Bacolod /ˌbɒˈkoʊləd/, officially the City of Bacolod (Hiligaynon:Dakbanwa sang Bacolod; Filipino: Lungsod ng Bacolod; Spanish:Ciudad de Bacólod) and often referred to as Bacolod City, is a city in the Philippines. It is the capital of the province of Negros Occidental. Having a total of 511,820 inhabitants as of 2010, it is the most populous city in Western Visayas and the 17th most populous city of the Philippines.It is part of the Bacolod Metropolitan Area, which also includes the cities of Silay and Talisay.It is notable for its MassKara Festival held during the 3rd week of October. Known for being a relatively friendly city, it bears the nickname "City of Smiles". In 2008, Bacolod ranked number 1 in a survey by MoneySense Magazine as the "Best Place to Live in the Philippines". The city has also been declared by the Department of Science and Technology as a "center of excellence" for information technology and business process management operations.
|City of Bacolod
Dakbanwa sang Bacolod
Lungsod ng Bacolod
Ciudad de Bacolod
Bacolod City Government Center
|Nickname(s): City of Smiles|
Map of Negros Occidental showing the location of Bacolod City
|Coordinates: 10°40′N 122°57′E
Panaad Park and StadiumPanaad Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in the city. It is currently used mostly for football matches, and it serves as the home football stadium of the . It was used for the 2005 South East Asian Games. It was the venue of the pre-qualifiers of the 2007 ASEAN Football Championshipor ASEAN Cup, in which the Philippines, Cambodia, East Timor, Bruneiand Laos participated. The stadium has a seating capacity of 15,500, but holds around 20,000 people with standing areas. It is unofficially designated as the home stadium of the Philippines national football team. Aside from the football field, it also has a rubberized track oval, an Olympic-size swimming pool and other sports facilities. The stadium is also the home of Panaad Festival, a week-long celebration participated in by all cities and municipalities in the province held annually every summer. The festival is highlighted by merry-making, field demonstrations, pageant and concert at the stadium. The stadium itself features replicas of the landmarks of the 13 cities and municipalities of Negros Occidental.
Capitol Park & LagoonCapitol Park and Lagoon is a provincial park located right in the heart of Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, in the Philippines. One of the landmarks of the park is the carabao (water buffalo) being pulled by a woman. This carabao is located at the northern end of the lagoon. On the other end, there is also another carabao sculpture but the figure is being pulled by a man.
Bacolod-Silay International AirportBacolod-Silay International Airport, located in nearby Silay City, is 15 kilometers north-east from Bacolod. The P4.37-billion airport is capable of handling all-weather and night-landing operations. Its 2,000-meter (6,600 ft.) long and 45-meter (148 ft.) wide primary runway, and 678-meter by 23-meter taxiways can accommodate Airbus A320 family-size aircraft, and theBoeing 737, while the apron can hold five aircraft at any one time. The runway runs in a direction of 03°/21°. Provisions for a 500-meter (1,600 ft) expansion of the present runway in order to accommodate even larger aircraft like the Airbus A330, Airbus A340 and Boeing 747 are in place. Bacolod is 1 hour by air from Manila, 30 minutes by air from Cebu and 1 hour by air from Cagayan de Oro. Commercial airlines operating in Bacolod are Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, PAL Express, Zest Airways and South East Asian Airlines
Bacolod City Domestic AirportMandurriao Airport in Iloilo City,Roxas Airport in Roxas City and Puerto Princesa Airport in Puerto Princesa. This airport was replaced by the new Bacolod-Silay International Airport, located in nearby Silay City. It was classified as such by the Air Transportation Office, a body of the Department of Transportation and Communications that is responsible for the operations of all other airports in the Philippines except the major international airports. The Bacolod City Domestic Airport ceased operations on January 17, 2008, prior to the opening of the Bacolod-Silay International Airport which began operations the day after.
Business process outsourcing
Bacolod is the Philippines' third fastest growing economy in terms of information technology (IT) and business process outsourcing (BPO) activities.The city has been recommended by the Information and Communication Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP) as the best location in the Visayas for BPO activities. Bacolod ranked 3rd among the top ten "Next Wave Cities" of the Philippines for the best location for BPO and offshoring according to a 2010 report of the Commission on Information and Communications Technology.In 2013, the city was declared a "center of excellence" for IT-business process management operations by the DOST, joining the ranks of Metro Manila, Metro Cebu, and Metro Clark. Among the notable BPO companies operating in the city are Convergys, Teleperformance, TeleTech, Transcom, Panasiatic, Focus Direct, Hit Rate Solutions and Telequest.