Explore the City of Smiles – Bacolod
Smile, You’re in Bacolod!
Are you seeking a city break with a difference in the Philippines? Bacolod, the capital of Negros Occidental province, could provide the perfect answer. Hailed as the “Best Place to Live in the Philippines” and the “Top Philippine Model City”, this regional hub is great option for short or extended stays. It is little wonder that Bacolod has earned the nickname “The City of Smiles”!
Immerse in Bacolod’s history and culture
Whatever time of year they visit, travellers can learn about the region’s history at the Negros Museum, soak up the cultural heritage of the Art District, which is famous for its street murals, or stroll around Capitol Park and Lagoon, which is popular with locals and often hosts outdoor concerts. Make a trip to May’s Organic Garden, where guests can combine eco-friendly dining with leisurely activities such as paddle boating and horse riding.
A day of fun in Negros Occidental
Guests who want to explore further afield can drive 45 minutes to Don Salvador Benedicto, a cool hill town which is considered the summer capital of Negros Occidental. Stop for lunch at Kusinata, a responsible restaurant that empowers indigenous local people, known as the Ata, and serves sustainable cuisine in a stunning setting, overlooking the lush jungles and Malatan-og Falls. Alternatively, farm-to-table dining can be savored at Punong Gary’s Place, a chic hacienda-style destination in Silay City.
Shop to your heart’s content at the largest mall in the city
Having enjoyed a day of inspiring activities, guests can indulge in retail therapy at SM City Bacolod. This spectacular lifestyle mall is the largest in the province and features hundreds of stores, dining outlets and entertainment facilities. This mega-mall is easily accessible from Park Inn by Radisson Bacolod, the brand new family-friendly hotel, so every guest can literally shop till they drop!
Whether you’re planning a stylish urban staycation or an immersive cultural escape, Bacolod is sure to make you smile!