Silay City is a a third class city and the heritage capital of the province of Negros Occidental. It is part of the metropolitan area called Metro Bacolod. This city is often referred to as the “Paris of Negross” due to its artists, cultural shows and large collection of perfectly preserved heritage houses. It also has the site of the new Bacolod-Silay International Airport which replaced the Bacolod City Domestic Airport. As of 2015, the city recorded a total population of 126,930.
In 1565, Silay was first settled under the name "Carobcob", which means "ribcage" in Hiligaynon. In early writings, the settlement was also referred to as "Calubcub", "Caracol" (snail) and "Caraco" (spiral). In 1760, Silay was recognized as a town being referred to in a letter from Governor Juan Jose de Mijares (1772-1775) mentioning Silay as a leading town in the north.
The city’s name derived from the Kansilay tree which is also known as the official tree of the city. Silaynons official dialect is Hiligaynon or Ilonggo while some can talk Tagalog (national language), Cebuano, and Ilokano. Some of the Silaynons can speak fluently in English.
Population : 126,930 (2015 census)
Barangays : 16
Website : www.silaycity.gov.ph
Kansilay Festival - The Kalinsay Festival is said to be a celebration dedicated to a princess named Kansilay who fought for people and defended the settlement from the invading pirates. The weeklong celebration is held every 12th f June.
Adobo Festival - Balay Negrense is flocked by locals and visitors to taste the different kinds of adobo recipes by the locals. It is celebrated every November 5.
WHERE TO STAY
St. Francis Natures Village, Mckinley Road Silay City, Negros Occidental
Tel. (034) 495 3832
Winbelle Pension Hauz
2nd Floor, Winbelle Homes Arcade, Rizal Street, Silay City, Negros Occidental
Tel. (034) 495 5898
Pegasus Pension House
Mckinley Bukid Corner Gomez Ext. Silay City, Negros Occidental
Tel. (034) 495 5907
Ladlad Mountain Resort
Ladlad Mountain Resort, Brgy. Patag, Silay City, Negros Occidental
Tel. 0920 600 4035
Baldevia Pension House
Corner Rizal St-Silay City Heritage Zone, Silay City, Negros Occidental
Tel. (034) 495 0272
WHERE TO DINE
Sinda Belleza Lumpia
Sto Nino Ville Subdivision, Silay City, Negros Occidental
Phone: +63 34-495-2855
German Locsin Unson Heritage House
No. 5 Zamora Street, Silay City, Negros Occidental
Phone: +63 34 432-2943
El Ideal Bakery
118 Rizal Street, Silay City, Negros Occidental
Phone: (034) 495 4430
Jose Ledesma Street, Silay City, Negros Occidental
Phone: (034) 441 7249
Balaring Floating Restaurants
Balaring-Bongol Rd, Silay City, Negros Occidental
Phone: 0947 958 8910
From Bacolod Take the bus from Bacolod North Terminal, it will be approximately 30-45 minutes. You can also take a private hire taxi.
It is one of the most visited heritage houses that showcases the lifestyle of well-off individuals in the 19th century. It is located at Cinco De Noviembre Street, Silay City, Negros Occidental.
Mangrove Eco Park
It is one of the tourist attractions which is located in Balaring, Silay City. The park consists of a long bamboo walkway that winds through a forest of mangrove trees which the local government and residents have constructed for easier access.
Lantawan View Silay
The place has beautiful scenery which surrounded by greeny and fresh air. It is located in Silay-Lantawan Road, Silay City.
Patag Mountain Resort
This place is a community-based group of resorts consisting different resorts owned and managed by different private and local residents which is located in a remote area where the only transportation means is by riding a scheduled trip of jeep from Silay City Public Market.
Tinagong Dagat is a flat terrain on top of a mountain. The best season to go there is during summer between March to May because when rainy season comes, the plateau which is also the camp site area becomes a lagoon, so campers have to move their tents on higher ground.
Punong Gary’s Place
Conveniently located five minutes awas from the city proper, the natural beauty of this place surrounded by big towering old trees is as beautiful as the Bali Island in Indonesia.
A majestic waterfall that is 45 minutes away from the old hospital building. People should experience dipping in the pool to reenergize and to melt away any fatigue you may feel.
San Diego Pro-Cathedral
If you’re looking for some down time or interested in churches especially with its architecture, then the San Diego Pro-Cathedral is a must-visit in Silay. It is formerly known as the San Diego Parish Church which is located at Zamora Street, Silay City Heritage Zone, Silay City.
Ramon Hofilena Museum
Located at No. 14 Cinco de Noviember Street is a typical ancestral home built in 1934. This museum displays more than 1,000 works of Goya and Picasso, works of Dr. Jose Rizal, Juan Luna and Felix Resurrection Hidalgo, imported Chinese pottery, silver picture frames, antiques and a collection of small dolls.
Silay Public Plaza
This place is the best place to walk and enjoy with ease with family and friends. It is located at Dr. Trino Montinola Street, Silay City.
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