one of Francesco Riccardo Monti’s sculptures at the Capitol Lagoon

The Capitol Park and Lagoon is a provincial park located in Bacolod City where one will find the 0 Km for the province of Negros Occidental.  Among the features of the park are the matching figures by Italian sculptor Francesco Riccardo Monti of a woman standing alongside a carabao and that of a man pulling another carabao which are located in the northern and southern end of the lagoon.

the other carabao at the northern end of the lagoon

We would pass by the park often for it is located at the center of the city.  My Mom would tell me that this is where I learned to walk.  The place is still frequented by families especially during weekends.  The park is popular place for jogging, aerobics, dance school rehearsals, arnis and martial arts rehearsals.  Even at night, people hang around with their friends.  You can  see kids walking with their parents or learning how to bike.  Thanks to the renovations done and added lighting to the park.

A man-made lagoon at the middle of the park contains live tilapia that kids feed with puffed rice being sold by vendors.  Street food like dirty ice cream, fishball, kikiam, pancakes, etc. can also be found in the streets surrounding the park.

The main landmark of the park is the Provincial Capitol Building of Negros Occidental.  It is the official seat of the governor of the province and houses the different government departments serving the thirty-one cities and municipalities of the province.

the Provincial Capitol Building as view across the Capitol Lagoon

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