10 Awesome Things to Do Around Bacolod and Silay! @TourismPHL

36822460233_a172022984_o Going to Bacolod for Masskara? Make sure to drop by these nearby attractions! Bacolod is the gateway of Negros Occidental. Known as the “City of Smiles” and the “Sugar Capital Philippines”, its a land blessed with wealth, charm in its people, and pride in its cuisine! From historic sites and trekking adventures, to places to eat and white sand beaches, we’ve got you covered!   Bacolod Series in Our Awesome Planet: • BACOLOD FOOD TRIP: Eat Like a Local in Bacolod!  MASSKARA: Our Awesome Guide to Bacolod’s MassKara Festival! • SILAY FOOD GUIDE: What to Eat in Silay & KAON TA! Food Festival? • LAKAWON: Negros’ Secret Paradise Retreat & TawHai Floating Bar! • 10 Awesome Places to Visit Around Bacolod! White Hotel vs. Hometown: The Old and New Backpacker Hotels in Bacolod City!  BACOLOD PASALUBONG: What to Bring Back Home from Bacolod? #1 Lakawon Island + TawHai Floating Bar Drone Lakawon 07 Say hello to Lakawon Island Resort & Spa, a 13-hectare banana-shaped island off the coast of Cadiz in Negros Occidental. The island is conveniently located just an hour away from Bacolod-Silay Airport.   Drone Lakawon 21 It’s a world-class beach resort famous for its pristine white sand and crystal clear waters. It’s the perfect definition of relaxation and fun in one.   2 (Photo Courtesy of Lakawon Island: Resorts and Spa) Another thing that the island is known for is the widely popular TawHai, the largest of its kind Asia. It’s a floating bar where you can enjoy a sip of margarita or chug a few beers while cliff jumping and partying ’til sunset. LAKAWON ISLAND RESORTS & SPA Lakawon, Cadiz Viejo, Negros Occidental Website: www.lakawon.com.ph/ Facebook: @lakawonisland Instagram: @lakawon Email: reservations@lakawon.ph Contact: +63 917 555 6979 Read more: LAKAWON: Negros’ Secret Paradise Retreat & TawHai Floating Bar! @LakawonIsland     #2 The Ruins Silay City

Visiting Bacolod City won’t be complete without a trip to The Ruins of Talisay City. Built by the Sugar Baron Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson in 1911 as a testament to his ill-fated love Maria Braga, the mansion’s history is comparable to the Taj Mahal of India.

It holds many interesting tales within it’s concrete walls. Besides having your picture taken, we strongly suggest taking the group tour. Tours can start any time of day and are very entertaining with many interesting facts and jokes about the mansion.

With dramatic lighting and a beautiful sunset, it’s also the best place to grab a beer!

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Negreñse dishes are known for the fusion of Ilonggo and Spanish recipes. Chefs April Lacson-Justiniani and Michelle Lacson are the great grand daughters of Don Mariano now manage the restaurant and have inherited generations of family recipes. The cafe serves the same heritage dishes cooked when the mansion was still whole!   The Ruins For something refreshing, order the sugarcane margarita (P180). The drink was meant to highlight sugar, the main industry of the city. The best part of the drink is biting on the sugarcane itself, which could either be a new or nostalgic experience. KBL (P255) is a favorite local dish composed of pigeon peas, pork, and green jackfruit. The pork is boiled until tender and the broth has a distinct sour taste from the batwan and kadios, which are used in the base. The batwan is a native fruit only found in the Negros & Panay Region and is used in many local dishes.   The Ruins Among the family recipes is the Callos (P300), a Spanish savory stew flavored with spicy chorizo. The meat is slow-cooked for 6-hours, making it very tender. We also loved the savory stock that’s rich and thick. You can also take home a bottle of gourmet tuyo (P240). What makes April’s tuyo special is that they shred the tuyo to remove the bones and cook it in olive oil and special spices. It’s very savory and doesn’t use any preservatives.   THE RUINS Hda. Sta. Maria, Talisay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines Numbers: +63 34 476-4334, +63 917 832-6003 E-mail: ruins@theruins.com.ph Facebook: TheRuins Website: www.theruins.com.ph DON MARIANO’S GARDEN Hda. Sta. Maria, Talisay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines Numbers: +63 92580-00401, +63 34-4764334 E-mail: donmarianosgarden@yahoo.com.ph     #3 Silay Heritage Houses Silay City Silay is famous for its ancestral houses and lifestyle museums, with 28 heritage structures declared by the National Historical Commission as “National Treasures”, giving Silay City the highest number in a locality in the country.   Balay Negrense Museum Silay City

Balay Negrense Museum is a heritage house that was constructed by sugar baron Don Victor Fernandez Gaston, a French man who introduced large scale sugar cane hacienda-type planting. The two-storey house made of stone and wood fuses Spanish and American Colonial architecture and features a double staircase made of kamagong hardwood. It houses many furniture pieces from different families in Silay, earning it the name Balay Negrense–the house for the people of Negros.

