In the province of Negros Occidental lies the City of Smiles known as Bacolod. As the capital of the province, Bacolod City serves as a home to over 560,000 friendly people, making it the most populous city in the Western Visayas Region.
Perhaps the friendly culture is one of the reasons why Bacolod has attracted many Filipinos to settle in the city. But more than the city’s hospitality, there are more reasons why you should choose Bacolod as a place to kickstart your dreams.
The city has enjoyed an upbeat local economy, thanks to the opportunities brought about by corporations involved in trade and investments. Bacolod also serves as the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) hub of the region. In fact, the city has been tagged 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 Visayas for BPO activities. Some notable BPO players in the city are Convergys, Teleperformance, Transcom, and TeleTech.
Due to the city’s progressive economy, the 2010 report of the Commission on Information and Communications Technology has put Bacolod amongst the Next Wave Cities of the Philippines. It has joined the ranks of Metro Manila, Metro Cebu, and the Clark Freeport Zone as centers of excellence for IT-business process management operations of the DOST.
However, Bacolod still manages to balance its rapid urbanization and its agricultural roots. Along its highways are sugarcane plantations, which still serve as a major driver of economic activity in the city. Bacolod still holds the title for being the Sugar Capital of the Philippines.
Tourism also thrives in Bacolod. Its cultural feasts, food, and scenic attractions have lured tourists from all around the world wanting to experience what it has to offer. One such notable landmark in Bacolod is the public plaza located at the very heart of the downtown area. This is where the vibrant MassKara Festival is annually held. Another must-see destination is the Negros Museum, the provincial museum located in the Capitol Complex of the city. Inside the museum is an open-air station where small theatre plays and art exhibitions are usually displayed.
There is no denying that Bacolod City is an ideal place to settle, and there are things that prove it is. MoneySense Magazine conducted a survey in 2008 and found out that the city is the best place to live in the Philippines. The city is also ranked as the most livable city in the country in a survey conducted by iKwaderno, an online magazine. Just this year, Bacolod was awarded the Top Philippine Model City by the Manila Times.
While Bacolod is transforming into a heavily modernized city, rental costs for apartments have stayed relatively affordable. For instance, a fully furnished one-bedroom apartment unit located in the central hub of the city has a monthly rent of PHP 22,000. The rent is already inclusive of utilities and a one-car parking space in the development. If you want something cheaper, go for the units being offered at Capitol Heights 1. Cheapest rents here start at PHP 6,000 monthly.
Whatever you are looking for, you will surely find a special place to call your own in Bacolod City.