Bacolod's Newest Hotel Is Your Stylish Home for the Masskara Festival
It's along bustling Lacson Street.
Seda Capitol Central is located right where the party is.
(SPOT.ph) Bacolod City in Negros Occidental is not only known for its sweet treats and delicious chicken inasal, but also for hosting Masskara Festival, which is one of the grandest and most colorful events in the Philippines. After all, this tourist destination is known as the City of Smiles, and the province's biggest party is no different. So if you're planning to attend the festival this October, there's a new place to stay in Bacolod during festival season—Seda Capitol Central, which just opened in April.
A Festival Born From a Crisis
Bacolod City was in the grip of a crisis in 1980 after the prices of sugar—Negros Occidental's main source of income—plummeted. As if to make things worse, more than 700 lives were lost when a first-class passenger vessel collided with an oil tanker in Tablas Strait while traveling from Manila to Bacolod.
To lift the people’s morale and somehow change the gloomy atmosphere in the City of Smiles, the local government and civil groups organized a festival reminiscent of Rio Carnival in Brazil. Every 4th Sunday of October, Bacolodnons would wear funny-looking masks and colorful costumes, hoping that the smiles and laughter that they were once known for would return.
Activities, such as street dancing and parades, are held along Lacson Street. It's also turned into the center of all festivities as food stalls, stages for bands and DJs, and mobile bars line up along the road during Masskara weekend.
Straight Up is Seda Capitol Central’s open-air bar found on the eighth floor.
Bacolod's Newest Party Center
With its location along Lacson Street, it’s only apt that Seda Capitol Center has a vibrant rooftop bar where Masskara attendees can continue the all-day and all-night celebration. Launched on June 29, Straight Up offers stunning views of the city, al fresco seating, and non-stop partying led by their resident DJ.
Misto serves breakfast buffet from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Never leave Bacolod without trying their authentic chicken inasal.
The hotel also features a 95-seater in-house restaurant called Misto, which offers Bacolodnon and Filipino cuisines. You can help yourself to hefty servings of cripsy kare-kare, lomi, inasal, and kansi.
All rooms offer a view of the Capitol Park and Lagoon, which features sculptures by Negrense artist Felix Garzon, National Artist Guillermo Tolentino, and Italian artist Francesco Riccardo Monti.
Go for an afternoon dip in the outdoor swimming pool on the second floor.
Of course, you would need a warm bed for dozing off (and nursing a major hangover from the street party). The 154-room hotel has three accommodation options: the 25-square meter Deluxe room (P4,500), 35-square meter Premier room (P6,500), and 90-square meter suite (P14,000). All these come with a 40-inch LED television, media panel for all your connectivity needs, and an iPod/Android charging dock so you never have to worry about your phone running out of juice.
If you’re looking for a comfortable stay when in Sugarlandia, you know where to look.
Seda Capitol Central is at Lacson Street corner North Capitol Road, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental. For more information, visit Seda Capitol Central's website.