Bacolod Plaza is one of the famous landmarks of Bacolod City as it commemorates the day when the Spanish surrendered Negros Island to the Negros Revolutionaries on November 6, 1898, giving it the official name of Plaza del 6 de Noviembre. The plaza is home to four circular fountains scattered around the park, along with a gazebo at the center where performances are held during festivals or events.
The Spanish Colonial Government in Negros created a public plaza fronting the official residence of the Spanish governor, also known as Plaza Real in 1846 when Bacolod was declared as the capital of Negros Island. This plaza has since been expanded due to its small size and was inaugurated in 1927. There is also a small memorial erected for the unknown soldiers who fought for Bacolod’s democracy during the war. A tindalo tree was planted by President Manuel Quezon when Bacolod became a chartered city in 1938 and is now being preserved due to its historical importance.
MassKara Festival is one of the major events held at the plaza which is held every fourth Sunday of October. The plaza is the last stop of the MassKara street dancing celebration, where people from all over the Philippines come to watch the exciting display of performers. Various concerts are also held at the plaza as it houses a bandstand in the gazebo.
Bacolod Plaza is surrounded by many sightseeing spots. The Tourist Information Office nearby offers visitors guides and leaflets to showcase the famous spots of Bacolod City. The San Sebastian Cathedral and Old City Hall are also just a few minutes away, where visitors can learn more about the history of the city and appreciate the architecture of the church. Visitors can also get good deals on fresh catches at the public market nearby.