Tubo Here Tubo There - The Sweetness of Bacolod

Bacolod Travel Blog

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Got to visit the place twice. One for a wedding of a friend, and the other time was to join the celebration of Masskara festival.

Quick impression of the place, Bacolod is a big city to PHL standard, much smaller than Manila and even Cebu but big enough to have her own malls and business city.

Another thing that will welcome a visitor upon landing in Silay is that you can see sugarcane ("tubo") anywhere.

Things that I like in Bacolod - first, food, chicken in particular. :)

Bacolod has interesting places to see too - the Ruins, Silay old town, the church of the angry christ, et al. I also heard, there's a waterfalls nearby. Got to see it next time I visit.

Another thing - Masskara festival. I like this because it is rare to see a festival in the Philippines that is not connected to religion.

And far less commercialized than the one in Cebu and much colourful.  A bit of Masskara history:

“The festival first began in 1980 during a period of crisis. The province relied on sugar cane as its primary agricultural crop, and the price of sugar was at an all-time low due to the introduction of sugar substitutes like high fructose corn syrup in the United States.[1] It was also a time of tragedy; on April 22 of that year, the inter-island vessel MV Don Juancarrying many Negrenses, including those belonging to prominent families in Bacolod City, collided with the tanker Tacloban City and sank. An estimated 700 lives were lost in the tragedy.[2]

In the midst of these tragic events, the city's artists, local government and civic groups decided to hold a festival of smiles, because the city at that time was also known as the City of Smiles. They reasoned that a festival was also a good opportunity to pull the residents out of the pervasive gloomy atmosphere. The initial festival was therefore, a declaration by the people of the city that no matter how tough and bad the times were, Bacolod City is going to pull through, survive, and in the end, triumph.”

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