Living in Bacolod
Bacolod City is the City of Smiles and more. Bacolod is one of the fastest-growing cities in the whole of Negros, if not the most developed already. There is more to Bacolod than its delectable food, affordable coffee, impeccable desserts, and smiling locals. Buying a house and lot for sale in Bacolod may have its pros and cons, but the pros definitely outweigh the cons.
Bacolod City is poised to become Negros’ business hub.
Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental have an economic gap. The Negros Island Region was created to address this issue. Bacolod City is the biggest city within the region, which will benefit the two provinces.
Bacolod City is classified as a first-class city because of its economy first and population second. Negros Occidental has an IRA (internal revenue allotment) of Php11.07 billion, and Bacolod is at the center of economic growth.
As such, business opportunities will be concentrated here. The same goes for employment opportunities given the accessibility of the workforce.
Bacolod City’s homegrown residents are naturally entrepreneurial.
Bacolod is one of the primary producers of sugar in the 19th century. However, the 1980s sugar crisis or when exports were minimized and could no longer sustain the livelihood of the people, the Negrenses, especially the women, started a foundation they now call the Association of Negros Producers (ANP).
ANP aimed at providing the displaced sugarcane workers the jobs from food processing to handicraft making. The majority of these were small or backyard businesses which then became household names. Negros Showroom displays some of the best Negros-hailed products.
Exacerbated by the sinking of MV Don Juan, what had been an astonishing result of the crisis was the creation of the MassKara Festival. The Bacolenos were the hardest hit of both crises. The festival of smiles proved how resilient the locals are.
Even its most famous Bacolod delicacies are brought by being the Sugar Capital of the Philippines. Among the favorites are napoleones, pastel de manga, piaya, and guapple pie. Satisfying your sweet tooth here would not be a problem.
Bacolod City is the BPO-IT haven of the South.
More specifically, Bacolod is poised to become a top destination for business process outsourcing (BPO) locators and other IT-enabled industries.
In 2005, there were 1,000 BPO employees, and by 2010, the number increased to 11,000. In 2015, there were more than 20 major BPO companies in Bacolod employing up to 24,000 people. The number of firms grows by 20% annually. And because of this, Bacolod City is dubbed as one of the Center of Excellence for IT-BPM.
For the locals desiring a career shift, there are IT centers to help hone one’s skills and proficiencies. Through this, the career shifter will be ready before his or her deployment in the industry.
This means one thing: higher disposable incomes of the residents they can devote to their everyday needs and the occasional indulgence. It also means a higher chance of participating in the real estate market as a renter, investor, or buyer.
Bacolod City is one of the most livable cities in the Philippines.
Time and again, the city receives awards for being one of the top cities in the country in terms of livability. It is no wonder then why it is a favorite among Filipino homebuyers.
The competition among the real estate developers pushed the prices to as high as a 50% increase in land prices in downtown areas. Nevertheless, the prices of both land and house and lot for sale in Bacolod are still within the affordable range. There are high-end options too.
Bacolod caters to all kinds of homebuyers with its residential villages and condominium buildings. Townships and mixed-use projects have already been built too. What is good about surveying and buying a house and lot for sale in Bacolod is their relatively spacious configurations. For one, Ayala Land Inc. has invested Php 6 billion for the development of Capitol Central.
Some of the developments are in the pre-selling stage also, which the homebuyers may take advantage of. House and lots and condo units are sold at the lowest prices available during this stage. These properties’ value is expected to increase in at all stages of development until completion.
Bacolod City is an urbanized probinsiya.
Not just the cost of living which is lower than other highly-urbanized cities in the Visayas region, but also how the government maintains the quality of life of the Negrenses.
Developments, real estate or not, are here and there. And yet, the city maintains its quaint, natural charm due to a more laidback lifestyle that is Bacolod City is known for. Despite the abundance of urban amenities, issues relating to over-development are nonexistent. For one, lush greeneries are everywhere!
In fact, the air quality in the city is something the government boasts off. The place is not wrapped in smog. This will keep going for as long as the provincial and city government continues to protect the environment and decongest the areas, which brings us to the next reason Bacolod is the perfect place to live in.
Bacolod City is a green city.
To continue with the above, the provincial government intends to keep a balance between industrialization and commercialization and agricultural production. Negros Occidental still relies on agribusiness.
For one, the government is after transforming the entire province into becoming the “Organic Food Island of Asia.” It means province-wide investing in sustainable agricultural methods and practices. For the residents, it means the greater availability of fresh and nutritious food to consume.
And since there is an overabundance of sugarcane in Negros, it will soon become the country’s leading bioethanol producer. Sugarcane is the raw material of bioethanol. The first bioethanol plant is already operational (since 2009) in San Carlos City, where the biggest solar farm is also found, and more plants are being built.
Bacolod City has a healthy mix of cultural and natural destinations.
Tourism is one of the primary economic activities in Negros and especially in Bacolod City. The MassKara Festival season alone is the biggest tourist drawer in the city. 2020 marks the 40th celebration of the festival, so spectators can expect more grandiose parade and street dancing.
Nonetheless, the itinerary must not be confined to the festival alone because Bacolod City and nearby towns have several heritage and natural sites that you can also explore. Definitely, you’d have a deeper appreciation of these destinations that are accessible from the capital if you live here.
One of the famous places of interest is Mambukal Mountain Resort found at the foothills of Mt. Kanlaon. It is known for its sulfur springs and waterfalls. Another well-known destination is Campuestohan Adventure Park. Despite its name, the park is kid-friendly – perfect for families with children.
In the northern part of Bacolod City in Talisay City is The Ruins, the remnants of an Italian mansion razed during World War II. It is best to see it at night when the lights are flooding what is left of the structure. During the day, however, how the ruins go against the landscaped gardens that surround it is a splendor in itself. Silay City, which is near Talisay City, is your next destination.
Silay is known as the Paris of Negros, and it’s easy to see why. It houses several well-preserved and National Historical Institute-recognized ancestral homes. Balay Negrense, a museum, is actually an ancestral house.
Down south of Bacolod City, however, are caves, waterfalls, and beaches. There are also several diving spots for the adventure-seekers.
Cauayan, for instance, has many white sand beaches, the most popular of which is Punta Bulata because of the diving activities you can do here. The nearby Danjuan Island, on the other hand, houses a marine and wildlife sanctuary. It also has explore-worthy lagoons where you can do snorkeling and diving.
House and lot for sale in Bacolod
Bacolod is one of the Philippines’ top model cities. The next best thing is to buy a house and lot for sale in Bacolod and reside here for good. You can have your own home starting from Php1.3 million. The available floor areas are from 25 to 75 sqm, making them perfect for both small and big families.