Circle Inn in Bacolod City

Circle Inn Restaurant and Lobby - 1
Restaurant and Lobby

During our trip to Bacolod last February, three of Sha’s officemates joined us. We are 5 (five) in the group. Instead of getting two separate rooms, we decided to get the Family Suite where we just added an extra bed. The room is perfect for group and family holidays because our room has four single beds, one sofa, and a dining table and chairs that’s good for four people.

Circle Inn - Family Room - 1
Single beds

For the bathroom, there are two cubicles for shower and there are two cubicles for the toilet which I like because it would be hard to follow our schedule if there’s only one shower and one toilet to be used by all of us. There’s a TV inside the room (yes, they do have cable). They also provide free Wi-Fi access which is available in all of the rooms with no extra charge. I’m sure that bloggers, and for those who will go to Bacolod for a business trip will surely enjoy this.

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Dining Area

What I don’t like about the Family Suite is that there are a few outlets available for us to use for charging our cameras and mobile phones. Thus, if you’ll be checking in at Circle Inn’s Family Suite, I suggest for you to bring an extension cord. 😀

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TV and sofa

It’s too bad that the plunge pool jacuzzi is turned off at night. Thus, they were only able to swim at the other pool. If you plan to use their jacuzzi, just go there earlier. 😀

Circle Inn - Family Room - 4

Another thing that I like about Circle Inn is that there’s a nearby convenience store. It became easy for us to buy snacks and bottled water since we do not need to ride a jeep or walk further to be able to buy those items. 🙂

Circle Inn

Lopez Jaena – Malaspina Streets, Capitol Shopping Center Bacolod City 6100 Philippines
Telephone: 63-34-709-9111 OR 63-34-709-9009
Telefax: 63-34-433-2538
Mobile/Text Messaging: 63-917-445-9972

Embracing Nature at Mambukal Resort

1st waterfalls at Mambukal Resort
1st waterfall at Mambukal Resort

It was in February when we first went to Mambukal Resort. From Circle Inn (the hotel where we stayed), we took a jeep and went off at Libertad (7 pesos). And then, we took a non-air-conditioned bus going to Mambukal which costs 35 pesos/pax (one way). Just tell the conductor that you’ll get off at Mambukal. And yes, the bus stops in front of Mambukal Resort.

The travel time from Bacolod to Mambukal is around 1.5 hours. It’s not that long. On the way to Mambukal, you’ll enjoy the scenery of the vast fields of sugar cane and of Mount Canlaon. 🙂

Upon arriving Mambukal Resort, just go inside, and pay an entrance fee of 30 pesos for adults and 10 pesos for kids.

Celebrating 150 years of Rizal through Traveling

Here in PinoyTravelr, we’re celebrating 150 years of Rizal by listing here the sites we have recently visited that are included in the Rizal at 150 Heritage Trail.

1. Rizal Park and Rizal monument

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The Rizal monument is a bronze sculpture by a Swiss sculptor (Richard Kissling). Anyway, there was actually a design competition for the monument and Kissling’s entry landed in second place. Read more about this in Wikipedia. Be sure to ride the tranvia jeepney in Rizal Park. It’s a fun experience if done with family or friends. 😀 Fare for each person is 50 pesos.

2. Rizal Execution Site

Rizal and the Firing Squad

Rizal was executed here in December 30, 1896. The Rizal Execution Site is just located beside the Rizal Park. If you’re already there, be sure to visit it.

3. Paco Park

Paco Park

After Rizal was executed in Luneta (formerly known as Bagumbayan), he was later interred at Paco Park [via Wikipedia]. Today, Paco Park has been a famous venue for weddings and a venue for engagement shoots. Paco Park has an entrance fee of 5 pesos.

4. Molo Church

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The Molo Church is one of the places that Rizal was visited when he was in Iloilo. During that time, he was on his way back from Manila after his exile from Dapitan. He went there to meet with this friend Raymundo Melliza [via The News Today].

5. Fort San Pedro

Fort San Pedro Facade 2

The SS Panay, the steamship that he took on his way to Manila, has stopped over at Fort San Pedro, Cebu City so that they can get more coal and also some more passengers [via The Philippine Daily Inquirer] The entrance fee here costs 30 pesos for adults.

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PTB blog carnival logoThis is an entry to the PTB (Pinoy Travel Bloggers) Blog Carnival in commemoration of the 150th birthday of Dr. Jose P. Rizal. Our theme for June 2011 is “Rizal and Travel”. This blog carnival is hosted by Ivan Henares.

Bacolaodiat: Bacolod’s Chinese New Year Celebration

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Bacolaodiat Festival is Bacolod City’s grand celebration of the Chinese New Year and they have been celebrating it for 6 years already. During our trip to Bacolod City, we were actually not aware of Bacolaodiat until Eric mentioned it to us.

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2nd Philippine International Pyromusical Competition

Pyromusical Competition 2011 - Portugal - 2

After the success of the first Philippine Pyromusical competition held in SM Mall of Asia, this year, me and Sha had the privilege to go to the 2nd Philippine Pyromusical Competition last Saturday where Portugal and United Kingom showcased their fireworks synchronized with music.

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SEAIR’s new Dornier 328


L-R: SEAIR President Avelino Zapanta, SEAIR COO Patrick Tan, SEAIR guests and suppliers Ms. Elsa Santos and Mr. Rico Santos of Job1Global, Father Victor Apacible, Batanes Congresswoman Hon. Henedina Abad, Congressional Chief of Staff Walter Estamo, and SEAIR Vice-President for Operations Capt. Adelberto Yap

Due to the growing market of Batanes, South East Asian Airlines has added a new Dornier 328 to its fleet. Props to SEAIR for helping develop Batanes as a major tourist destination.

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