Bacolod is the capital city of Negros Occidental known as the City of Smiles. Bacolod is also the home of the renowned Maskara Festival, a spectacular mix of dance, color and music. Bacolod is also known for its culinary heritage, including its inasal roast chicken on skewers. Hot spots in and around town include Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol Building and its Romanesque architecture and lagoon. The Ruins - the remains of a Spanish era sugar baron's palace that was burned down before Japanese forces could seize it during WWII. All that is left of the mansion is its stone skeleton. San Sebastian Cathedral was first planned by Father Gonzaga who started building it and then was continued by the government and other priests. Silay City, locals like to think of it as as "the Paris of Negros" because of its European architecture though it would take a rather vivid imagination to compare it with Paris. Still, the efforts of locals to preserve historical buildings is noteworthy in itself.