luzuriaga St. near SM City Bacolod, just a few meters away from Araneta Ave. where the Masskara Festival parade passes. At ₱2,800 per night with complimentary breakfast and Wi-Fi access, I can’t complain:
Like any other old city in the Philippines, Bacolod does have a church in its center. Bacolod Cathedral is relatively young compared to other Cathedrals in other capital cities but it is just as impressive. One of the unique features of this Cathedral is its preference with gold.
Provincial Capitol of Negros Occidental
The Provincial Capitol of Negros Occidental is one of the best looking government buildings I’ve seen in the Philippines. The level of details is just impeccable. In front of it is a park which for me is reminiscent of Manila’s Rizal Park. Like Manila’s, the park is also where the Kilometer Zero of the province is located.
There are many more interesting places around the city but I can only present in photos these two: SM City Bacolod which you can’t miss when you’re downtown, and the traditional-looking Negros Occidental Museum near the Capitol (which is closed every Monday so we weren’t able to enter).
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