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Around Bacolod in Two Days

October 30, 2008

Bacolod Getaway Part 3:

Side Trips

A two-day trip in Bacolod was not enough to explore all the interesting sites there. With approximately 2 days, minus the traveling and sleeping time, you’d surely say “bitin”. However, our trip went on regardless of the limited time.

My officemates and I just made the most out of the time that we could spend and satisfied the wanderlust in us. Trying to ignore how short our time was, we wandered around the place and enjoyed our side trips.

My officemate’s bro, Charles, drove us to Lacson Street. Some streets in Bacolod are not congested so traveling there would only require minutes. On our way, we saw this odd looking place.

At first glance, I thought it was an ordinary fenced area. This is Luzuriaga Cemetery, located along Burgos Street. My officemate, Kat, told me that this used to be an exclusive cemetery of a prominent family in Bacolod. I think this is the only cemetery that is located in the middle of the street. Wow! Only in the Philippines!

We then reached Lacson Street. It was perhaps the most crowded street in Bacolod. A few steps from Lacson Street, you’ll see a man-made lagoon located at the center of the park. 

Beside the lagoon is an enormous “carabao and naked man” sculpture which is known to be done by Francesco Riccardo Monti. (Shoot me! I dunno who he is) lols.

From the sculpture, you would see the facade of the Provincial Capitol of Negros Occidental. 

We only passed by Negros Museum but didn’t see what’s inside it. We just headed to 888, a shopping center.


It has been a long walk from Lacson Street so we decided to have dinner first. It didn’t take us a long deliberation to decide what to eat. We’re in Bacolod, so we should eat chicken. lols. We dropped by this small restaurant called Lion’s Park. Uhm, it may sound like a zoo but it’s actually a resto. Here we I ate like a lion. Groaaarrrr…lols

[Burp] My stomach was bulging after the dinner. Then, we dropped by SM Bacolod and do some window-shopping. lols.   

After a quick stopover at SM, we went home to Kat’s place. We just rested for like 30 minutes and we (plus Kuya Raffy) went back to Lacson to meet Crystalle, Kat’s friend. We had our face tattoos after. woot!

Some wanted to ride roller coaster so we did. Waahh…ang tagal ko palang di nakapunta sa perya. Medyo karag-karag na yung roller coaster. Akala ko nga madi-derail. lols. I heard a girl asked her American beau, “do you have this in the US?”. I was like, “hello, di karag-karag roller coaster nila dun”. hehe. This is where Nash lost her voice. Nash, sigaw ka pa! hehe. Crsytalle dragged and forced me to ride the Octopus with her. Ayeeee! Ako pa hinamon nya! Ala akong ride na uurungan. lols

We went home at 2 AM. Wow! Never thought I’d stay up that long since I only had 2 hours of sleep the previous day. But the night ended with a blast! lols.

On our second day, we attended a mass with Kat’s family at Queen of Peace Parish. What makes this church different from other churches is that it has a very unique architecture. It takes on the shape of a crown.

It was already lunch time when the mass ended so Kat’s family suggested we should have lunch with them. We then went to Imay’s Resto & Bar. It was not your ordinary resto. The resto has a “wallful” of autographed plates as you could see below. Nice gimmick, huh!

I was freakin’ tired at the end of the day. But I wanted to visit more places. If we only had enough time, we’d surely invade more sites there. But our side trips were nevertheless enjoyable! woot!     


Masks, Anyone?

October 24, 2008

Bacolod Getaway Part 2:

Masks Galore!

I was absolutely amazed when we traveled to Bacolod during the Masskara Festival. Known as the City of Smiles, Bacolod boasts of its well-crafted masks, smiling masks. They come in different colors and sizes. The colors are so vibrant and the sizes range from small to giant-sized. I’m no mask fanatic. I only wore masks of my fave cartoon characters when I was a kid. But I’d say I appreciate seeing those masks in Masskara Festival. They were intricately designed. I can’t help but wonder how long it takes to make a mask.