BALAY NEGRENSE Barangay III, Cinco De Noviembre Street, Silay City, 6116 Negros Occidental Operating Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Phone: +63 34 714-7676 Website: www.balaynegrense.com   Hofileña Heritage House Silay City The Hofileña Heritage House is the first ancestral home to open its doors to tourists. It’s known to have the most interesting and longest-running cultural tour in the city. The tour consists of Ramon Hofileña‘s art collection of authentic period furniture, good books, and even the smallest doll in the world!   Silay City We loved Ramon’s collection of paintings from renowned artists that date back to the 19th century–Luna, Hidalgo, Rizal, Amorosolo, Manansala, and more! Talking to Sir Ramon himself was a delight; you spend the whole day chatting with him on anything from history and arts to the local and national topics that you won’t read about in history books. Hofileña Heritage House (Opens Mon-Sat on an appointment Basis) 14 Cinco de Noviembre Street, Silay City Phone: +63 034 4954561   Bernardino Jalandoni Museum Bacolod City Another of Silay’s old houses is the Bernardino Jalandoni Museum, also known as the “Pink House“. Trained guides will help you get to know Silay City and show you how the affluent lived during the turn of the century in Negros. (Entrance: P50 free group guide tour)   Bacolod City The Bernardino Jalandoni Museum Rizal St., Silay City Negros Occidental, Philippines Operating hours: Tuesday – Sunday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (closed on Mondays) Phone: +63 34 495-5093     #4 Pulang Tubig Waterfalls IMG_6764 Hidden high up in the mountains of Patag is the majestic Pulang Tubig Waterfalls, an 80m-high single waterfall located inside the highly dense and protected Northern Negros Natural Park.   SNY01682 To reach the waterfall, you first have to hike/trek narrow paths for about an hour and a half starting from a small community in Patag.   SNY01672 It was a very challenging hike, but along the way, you’ll encounter beautiful scenery and sometimes even wildlife, so it surely makes up for it. Pulang Tubig is hands down one of our favorite waterfalls in the country.     #5 Manokan Country SNY01943 No trip to Bacolod would ever be complete without a visit to the famous Manokan Country in the Home of the original Chicken Inasal.   SNY01944 Of course, the Best Bacolod Chicken Inasal can be found in Aida’s. For Bacolodian and Manileño foodies, when it comes to Bacolod Chicken Inasal in Manokan Country, Aida’s is the best choice.   SNY01953 What we like about the chicken in Manokan Country is that it’s always fresh and juicy. And what makes the chicken tasty is the way they cook it, which is only upon order. Truly the best and only way to start and end your trip to Bacolod.   AIDA’S CHICKEN – Manokan Country Fr. M. Ferrero St., Nenas Rose II, Bacolod City 6100 Phone: +63 34 433 8727 Operating Hours: Sun-Sat 7:30am–3am   #6 Silay Food Crawl Silay City Craving for Silay delicacies? Find all of these–from piaya, inasal, and lumpia ubod, to pancit molo, batchoy, guapple pie, and pili squares–in one place!

Silay City is not just the land of wealthy hacienderos, it is also rich in history and heirloom recipes that have withstood the test of time and have become the present generation’s pride and legacy.

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The best part is when you land at Bacolod-Silay Airport, you’re just minutes away from a gastronomic journey showcasing the best of Silay City.

Here’s our food guide to what to eat in Silay and the KAON TA! Festival… Read more: SILAY Food Guide: What to Eat in Silay & KAON TA! Food Festival? @TourismPHL     #7 Cakes & Dessert Food Trip Silay City Being the Sugar Capital of the Philippines, it’s no surprise that Silaynons & Bacolodnons love dessert. It is home to many pastry shops offering a wide variety of ridiculously affordable and mouthwatering cakes! Desserts are a must when visiting Negros! Watch out, Calea, because we think Ann Co’s cakes got even better! The baking business started in the 1960’s with recipes from Ann Co’s mom that Silaynons are all too familiar with, like her famed Mocha Sansrival. We love the Silay branch. It’s much bigger and is located just outside Ann’s House. Decorated with bright, colorful paintings from Charlie Co (her husband), the artsy cafe is just full of life.   Silay City Avocado Cheesecake (₱80) Order their newest addition, the avocado cheesecake, which is to die for! (Seasonal)   Silay City Frozen Brazo de Mercedez (₱80) What also won over our sweet tooth is Ann Co’s frozen Brazo de Mercedez. It is a frozen cake with layers of egg white, yummy yema filling, and sugary graham crackers on top. Mocha Sansrival (₱85) Their mocha sansrival is also good. We liked that it wasn’t too buttery and sweet for our tastes. Ann Co Cakes Margarita’s Bldg., Rizal St, Brgy.Mambulac, Silay City, Negros Occidental Landline: +63 34 441-7196

