It’s unmistakable. Bacolod is the most laid-back the word ‘laid-back’ could get. I like Bacolod City. Try googling Bacolod and you’ll find out that it once ranked Number 1 as the Most Competitive Mid-Sized City in 2005 and was named as the Best Place to Live in the Philippines last 2008 by Moneysense magazine, with Makati as second and Manila down at 11. If one believed in signs, a flight delayed for 7 hours might have been the end of it.
I admit not having well discerning taste buds, but the food in Negros is too delish to go unnoticed even by a dull foodie like me. Restaurants are lined up along Lacson St. in Bacolod City, with cuisines ranging from local Negrense to Korean and Japanese restaurants. Being the Sugar Bowl of the country, there are also a lot of good pastries shops here, and most are found right along the same street. There is also something about the Negrense’s
All the while we thought that The Ruins was all there was in Talisay City. Thanks to an old friend from college days, Andrew Peñalosa, who took us to a hidden gem in Talisay. Incidentally, Andrew’s college thesis was on the old ancestral houses in Negros Occidental and he’s probably the best resource person I know on this topic. (Though I could not remember as to what exactly the thesis was about. Sorry Andrew!) As it turned out, Balay ni Tana