“Namit gid ya!”
“Halong ka meg”
These are just a few phrases you would commonly hear whenever you find yourself lucky enough to set foot in the City of Smiles or otherwise known as Bacolod City of Negros Occidental. Recently named as the number one place to live in the Philippines, Bacolod City’s charm is not only hinged on the fact that they have the best tasting barbecued chicken also fondly called as the famous chicken inasal. Apart from the delectable food the City of Smiles offers, their friendly locals, affordable coffee and exemplary desserts, there is a lot more to this city which would definitely earn its merit as the Philippines number one city to live in. If you are looking to settle in this charming city of smiles from building a house on and Ayala land lot in Bacolod to opening your very own inasal place, here are some of the reasons why you should consider living in here:
1.) Delectable Food
Without a doubt, Bacolod offers some of the Philippines best dishes. It is no question that the people of Bacolod do love to eat, and it is one of the most thriving businesses in the industry. From the best-tasting chicken inasal to the lechon manok, two of their most scrumptious dishes that made not only Bacolod but Negros famous. Just ask any local from Bacolod, and they would all collectively tell you that nothing compares to their Chicken Bacolod—even the local renditions of Manila and Cebu are no match for Bacolod’s authentic inasal. Apart from the famous inasal, Bacolod is known to serve some of the best-tasting desserts as well. After all, you do not live in the sugar capital of the Philippines without crafting some of the very best sweet treats.
2.) The city is rife with adventures
Whenever you are in the city, you would not need to go far just to have your fair share of adventures. In fact, Bacolod is the ideal place to raise a child as it is the perfect setting for a child to form memories and experience what childhood truly is without the stifling feel of the city. Just a few kilometers away from the city, you can visit Campuestohan Adventure Park—an excellent place for kids and adults alike. Aside from this famous attraction, you can also see the mountains from the city proper itself, and they are within driving distance. So, if you are looking for a quick getaway from the city, a drive just in the outskirts of town will already transport you to a serene and relaxing place.
3.) The city is a unique blend of urban and provincial life
Though much of Bacolod’s landscapes are still filled with lush greeneries (so much so that you can take a lot of Instagram-worthy photos), this is not to say that the city is not progressive in terms of infrastructures and industries as well. Recently, there have been many developments in the city—real estate and economic alike. From this perspective, it would be readily seen that Bacolod would soon see a surge not only in their economy but job offers as well. With the rise of this new industries, an influx of job openings is to be expected.
In a sense, Bacolod City is what many would call and urbanized province. However, the term province is to no merit seeing as there are plenty of hi-rise condominiums and malls being erected. So, what makes living here so great? Despite being a progressive city, Bacolod has retained its quaint and natural charm. The food is always fresh and affordable, the traffic is almost non-existent, and the locals are always warm and welcoming. All these things when considered are just the things one would want to come home to.