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Bacolod, Negros Occidental’s capital, is one of the fastest-growing economies in the Visayas. Over the years, it has seen popularity for both local and international tourists alike, making it one of the fastest-rising tourism in the country as well. 

From historical sites to beach destinations, and delicious foods to colorful and festive community festivals, the City of Smiles has a lot to offer and more for guests. However, should you need more convincing to visit this place, maybe these 3 fun little facts might get you interested in booking your next flight to Bacolod City? 

Bacolod’s Geography 

Did you know that Bacolod used to be on a hill and not by the coast?  From the Hiligaynon word bakolod – meaning "stonehill" or “hilly terrain”, Bacolod City was founded on a stony hill until the Moros raided it in 1787 and was since moved to the shoreline. You can still visit the original settlement called Da-an Banwa, meaning "old town".

Bacolod Travel Guide and Itinerary - Smile Magazine
Photo from Smile Magazine

Masskara Festival 

Contrary to what most people think - or assume, the Masskara Festival isn’t about masks. Being the City of Smiles, Masskara actually translates to “many faces”, which was formed to bring back the smiles to people’s faces due to being hit with one crisis after another. 

Masks were later on added in the celebrations to represent the many faces of people, and the vibrant lives of Negrenses. 

Masskara: The Philippine Festival Of Smiles - Sherpa Land
Photo from The Festival Sherpa

Inasal Street

Bacolod’s chicken inasal is a must-try when visiting the province. To experience an authentic taste of this scrumptious meal, one should visit Manokan Country located in Fr. M. Ferrero Street. The most notable ones are Aida’s, Nena’s Beth, Nena’s Rose, and Carmen. 

It is said that the concept begun as a series of stalls along Cuadra Street or known as “Chicken Alley back then. 

Feasting on Our Chicken Inasal Dinner at Aida's Manokan Country in Bacolod  ~ Wazzup Pilipinas News and Events
Photo from Wazzup Pilipinas

Excited to travel to the City of Smiles? Consider staying in these HygienePass Certified RedDoorz’ Hotels in Bacolod City.

RedDoorz near New Government Center

RedDoorz near New Government Center is conveniently situated near restaurants, banks, shopping centers, and bars. For guests who are looking for some fun at night, the culture here is very vibrant and alive when the evening comes. 


Lot 8 Block 9 Berne St.Helvetia Heights, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental 

RedDoorz Plus @ Diola Villamonte Bacolod


Diola St, Brgy Villamonte , Negros Occidental, Bacolod, Philippines 

Reddoorz @ Rosario Street Bacolod


Rosario, Amapola Poblacion, 6100 Bacolod, Philippines

Planning to visit the City of Smiles soon? Consider staying in any of RedDoorz hotels within Bacolod City. Our hotels within the province are located near most of these restaurants including these places on this list, making your trip easier and better. Plus, with our HygienePass certification, you can rest assure that you and your family are safe during this time. 

For the most comfortable stays at budget-friendly prices, choose RedDoorz. Book your stay by visiting our website and downloading our mobile application now!

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