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The Ruins in Bacolod

Audrey Hepburn once said that the most important thing in this world is to enjoy your life, be happy and it’s all that matters, and this is what Bacolod City can give to every traveler like you; happiness. It’s the capital city of Negros Occidental and also recognized as the “City of Smiles” since the MassKara Festival with vibrant colors, people dance with the beat of lively music happens.

The Ruins in Bacolod
The Ruins in Bacolod

Top things to do in Bacolod City

Enjoy the never-ending gastronomic adventure

As soon as you arrive in the province and after long hours of travel, you will definitely search for dining options. You must try the original taste of Chicken Inasal, or marinated grilled chicken at Chicken Haus. It started as a small eatery in 1976 and despite the new line up of restaurants with the same sets of menu, travelers keep coming back for the tender and original taste of inasal at Chicken Haus.

Bacolod Chicken Inasal at Manukan Country
Bacolod Chicken Inasal at Manukan Country

For seafood and local cuisines in Bacolod City, you may try Ading’s Restaurant and Diotay’s Seafood Restaurant.

Enjoy a month-long festival

One of the best things to do in Bacolod City is to party with the crowd as they commemorate Masskara Festival every October. The City of Smiles celebrates Masskara Festival with a beauty pageant, agriculture-trade fairs, carnivals, food festivals, dance competition and dancers with colorful masks.

Panaad sa Negros Festival
Panaad sa Negros Festival

Mask Painting

One of the best things to do in Bacolod City to fall in love with its culture and understand the friendly locals is to experience mask painting at Jojo Vito Designs Gallery. The gallery’s staff are also friendly and are willing to provide basic facts about the Masskara Festival.

Jojo Vito Designs Gallery

In addition to mask painting, you can also expect to see the following items inside the vicinity of Jojo Vito Designs Gallery:

  • Giant Masks
  • Customized wall decors, ornaments, lamps, and handicrafts
  • Gift items like keychains, refrigerator magnets, and t-shirts
  • Customized trophies

Have your much-awaited retreat at May’s Organic Garden

Have you been exhausted lately? A trip at May’s Organic Garden will kiss away all your worries and stress as everything it features is organic. From foods, products, and plants to naturally grown animals like rabbits, roosters, pig, and horses.

May’s Organic Garden

Moreover, they also have an area for specific recreational activities such as golfing, biking, dining, swimming and even for boating.

Take as many photos as you can and recognize the memories of The Ruins

You have never been in Bacolod City if you don’t have a photo opportunity at The Ruins. It’s a mansion with landscaped gardens and a restaurant built in 1900s by Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson to show his pure love for his wife Maria Braga. The mansion was burned to prevent the Japanese to use it as their camp way back in World War 2.

You can visit The Ruins every morning to witness the picturesque landscape and catch it until eight in the evening to be enchanted by the mansion’s light that is truly romantic and enticing to watch for.

You will never really enjoy traveling in Bacolod City if you don’t try these activities during your visit!


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