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.
Sumptuous Chicken Inasal at Aidas
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Chicken Inasal is a crowd-favorite. Don’t leave Bacolod without tasting the tastiest and juciest chicken inasal. Price is P93.00 for pecho or pecho-pak, P88.00 for paa. Also try isol, li-og, pakpak, baticolon, heart and bul-o. Don’t forget to try Garlic Rice. See other menu here.
Perfected with years of local knowledge of the craft, marinated with rich local ingredients, this meal will surely delight your tastebuds.
Also try Talaba (oyster) at P50.00 which you can order just at the front of Aida’s but will be billed together with you.
The location of the overall stretch of Manokan Country is great because of the array of foods, festive atmosphere due to the flock of tourists and because it’s near SM and just a walking to almost the “heart of the city.”
But I think the location needs more security from beggars too, since I find it as unpleasing for tourists and travellers. In this stretch of inasal district, you can also find other taste-worthy inasal hubs like Nenas Rose and Lions Park.
Lord Byron's Baby Backribs
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Lord Byron’s is a major player that makes Bacolod a multi-disciplinary food paradise by focusing on the back-ribs game. Lord Byron’s had small beginnings but the success story is evident as they are now expanding to many parts of the city which includes SM Bacolod.
Baby Backribs (the picture above) costs at P95 including rice. The “senior” backribs at P165 which basically is a bigger cut. You can find their branches beside Riverside Hospital, Home Grown in front of Bob’s Lacson, SM Bacolod and Homesite.
Potato Cake or Bitchokoy at Mila's
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Mila’s let you enjoy the taste that originated from a southern Negros city, Hinigaran City. My personal favorite is Bitchokoy- a sweet, crusty, cheesy and soft bread that melts in your mouth.
Also try their Royal Bibingka (P21/pc, P252/box), Buko Pie, Potato Cake (P39/slice), Potato Squares. Chicken Pie, Chicken ala King and Potato Squares. Next to bitchokoy, buko pie is my favorite because of the creamy and rich taste that local coconuts bring. Potato cake is a crowd favorite, but for me not so much because it’s too sweet for my taste buds.
They also locally-renowned meals. Try their Negros version of the exotic Filipino food called Dinugu-an, basically it’s pig’s blood, meat and internal organs cooked together in a masterful Filipino craftsmanship.
The location is Robinson’s Triangle, Brgy. Villamonte. Take a Grab Taxi or take a jeepney with the route Shopping-La Salle or Shopping San Agustin. Tell the driver to drop you to Robinson’s Triangle. Walk to the back portion facing BS Aquino Street.
Eat Healthy at Veggie Bites
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Veggie Bites is the veggie food player in the Bacolod Market. The salad above is called Pema Salad and is available at their store in Hi Strip 3 in the East (near Bacolod Government Center).
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 stylishness.
BAMC – Bacolod Adventist Medical Center
Must Try: Garden Salad, Organic Nachos Penma Salad, Mushroom Pops, Organic Pizza, Veggie Meals
Sweeten Life at Calea
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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.
Blind Massage at the New Government Center
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Indulge in an affordable way to relax while enjoying the view and the crowds at Bacolod NGC and feeling good to help our blind brethren. You can then enjoy a delightful dinner at the local inasal shops just across NGC or some posh eats at the Hi – Strip or some night hangouts at the Marketplace.
- Ulo kag Likod (Head and Back Massage) | P50 pesos
- Upper Body | 20 Minutes | P100 pesos
- Whole Body Massage | 45 Minutes | P150 pesos
When I visit places, I like to visit museums and historical places.
Ride a Bata Jeep and tell the driver to drop you at the Negros Museum which is only at the back portion of the Provincial Lagoon and Capitol.
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 Spain, artifacts 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 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 we went here on a Sunday afternoon, around 1PM, the famous tour guide named Roger was there. His visitors were always breaking into laughter every two lines that he release. If you’re after his experience, better to catch him in his time of duty.
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.
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
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.”
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