Things to Do in Bacolod City and Silay, Negros

Negros Occidental, Negros Island, Visayas, Philippines

Here are latest things to do in Bacolod City which I curated after I toured my clients/visitors. This article is a combination of my perspective and my friend’s feedbacks. I hope this list would give you more reasons to Smile. Also see my Bacolod Travel Guide.

Some articles may have some links beneath it that would lead to a more in-depth information about a certain place/activity.

Mila's

Enjoy the taste that originated from Hinigaran, Southern Negros. My personal favorite is Bitchokoy- a sweet, crusty, cheesy and soft bread that melts in your mouth.

Location: Robinson’s Triangle, Brgy. Villamonte.

Must Try: Buko Pie, Potato Cake, Chicken Pie, Chicken ala King, Potato Squares

Grab Taxi or Take a Jeepney with route Shopping La Salle or Shopping San Ag. Tell the driver to bring you to Robinson’s Triangle. Walk to the back portion facing BS Aquino Street. 

Veggie Bites

If you are in for healthy options, Bacolod has something to offer. Food is mostly vegetarian and plant-based but absolutely tastes good!

Location: Hi-Strip 2 East – 2nd floor, Circumferential Road (Carlos Hilado Road), infront of PanAsiatic Call Center. Ambience is good- mixture of calmness, health and beauty. See photo.

BAMC – Bacolod Adventist Medical Center

Must Try: Garden Salad, Organic Nachos Penma Salad, Mushroom Pops, Organic Pizza, Veggie Meals

Nature's HotPot

Authentic Chinese food in the china town of Bacolod – the original settlement of chinese immigrants in the 20th century.

Narra Street, Shopping Capitol Center, Bacolod City.

Garden Salad, Organic Nachos Penma Salad, Mushroom Pops, Organic Pizza, Veggie Meals

Calea

Life is sweet in Bacolod. This famous spot is one of the top destinations of visitors. 

Location: Balay Quince, Corner Lacson- 15 sts., Bacolod City | Map

Mud Pie – Ice Cream Cake, Cheesecake, Chocolate Cake, Other Menu: Coffee, Tea and Shakes

Commute: From SM/Public Plaza/San Sebastian Cathedral, go to Dunkin Donuts / Mister Donuts. Ride Bata/Mandalagan Jeepney and it will pass directly in front of Calea in Lacson Street. 

Negros Museum

When I visit places, I like to visit museums and historical places. 

This central place allows you to visit Negros’ Past and how culture in this island came to be. I bring my visitors here when they like this category. 

You will see paintings of Negrenses, maps from the ancient Spainartifacts during the Negros Revolution, photos of past Malay settlers and other memorabilia of the first settlers of the island. We also came to visit a room filled with toys. 

Located just at the side of the back of Provincial Capitol Lagoon. Just take “Bata” jeep if you are from Plaza or SM. Make sure to ask the driver first. 

The Ruins

The past helps me to reflect on my present and be wiser for my future. This tourist spot in Bacolod should always be on the list for you to know deeper about our history. There’s a separate page where I wrote an extensive article about this.

When I bring my friends or visitors here, and there are no tour guides available, I enjoy acting as one because it allows me to voice out our past and causes us to interact with topics like Feudalism, Economics, Politics and Geography.

This Italianate Mansion remains is located in Don Mariano Lacson Road, Talisay-Bata Border, Talisay City, Negros Occidental. 

Adobo Festival in Silay

Adobe Festival in Silay is a newcomer on my list but this has been done for the 19th year already last November 10, 2018. 

This festival highlights the Filipino trademark cuisine which has been popular both in the Philippines and abroad where OFWs are. It usually involves pork, vegetables or chicken as its main ingredient marinated in soy sauce, vinegar, laurel leaves, pepper and garlic.  

Lyn Gamboa, founder of Adobo festival, said “”In the beginning, there was no refrigeration and the easiest food to keep was adobo because of the vinegar ingredient. They used to keep adobo in a wooden vessel. With that, most families have their own adobo recipes.”