Bacolod City

The stunning Diocesan Shrine of St. Thaddeus is known for its “floating” Risen Christ at the altar, and its painted ceiling. The Sta. Clara Chapel may seem modest, but it has a mosaic mural made from mother of pearl and 95,000 pieces of shells. The San Antonio Abad Church looks like a crown, and is notable for its altar made by National Artist Solomon Saprid.

Wander around the man-made Capitol Park and Lagoon in front of the Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol Building.

For a primer on Negrense culture and heritage, visit the Negros Museum. You’ll see exhibits of the rich history of Bacolod. The central exhibits of the museum are a massive replica of an Iron Dinosaur steam engine, and a 40-foot traditional boat called batil. Other interesting exhibits are the gallery of folk art and toys from all over the world, and artwork by Bacolod artists depicting life during the pre-Spanish era and the sugar boom. Another must-visit is the Dizon Ramon Museum, which houses an extensive collection of glassware, ceramics, memorabilia and religious icons.

Bacolod City also has its share of ancestral homes. Visit the 19th-century Yulo Ancestral House, which was home to the city mayor during World War II.  The towering Lizares Mansion features Chinese-inspired furniture.

Plant lover? Then you’ll want to check out the various species of plants near Brgy. Alingalan. The Bacolod Western Visayas Clonal Nursery is an important part of the city government’s plans for reforestation.