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5 Fun Ways to Keep Your New Year Celebrations in Bacolod Alive This Year

Find unique ways to make your holiday in Bacolod more memorable!

By: Shanice Reyes | October 01, 2022

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It is up to you where you will be when the world does its New Year countdown!

Images: MassKara Festival Facebook page

When it comes to the traditional holiday in Bacolod, most families stay home, light up fireworks bought downtown, and share a delicious home-cooked meal at midnight. But if you want a break from the same old traditions this New Year, we have listed some alternative ways for you. If you wish to be in the middle of the crowd partying all night or welcome the New Year in a secluded hideaway, check out these ideas that will give you a one-of-a-kind New Year in Bacolod.


1. Take a beach trip at Lakawon Beach Resort.



New Year in Bacolod – Holiday in Bacolod – New Year Celebration, New Year in Bacolod

Escape the cold holiday and have some fun under the sun before the year ends.

Image: Lakawon Facebook page

If you want a New Year celebration in a warm local destination where you can celebrate right on the beach, check out Lakawon Beach Resort. This destination welcomes its guests with pristine white sand and turquoise waters. The 16-hectare resort island also offers many fun activities, like snorkeling, kayaking, riding a banana boat, and kite surfing. Party onboard at the TawHai Floating Bar, the most extensive floating bar in Asia, and watch the spectacular view of the last sunset this year.

How to get to Lakawon Beach Resort: From North Ceres Terminal, board a Cadiz Ceres Bus bound for Cadiz. Ask the driver to drop you off at the Martisan Crossing, then take a pedicab to the Cadiz Viejo Port (Lakawon Port). When you get to the port, proceed to the port’s office to register and pay the fees. Wait for the guard to call your number and move to the boat ride to Lakawon Island. The boat ride will take about 15 minutes.


2. Go camping or glamping at Kampo Hiyang-Hiyang Resort.



New Year in Bacolod – Holiday in Bacolod – New Year Celebration, holiday in Bacolod

Activities like birdwatching, nature walking, stargazing, swimming, and trekking can also be done in Kampo Hiyang-Hiyang.

Image: Kampo Hiyang-Hiyang Facebook page

Unparalleled views from the night sky, mountains, and city lights match this serene location which is only 30 minutes away from the capital. Something quiet with a breath of fresh air, you say? Kampo Hiyang-Hiyang offers glamping and camping under the stars! Let the cool breeze and clean atmosphere of the mountains help you reflect on what last year has been while taking time off from the busy life back in the metro.

How to get to Kampo Hiyang-Hiyang: There are no buses or jeepneys passing by Kampo Hiyang-Hiyang. You can either take a taxi going to Brgy. Cabatangan or rent a car at Bacolod Cars for Rent’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BacolodcarRental/?ref=br_rs.



3. Watch the annual fireworks display at Bacolod Government Center.



New Year in Bacolod – Holiday in Bacolod – New Year Celebration, New Year in Bacolod

The skies of Bacolod will sparkle again with multi-colored lights.

Image: Peter Ed

Suppose you want to witness a grand display of dazzling pyrotechnics but are hesitant to spend a penny; the government invites you to the unrestricted Annual Fireworks Display at the Bacolod Government Center. This annual gathering is organized to bring continuous prosperity to the city. Expect the city hall grounds to be filled with children spreading laughter, couples spending time, and families gathering as one to celebrate the evening with a bang. The annual display of colorful fireworks will be accompanied by music and a countdown to make New Year in Bacolod more joyful.


How to get to Bacolod Government Center: From the North Ceres Terminal, cross the street to the PUV North Terminal and take a Bangga Pepsi-New Government Center jeepney. Get off at the final stop of the jeepney, which is at the Bacolod Government Center.


4. Have a staycation at The Pool House Bacolod.



New Year in Bacolod – Holiday in Bacolod – New Year Celebration, holiday in Bacolod

Meaningful conversations with loved ones over a bottle of wine in a private house with a pool.

Image: TPHB Gotera's Room Rental-Air b&b Villa Facebook page

If you prefer to be far removed from the parties and celebrations during New Year, have a staycation at The Pool House Bacolod in Villa Celia Subdivision. In addition to access to the whole private house, you have full use of the pool, garden, and function room with KTV (Karaoke Television). Make use of the private getaway inside a quiet subdivision by turning off all gadgets and electronics and having a night of intimate bonding with the family.

