You never really visited Bacolod if you didn’t go to the most talked about house in the Philippines… well aside from Pinoy Big Brother’s Bahay ni Kuya, that is. As it is located just a few minutes outside the city, this tourist spot is very accessible to almost all tourists who visit Bacolod.
How to go to the Ruins
From SM City Bacolod, you can choose to either go there via taxi or jeepney.
This is the easiest, fastest and most comfortable way to reach the Ruins. Just take a taxi outside SM (or any part of Bacolod) and voila! You are on your way! You have to be aware though that taxi drivers don’t use their meters when going outside the city. They will offer to take you there for P300. Don’t say yes. Turn on your haggling powers and try to bring it down to P200. If the driver doesn’t give in no matter what you do and you really want to take a taxi, try it at P250. If it still doesn’t work, don’t say anything and just turn your back.
This is better if you’re traveling with a group so you can split up the fare.
Via Jeepney + Tricycle
If you’re on a tighter budget, you can opt to ride a jeepney with the signage Bata or Libertad-Bata. Just tell the driver to drop you off the corner where you can take the tricycle going to the Ruins.
This is a better option if there are only two of you or if you’re alone.
- Entrance fee to the Ruins is P95. My friend told me that before it was used as one of the settings on Ikaw Lamang, a local TV series, the fee used to be only P40. Tsk, tsk, tsk.
- The best time to go to the Ruins is at 5:00 PM. You’ll see the structure glow under the light of the setting sun. This is the effect of mixing egg white (yes, you read that right) and cement for the wall finishing.