Lessons on the Road | Bacolod - Iloilo - Guimaras

Not as grand compared to some holidays to benidorm, but I had a quick getaway to the city of smiles Bacolod, plus a side trip to neighboring provinces Iloilo and Guimaras.

Sharing some lessons and realizations thru these snapshots.


The Tale of Masskara
There was a time when Bacolod was badly hit by different crisis and economic problems. Everyone was feeling down. So to hide the despair, the people thought of wearing colorful and lively masks and costumes. They danced in the streets with happy smiles and high spirits. And so Masskara Festival is born.


Lord Byron's BBQ Ribs for only P150!
In Bacolod, we tried this excellent plus-sized meat slabs pork bbq ribs that is fall of the bones and super tender-tasty, for an unbelievable price of P150 only! This is the best ribs Ive tried for its price. Thanks Ayi and Melvin for recommending this to us.


Must-Buy-Umbrella
The sun is unforgiving in Bacolod. At 8am, it's already striking hot. Ansakit sa balat. But still, it's up to you if you can endure the sunburn. Obviously I cant. May tinatawag namang payong, P78 lang!


Masskara Street Dancing
Due to the irresistible food tripping in Bacolod, I arrived late in the plaza and missed the 1st day of street dancing competition. I cant go home to Manila without achieving my goal. So on the 2nd day, I arrived in the plaza 3 hours before the show and saved a 1st row seat. The striking sun and the rain didn't make anyone moved from their seats. The experience to witness the festival upclose, feel the vibes, and cheer with the crowd was all worth it.


Congressman without Bodyguards, with Peng, Jaz, and Verns
All of a sudden, two people asked our group if there's still a sitting space. We moved a little of course and made a seat for them. Few seconds later, I noticed everyone was smiling and handshaking the man. We found out in a little while that he is the congressman. Malay ko ba, sa Manila kasi ang congressman merong mga bodyguards na naka-barong! Hehe


Bacolod Inasal
The default way to eat Inasal is eating it with bare hands. Spoons and forks aren't served at all. Manokan Country is a strip in downtown Bacolod where every restaurant serves Inasal. Lance, Lex, Ram, Kat, and I feasted the authentic inasal. Deadma muna sa carcinogens!


Swish saves the day
The day was just very exhausting. And after everything that I ate, I badly needed to freshen up my mouth. It was really a life saver to see the Swish Booth in the streets. The promodizers invited us to use Swish mouthwash. It was sooo refreshing to gargle! Not only that, the promodizers gave us free Swish bottles each! Thank goodness, now we're ready to celebrate all day and all night.


Ambot sa "Kambing" na may bangs
All this time I thought I was hearing "Ambot sa "Kambing" na may bangs!" Haha Okaayy, so it's Kanding not Kambing. Can anyone translate this phrase please?


Sweetest Mangoes
..at P90/kilo! Prices become steep when this precious fruit of Guimaras is not in season. And by the way, it's prohibited to bring seeds or any part of a mango when entering Guimaras. This way, the locals can maintain the pure breed of their mangoes.


Half Day Tour in Guimaras
Lesson learned the hard way. For a change, I didn't read blogs or forums in preparation for this trip. I thought sometimes knowing-it-all spoils the excitement in a trip. Well, it could be true. But most of the time, it's best to know the directions and normal rates about a foreign place. It saves time and money, and headache in negotiating with the very few opportunist people.


La Paz Batchoy
Okaaay. So La Paz is a place in Iloilo pala. I thought it was a brand.


Coffee Break, anyone?
The Iloilo airport is one of the few decent ones in the Philippines. The design reminds me of NAIA Terminal2. I appreciate the efficiency of getting in and out of the airport. Vans are available to take you to the city or the port. Convenient and cheap. Talking about cheap, this Iloilo's signature Coffee Break sells their coffee for only P90!


Salonpas plasters, Katinko, and Omega pain killer
Aside from the umbrella, here are my new travel essentials. Cant handle a fully packed itinerary anymore as Im beginning to feel back and muscle pain. Welcome to old age it is! ^_^

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58 responses:

The Gasoline Dude™ said...

Bacolod is one of the places that I wanna visit soon!

Chyng said...

ang bilis naman ni Gasul, naunahan ako.. hehe

empi said...

Ambot sa kanding na may bangs. Lol!

Allen said...

