Facts & Figures
Bacolod City, is the capital and largest highly urbanized Philippine city of the province of Negros Occidental, famous for its MassKara Festival held during October. Known for its charming and friendly people, the city earned the nickname "City of Smiles."LAND AREA
441,614Language / Dialect
Hiligaynon or Ilonggo with Cebuano as the Number 2 widely spoken dialect and with English as the language of business and government.
Philippine Peso (Php) in denominations of 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 1 in pesos and. 25, 10, 5 and 1 in centavos.
Four call centers were established in Bacolod City in 2005. These call center facilities are being managed by international companies such as Teleperformance, TeleTech and local call center companies - IO Asia and Focus Pacific, while Convergys Philippines currently has a building under construction.
A new government center is under construction and is set to be completed within the next 18 months.
Meanwhile, SM Prime inc., the largest mall operator in the Philippines, recently opened a branch in Bacolod City last March 2, 2007. It has a total land area of 161,096.60 sq.m. and has a total gross floor area of 61,413 sq.m. It is the third SM mall in the Visayas.
In a recent study of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM), Bacolod City tops the list as the Most Business Friendly Highly Urbanized City and Number 1 in terms of infrastructure, cost of doing business and cost of living, ahead of such other highly urbanized cities like Iloilo, Naga, Cagayan de Oro, and others.
Bacolod City also received an award from ANVIL (a National Award giving body) for its implementation of laws, particularly in the area of speeding up processing of business applications and payment of taxes.
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