Bacolod is the capital of the province of Negros Occidental. Having a total of 511,820 inhabitants according to the 2010 census, it is the most populous city in the Western Visayas Region and the 17th most populous city of the Philippines. It is part of a metropolitan area called Metro Bacolod, which includes the cities of Silay and Talisay. It is notable for its famous Masskara Festival held during the 3rd week of October. Known for being a relatively friendly city, it bears the nickname “City of Smiles”. Bacolod City recently ranked no. 1 in a survey by MoneySense Magazine as the “Best Place to Live in the Philippines”. Bacolod ranks 3rd among the top ten “Next Wave Cities” of the Philippines for the best location for business process outsourcing and off shoring according to the 2010 report of the Commission on Information and Communications Technology.
Bacolod City has 2 pronounced seasons, wet and dry. The rainy season starts from May to January with heavy rains occurring during the months of August and September. Dry season starts from the month of February up to the last week of April. December and January are the coldest months while April is the warmest.
Hiligaynon (Ilonggo) is the major dialect spoken in Bacolod City. English and Tagalog are also widely spoken and understood especially in the urban areas.
Bacolod is served by an international and a domestic airport. The Bacolod-Silay International Airport, located in nearby Silay City, is 15 kilometers north-east from Bacolod. The P4.37-billion airport is capable of handling all-weather and night-landing operations. Bacolod is 45 minutes by air from Ninoy Aquino International Airport and 30 minutes by air from Mactan Cebu International Airport. Commercial airlines operating in Bacolod are Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, Airphil Express and South East Asia Airlines.
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Text adapted from Wikipedia.