Ang saya lang! I wanna experience the Masskara too!

ardee sean said...

namiss ko naman bigla yung mangga.. ang sorop.. gusto ko din pumunta jan para at home sa mga smiling faces.. :P

gillboard said...

ang dami ko pang dapat iproject na puntahan.

Anonymous said...

translation: ewan sa kambing na may bangs. :)

-moi

marxtermind said...

Have you tried Calea Cake in Bacolod? Gusto ko din manood ng local festival! :)

LeStSkY said...

expression lang siguro nila yan ahihi..

ambot - EWAN
kanding - KAMBING :)

Pinoy Adventurista said...

Ambot sa kanding na may bangs! ahahaha!!!

Favorite ko yang Bob's Cafe, twice yata ako kumain dyan when I was in Bacolod... hehehe!

docgelo said...

talo ang makukulay na maskara sa larawan ng nakapayong na si chyng!
at dyan ka pa bumili, P78! hahaha...

abeng said...

city of smile :)

swexie said...

ewan ko sa kambing na may bangs! hehehe! i wasn't able to go to bacolod but i did have a good time in guimaras.

http://swimgear.blogspot.com

michi said...

yay, tamang tama, bacolod -iloilo -guimaras din ang trip namin, though feb pa.

Leah said...

Wow.. Im so happy at nadalaw mo ang aking boring blog, ms Chyng. hehe.. Maraming salamat. :D

Yep, 2days 1night ako dyan sa Bacolod. Inimbita ng kaibigan, eh since wala naman masyadong ginagawa, eh di yun.. gumala. :D

"Ambot sa kanding na may bangs!" is an expression po.. Tagline din siya ng isang sikat na Radio station sa Iloilo/Bacolod.. It means "Ewan sa kambing na merong bangs!".. :D

Yep.. ang sarap ng Lapaz batchoy, diba? hehe.. I'm from Iloilo. Lagi ko ding hinahanap ng batchoy.. sarap kumain ng mami tsaka humigop ng sabaw, lalo na sa umaga. :D

Neil ♥ Irish said...

parang gusto ko tuloy isama ang bacolod sa iti naten! :)

lady firehawk said...

super ganda at saya pla ma-experience ang mascara festival nila... at ang mangga, ang saraaaappp nman..

thanks for sharing again Chyng.

khantotantra said...

walang ata SB sa iloilo pero may coffee break. gusto ko yung cheesecake nila :D

blissfulguro said...

Wow!nag guimaras ka pa!galing..can't wait..same as marx,nag calea ka?:)

ålêng said...

Inggit ako sa mangga! :)

nina said...

Di ko kinaya ang bangs mo lola hahahaha

KUMAGCOW said...

at may portion talaga ng salonpas haha, kelangan magpasponsor ka sa kanila hehe

citybuoy said...

I was like wow, ang sarap kumain. Tapos nalasan ko yung salonpas. haha

mike said...

a friend of mine wanted me to go there buy i had prior commitment. oh well, maybe next time.

lakwatsera de primera said...

Seryoso yung salon pass at katinko? hehehe, saktong trip nyo, merong food trip, festival at nakapag Guimaras pa :)

Photo Cache said...

may salonpas ka pang dala, epektib ba?

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

ang walang kamatayang payong hahaha!
at ngayon may Omega pain killer na - di lang ikaw no, gamit ko rin yan after a killer hike!

itsjess said...

Hi Chyng, did you take basic photography lessons? Your photos are well structured and beautiful :)

Micamyx|Senyorita said...

Woot sayang hindi tayo nagkita. Salisi hehe gusto ko pa sanang mag-Iloilo and Guimaras nun, pero overnight lang kami. Kitakits soon girl :D

SunnyToast said...

ikaw na tlga....masskara! pag pumunta ako dyn ..di ko na need mag masskara face ko palang cary na...lol


Ang saya naman...ano 2 new travel essential mo...welcome to old age na ba?..hehehehe!

Markyramone said...

You got the best seat in the house ah. While we had to contend with the crowd - good thing though we also got inside the rope barricade.

perfectlylonelysoul said...

Bacolod's the first place I visited in Visayas. Ang sarap lang magfood trip. ;p

kg said...

oh yes, guimaras mangoes! heaven! :)

you know, i'm not a fan of inasal, but the one in your pic looks so yummy! :)

ang saya saya nyo naman! nakatabi nyo pa si congressman. at least simple lang sya diba?

pusang kalye said...

napapanganga nako kasi nag MASKARA ka tas biglang lumabas si Salonpas sa picture naging comedy.naalala ko ang taxi papuntang Marriott.Seryoso talaga ng back pains? ayaw paring umalis?lols

Malditang "Kura"cha said...

aY Hindi tayo nagkasabay.. punta ako this weekend. Uy may bago ng kapalit ang umbrella niya. hehehe! Masarap daw sa Calea a, nakapaguwi ka ba?

