From the Editor-in-Chief: What Makes Bacolod Tick (Last of 4 Parts)
RECOMMENDED TOURS WITHIN AND OUTSIDE BACOLOD CITY
Preferably for half a day. Start with a walking tour around the city plaza, the San Sebastian Cathedral, the center of Catholic religious life in the city. The central market near the plaza and San Sebastian Cathedral downtown area offer a wide array of native souvenirs and best buys from Bacolod like “uga” or dried fish and boneless “dangit”, dried squid, fish tocino and a host of other dried items and food stuff.
Proceed to BREDCO port for a sweeping view of the various sea transports between Bacolod and Iloilo and between Bacolod and Manila.
Inter-island as well as International vessels also dock in this port.
From BREDCO Port, pass by the old Bacolod City Hall, the seat former of government of the city; then to the Golden Fields Commercial Complex, which is actually best visited at night, being the center of the city’s night life. Proceed to a piaya making factory to see how this unique Negrense mouth-watering sweet delicacy is made. The St. Jude Thaddeus Parish and Shrine is along the way to the 25-hectare PANA-AD Park and Sports Complex.
From the Paglaum sports complex, travel along the outer circumferential road with the breath-taking view of the 8,000 feet Kanlaon volcano in the background.
The Luzuriaga Cemetery. Proceed to Burgos-Lopez Jaena extension for that unique site- a private family cemetery that has been included in the Guiness Book of World Records as the only cemetery in the world at the intersection of two highways.
Your next destination should be the Capitol Lagoon in front of the Provincial Capitol; then the Negros Museum with its unique exhibit called “Sugar and Other Negros Tales” that tells the history of Negrense life before, during and after the arrival of the Spaniards.
For the nature conservationists, a visit to the Negros Forest Ecological foundation Breeding and Bio-diversity center is a must. The NEFFBC is just a stone’s throw from the Negros Museum.
Depending on how much time you have, a visit to the shell mural and art deco of the Barangay sang Virgen or Sta. Clara Chapel is recommended.
Cap your Bacolod City tour with a “must” visit to the Association of Negros Producers (ANP) Showroom where you see the finest of the arts and crafts produced by Ilonggo ingenuity and artistic skill.
Prevailing tour agency rate for a minimum of 2 persons for 3 hours is P880.00 ( negotiable, depending on the number of tour participants).
Depending on visitor’s preferences or for students on educational tours, visits to churches, sports facilities, factories, hotels, handicraft shops, ceramics factory. Food processing and manufacturing can also be arranged.
NEGROS SUGAR TOUR
Iron Dinosaur. A full day to the sugar producing city of La Carlota, just 45 minutes south of Bacolod City. The tour includes a visit to an ancestral house, circa 1929; visit to an hacienda and its old muscovado mill, one of the country’s oldest. Orientation on how sugar was made in the pre-industrialized past. Optional inclusion is a ride on an “iron dinosaur” through the picturesque sugarcane fields. Optional activities — trekking, hiking, garden visits.
Victorias Church. Victorias Milling Company, Inc. is the biggest integrated sugar mill and refinery in the world. The more than 7, 000 hectares compound is self-contained agro-industrial complex with a world-famous church, schools, cut-flowers farms, golf and country club, experimental farms and much more. Tours run everyday except weekends and Mondays. Contact the Public Relations Department of Victorias Milling Company (0912-503-1510) for an arrangements.
WAR MEMORIAL TOURS
Monument of the Unknown Soldier. Can be a moving experience for Japanese, Filipino and American World War II veterans. The tour visitors to the provincial capitol, the monument of Theodore Vinther - the young American soldier who foiled the attempt of the Japanese soldiers to destroy Bago Bridge; the monument to the Unknown Soldier at the Bacolod City Plaza, the Patag War Memorial in the uplands of Silay City where the remaining Japanese soldiers in the island retreated, and Green Beach in Pulupandan where the liberating American forces landed and in Barangay Sta. Rosa, Murcia, where the Japanese soldiers surrendered to the Americans.
STEAM ENGINE TOURS
During the milling season from October to April, visits can be arranged to view old steam engines still chugging to and from the mills. The most interesting locomotives or iron dinosaurs as railway enthusiasts would call them, are operated by Hawaiian Philippines Company in Silay City. Central Azucarera de la Carlota in La Carlota City, Victorias Milling Company or VICMICO in Victorias City. Contact sugar mill company through your hotel.
NORTH NEGROS TOUR
Half Day Tour Itinerary in Brief Experience. Bacolod City thru its sights, churches and museum. Tour of ancestral homes in Talisay & Silay. Stops for snacks to be eaten on board (pax acct).
Trip Highlights. Who was the most important person during Bacolod’s Charter Day? The story behind 5 de Noviembre. The woman who build her stone house for her daughters to come home to. See a unique circular family tree only at Balay Negrense. Visit the Taj Mahal of Negros at The Ruins.
BACOLOD-SOUTH NEGROS CIRCUIT TOUR
Whole Day Tour Itinerary in Brief Enjoy Bacolod City thru its sights, churches and museum . Bago City and its treasures . Stops for morning snacks to be eaten on board (pax acct).
Trip Highlights. Find out... See the statue of Gen. Juan Araneta, revolutionist of Bag City during the Spanish regime. Visit Bacolod’s tallest structure housing Pope John Paul ll’s memorabilia. Learn more about organic way of living. Handicrafts using recyclable materials. A unique Ilonggo lunch by the river. See how worms nibble on mulberries.
Itinerary in Brief
Arrival at Bacolod - Silay Airport . Visit the unique churches in Northern Negros . Step into the homes of the hacienderos and now tourist landmarks. An organic lunch at an integrated demo farm. Check in at an ASEAN Green Hotel Awardee. Spa Services (Optional).
Check out at hotel. Discover Bacolod City thru its sights, churches and museum . Bacolod South Highlights. Departure to Airport.
How the San Diego Pro-Cathedral was saved from bombing during the war? Why was the St. Joseph Church in Victorias called The Church of the Angry Christ? What makes the Barangay sg Virhen Chapel unique? A visit to the homes of the illustrious men and women of Silay and Talisay and how they influenced the history of Negros. Savor the famous Bacolod Chicken !nasal for dinner. Observe how muscovado sugar is made. Site visits to a silkworm farm, crafts and giftwares factories.
A visit to the imposing Bacolod New Government Center along the Circumferential Road is a must. This impressive structure houses practically all the vital offices of the city government with a colorful fountain glittering during night-time, a favorite place for relaxation for hundreds of promenaders especially at night.*