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Bacolod is a pleasant place both to live and to visit.  The Bacoleños are hospitable and charming people, at least according to my assessment.  Afterall, it is my hometown.  But seriously, it’s why this place is called “the city of smiles.”

Living in Bacolod is pleasurable and full of sweets.  Being the sugar capital of the Philippines, most of our food delicacies are desserts.  There are piaya, barquillos, napoleones and yes, our local pastries and cakes. If you plan to visit Bacolod, I surely recommend the cakes from Calea.  The taste lingers to your mouth and you can’t help but try all of its variety.  My personal favorite is their pecan pie ala mode! Our “Chicken Inasal’s” are also appetizing. You can eat it by hand (with one leg prop up on a bench too)  on a banana leaf. A lot of these eateries can be found in Reclamation area.

The best month to come to Bacolod is on October.  You can experience the fun of Masskara festival.  Masskara means the many smiling faces of Bacolod.  Mass for “many” and Kara for “faces.” You can see colorful street dancing and taste different street foods.  You can also buy variety of local handicraft souvenirs.  If you’re a collector, you can visit our local shops, like the ANP showroom in Lacson St.

We also have the finest Universities in the country.  These are the University of St. LaSalle, University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos, Colegio San Agustin, and a lot more schools to choose from.

Nowadays, Bacolod has a lot more to offer.  We already have huge malls like SM, Robinson’s Place, Lopue’s, etc.  Call centers are thriving here as well.  Big companies like Convergys, Teleperformance and TeleTech are just a few to consider working with.

Visit and enjoy Bacolod!