This begins as an account of a May 2008 visit to Bacolod and environs but we hope to expand this section as we spend more time in Negros. We have been living in Iloilo City for nearly two years. Our Iloilo stay was supposed to only be for a month and then we were to go on to Bacolod City. We liked Iloilo so well we just stayed, but after this visit to Bacolod we can see that it's an excellent choice for those seeking a mid-size Philippine city. Iloilo City's expansion sprang from the core of an old Spanish settlement. Bacolod is newer and has a more modern plan with some wide roads and a more spacious layout. It also seems more prosperous than Iloilo City, its civic buildings and museums better maintained. It has also planted and maintained trees which grace its streets. I don't know if Bacolod can match Iloilo's medical care or educational facilities, but it's certainly worth a long look.
Roundtrip economy fare is P210. It can be rough, take your Dramamine!