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White Chocolate Cheesecake (P90/slice, P835/1 whole) Our favorite and also one of the bestsellers is the white chocolate cheesecake with raspberry sauce on the side. It’s creamy good, with the sweetness balanced by the tangy raspberry sauce.  

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Choco Mud Pie (P100/slice) Ice cream lovers would be delighted by the Choco Mud Pie. Chocolate ice cream cake with thick chocolate syrup sprinkled with Oreo-like crushed cookie crumb and walnut slivers. It’s choco heaven goodness with just the right amount of sweetness.   CALEA G/F Balay Quince, 15 Lacson St., Bacolod City, Negros Occidental Operating Hours: Mon – Thur 8AM to 10PM, Fri- Sun 9AM to 11PM Phone: +63 34 433-3143  

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NSA Felicia’s Choco Cake (P85/slice) Locals point to Felicia’s for the best chocolate cakes in town. The yummy cake was moist with just the right amount of sweetness. 🙂 NSA Butter Sansrival (P80/slice) Also order their other bestseller, the Sans Rival. We liked that it wasn’t too buttery and sweet.   FELICIA’S PASTRY CAFE 6th lacson street, DOLL building, 6100 Bacolod City, Philippines Operating Hours: Sun-Thu: 9:00 am-11:00 pm, Fri-Sat: 9:00 am-11:45 pm Phone: +63 34 709-1123 Mobile: +639 27140-7892, +639 2898- 6253 Facebook: Felicias.pastry.cafe E-mail: feliciasbacolod@yahoo.com   HOW TO MAKE PIAYA VLOG! (Piaya Workshop at Bong Bong’s Factory) Bong Bong's Piyaya Piaya is Bacolod’s #1 pasalubong treat! Join @Abi.golucky as she goes on a factory tour at Bong Bong’s -one of the oldest piaya bakers in Bacolod! Being the Sugar Capital of the Philippines, trying out the local sweet delicacies are a must! This is one activity the kids would love to experience when visiting Bacolod, since affordable and mouthwatering sugary desserts is what the city is known for! https://youtu.be/O3Rg_q-OHdI (Watch Video) You can book the piaya workshop via Bong Bong’s Official Facebook, or call and message their office (034) 704 1275 | 09228606767. Rate: 60php/head only. Min of 15 pax max of 50pax (The Factory is closed on Sundays) *Please book in advance for availability BONG BONG’S Bongbong Villan Building Corner Pauline Street Alijis Road, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental Landline: (034) 704 1275 Mobile: +639228606767 Website: www.bongbongspiaya.com.ph       #8 Punong Gary’s Place IMG_6555 One of our favorite places in Silay has got to be Punong Gary’s place. This sprawling luxury farm is tucked away inside the owner’s hacienda. This Balinese-inspired resort/restaurant/events place is just breathtaking, and there’s nothing quite like it.   SNY01816 Upon entering, the place gives off this romantic vibe and is perfect if you want to impress a date or stage your proposal/wedding. The overgrown Balete trees give you that feeling that nature has taken over the place. The resort is perfect for dates and special occasions. They offer a 5-course meal for P900/person for dinner and P750/person for lunch.   Silay City Sample Menu Appetizer: Chicken Ala King Popover, Kang-kong Crisp, Taro Chips Salad: Tahini Salad Soup: Creamy Kalabasa Soup Mains (choice of): Fish Hibachi with Citrus Ponzu, Grilled Fish in Lemon Caper Sauce, Ginataang Isda with Vegetable Fritters, Chicken with Bolognese Sauce, Slow Cooked Pork, Chicken Pesto Pasta, or Creamy Seafood Pasta Dessert: ChocNut Souffle Among our favorites is the refreshing Tahini Salad filled with watermelon and mangoes.   Silay City For the mains, the fish hibachi with citrus ponzu was delightful, and the slow cooked pork makes a comforting meal with the tender juicy meat bathed in a sweet glaze.   Punong Gary’s Place (Strictly by reservation only) Hacienda Tinihaban, Silay City Mobile: +63 917 327-1729 Website: www.punonggarysplace.com Facebook: punongsilay     #9 BALARING Balaring Mangrove SNY01305 In Balaring, you’ll find the not so famous but still beautiful Balaring Mangrove, a fairly new eco-tourism site in the heart of the seafood capital of Silay. (P20 entrance fee)   SNY01309 This 50-hectare mangrove serves as a protection to the town and is a natural source of food and income for the locals. It also provides shelter and protection for various marine animals and birds in the area.   SNY01308 The mangrove itself features a long wooden walkway that takes you through the mangrove, giving you that quiet and immersive feeling. The Japanese government funded the project in the hopes of making the place environmentally friendly and sustainable.   Balaring Mangrove Eco-Tourism Brgy. Balaring Mangrove Eco-Tourism Coastal Area Mobile: +63 947 958-8910 Facebook: SeasideFloatingRestaurant   Balaring Floating Restaurants Silay City A small barangay in Silay City, Balaring is known for their affordable seafood restaurants by the coast. We ate at Seaside Floating Restaurant, the first floating restaurant in the area (there are now seven restaurants to choose from).   Silay City Talaba (₱60) For starters, get a bucket of Aklan oysters. Ilonggos prefer to pair these with their local vinegar “langgaw”, often mixed with soy sauce and calamansi.   Silay City Mixed Seafood (₱250) Their bestseller is the mixed seafood, a combination of shrimp, crab, fish, and shellfish bathing in their special sauce and usually served on a sizzling plate. Other bestsellers include adobong pusit, boneless bangus, and buttered shrimp.   BALARING Balaring-Bongol Rd, Silay City Mobile: +63 947 958-8910     #10 Patag & Lantawan SNY01726 Located just an hour away from Bacolod City, Patag used to be the last stronghold of the Japanese Forces during World War II. Now, Patag is enjoyed by many tourists as the summer capital of Negros due to its high altitude location.   SNY01700 Similar to Baguio, in Patag you can also enjoy the warmth of nature and the much colder weather. On a sunny day, you also get to enjoy some of the most stunning views of Negros Occidental.   SNY01712 The place is perfect if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city but don’t want to travel far. There are also several resorts and private houses that you can rent for your next retreat or adventure.   Bacolod Series in Our Awesome Planet: • BACOLOD FOOD TRIP: Eat Like a Local in Bacolod!  MASSKARA: Our Awesome Guide to Bacolod’s MassKara Festival! • SILAY FOOD GUIDE: What to Eat in Silay & KAON TA! Food Festival? • LAKAWON: Negros’ Secret Paradise Retreat & TawHai Floating Bar! • 10 Awesome Places to Visit Around Bacolod! White Hotel vs. Hometown: The Old and New Backpacker Hotels in Bacolod City!  BACOLOD PASALUBONG: What to Bring Back Home from Bacolod?   Live an Awesome Life,

