Filipinos are known globally for their resiliency. Whatever trials that come their way, they will always find a reason to still smile and let the flame of hope continue burning despite these difficulties. And Bacolod’s Masskara Festival is not a different story.
FROM THE AIRPORT
There are various options to reach the city from the airport.
- Shuttle Service – this for me is the most practical way to get out of the airport. It may not be the cheapest but this also isn’t the most expensive. Fare is at 150 pesos per person.
- Public Transportation – this is the cheapest option and may be the best choice if you on a budget and if you are not in rush. Just outside the airport, take a tricycle to Silay City for approximately 100 pesos. Your expense depends on how many you are in the group. Upon reaching SIlay, busses and jeepneys may take you to Bacolod City but up to the North Terminal only. Jeepney fare to Bacolod is at 13 pesos while the fare for busses (non AC) is at 15 pesos. The trip may take 30 minutes to an hour depending on how fast or slow the ride may be. Then take another jeepney to the city proper.
- Taxi – this is the easiest but most expensive way to reach the city. Price ranges from 250-500 pesos as some drivers usually give fixed price which is much higher than the metered price.
I wanted to go somewhere far. I wanted to escape.
There came a point in my life when I felt I was at my lowest. Something seemed to be missing. I was in search for that piece that will make me whole, without even knowing what piece I was looking for that could make me complete. I was at a crossroad not knowing which path to take. I was at the edge of a cliff thinking to just stay where I was, or take that great leap to jump and fly. I’ve read this story a lot of times. I’ve heard this countlessly. But I never imagined that I’ll have to go through that phase. I was completely lost.
The power of love can never be underestimated. It knows no space, endures the test of time, it breaks boundaries. This has been established many times and one of the strong proofs of this is The Ruins that is no doubt the most popular destination in Talisay City, Negros Occidental.
Dubbed as the “Paris of Negros”, Silay City is one of the four towns/cities declared as National Historical Landmarks along with Vigan in Ilocos Sur Taal in Batangas and Pila in Laguna. This museum city serves as gateway to Negros Occidental as this is also home to the province’s lone International Airport, the Bacolod-Silay International Airport. The city is part of Metro Bacolod that includes the cities of Talisay and Bacolod.
As part of my Bacolod trip for the 2013 MassKara Festival, I made sure this time to visit Silay since I was not able to spend more time in this city the first time I went here.