Introducing the The City of Smiles,
Bacolod City

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTD3sMzflmI&feature=youtu.be

Bacolod is a highly urbanized city in the Philippines. It is the capital of the province of Negros Occidental where it is geographically situated but governed administratively independent from it. Having a total of 561,875 inhabitants as of 2015 census, it is the most populous city in the Negros Island Region and the second most populous city in the Visayas after Cebu City. It is part of the Bacolod Metropolitan Area, which also includes the cities of Silay and Talisay with a total population of 791,019.

The Ruins

The Ruins

The mansion was built in the early 1900’s by Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson and was home to his unmarried children with his first wife, Maria Braga Lacson. To this day, the 903 square meter structure still stands tall amidst sugar plantation and continues to awe both local and foreign tourists. Truly, a picture-perfect backdrop and a magnificent sight to see.

San Sebastian Cathedral

San Sebastian Cathedral

The San Sebastian Cathedral is a late 19th-century church in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental in the Philippines. It is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bacolod.

Capitol Park & Lagoon

Capitol Park & Lagoon

The Capitol Park and Lagoon is a provincial park located right in the heart of Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, in the Philippines. One of the landmarks of the park is the carabao (water buffalo) being reared by a woman. This carabao is located at the northern end of the lagoon. On the southern end, there is also another carabao sculpture being pulled by a man.

Panaad Park and Stadium

Panaad Park and Stadium

The Panaad Stadium is used for football matches, and is the adopted home of the Philippines national football team. It played host to football at the 2005 Southeast Asian Games and was later the venue of the qualifiers of the 2007 ASEAN Football Championship or ASEAN Cup, in which the Philippines, Cambodia, Timor Leste, Brunei and Laos participated. The stadium has a seating capacity of 15,500.

Source:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacolod

MassKara Fiestival

The MassKara Festival is a festival held each year in Bacolod, Philippines. It is held every third weekend of October or on the closest weekend to October 19.

The word "Masskara" is a portmanteau, coined by the late artist Ely Santiago from mass (a multitude of people), and the Spanish word cara (face), thus forming MassKara (a multitude of faces). The word is also a pun on maskara, Filipino for "mask" (itself from Spanish máscara), since a prominent feature of the festival are the masks worn by participants, which are always adorned with smiling faces because it is called the city of smiles.

The festival features a street dance competition where people from all walks of life troop to the streets to see colorfully masked dancers gyrating to the rhythm of Latin musical beats in a display of mastery, gaiety, coordination and stamina. Major activities include the MassKara Queen beauty pageant, carnivals, drum and bugle corps competitions, food festivals, sports events, musical concerts, agriculture-trade fairs, garden shows, and other special events organized ad-hoc every year.

Source:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MassKara_Festival

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