Negros Occidental (Silay-Lakawon-Talisay-Bacolod), So Good!

Planning to go to Bacolod? Make sure to visit Silay and Lakawon, too. Since we only have limited number of days, we chose to explore the upper region of Negros Occidental. For first timers like us, I think this is the best option. Mabuhay!

Number of days: 3

Manila to Bacolod: Dec. 10 – 7:55am arrival in New Bacolod Silay Airport

Bacolod to Manila: Dec. 12 – 6:10pm departure in New Bacolod Silay Airport


Day 1 – Exploring Silay

El Ideal

Will start our day with a good breakfast, that is the goal. Our 8:30am breakfast: tocino and hotdog + extra rice + coffee. Do not forget their “GUAPPLE PIE” for P45 per slice. We are not that lucky, their “BUKO PIE” is not on display and will be available in the afternoon.

Café 1925

Your option for a meal, near El Ideal. Located at J. Pitong Ledesma Street few steps away from BPI.

Soledad and Maria Montelibano Lacson Ancestral House

The Montelibano-Lacson house was built during the American colonial period. This large two-storey corner house is located at Rizal St. and J. Pitong Ledesma St.


Jose Corteza Locsin Ancestral House

Our 2nd ancestral house stop located at Juan Valencia corner J. Pitong Ledesma St.


Balay Negrense Museum

One of the top destinations in Silay City, located at Cinco de Noviembre Street and Zulueta Street near Silay Public Plaza. Also known as Don Victor F. Gaston Ancestral House, Gaston family is one of Negros’ pioneering sugar plantation owners. Admission ticket for adult is P60.00.

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They have a lot of history here of different things and their family.


Silay Public Plaza

Have some shots in their plaza before going to San Diego Pro-Cathedral.

San Diego Pro-Cathedral

The San Diego Pro-cathedral is named in honor of Didacus of Alcalá, the Franciscan saint more commonly known in the Philippines as San Diego de Alcalá. An early 20th century church formerly known as San Diego Parish Church or St. Didacus Parish Church. Located at Rizal Street and Zamora Street.

Silay City Hall

Just beside San Diego Pro-Cathedral is their municipal city hall located at Zamora Street.


Hofileña Museum

The ancestral home is also known as the Manuel Severino Hofilena Ancestral House. A heritage house pursuant to Board Resolution No. 3 dated April 6, 1993 of the National Historical Institute of the Republic of the Philippines. Located at Cinco de Noviembre Street just a few blocks away from Silay City Hall.


Other Ancestral Houses

There are other ancestral houses in Silay for you to see like the Bernardino Jalandoni Museum in Rizal Street, Maria Ledesma Golez Heritage Building in Burgos Street, and Manuel Dela Rama Locsin Ancestral House in Rizal Street which we have not seen. Well, they will be prioritized when we return.

After our visit to Silay City, we travelled to Lakawon Island in Cadiz City.


Day 2 – Lakawon Island and Tawhai Floating Bar / Talisay City

(Separate blog entries for Lakawon and Tawhai)


We spent one night in Lakawon Island and travelled back to Bacolod City the next day.

Sofia Bread & Pastries

Our first food trip in the city of Bacolod, truly sweet. Spent quality time of talking with my wife. Just a short distance from Circle Inn, located at Capitol Shopping Center, Narra Avenue.

The Ruins

One of the top things to do in Bacolod, Negros Occidental is to visit The Ruins in Talisay City. We hired a cab (one-way) from Bacolod City to take us to The Ruins. We are one of those last visitors to go out from The Ruins and rode a tricycle (P100) waiting outside going to South Terminal.

The Ruins is said to be the Taj Mahal of Negros. A symbol of undying love of Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson to his wife, Maria Braga.

They have entrance fees for adult – P100, senior citizen/PWD – P50, student – P40, and children – P20.



Chicken House North

Looking for chicken inasal? This is a must-try restaurant in Bacolod. To complete our day, went here for a dinner and to experience original chicken inasal from Bacolod. 


Day 3 – Bacolod City (“The City of Smiles”)

Circle Inn

Place where we spent our last night in this lovely city, located at Lopez Jaena Street. They have free buffet breakfast and pool. We enjoyed the size and the setup of their room.

Museo Negrense de La Salle

The Museum is located within the campus of the University of St. La Salle – Bacolod beside their Coliseum. Walking distance from our hotel. They have no entrance fee but guards on duty will ask for an ID.


University of St. La Salle – Bacolod

San Sebastian Cathedral

This stunning church is a must when you are in Bacolod. Located at Rizal Street – just in front of Bacolod Public Plaza. The church façade and exterior is uniquely beautiful. We are lucky enough to attend their mass.

Bacolod Public Plaza

After visiting San Sebastian Church, went to their public plaza and bought some souvenirs.

Bongbong’s Pasalubong

Do not forget to buy some pasalubong, okay?

Manokan Country

To seal our Bacolod experience, we went here to take our lunch. Just a few meters away from SM this complex of chicken inasal restaurants is a must for food lovers. We ate at Nena’s Beth, one with the biggest space in Manokan.




There are still more tourist spots in Bacolod City to visit, unfortunately, we only have limited time. Well, we can always plan to go back in this lovely city. Watch out for that! Thanks…

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