Good to know about Bacolod
Bacolod City is one out of 13 cities of Negros Occidental as well as the capital of the province and the center of finance and commerce. The city is divided in 61 barangays and in 2010 it counted 531,943 inhabitants.

The name Bacolod comes from the Hiligaynon or Ilonggo word “Buklod” which means “stone hill” as the city was first built up on a stone hill, later transferred down to the shoreline. Nowadays Bacolod City also has the nickname “the city of smiles”.

Bacolod City has two defined seasons. A very long wet season from May to January is interrupted by a pretty short dry season between February and April. If you stay in Bacolod a bit longer you don’t want to leave the house without an umbrella because it is definitely raining a lot.

The first language of most of the people is Hiligaynon or Ilonggo which is the predominant language in Negros Occidental. Some people also speak Cebuano. Of course, Tagalog and English are used as well.

Most people fly into Bacolod to go further south to places like Sipalay. Some also arrive by boat coming from Iloilo. If you feel like shopping after a while without real shops Bacolod is probably a good choice as there are plenty of malls. Otherwise you probably won’t waste your time in this mostly way too hot and rainy city which does not have anything special to offer.


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