Bacolod is the gateway to the province of Negros Occidental, often referred to as the land of gentle people and large sugar plantations. Authentic 1912 steam locomotives and well-preserved ancestral homes serve as reminders of the sugar barons and rich Spanish families of the past.
Negros Occidental's wealth has always been in its land, its charm in its people, its pride in its cuisine. The land is where the wealth of the province originated and continues to emulate and it is blessed with beautiful natural scenery, unexplored waterfalls and mountains, white sand beaches and crystal springs. Its people with their endearing lilting accent are known for their easygoing, old world charm and gracious hospitality. They have a natural knack for entertaining which is best experienced during "Masskara", a mardi gras festival in October when there is merrymaking in the streets and parties at private homes. The people are also famous for their unrivalled good taste whic is evident in the exquisite arts and crafts that they produced. Its cuisine is legendary. Its mouthwatering dishes rank among the best that the islands have to offer. It is particularly popular for sugar-based food items and delicacies.