Bacolod Philippines is a city in the province of Negros Occidental, Philippines. It is the capital and largest city of Negros Occidental. It is best known for its Maskara Festival, held during the month of October. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 429,076 people in 87,441 households. It is classified as a highly urbanized city. The city is nicknamed the "City of Smiles".
Bacolod is a major seaport and has daily ferry trips to Iloilo City. Bacolod is 20 hours from Manila by boat and 7 hours from Cebu City by boat. Bacolod City Domestic Airport is located 4 kilometers away from the city's downtown area. Bacolod is 50 minutes from Manila by plane and 30 minutes from Cebu City by plane.
It serves as the entrance of the sugar-rich cities and towns of the province. Visitor's facilities abound, modern means of in-land transport can take guests for business or leisure to any point on Negros Island.
Bacolod City is home the Panaad Stadium, which has a capacity of 25,000-30,000 people. Equipped with an Olympic-size swimming pool, a rubberized oval field and a "Eucalyptic atmosphere" because it is shaded by a forest of Eucalyptus trees. Beside the Panaad Stadium is the Panaad Park, home of "Panaad sa Negros" the mother of all festivities in Negros Occidental province. It is a recreational mini forest park that showcases the life, culture, trade, tourism, and foods of the Negrense.
Along its highways, sugarcane plantations are a typical scene; coconut and rice are also grown. The people are engaged in livestock, fishing and pottery.
The majority of the people speak Hiligaynon and the rest speak Cebuano.