Bacolod–Silay International Airport is the primary airport serving the general area of Bacolod, the capital city of Negros Occidental, and Silay City in the Philippines. Opened in 2008 to replace the former Bacolod City Domestic Airport, the Bacolod–Silay International Airport is one of the two hubs for flights to the Negros Island region. The other airport is the Dumaguete Airport in Sibulan, Negros Oriental. Bacolod–Silay International Airport is also the primary international gateway to Negros Island.
The airport is an hour’s flight away from Metropolitan Manila,Davao and just 30 minutes away from Cebu City. Bacolod–Silay International Airport handles flights to the three major cities via the flag carrier, Philippine Airlinesandthe low-cost airline, Cebu Pacific. Currently, the airport only handles seasonal flights to Incheon in Korea.
Bacolod–Silay International Airport is located 15 kilometres northeast of Bacolod City in Barangay Bagtic, Silay.Transport options from the airport is generally limited to shuttle vans and taxis. The shuttle van services operate routes that will take you from the airport to various points in the Bacolod city centre. There are also motorized rickshaws or tricycles just outside the airport which provide easy transport to Silay and other nearby towns.
Bacolod is the capital city of the Negros Occidental province in the Philippines. While Bacolod is the hub for most commercial activities, Silay is considered as the centre for culture and arts in the region. Most of the tourist amenities such as hotels and shopping malls are in Bacolod, but a lot of the popular heritage attractions are in Silay and the neighbouring towns.
Most of the public transport available within the two cities and adjacent towns are taxis, tricycles or the jeepney, a local jitney bus that is converted from a jeep. Bus services are also available for longer distances. It is easy to travel between Bacolod and Silay as it is just a 15-minute drive by car.
Things to do and see in Bacolod and Silay
Here are some of the top attractions in the area that are a must in any itinerary--
San Sebastian Cathedral
Built in 1876, this stunning Baroque cathedral dominating the city plaza is the usual starting point for walking tours of the city. The cathedral boasts of a coral stone facade and intricately carved hardwood interior details.
This museum is a must-visit for tourists who wish to learn more about the local Negrense culture and heritage. The highlights of the museum include a large replica of an Iron Dinosaur steam engine and a 40-foot long traditional sailboat called batil.
Located in the nearby Talisay City, this attraction deserves a side visit. It is the graceful remains of a Spanish-era sugar plantation that was ordered to be burned by the owners before Japanese forces could seize it during WWII. The grounds have been beautifully restored with its well-kept gardens and partially reconstructed sections. It is no wonder that The Ruins is a popular tourist attraction and a favourite spot for photo shoots.
Also known as the Victor F. Gaston House, the Balay Negrense was built in 1898 by Victor Gaston, a Negrense sugar baron who was the son of Frenchman Yves Leopoldo Germain Gaston. The colonial mansion is beautifully preserved and maintained as a museum showcasing the lifestyle of the late 19th-century. Definitely a must-visit for its period furniture and intricate architectural details.
Bernardino Jalandoni Museum
Locally known as the Pink House, this museum located in the heart of Silay used to be the residence of the late Don Bernardino and Doña Ysabel Jalandoni. The ancestral house is now a popular museum filled with many fascinating items of the past including the family chariot, old photographs and many other antique furniture.
One important attraction to note when planning a visit to Bacolod is the Masskara Festiva. It is an annual Mardi Gras-like event celebrated every 3rd week of October. Local cuisine and handicrafts are on full display during the week-long celebration. The festival takes its name from the brightly coloured masks with large smiles that participants wear during the parade.
Best times to visit Bacolod
Like the rest of the country, Bacolod and Silay generally enjoy pleasant tropical weather— mild and warm for most of the year. Plan your holiday now as there are manydelighful sights to enjoy in the cities of Bacolod and Silay – from its picturesque architecture, great local cuisine to its warm and friendly people. Find the best flight to beautiful Negros Occidental by searching for promo fares to Bacolod–Silay International Airport on Skyscanner Singapore.
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