Bacolod-Silay International Airport lies nine miles from Bacolod City, the Philippines. Housing a multi-level passenger terminal, it is one of the international airports serving the Western Visayas region. Although it is built as and declared an international airport by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, Bacolod-Silay Airport currently only serves domestic flights to and from locales including Manila and Cebu. Interestingly, the Japanese aided in the construction of this airport: planning and construction were commenced and partially funded by Japanese companies.
The Airport serves the vicinity of Bacolod, the capital city of the Negros Occidental province. It is the most populous city in Western Visayas and part of the Bacolod Metropolitan Area, along with the cities of Silay and Talisay. Known locally as the “City of Smiles”, Bacolod is popular for its friendliness and its MassKara Festival in October.
Getting to Bacolod-Silay Airport from the city may be challenging for first-time visitors. One option is the public shuttle vans that transfer passengers from Bacolod’s SM City terminal to the airport. By road, expect around half an hour for travel time. You could also ride Philippines’s quintessential jeepney through a detour. From Bacolod, take a jeepney to North-bound Terminal, where you change to a Silay-bound jeepney. Once in Silay City, you may hop on a tricycle at Silay public market or take a van to head for the Airport. Do note that the van does not depart until it has six passengers, and the tricycle fare is cheaper if you’re willing to share the ride. Of course, the more straightforward taxi is always available.
Bacolod City is worth a visit while in Negros Occidental. The area boasts a collection of captivating museums, including the Laguerta Home of the Vintage Glasses. Its entrance stands stout, but its exhibits are antiquated and delicate rarities. Another must is the Negros Showroom, which sells Bacolod handicrafts and pasalubong (homecoming gift – a must-have for when you return home!). The store’s most popular items are masks by designer Jojo Vito.
Paris of Negros
Although Bacolod-Silay Airport is considered to serve Bacolod, it is actually located in Silay City. This district is nicknamed “Paris of Negros” after its rich heritage of art and culture. It has a running penchant for the artistic scene, preserving the church of San Diego de Alcala designed by Italian architect Antonia Bernasconi and numerous historic sites like Hofilena Heritage House.
Mambukal Mountain Resort
Nestled among the mountains and forests is one of Negros Occidental’s prized spots. Just half an hour’s drive from Bacolod, Mambukal Mountain Resort rewards visitors with the spoils of medicinal sulphur springs, lush emerald greenery, and breathtaking waterfall lagoons. Spend a day trekking through its slopes and hanging bridges, and take the night off in your choice accommodation from a selection of cottages, picnic huts, and camp sites.
Hong Kong and Macau
If you’re looking to travel somewhere farther, you can fly from Bacolod-Silay Airport to Manila or Cebu. From there, the rest of Asia and the world are accessible via international airlines. One popular destination is Hong Kong, the vibrant city that thrives on an energetic economy of consumables: food and retail. Throng the streets of Kowloon City and Hong Kong Island for a never-ending feast.
From Hong Kong, a luxurious getaway in Macau is just a ferry ride away. Ring in riches at its world-renowned casinos, and head on a romantic stroll down its Venetian-styled canals.
Or fly a little farther to reach Incheon, South Korea, land of pop culture and thousands of years of tradition. Take in the sights of its preserved palace grounds, go wild with the frenetic crowd at concerts held by famous pop artists, or fish for fresh abalone by the sunrise in the peaceful shores of Busan.
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