I never expected to be visiting Bacolod City so frequently last year since most of my trips were unplanned decisions. Just before the year ended, an unfortunate circumstance hit our family (father’s side). We had to go to Bacolod to attend our Granpa’s funeral.

When we arrived in Muelle Loney (Downtown, Iloilo City), jump off point of Iloilo-Bacolod fastcrafts, we learned that the boat was going to arrive 1 hour late. While waiting, we decided to have a quick snack in Roberto’s, which is just a block away from Muelle Loney. I was so happy to discover that they were serving their signature Queen Siopao that day. The Queen Siopao is a larger than usual siopao with bacon, Chinese sausage, chicken pork adobo and egg and is served at only select days for the month.

The Iloilo-Bacolod Oceanjet Fastcraft that arrived was bigger boat with an al fresco area on the second floor. I was thankful since I was looking forward to take pictures of Iloilo City’s river wharf and ongoing construction of the coal-fired power plant located in the northern coast of the City.

Passengers waiting to board the “Iloilo – Bacolod” Oceanjet Fastcraft

Old Warehouses built during Iloilo’s Colonial Past

Iloilo Customs House

Iloilo River Wharf

Iloilo – Bacolod Weesam Express

Cargo Docks

Iloilo – Guimaras Parola Wharf

Iloilo City’s Coastal Seaports

Iloilo Domestic Port 1

Iloilo Domestic Port
Iloilo Domestic Passenger Terminal

Iloilo International Port 2Iloilo International Port 1

Iloilo City’s Power Barges and Power Plants

Iloilo Power Barges and Oil Tankers

Oil Tankers

Coal-fired Power plant in Brgy. Ingore, La Paz 2
P14B 164MW Coal-fired Power Plant in Brgy. Ingore, La Paz, Iloilo City

Coal-fired Power plant in Brgy. Ingore, La Paz

While in Bacolod, I got the chance to go around the city during my free time. I got to take pictures of the Northern Part of the City, mostly along Lacson St. Started from Lopues Mandalagan, turned to B.S. Aquino Drive, went to the Negros Occidental Capitol Complex, then the City Plaza and San Sebastian Church, and finally capping it off with a quick visit in SM City Bacolod.

Bacolod Chicken House
Bacolod Chicken House

Pendy'sPendy’s Restaurant and Pasalubong Shop

Orange GalleryOrange Art Gallery

Riverside Medical Center 3
Riverside Medical Center

Jollibee Bacolod 3New Jollibee along BS Aquino Drive

Lacson Robinsons
Lacson St., with Robinsons Place Bacolod

Siberia / Terra Dolce
Terra Dolce

Bacolod Tay Tung High School
Hua Ming Chinese High School

Kuppa Coffee and Tea

Bacolod Lagoon and Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol
Negros Occidental Capitol and Lagoon Complex

Bacolod Lagoon 3

Bacolod Lagoon 2

Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol Drive

Negros Producers Association
Association of Negros Producer’s Showroom

Negros Museum
Negros Museum

San Sebastian Cathedral 2San Sebastian Church and Bell

San Sebastian Cathedral Bells

San Sebastian Cathedral Interiors

Deco's SM Bacolod

New Deco’s Batchoy in SM Bacolod

Pope John Paul Tower

Under construction Pope John Paul II Tower

My Grandparents’ house is located at the border of Bacolod City and Talisay City. Just in front of their house is already a vast sugarcane plantation or Hacienda.

Sugarcane WorkersHarvesting Sugar

Around 500 meters from their house is the ruins of the Lacson Mansion, one of the bourgeoning tourist attractions of the city. I was happy that I’ve finally got the chance to take night shots of the ruins. It was so beautiful during full moon.

Lacson Ruins at Night 4

Lacson Ruins at Night 1

Lacson Ruins at Night 2

My “father’s side” hails from Bantayan Island, Cebu. Some of them had to go to Bacolod City by plane from Cebu City so I was again, ecstatic that I’ll be able to take pictures of the new Silay-Bacolod Airport and the sceneries along the highway from Bacolod City to the new airport in Silay City.

Andoks TalisayPeron Talisay

Talisay Rural Bank

Talisay City public Market

Talisay City highwayHighway going to New Bacolod - Silay Airport

Construction going to New Bacolod - Silay Airport

New Bacolod – Silay Airport

New Bacolod - Silay Airport 10

New Bacolod - Silay Airport 9

New Bacolod - Silay Airport 8

New Bacolod - Silay Airport 5 / Cebu Pacific

New Bacolod - Silay Airport 4

New Bacolod - Silay Airport

The main intention of our visit was of a tragic nature but there were also a lot of things to be appreciative about. It provided an avenue for our family to reunite since we don’t get to see each other often. We’re spread out in almost every part of Central and Western Visayas not to mention those living in Manila and outside the Country. It was interesting to hear Bisaya (Cebuano), Hiligaynon (Ilonggo), Tagalog, and Akeanon all in one house.