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ABI & NICO of Team Our Awesome Planet   Disclosure: We visited some of the sites with the courtesy of the owners. We wrote this article with our biases, opinions, and insights. P.S. Visit the Chapel of Cartwheels at Hacienda Santa Rosalia Silay City The Chapel of Cartwheels found inside Hacienda Rosalia is a unique site. Built in the 1960’s, the small church is mainly made from farm tools including cartwheels, plows, and mortar and pestle. The roof resembles a farmer’s hat.   Silay City Msgr. Gaston thought of using it as a place of worship in a farm setting because a lot of people at the time were uneducated. He wanted to teach them faith through graphic symbols in which they could easily relate. The chapel is open to the public. Masses are still being held here.

9 thoughts on “10 Awesome Things to Do Around Bacolod and Silay! @TourismPHL

  1. Hello, Good day! ask ko lang po kung meron po nag-aarange ng travel? kasama na po yung nkalagay dito sa post na ito? maraming salamat

  2. Born and bred as a true Negrense, I am very proud to see these exciting places making a headway into the tourism Map for Negros Occidental. I’ve been to some of these great destinations when I was young and lately during our last family holiday a couple of years back. Seeing these fantastic photos of what it is now, I feel like going home soon and spend a whole month holiday with my family and enjoy together the beauty of Negros and the
    Negrense hospitality, one of the sweet spots in my heart. There are still hidden treasures nearby and all over Negros Island that awaits every visitor to savour, see and enjoy.

    Madamo guid nga salamat. Makita-ay naman kita liwat Negros-Ko, kag Banwa-Ko.

  3. What’s the ideal number of days to stay in Bacolod for us to visit all the beautiful places? ….. “THOSE PLACES OR RESTAURANTS MUST TRY TO VISIT ”.

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