Bacolod City is a philippine highly urbanized city in the province Negros Occidental in Region VI Western Visayas which belongs to the Visayas group of islands. The highly urbanized city Bacolod City is seated about 484 km south-south-east of Philippine main capital Manila.
Bacolod City is a highly urbanized city in the Philippines. It is the capital of Negros Occidental since 1894 and is located in Region VI or Western Visayas Region. With its 499,497 residents as of 2007, it is considered as the most populous city in the region and is currently ranked as the 17th most populous city in the Philippines. Bacolod City is politically subdivided into 61 barangays.
Bacolod is derived from the word "bakolod", the old Hiligaynon word for a "stonehill, hillock, or any small elevation" since the settlement was founded on a stony, hilly area, now the barangay of Granada in 1770. This settlement was moved in 1787 due to marauder raids.
Bacolod's nickname "City of Smiles" also reflects the general disposition of its people. The genuine warmth and hospitality of its people will surely charm its visitors. People from all over the country and from different nations come here for three main reasons: its rich history, warm hospitality and its great tasting food. Their must try delicacies are the inasal, piyaya, batchoy and pinasugbo.
Another excellent reason why people flock Bacolod is its world famous Masskara Festival held every 3rd week of October. The word "Masskara" is coined from the word "mass" meaning "many or a multitude of people" and the Spanish word "cara" meaning "face". A distinct feature of the festival is the smiling mask worn by the participants. Thus, Masskara means "a multitude of smiling faces".
Bacolod City recently ranked no. 1 in a survey conducted by MoneySense Magazine as the "Best Place to Live in the Philippines". It also ranked 3rd among the top 10 "Next Wave Cities" of the Philippines for the best location for business process outsourcing (BPO) according to the 2010 report of the Commission on Information and Communications Technology. Bacolod City is the BPO hub of Western Visayas Region. Among the notable BPO companies operating in the city are Convergys, Teleperformance, TeleTech, Panasiatic Solutions, Transcom and Focus International.
The places of interest in the city include the Panaad Park and Stadium which is used to host sports events like football with its 15,500 seating capacity; the San Sebastian Cathedral which is a masterwork of baroche architecture; the Bacolod City Public Plaza constructed in 1927 and located in the heart of downtown area; and the Capitol Park and Lagoon which is located in front of the Provincial Capitol and is famous for its carabao (water buffalo) landmark.
Administratively the Highly Urbanized City of Bacolod City is subdivided into 61 barangays. 41 compose the center of the city wheras the other 20 are in the outlying areas. Some of them are even several kilometers away from the center of the Highly Urbanized City. The most populous are Barangay 24 (Pob.), Barangay 21 (Pob.), Barangay 37 (Pob.), Barangay 25 (Pob.), Barangay 11 (Pob.), Barangay 13 (Pob.), Barangay 15 (Pob.), Barangay 9 (Pob.), Barangay 32 (Pob.), Barangay 41 (Pob.), Barangay 5 (Pob.), Barangay 20 (Pob.), Barangay 38 (Pob.), Barangay 33 (Pob.), Barangay 31 (Pob.).
Among the bigger cities and municipalities in the neighborhood of Bacolod City there are Iloilo City (Iloilo) 42 km west, Sagay City 57 km east-north-east, Toledo City (Cebu) 83 km east-south-east, City Of Kabankalan 77 km south, Bago City 19 km south-west, Cadiz City 50 km north-east, City Of Carcar (Cebu) 98 km south-east, City Of Talisay 7 km north-north-east, City Of Himamaylan 64 km south as well as 14 km north-north-east of Bacolod City the highly urbanized city Silay City.