For the last part of our B.I.G. Adventure, we headed to Bacolod to explore the City of Smiles.
From Iloilo, we took a 1-hr ferry ride to Bacolod. Upon arriving, we went straight to the hotel for early check-in since we don’t want to go around with our bags. After eating and resting for a while, we decided to start exploring Bacolod.
At first, I don’t want to visit The Ruins because this is often compared to Taj Mahal, which I also compare to Cebu’s Temple of Leah. I don’t want to go because of the history but upon reading more about it, I thought it doesn’t seem to be that creepy compared to Temple of Leah (I haven’t been here, and I don’t want to). Also, I kinda don’t want to go anymore because of my Guisi Lighthouse experience, knowing it’s also ruins.
Thankfully I decided to go because The Ruins is really beautiful. I can say this is the highlight of our B.I.G. Adventure. Even though it was very hot that day, we managed to stay for 2 hours!
We’ve been taking photos and videos a lot but it seems like it’s not even enough!
I think it’s also nice to visit during night because the view would be as magnificent and it wouldn’t be really hot. Haha I could imagine a night performance just like in http://sessions.guitarcenter.com/saint-motel/.
San Sebastian Cathedral
After staying in the hotel for a few hours (because it was really hot outside haha), we finally decided to go out and go to SM Bacolod for the air-conditioning haha but the mall isn’t really cold enough. Haha So we just proceeded to walk our way to San Sebastian Cathedral.
Finally, a church that’s open when we arrived, but there’s an ongoing mass. Though I could understand a bit, Gerald won’t be able to understand the mass because of the dialect, but we still went inside to say our prayers. We always include visiting a church during our travels, not necessarily to attend a mass, but just to say our prayers for gratitude and guidance.
Right in front of the cathedral is a plaza, which we don’t know the name of. If anyone knows, please inform me so I could update this post. :)
We just passed by and walked around, wishing we could stay longer because it looked like it’s good to just sit, talk and see around.
Who eats dinner as early as 5pm? Haha We looked for Manokan Country to try the famous (and legit of course) Bacolod Chicken Inasal.
The place was decorated with colourful masks because Bacolod is also famous for the Masskara Festival. I hope someday I get to attend the festival! Hehe
And last but not the least, we tried sweet treats from Calea. For a few minutes, I was faced with one of the most difficult decisions in life. How could you pick just one out of these? But just had to, since I already felt embarrassed for looking at the cakes for too long. Haha.
Back to Manila
And just like that, our B.I.G. Adventure ends. Back to Manila, back to reality!
Overall, this is probably the most spontaneous and laid-back trip I ever had. Despite the fact that we impulsively booked our flight just weeks before, the accommodation just days before, and going there with no definite itinerary, everything just amazingly went into place.
I now have a new standard when it comes to travelling. Haha I might be blogging this one on a separate post so I could elaborate it more. :) IN the meantime, here’s a travel vlog:
It’s your turn!
- Have you been to Bacolod? What is your favorite place in the province?
- Do you know any good restaurants in Bacolod that we must try non our next visit?
- Have you attended Masskara Festival? How’s the experience?