They say it is more fun to live in the Philippines, but apparently, it is so much more fun to live in Negros Occidental—Bacolod, Philippines to be exact. With the locals’ sweet sounding accents, the delectable food, and the relaxing and at ease lifestyle this city has to offer, it is no wonder it was appropriately given the moniker, “The City of Smiles”. Indeed, anyone who has set foot in Bacolod would tell you how much different the life is there. Without the perpetual hustle and bustle of a big city and with the streets frequently devoid of any traffic, it is safe to say that Bacolod City is the place where the word stress is almost nonexistent. With three major malls
(Ayala Bacolod, SM City Bacolod, and Robinsons), an array of homegrown restaurants with an affordable menu complemented with the relaxing ambiance of the countryside, Bacolod hits the perfect balance of urban living and southern rustic charm.
If this is not enough to convince you, the city has been aptly named the Best Place to Live by MoneySense Magazine from among the sixty-five cities ranked—an affirmation that Bacolod is indeed an excellent place to reside in. However, if these are not enough to convince you, perhaps the reasons below will:
1. Delectable Cuisine
Without a doubt, Bacolod is home to one of the Philippines’ most delectable food. Known as the place of the famous chicken inasal, the city has its own fair share of unique and tasty desserts as well. From the sweet and custard filled Napoleones to the crisp and mouthwatering piyayas, there is always something tasty to eat.
2. Lower cost of living
Living in Bacolod is relatively cheaper than most busy cities. The cost of utilities, food, and even real properties are significantly lower to any neighboring highly urbanized cities. This is an integral factor you should consider when you are looking for a place to live.
3. Charming people
Without a doubt, one of the things that make a place attractive to live in is the locals and Bacolod have some of the friendliest faces you will ever see. The locals and residents surely live up to the name of being the City of Smiles as everywhere you go, you are greeted by warm people who have generous hearts and sincere hospitality. With locals like this, it would be incredibly easy to assimilate and find friends.
4. Quality of life
The city of smiles offers a unique twist to urban living by giving it the ambiance and feel of living in the countryside. Bacolod is a great city to move in if you are looking to raise your children without the fear of pollution and complications brought by over-development. It offers a lot of urban amenities and the city has a variety of public and private schools that offer quality education at all levels. Additionally, Bacolod City has an excellent roadwork which makes traversing the city incredibly easy as it allows for high mobility traffic. Recreational amenities such as golf courses, bars and restaurants, coffee shops, sports facilities and resorts also abound so one is never without things to do in the city.
February 25, 2017