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About Bacolod and its History


Bacolod City is the capital of Negros Occidental and is notable for its MassKara Festival held during October. A friendly city, it bears the nickname, "City of Smiles". The name Bacolod was derived from "bakolod", which is the Old Ilonggo term for a hill, to refer to the stoned hill where the resettlement was founded.

Brief History

Spanish Colonial Era

Bacolod started as a tiny village by the riverbank, which was administered by San Sebastian. It was later established as a town sometime 1755.

The successful Negros Revolution took place on 1898, when the Palacio Episcopal was captured, leading to the surrender of the Spanish forces in the area.

American Regime

The first private school in Negros Occidental, the College of Our Lady of Consolation, was established in 1919. In 1938, Bacolod officially became a charter city, which meant that its governing body had its own charter, separate from state laws.

Modern Times

In 2010, Bacolod was slated to be one of the "Next Wave" cities in the Philippines for the offshoring / BPO industry.

Bacolod History (Wikipedia)

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