Bacolod is best known for its Masskara Festival, a truly festive event that culminates with an extravagant street parade filled with colorful masks.
Without Masskara Festival, however, Bacolod isn’t really seen as a tourist destination. Bacolod doesn’t have scenic beaches, typical of places like Bohol or Cebu.
We went to Bacolod prior to Masskara Festival, and as our plane descended on the island, I made a quick survey of the province so vastly covered with sugarcane plantation.
Right there and then, I wondered if we would even enjoy the place, sans the beaches that tourists usually look for in tropical paradise Philippines.
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The Ruins in Talisay City, Negros Occidental is what remained of the grand mansion that Don Mariano Lacson built, following the death of his first wife, Maria Braga.
The Ruins at sunset
Built in memory of Maria Braga, the mansion became the residence of Don Mariano and his unmarried children.
Today, it is a tourist attraction for its romantic, yet strong structures. Many interesting tales and facts lie within the walls and posts that remained of the Ruins.
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When we took a weekend trip to Bacolod, we commuted to Silay to explore two ancestral houses:
Bernardino-Ysabel Jalandoni Ancestral House and Victor Fernandez Gaston Ancestral House, a.k.a., Balay Negrense.
One of the ancestral houses claims to have a Stradivarius violin in its possession, the other, the first-ever bicycle to roam the streets of Silay.
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