Bacolod Voted Again As ’Best Place To Live
Eight years after being hailed by MoneySense
magazine as the No. 1 city in its "Best
Places to Live in the Philippines" list in
2008, Bacolod City was again conferred the
same title by a social media group recently.
The Conyo Times ranked Bacolod as the No. 1
among 10 leading cities in the country in
its "The Best Cities to Live in the
Other nine cities according to ranking are:
(2) Davao, (3) Makati, (4) Iloilo, (5) Cebu,
(6) Puerto Princesa, (7) Quezon, (8)
Tagaytay, (9) Dumaguete, (10) Baguio.
Both awards in 2008 (MoneySense) and 2017
(The Conyo Times) happened during the
administration of Mayor Evelio Leonardia.
"Bacolod is indeed back on track," Leonardia said
today, referring to his campaign slogan in
the May 2016 elections when he ran for mayor
for a fifth term.
This was our campaign promise, we were
offering our services again to the people to
restore business confidence and we would
like to get back the "lost glory," the mayor
The recognition was very inspiring and
encouraging as we are trying to promote a
culture of excellence in the city, he added.
In a video presentation posted on its
Facebook and YouTube accounts, The Conyo
Times said, "Bacolod has been experiencing a
rapid growth in tourism and infrastructure
in the past few years. The thriving economy
is also evident with the rise of big
infrastructure and housing developments."
known for the MassKara Festival-one of the
most exciting and colorful festivals in the
country, the city’s laid-back atmosphere,
friendly locals, and low cost of living, in
a highly urbanized setting, make Bacolod
unique with other cities in the
Philippines," it added.
As of today [March 29] 6:00 p.m. the
Facebook post has over 48,985 views, 1,295
shares, and more than 1,000 likes, while the
YouTube video has 88,718 views.
Meanwhile, popular blog Promdi Living [www.promdiliving.com]
said the "City of Smiles" has been
considered a city with many
achievements-from being the "Most
Competitive Mid-Sized City" to "Clean and
Green Hall of Fame Awardee" to being the
"Most Business-Friendly Local Government
Unit in the Philippines."
Based on the survey conducted by the
Philippine Human Development Report and the
Philippine Cities Competitiveness Ranking
Project (PCCRP) of the Asian Institute of
Management (AIM), in 2003 and 2005, Bacolod
topped the list of being the Most
Competitive Mid-Sized City, it noted.
Bacolod City was also named the "Cleanest
and Greenest Highly Urbanized City in the
Philippines" for five years (1997, 1998,
2000, 2001 and 2002), it added.
The city also bested 130 other cities when
the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and
Industry declared it the "Most
Business-Friendly Local Government Unit in
the Philippines" in 2007.*