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This Week in Bacolod (December 22 to 28, 2019)

Spending Christmas in Bacolod? Check out the travel updates for your vacation!

By: Yoorekka Team | December 22, 2019
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Bacolod, travel, things to do, weather

This holiday season, Bacolodnons are undeniably keeping the spirit of Christmas alive. But with cloudy and rainy weather, those who are attending the simbang gabi (dawn mass) are advised to wear jackets and keep umbrellas handy to keep them warm and dry. Meanwhile, the upgrade of streetlights at the Circumferential Road will push through this coming 2020. For the safety of the travelers this holiday season, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Negros Occidental has deployed personnel in all ports in the province.

Planning a staycation in Bacolod? Some tips on choosing and looking for available hotels and other accommodations in the city are also included. Mall schedules from well-known malls in the city are also given for those who still have to do some holiday shopping.

Weather Advisory: Cloudy skies and rains this Christmas

Expect cloudy and rainy days to prevail at the start of this week. Fortunately, fine weather will start on Thursday, December 26, and will continue until the weekend, just in time for the New Year. Although the sun will possibly shine, a passing shower will still develop mostly in the mornings. It is always best to carry an umbrella when heading out. Bacolod City’s temperature will range from 29 °C to 31 °C [1].

Traffic News: Upgraded streetlights for 2020 at Circumferential Road

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has now confirmed that the streetlights system at the Circumferential Road of Bacolod-Silay Airport Access Road will be upgraded in 2020 [2]. According to Bacolod City District Engineer Abraham Villareal, some of the streetlights in the area haven’t been operational since the wirings were stolen. To ensure the safety of the motorists, Villareal revealed that they will install solar-powered light-emitting diode streetlights in the area. A total of PhP40 million was requested by DPWH for the project.

Travel Updates

PCG ensures safety on ports this holiday season

In the coming days, it is expected that the number of passengers will further increase due to the holidays. In preparation, the entire force of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Negros Occidental has started monitoring the various ports in the province under “Oplan Byaheng Ayos Pasko 2019.” The entire force is on “full alert” status [3].

Ports in Pulupandan, Cadiz, Sagay, Escalante, San Carlos City, and the Bredco and Banago in Bacolod have PCG visibility and K9 units deployed. Sub-station commanders also were ordered to inspect the equipment of all vessels before allowing them to leave port. Meanwhile, prior to boarding, passengers are required to make sure that they are not carrying any contraband or weapons.

Hotel tips in Bacolod

If you have plans to spend your Christmas vacation in Bacolod City, it is recommended to choose hotels that are located near the downtown area or tourist inns near malls and vintage churches. Christmas shopping and attending the traditional simbang gabi are not going to be a problem when you stay in the center of the city. To discover hotels in Bacolod City for your Christmas vacation, go to Yoorekka.

Bacolod’s first Christmas Tree Park lights up

Forbes Hill Christmas Forest is now open to the public 24/7 [5]. It is located at the iconic Bacolod Welcome Marker at the main road of Forbes Hill, Megaworld’s premier residential village in Bacolod City. This new attraction features 250 Christmas trees adorned with thousands of dazzling colored lights that come alive at night. They also dance to the tune of Christmas jingles.

Shopping stores in Bacolod adjust schedules

This holiday season, malls have released their store operating hours schedule. These are listed below.

Ayala Capitol Central [6]
December 24: 10:00AM to 7:00PM
December 25 and January 1: 12:00NN to 10:00PM

888 Chinatown Premier Mall [7]
December 12 to 23: 10:00AM to 9:00PM
December 24: 10:00AM to 7:00PM
December 25: 2:00PM to 8:00PM
December 26 to 30: 10:00AM to 8:00PM
December 31: 10:00AM to 7:30PM
January 1, 2020: Mall closed

SM City Bacolod [8]
December 13 to 23: 7:00AM to 12MN
December 24: 7:00AM to 8:00PM
December 25: 10:00AM to 9:00PM
December 26 to 30: 7:00AM to 12MN
December 31: 7:00AM to 8:00PM
January 1, 2020: 10:00AM to 9:00PM

Go to Yoorekka for more news about Bacolod.

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