Masskara Festival is the world-famous annual event which happens this month until October 19. Founded in 1980 on the onset of the Sugar Crisis, the festival of merrymaking has endured on and made a name of its own. There are three ways to reach Bacólod, land, air and sea. On the air, Bacólod is served by Bacólod-Silay Airport with Philippine Airlines, AirPhil Express, Cebú Pacific and ZestAir serving 20 flights daily with Manila approximately 50 minutes and Cebú at approximately 25 minutes. On sea, Bacólod is served by two ports namely BREDCO Port near the downtown area and Banago Port with Bacólod is 18 hours from Manila via Negros Navigation and Superferry or 45 minutes from Iloilo via various fastcrafts and Ro-Ro sea vessels. On the bus, Bacólod is served by the monopoly of Ceres Buses owned by Vallacar Transit with the city 7 hours from Cebú and 5 hours from Dumaguete City. For those who want to drive around, there are various vehicles for hire services around the city. Just for your benefit, I will post the traffic rerouting updates for the Masskara Festival Celebration since parts of Lacson and Araneta Streets will be closed to traffic.
Just a reminder for my tourist friends, Bacólod City has been the Hall of Fame for being the Cleanest and Greenest Highly-Urbanized City which means the city is walker and biker friendly. If you really want to discover the city’s wonders, why not sweat it out, walk, jog or bike around the city in the morning before your breakfast. Lacson Street, Provincial Capitol Lagoon and the Government Center grounds are best places to jog and maybe join the morning aerobics there among the locals. Hotels and inns alike offer breakfast buffets to satisfy your morning needs. Coffee shops like Kuppa, Café Bobs and Café Uma offer morning meals while if you cannot leave the urban appetite, there are always Starbucks and McDonald’s to serve you but I assure local brands are as good or better. Just follow your nose. Have lunch perhaps among along the Lacson Street Tourism Strip (area from SanParq Complex to Rizal Street intersection) or party with the locals at night. If you want a local flavor and is a bit adventurous, the Plaza Streets with SM City Bacólod grounds are also an avenue for fun with streets closed just for the Festival. Our East Side, just around the new iconic Government Center is a good new place to have fun with Villa Angela’s East Block. Don’t forget the South of our city boasts of uplifting lifestyle like Metrodome Entertainment Center or Goldenfield’s Commercial Complex. All in all, never forget to wear that smile in this City of Smiles and enjoy Masskara Festival.