Dorm Boy said...

parang gusto ko na rin tuloy pasyalan ang Bacolod. Di kasi nakakasama dati sa audit sa bacolod kaya d ko nadalaw ang place... nice vacation you have! Food,events, people and happenings sulit ang lakad pag kumpleto un! oopps even pictures... bumabahang pictures!

chino said...

Chyng ,actually napansin ko din ang bagong umbrella ella mo. Taga bacolod kami pero di ko pa naexplore ang city , kakahiya. =)

tndcallphilippines said...

you got a bit of everything about Bacolod... food, festivities, sites... all very nice! bacolod here i come!

Mitch said...

Food trip talaga Chyng! Pareho ba silang Congressman? hehe. Ang ganda talaga ng maskara nila. Super happy tignan..pero sorry di ko lam means ng kanding na may bangs...un! ambot!

dong ho said...

ika nga nila kung saan maraming pera maraming oportunista. hahaha... nice. courtesy call to the congresssman?

ganda ng mga depth of field shots

Pinoy Travel Freak said...

ganda ng pics mo chyng! buti nakapunta kayo Iloilo at Guimaras. Madami maganda puntahan sa Guimaras if you have enough time. Te namit gid ang batchoy? Hehe

AJ said...

Why is everyone mentioning Benidorm? Raket ba itey? :)

Anyway, I'm from Bacolod but I have never experienced Masskara ever. Wala pa yan nung bata ako (tagal na pala nun!). And although I regularly go home, lagi before or after Masskara.

Robbie said...

May bago ka nang payong! :D

Ribs for P150? I'm sold!

So natikman mo na ang manga ng Guimaras! Hahaha.

happysole said...

missing home (iloilo) because of your post.. :(

JeffZ said...

Coffee Break + La Paz Batchoy.. the best!

congrats chyng and you attended a festival na.. looking forward to Masskara pics.. damn.. na miss ko yan.. :)

Ed said...

sarap ng mangga. at sarap din ng inasal sa Manokan country!
kelangan ko na atang bumalik sa Bacolod. land trip for 5 hours lang ata from Cebu! :D

akasha said...

so kanding means kambing after all pala? heheh kakatawa naman expression nila! nice pics chyng! another goal slashed from your list :)

C.M.GARRIDO said...

love the photos... i was only able to see the night masskara... di kasi maiinit! hehehe!

Lawstude said...

haha! welcome to the old age :)

i always wanted to do that route (bacolod-ilo-ilo-guimaras) and i am planning this before the year ends. kahit ano talaga mangyari, gagawin ko to. :)

IamDP said...

I love katingko!!! hehehe.... bakit ba.... eh masarap kaya yan pagka masakit na katawan mo after sleeping like a fetus sa bus pauwi galing shift! =) lol

Diamond R said...

sarap ng barbeque. at ang BBQ ribs sa picture pa lang tulo laway na ako. Yan ang isa bakit gusto kong pumunta ng Bacolod naman pagkain talaga dahil di ko matimingan ang masskara festival na yan hangang picture na lang.

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iñigo said...

hi, meron ka bang itinerary for your bacolod-iloilo-guimaras trip? pweding pahingi ng copy?

thanks

iñigo said...

hi, do you have itinerary from your bacolod-iloilo-guimaras trip? expenses and san pupunta.. pede humingi ng copy... thanks!

Chyng said...

hi inigo,

wala sorry. i came unprepared. kumain lang ako ng kumain sa bacolod =)

iñigo said...

thanks.. punta rin kasi by August e.. o well bahala na thanks again..

Anonymous said...

ang katabi ni congressman ay si Jewel Mae Lobaton-Pimentel, wife of Sen. Koko Pimentel :D

Anonymous said...

I highly recommend Kuya Michael he is our Tourist guide/ Tricycle driver/Multicab Driver/ Photographer, when we visit Guimaras last June 17, 2015. He is very nice and honest. Feel free to call him next time you visit Guimaras. He will fetch you on time at Jordan Wharf and greeted you with his warm smile. Here is the Contact no. of Kuya Michael Selorico -- 0908 324 6835.

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