How to get to The Pool House: Take a Mansilingan-Central Market jeepney south of Central Market Downtown. Ask the driver to drop you off at the main entrance of Villa Celia Subdivision in Taculing. Take a pedicab and ask the driver to drop you off at The Pool House Bacolod along Celia Avenue.



5. Host a house party at Apollo Restaurant.



New Year in Bacolod – Holiday in Bacolod – New Year Celebration, New Year in Bacolod

Have your closest friends help you out with the house party preparations

Image: Unsplash

Make the holiday in Bacolod extra fun with your gang! How about gathering all your closest friends under one roof and hosting an end-of-the-year house party for your New Year celebration? Deck your house from top to bottom with festive decorations and pass around the party hats and horns. Since planning and prepping would take up your time, drive to Apollo Restaurant before the party to take care of the food. Keep your guests well fed with the restaurant’s food packages, and don’t forget to get some lumpia (spring rolls), the most expected finger food on any occasion. Your music and drink selection should also be on point; set the tone by creating a festive environment before the New Year countdown!

How to get to Apollo Restaurant (Lopue’s Branch): If you come from SM City Bacolod, get on a Homesite-Central Market PUV bound east. Ask the driver to drop you at the front entrance of Lopue’s East Building. Once you get off, you will see the Apollo Restaurant’s entry between Dunkin Donuts and Jollibee.


Start the year by trying strange things; relax, look back, or rave until the first sunrise of the year greets you with a beautiful hello. Happy New Year!


Visit Yoorekka Magazine for more exciting travel destinations in Bacolod and Negros this holiday season!


This article was initially published in Yoorekka on December 27, 2019.


Due to changing quarantine measures, the activities, destination/s, store/s, and establishment/s featured in this article might be temporarily prohibited or closed under the latest government policies. LGUs might also implement health protocols and travel requirements. Please get in touch with the establishment/s before visiting. Stay safe!


Check out this video:



New Year in Bacolod, holiday in Bacolod, New Year celebration

It is up to you where you will be when the world does its New Year countdown!

Images: MassKara Festival Facebook page

When it comes to the traditional holiday in Bacolod, most families stay home, light up fireworks bought downtown, and share a delicious home-cooked meal at midnight. But if you want a break from the same old traditions this New Year, we have listed some alternative ways for you. If you wish to be in the middle of the crowd partying all night or welcome the New Year in a secluded hideaway, check out these ideas that will give you a one-of-a-kind New Year in Bacolod.


1. Take a beach trip at Lakawon Beach Resort.



New Year in Bacolod – Holiday in Bacolod – New Year Celebration, New Year in Bacolod

Escape the cold holiday and have some fun under the sun before the year ends.

Image: Lakawon Facebook page

If you want a New Year celebration in a warm local destination where you can celebrate right on the beach, check out Lakawon Beach Resort. This destination welcomes its guests with pristine white sand and turquoise waters. The 16-hectare resort island also offers many fun activities, like snorkeling, kayaking, riding a banana boat, and kite surfing. Party onboard at the TawHai Floating Bar, the most extensive floating bar in Asia, and watch the spectacular view of the last sunset this year.

How to get to Lakawon Beach Resort: From North Ceres Terminal, board a Cadiz Ceres Bus bound for Cadiz. Ask the driver to drop you off at the Martisan Crossing, then take a pedicab to the Cadiz Viejo Port (Lakawon Port). When you get to the port, proceed to the port’s office to register and pay the fees. Wait for the guard to call your number and move to the boat ride to Lakawon Island. The boat ride will take about 15 minutes.


2. Go camping or glamping at Kampo Hiyang-Hiyang Resort.



New Year in Bacolod – Holiday in Bacolod – New Year Celebration, holiday in Bacolod

Activities like birdwatching, nature walking, stargazing, swimming, and trekking can also be done in Kampo Hiyang-Hiyang.

Image: Kampo Hiyang-Hiyang Facebook page

Unparalleled views from the night sky, mountains, and city lights match this serene location which is only 30 minutes away from the capital. Something quiet with a breath of fresh air, you say? Kampo Hiyang-Hiyang offers glamping and camping under the stars! Let the cool breeze and clean atmosphere of the mountains help you reflect on what last year has been while taking time off from the busy life back in the metro.

