Remarkably known as the “City of Smiles,” it did not betray its nickname when you graze from your window to the protruding corn stalks from the sunlit-drenched corn fields. It is made up of road stretches, boasting of cornfields in each turn. Bacolod has been a pilgrimage for folks who are regular festival attendees to the Masskara festival during every third week of October.
Aside from its cornfields, long road stretches, warm smiles, and color-bursting festivals, Bacolod is also home to the renowned structure “The Ruins.”
According to history, the mansion was built around the 1900s by Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson (1865-1948), a sugar baron where his first wife Maria Braga Lacson, a Portuguese, lived along with their children. The house had been burnt down by the guerrilla fighters in the early part of the World War II to prevent the Japanese in making it as their headquarters.
Although burnt down, its architecture still remained as grandiose as it could be. Despite the war written it its walls, the mansion has never deterred its magnificence that rooted from the design from its wealthy owners. Going through its halls, nostalgia creeps in. The mansion has seen it all, and it continues to freeze its memories within.
Another place we went to in Bacolod is the Carribean Waterpark, located in Goldenfields Commercial Complex. The resemblance to an obscure pacific wherein there are shipwrecks and skeletons of gigantic sea creatures is very distinct since they are submerged into the swimming pools wherein people could go take their photos and swim around them. It’s like you are brought to Neverland wherein you could pretend to be at home with mermaids and pirates.
Overall, being in Bacolod gives you the ethereal feels with the combination of city and country ambience. It is wide and screaming to be explored. The city and its people always smile when the sunset arrives in Bacolod.
(Royanni Miel M. Hontucan)