Known as the City of Smiles because of the friendly disposition of its residents, Metro Bacolod – comprised of the cities of Bacolod, Talisay and Silay – boasts heritage mansions, modern culinary offerings and a robust art scene. Complete your visit with a day tour to these nearby getaways.
Things To See & Do
This quiet coastal town four hours from Bacolod City has earned the moniker “Jewel of Negros” for its clear waters and posh waterfront private residences that overlook stone formations covered in lush vegetation. Divers will enjoy exploring any of the 44 diving sites that all promise different species of fish and colorful coral reefs.
Getting to this eco-tourism destination involves a three-hour drive from Bacolod City and a 30-minute ferry ride. Once a threatened and over-fished area, Danjugan Island is now a protected sanctuary with thriving marine and terrestrial life. Danjugan has five lagoons, numerous coral reefs and limestone forests, and you can even spend the night.
Take a selfie at The Ruins in Talisay City – a two-level mansion in the middle of an hacienda that was built in early 1900s and destroyed by American troops in WWII.
Where To Dine & Drink
The whole trip from Bacolod City to this sandbar in the middle of the 32,000ha Sagay Marine Reserve takes about three hours, including a short ferry ride. Dip into the pristine waters while tucking into a feast of ceviche, grilled seafood, chicken and lechon, all prepared by Enting’s Special of Sagay – make sure you give them at least one week’s notice.
Ann Co Cakes
Beat the heat with a bowl of halo-halo at Ann Co Cakes, a dessert store in Silay City
Virgie's Homemade Products
Buy your food souvenirs at Virgie’s Homemade Products – you can’t go wrong with the mango tarts and galletas.
PAL flights schedule from Manila to Bacolod and return
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