|Gasoline (1 liter)||$1.12|
|1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff||$0.15|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) in city centre||$113.90|
|Combo meal at McDonalds||$2.11|
|Chicken breasts at the market||$2.53|
|1 Pair of men leather shoes||$56.95|
Nestled in the province of Negros Occidental, Bacolod is popularly dubbed as the City of Smiles because of its annual festival called Masskara.
People from any part of the world can fly to Bacolod via one of the international airlines servicing the region. If you’re in Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, you can take a domestic flight to reach the city of Bacolod or take a boat ride. Going around is easy with provincial buses going to and fro. Jeepneys are also available and often a preferred form of transportation within the city.
There are many historical places in Bacolod and tourists can easily get hooked into its local culture by visiting places like the Mariano Ramos Ancestral Home, the Ruins, the Provincial Capitol, the Bacolod Public Plaza, and the Fountain of Justice.
Historical museums are also famous in the city like the Dizon Ramos Museum, the Museum Negrense De La Salle, and the Negros Museum. Galleries such as the Orange Gallery and the Christmas Village are also open for public viewing and both locals and tourist are free to explore the place and delve deep in to the aboriginal art.
Bacolod is also busy during October with its annual Masskara Festival where the locals wearing colorful masks dance in the street and compete with one another. The festival is usually overflowing with food, drinks and different stalls selling local crafts.
The city is famous for its local foods like the Biscocho, Piaya, Pina-Sugbo and Guapple Pie. Many tourists in Bacolod often buy these foods to bring home to their family and friends. Tourists also collect wooden and marble statues of different saints as souvenirs as well as antique, ceramic and wood crafts.
Chicken Inasal, a famous chicken dish in the Philippines, also originated in Bacolod. The city is also famous for its Kalamayhati (rice cake) and Lumpiang Ubod (fresh spring roll).
When flying to Bacolod from any part of the Philippines, it’s best to ask your local airlines for a promo seat. Most of the time, domestic airlines offer cheap flights to Bacolod and you’ll be lucky to pay half of the usual air fare.