Have you ever thought that Zorro’s mask was the best you’ve ever seen? Before you shout “yes”, lemme show you the masks that would outshine Zorro’s. So, now here are the masks! I’m sorry Zorro! Yours is quite old and obsolete! haha. You might try these masks. hehe. Bagay kaya mga to sayo? lols

(These pics were taken at Robinson’s Place Bacolod. Photos courtesy of Nash)

That was first time in Bacolod so I didn’t miss my chance to see those masks around. My officemates (Candice, Nash, Kat, & Pam) and I walked along the streets and see for ourselves the masks that we could only see in Bacolod. We even bought small masks as souvenir items. I bought mine for as low as P80 (may tawad na yun). But if you wanna grab bigger ones, you can choose more expensive masks ranging from P300 to about thousands.

It’s pretty amazing that these masks, which were once made to hide the mournful and gloomy faces of the people in Bacolod amid crisis and tragic events, made Bacolod a well-known city.

Lemme tell you one thing, though. Not only the masks, but also the people, make Bacolod worthy to be called the City of Smiles!

All Smiles in the City of Smiles!

October 21, 2008

Bacolod Getaway Part 1:

First Masskara Festival Experience

My weekend has never been this good. Ask me why. We’ve been to the City of Smiles to witness the Masskara Festival. Woohoo! Come on, guys shout with me! I’m so overwhelmed. lols.

It was on Friday when my officemate Candice told me the plan. And I just responded with a frown since my wallet can’t dispense a good amount of cash that could take me to Bacolod. Yeah, seriously. I was just drinking on Friday night out of desperation.haha. I have to thank Richelle for being so kind (for the first time).hehe. After the inuman session I went home to pack my things up. I slept around 2:00 AM and that explains why my eyes were fiery red when I woke up.

Port of Toledo City, Cebu

Port of Toledo City, Cebu

Luckily I was able to join the weekend getaway with 2 hours of sleep and shoestring budget. Good thing, we have an officemate from Bacolod. Kat was the one who invited us (or should I say them – Pam, Nash, and Candice).hehe. They didn’t know that I’ll be joining them. Nevertheless, Kat didn’t complain when she knew I’m going. woot!

So the trip went on. From Cebu City, we traveled all the way down to

Nash, Candice, & Me)

At San Carlos terminal, waiting for the van (L-F: Nash, Candice, & Me)

Toledo where we rode a barge going to San Carlos, Negros Occidental. Then we waited for the van to arrive at 10:00 AM. The trip was quite long but we arrived in Bacolod at 12 noon. Kat’s family welcomed us with warm smiles. We just had lunch, took a quick bath and hit the streets. It was my first time there. Same is true with Nash and Candice. No wonder why Nash was so excited!hehe.

Masks in different designs, colors and sizes. Blaring music. Ocean of faces. Those filled the busy and festive streets of Bacolod. I just ignored how tired and sleep-deprived I was and joined the gang in the “gala” moments. Eh gala naman talaga pinunta ko dun eh. Though Candice and I felt like we were walking zombies, we saved energy for our tour. It was so much fun exploring the city streets and feel how warm the people are. Our side trips were also fun! We checked some intereseting places and structures around (more of them in my next posts). And the food? Dude, they have the best-tasting chicken! And I have to tell you that I got a kick of listening to their “malambing” Ilonggo accent. lols.

And now, look how the gang invaded the city, smiled like the thousands of smiling masks around, and managed to erase those haggard looks on our faces!

We pose with the biggest mask I’ve ever seen!

From Left: Me, Pam, Nash, & Candice

LEX: “Dude, your mask is pretty heavy and sweaty. But it’s cool!”

Kids, smile kayo!

May maskara din kami. woot!

Here we are with the masked dudes.

See those masks? They’re electric! Cool!

The whole gang, plus Kuya Raffy, near the float.

A view from Lacson Street. Kat and Crystalle are on the far right.

(More pics to be inserted here soon)

See? We were all smiles! Of course, we should. You’d surely smile when you experience Masskara Festival. I’m leaving a promise, my first time in Bacolod WON’T be the last! Woohoo! Come on, shout with me again!

Thanks to Kat and her family – Tito, Tita, Kuya Michael, Charles, Kuya Raffy, and Crystalle – for a comfy accommodation, great food, resto treats! Thank you! Thank you!

More of our Masskara Festival experience and Bacolod side trips coming soon!…