Bacolod Trip and Masskara Festival 2010

Posted: October 21, 2010 in Travel
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Bacolod and MassKara

Bacolod and MassKara

Boarding Cebu Pacific flight 5J481 bound for Bacolod, Pilot Uson started revolutionizing the aircraft’s power unit and we left Manila around 7:20 in the evening. I was seated at row 23E and I have Tala beside me. Excitement is really at its height. Though the trip was in long delay, I don’t have too much frustration about it.

It’s always a mixed emotion everytime I travel. And for this trip, I’m a bit worried too because of the impending typhoon. Nonetheless thank God for a smooth ride and we landed Bacolod Silay Airport around 8:25 PM. Silas was there and waiting for more than an hour already upon his arrival.

We spent the first night and next day together as we patiently wait for the other three friends to arrive from their Manila to Iloilo to Bacolod port trip.

City Tour

Truly, Bacolod has a lot of good-to-great things to offer. There you’ll find the Cathedral which was founded on 1876. Mounted beside is the Centennial Belfry constructed by the Sugarlandia Lion’s club of Bacolod, inaugurated on July 1976 (the rest is history and I’ll leave this to our historians).

Centennial Belfry

Centennial Belfry

Cathedral of Bacolod

Cathedral of Bacolod

On that same day, we also went to Lagoon and dropped by SM Bacolod before going to China Town Square (where I have to meet my mother’s highschool mate). We also took a peek inside the Showroom, and then went atop the Pope John Paul II Tower deck by dawn (unfortunately, we haven’t seen the sunset).

888 China Town Square

888 China Town Square

Lagoon

Lagoon

Until we met BJ, Noreen and Dan at SM. We ate dinner altogether, and went back  to Silas’ home to prep ourselves with a good sleep for the next days’ adventure.

Serving our Palates

During our stay, we’re very fortunate to have Silas’ mom faithfully serving us with simple, yet delicious and hot breakfast every morning. But a trip is not complete without trying what’s sizzling on top of Bacolod’s platter.

Nena’s Beth at Manukan Country served us a very good taste of their original chicken inasal. Da best talaga! Eating with bare hands made me feel more at home and literally tempted me to eat more. Have at least 100 to 150 bucks, and for sure, sulit na sulit ang meal mo.

I’ve also tried Chicken Deli (courtesy of my mom’s h.s. friend for lunch) as they serve delicious but a different kick and taste of their chicken inasal. The gang also tried Chicken House but I can’t give any verdict as I had a bad tummy during that night and did not eat any meal.

L’Sea resto, along Lacson St., also offers a wide variety of dishes. It’s actually a dimsum and noodle house, but you’ll see that they really offer a lot on their menu. Plus the story we had about calamansi juice and iced tea (versus 5:1).

Imays, on the other hand, is one of the best place that we dined in. Tasting their sisig, cheesy scallops and thirst quencher, mostly marked my dining experience there. Come to think also of another funny story we had about the flaming boneless chicken.

Thirst Quencher

Thirst Quencher

Enseladang Talong

Enseladang Talong

Cheezy Scallops

Cheezy Scallops

Calea filled us with sweet joys and full of laughter as we spent time eating their very delicious cakes and drinks. Cakes really are my weakness but I have a bad tummy (and no more bucks) to afford eating it with them.

Cakes @ Calea

Cakes @ Calea

Tiring But Worthy

If you’re a healthy buff and want to stay with your morning exercise routine, Panaad Stadium is the most convenient ground to do it. It has a normal track oval range of 400 meters.

Panaad Track Oval

Panaad Track Oval

It was supposed to be a daily jogging activity for us, but it only happen once. Challenge was to wake early because we always arrive late at night.

Beside the stadium, we also toured around the Panaad Park that showcases different representation of the cities and towns of Bacolod.

Panaad Park

Panaad Park

On that same day, we also went to Mambukal Resort. More funny, awesome, challenging, relaxing and tiring experience came our way. Climbing way up to the 6th falls (though it has 7), both gave us an exhausting and wonderful trip. Some of us literally slid and shoot their feet on the mud (haha); had broken slippers and a dip in the cold water. It was really tiring, but we can confess that trying out the zipline ride and hot-spring water, wiped all the hardwork.

Mambukal Resort

Mambukal Resort

Mambukal Zip Line

Mambukal's zip line ride at 50 to 100 pesos only

There are actually lot more we can do at Mambukal, but due to lack of time (and bucks for me), we were’nt able to do it.

MassKara Festival

The MassKara Festival 2010 (had mistake putting stress on “ka” instead of “mass”) is actually the main purpose of our visit. We did expect a lot as the city pronounce their streak of activities around.  Dancing to the song, Kari sa Bacolod (Come to Bacolod), originally written by Bryan Caballero, 20 barangays competed for the top post under street dance category.

MassKara Souvenir

MassKara souvenirs starts at Php 35 and up.

MassKara Dancers

MassKara Dancers

We were able to see the first Electric MassKara parade and the barangay street dance competition. Unfortunately, we were only able to see the first 5 barangays as we can’t withstand the crowd anymore. We just took more pictures of other competing barangays dressed in their respective costumes as they wait for their turn on the streets.

Leaving Bacolod

This is the most painful part of every trip – the moment of leaving.

As much as I like to spend more days in Bacolod – I can’t (but I really want). It has to end and I have to force it coz’I’m also afraid to attach myself too much with each place I go. I may have not experienced the fullness of the city, but I want to keep a promise that I’ll be back again. It may not be soon, but for sure I will.

Every experience is engraved and great memories are stored in me. To the gang that I’ve spent this vacation with – Silas, Tala, Noreen, Algreick, Dan; to Wil (you know why); to Silas’ mom and family, Whitey; to the whole City of Smiles (slash hotdog, chicken, walking and standing) and to God…Daghang Salamat!

The Peacockers

From Left: Tala, Me, Silas, BJ, Noreen and Dan

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Comments
  1. SIGH says:

    This is so cool! Though I’m the host for this trip but it was much fun experience that I had with you ‘awesome friends’. I’m proud to be Bacolodnon that gives great smiles and happiness to people. Hopefully we could have another fun travel experience again. Pak..pak..pak..pak..peacock! hehe..

  2. Pinkville says:

    Cool! Kainggit lang! 🙂

  3. Tala says:

    I already told u before, still Im going to tell u guys…this is my BEST TRIP EVER!!! Salamat sobra!!! Ulitin natin to next year…or even the Pana-ad festival sa April pag nkakita tayo ng promo!!! Sana Sigh tanggapin mo pa rin kami! hehehehe Really worth it! Kari sa Bacolod- THE BEST!!! PAK…PAK…PAK…PEACOCK!!! INTRUDER ALERT!!! 😀

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