Discover the popular attractions in Bacolod City on this shared guided day tour. You will enjoy the convenience of a private air-conditioned van as you explore Bacolod landmarks such as the San Sebastian Cathedral, Bacolod Plaza, Pope John Paul II Tower, Laguerta Vintage Glass Museum, Manokan Country, and The Ruins. This city tour is perfect for travelers who want to witness the rich cultural heritage of Bacolod.
Your tour will start once you are picked up from your accommodation in Bacolod City. Your local guide will brief you on your itinerary as you make you begin your tour.
Your first stop will be San Sebastian Cathedral. This late 19th-century church was once a plain wooden parish church, but it was later restored and built with coral rocks and hardwood. Today, San Sebastian boasts an elegant minimalist exterior. It is also now the seat of Bacolod's Roman Catholic Diocese.
Your next stop is just across San Sebastian Cathedral, Bacolod Plaza or the Plaza del Seis de Noviembre. Once the seat of the Spanish Colonial Government of Negros, Bacolod Plaza is now a public park used as a place for religious, leisure and cultural celebrations. In fact, the famous Masskara Festival is held here every October.
Located in the heart of the Plaza is the bandstand. Also known as the Bacolod Plaza Pavilion, the bandstand was constructed in 1927. If you look closely, you will see the names of world-renowned composers like Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven circling the roof of the pavilion. From the bandstand, you will now head to the lagoon which faces the Provincial Capitol. Take photos of the site before proceeding to Manokan Country.
For lunch, your guide will lead you to Manokan Country where you'll be feasting on Bacolod’s famous Chicken Inasal or chargrilled chicken. After your tasty complimentary meal, your tour will presume. You will now head to the Tower of Pope John Paul II, a seven-story building dedicated to the late Pope John Paul II. For a small fee, you can choose to visit the Gallery of Masks to check out their huge collection of hand-crafted masks and clothing.
Afterward, it is time to visit the Laguerta Vintage Glasses Museum which is home to a host of various old lenses. Your next stop will be The Ruins. Constructed in 1920, The Ruins was once a mansion build in honor of Maria Braganza, the wife of the wealthy sugar baron Don Mariano Ledesma. Despite being burned down during World War 2, the Italian-inspired architechture of the mansion remains evident.
You will now cap off your city tour at Bongbong's or Merci, two of Bacolod's most popular souvenir stores. Use this chance to buy souvenirs and bring home a taste of Bacolod.
Experience Bacolod's best attractions by joining this fun, hassle-free city tour. Check the availability by choosing a date.
- Mask painting in Gallery of Masks worth PHP 300 is optional.
- Not all establishments accept credit or debit cards, and ATMs may be limited.