What to Do: Bacolod Itinerary

I'm back to Bacolod, the City of Smiles, and this time I'm with two more friends, Ezra and Rizza. We got the tickets for Php 1,500.00 last September 2013 when Tiger Air launched their airline here in the Philippines. It's my first time to ride Tiger Air for a local trip and it wasn't good experience. Aside from the delay, we had to transfer to Terminal 3 from Terminal 4 and ride Cebu Pacific because of some "operation failure".

It was a 5:55AM trip but we ended up booking on the 7:15AM flight of Cebu Pacific which was also delayed. We boarded at around 8AM and snoozed our way to Bacolod.

We landed past 9AM and rode  the shuttle vans to Bacolod City (Php 150 each). Just like our my last trip, we booked at 11th Street Bed and Breakfast for our lodging in Bacolod.

We rested a bit and then we're off to our first stop --

Aida's Chicken at Manokan Country 

It's really a different thing when you eat Inasal in Bacolod. All the bad vibes from the delayed flight was suddenly gone! Haha. We ate until we're so full and yet our bill just went for Php 600. 

After lunch, we dropped by the SM Tourist Center to buy Ocean Jet tickets for our trip to Iloilo. From there we rode a jeep to North Terminal and then a Ceres Bus to Silay City.

Aida's Chicken
Manokan Country
Reclamation Area, 6100 Bacolod City

Silay Public Plaza

We stopped by the Silay Public Plaza, between Zulueta and Rizal St, from our bus ride. From here we started walking our walking tour.

Silay City houses some of the iconic heritage mansions in our country. Since Negros produces Sugar, Silay City became the home of the wealthy hacienderos and some political leaders.

San Diego Pro-Cathedral Church

Beside the Silay Public Plaza is the San Diego Pro-Cathedral church. According to Wikipedia,
 It is the only pro-cathedral outside of the national capital of Manila,[1] and is unique in Negros Occidental for being the only church in the province featuring acupola or dome.

San Diego Pro-Cathedral Church

Cinco De Noviembre

Cinco De Noviembre means 5th of November. It now considered as Negros Day because in November 5 of 1898, the Negrense cleverly revolted against Spanish Colonial. The street and this monument was created to commemorate this special day.

Balay Negrense

Balay Negrense, or Negrense House in English, is the ancestral house of Victor F. Gaston, whose family is considered as one of the pioneers in sugarcane cultivation in Negros. It was turned into a museum during the 90s after it was abandoned during the 70s.

Entrance to the museum is Php 50.00 for adults. They also have a gift shop inside where you can buy great souvenirs.

Me at Balay Negrense
Balay Negrense Historical Marker

El Ideal

We're supposed to visit more mansions but my friends are a bit tired (because of our flight delay) so we had to settle with just visiting Balay Negrense and rest a bit at El Ideal.

El Ideal is a must-visit for me because it's considered as one of the oldest bakery in the country. It was established in the circa 1920's by the late Cesar Lacson-Locsin and up to now, the locals still patronize their products, especially their Guapple Pie.

El Ideal at Silay City
We wanted to catch The Ruins by sunset too, so after refreshing a bit and trying out the Guapple Pie, we headed back to North Terminal on to our next stop.

El Ideal Guapple Pie

The Ruins

Of course, a trip to Bacolod will not be complete without a trip to The Ruins. The last time we're here, we were toured by the now famous Roger, the tour guide. Now we got to hear the equally funny and entertaining Mars.

After listening to the tour, it's time to relax, enjoy how the sun splash colors on The Ruins and take lots and lots of photos.

But if you're too tired from taking photos, there's also a mini-golf and large chess pieces inside.

Sharyn's Cansi

We were met by a friend at the Ruins and brought us to this very happy place! I missed this on my last visit so I was very happy we're able to go here.

Cansi is a beef soup between Bulalo and Sinigang. In Sharyn's Cansi, there's no vegetables or other extenders for the meal, just yummy bowl of beef bone marrow.

Sharyn's Cansi

I learned one thing when we got here. When you ask for Patis (Fish Sauce), they will give you Toyo or Soy Sauce. I still don't know how they call Fish Sauce in Bisaya.

Note also that Sharyn's Cansi closes at 8PM. Look at the time below? We made it just in time! But we had to eat fast in consideration to the owners. Ugh, just looking at the Cansi photo makes me want to go back to Bacolod.

Sharyn's Cansi House - The Best in Town


The day would not be complete without a visit to Calea, Bacolod's famous cake shop. I'm no sweet tooth but Calea is really heaven. I love their cakes! Not too sweet but very flavorful. Yummm!

And I love how they serve it in big sizes without overpricing. :)

This is just a quick run through of what we did on the first day of our Bacolod-Iloilo-Guimaras trip (now hashtagged #TheBIGTrip). I'll post details later but for now, here's our Day 1 itinerary.

ActivityCost per HeadNotes
Taxi from Cainta to NAIA Terminal 475Php 300 div 4
Shuttle to Bacolod City150
Check-in at Hotel - 11th Street Bed and Breakfast3401060+300 additional bed div 4
Jeep to SM Bacolod7.5
SM Bacolod - Buy tickets for Iloilo (Libre Balik)410
Aida's Manokan Lunch154.5
Jeep to North Terminal7.5
Bus to Silay15
Balay Negrense50
Bus Back to North Terminal89They're so tired, they didn't want to take a jeep or non-aircon bus anymore. But it's really just Php 15 to take the bus back to North Terminal.
Tricycle to Ruins40
The Ruins Entrance80Note: We're picked up by a friend from Ruins so we didn't have to take a tricycle back outside the subdivision. But it should cos you another Php 40 to get back.

Hope that helps! :)

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