How to get to Kampo Hiyang-Hiyang: There are no buses or jeepneys passing by Kampo Hiyang-Hiyang. You can either take a taxi going to Brgy. Cabatangan or rent a car at Bacolod Cars for Rent’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BacolodcarRental/?ref=br_rs.



3. Watch the annual fireworks display at Bacolod Government Center.



New Year in Bacolod – Holiday in Bacolod – New Year Celebration, New Year in Bacolod

The skies of Bacolod will sparkle again with multi-colored lights.

Image: Peter Ed

Suppose you want to witness a grand display of dazzling pyrotechnics but are hesitant to spend a penny; the government invites you to the unrestricted Annual Fireworks Display at the Bacolod Government Center. This annual gathering is organized to bring continuous prosperity to the city. Expect the city hall grounds to be filled with children spreading laughter, couples spending time, and families gathering as one to celebrate the evening with a bang. The annual display of colorful fireworks will be accompanied by music and a countdown to make New Year in Bacolod more joyful.


How to get to Bacolod Government Center: From the North Ceres Terminal, cross the street to the PUV North Terminal and take a Bangga Pepsi-New Government Center jeepney. Get off at the final stop of the jeepney, which is at the Bacolod Government Center.


4. Have a staycation at The Pool House Bacolod.



New Year in Bacolod – Holiday in Bacolod – New Year Celebration, holiday in Bacolod

Meaningful conversations with loved ones over a bottle of wine in a private house with a pool.

Image: TPHB Gotera's Room Rental-Air b&b Villa Facebook page

If you prefer to be far removed from the parties and celebrations during New Year, have a staycation at The Pool House Bacolod in Villa Celia Subdivision. In addition to access to the whole private house, you have full use of the pool, garden, and function room with KTV (Karaoke Television). Make use of the private getaway inside a quiet subdivision by turning off all gadgets and electronics and having a night of intimate bonding with the family.

How to get to The Pool House: Take a Mansilingan-Central Market jeepney south of Central Market Downtown. Ask the driver to drop you off at the main entrance of Villa Celia Subdivision in Taculing. Take a pedicab and ask the driver to drop you off at The Pool House Bacolod along Celia Avenue.



5. Host a house party at Apollo Restaurant.



New Year in Bacolod – Holiday in Bacolod – New Year Celebration, New Year in Bacolod

Have your closest friends help you out with the house party preparations

Image: Unsplash

Make the holiday in Bacolod extra fun with your gang! How about gathering all your closest friends under one roof and hosting an end-of-the-year house party for your New Year celebration? Deck your house from top to bottom with festive decorations and pass around the party hats and horns. Since planning and prepping would take up your time, drive to Apollo Restaurant before the party to take care of the food. Keep your guests well fed with the restaurant’s food packages, and don’t forget to get some lumpia (spring rolls), the most expected finger food on any occasion. Your music and drink selection should also be on point; set the tone by creating a festive environment before the New Year countdown!

How to get to Apollo Restaurant (Lopue’s Branch): If you come from SM City Bacolod, get on a Homesite-Central Market PUV bound east. Ask the driver to drop you at the front entrance of Lopue’s East Building. Once you get off, you will see the Apollo Restaurant’s entry between Dunkin Donuts and Jollibee.


Start the year by trying strange things; relax, look back, or rave until the first sunrise of the year greets you with a beautiful hello. Happy New Year!


Visit Yoorekka Magazine for more exciting travel destinations in Bacolod and Negros this holiday season!


This article was initially published in Yoorekka on December 27, 2019.


Due to changing quarantine measures, the activities, destination/s, store/s, and establishment/s featured in this article might be temporarily prohibited or closed under the latest government policies. LGUs might also implement health protocols and travel requirements. Please get in touch with the establishment/s before visiting. Stay safe!


Check out this video:



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Shanice Reyes writes to buy herself good coffee and bike parts. When she's not writing, you can find her playing Ultimate Frisbee, traveling to new places, or hanging out with her dogs and tarantulas. Though she has an irrational fear of heights, she'd love to try sky-diving one day.

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