Planning to visit the beautiful city of Silay? This guide will give you details of the attractions you must visit during your tour to the museum city. Also in this guide I listed some of the restaurants you must try, points of interest and places to stay if you are planning to extend your tour. Hope this guide will help you navigate the city with ease and comfort.
Distance from Bacolod: 14.4 Kilometers
Land Area: 21,486 hectares
Classification: 2nd Class
No. of Barangays: 16 Barangays
Population: 120,365 ( August 1, 2007)
Language: Hiligaynon / Ilonggo / English is spoken and understood
POINTS OF INTEREST IN SILAY CITY
- Balay Negrense Museum
- Bernardino – Jalandoni Museum ( Pink House )
- Ramon Hofilena Heritage House
- Cinco de Noviembre Marker
- San Diego Pro – Cathedral
- Patag Mountain Resort
- Steam Locomotive at HPCo
- 31 Ancestral Houses
- El Ideal Restaurant
- Silay City Park
- Silay Shooting Range
- Mangrove Canopy
- Bagonita Ride
- Hometown Delicacy Barter Trade
- Nore Lacson House of Delicacies
- Hda. Adela Folklore Village
- Lantawan View
- Feast of San Diego de Alcala ( November 13 )
- Charter Anniversary ( June 12 )
- Kansilay Festival ( June 12) This year it was moved on June 11
- Negros Revolution Anniversary ( November 5 )
- Viva Parol Festival ( Month of December )
Sunday ( Poblacion )
HOW TO GET TO THERE
Silay City is a 45 minutes by plane from Manila via Cebu Pacific. From Bacolod it is 15 minutes travel by private car and 30 minutes by PUV and Ceres Bus Liner. Silay City is the new home of to the new airport of International standard. Public utility vehicles plying the northern Negros route passes through the progressive city of Silay.
MUST VISIT ATTRACIONS IN SILAY CITY
✔ San Diego Pro- Cathedral – Designed by an Italian architect, Antonio Bernasconi. It was built in 1920. It is the only pro cathedral outside Metro Manila and has a dome that resembles St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
✔ Victor Fernandez Gaston Ancestral House – also known as “Balay Negrense” ( meaning “House of the People of Negros Occidental”.) Balay Negrense is the first Ancestral house in the city and in the province to be open in public. It was turned into a lifestyle museum in 1990. Victor Fernandez Gaston Ancestral House showcases how affluence lived during the Spanish colonial era. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday at 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with Tel. No.: +63(34) 495 – 4916.
✔ Bernardino – Jalandoni House ( Pink Museum ) – A perfect example of the late 19th- early 20th century. It was built in 1908and still influenced by the nipa hut. The Pink Museum showcases authentic period pieces. Located at Rizal Street. Open every Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with Tel. No.: +63 (0) 34 495 5093.
✔ 31 Ancestral Houses – Silay City is dubbed as a Museum City by most of traveler and because of its fascinating and well preserved ancestral houses. Most of the houses are still inhabited while others were turned into museums and commercial establishments. You can check the list of 31 ancestral houses here.
✔ Patag Mountain Resort – Located on the slopes of Mt. Mandalagan, Brgy. Patag offers a great outdoor experience. There were various resorts that offer overnight stay and also camp sites for those who love camping. Also several waterfalls can be found nearby just make sure to hire local guide whenever you want to go there. You can read the list of resorts and things you can do in Patag Mountain Resort Here.
WHERE TO EAT IN SILAY CITY
There are several restaurants and café in the city that offers unique dinning experience also if you are craving for sea food Brgy Balaring is a must visit place. It is a coastal barangay and just a few kilometers away from the city proper.
✔ Café Velo – Cafe Velo is a unique cafe with vibrant design and impressive interior. For me this is the most intagramable cafe here in Silay. The cafe serves all day breakfast, Sandwiches, Cakes and plenty to choose coffee, mikshakes and fruit shakes. They don’t have wifi so I guess it is more better to have a quality time with whoever you are with. Open everyday except Tuesday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. Located at P. Ledesma / McKinley St., Silay City. Cafe Velo serves coffee, tea, sandwiches and lunch.
✔ The Mansion (Recommended) – Built in 1920, the structure is what remains of the home of spouses Emilio Ledesma y Ledesma and Rosario Locsin y Locsin-Leesma and their unica hija, Adela. Located at Calle Ledesma just next door to Café 1925. The Mansion is heritage house where you can dine and learn history at the same time. The Mansion serves breakfast, pastas, sandwiches, coffee and beverages and the all time favorite dulce gatas.
✔ Café 1925
✔ Ma’am and Sir Restaurant
✔ Calle Carajo
✔ Tito Chucks
✔ El Ideal (Recommended) – Touted as Silay’s original bakery, El Ideal is found in the Cesar Lacson ancestral house. It was opened in 1920’s and is known for its specialty which is the “Guapple Pie” an apple pie with the delightful addition of guava. Guapple pie is best enjoyed with freshly brewed local coffee. The recipes of El Ideal have been handed through generations and the bakery is still run by the family.
✔ Punong Gary’s Place– Punong Gary’s Place is an ideal weekend getaway for family and friends who want to get rid of the hustle and bustle of the
metro. The place is also ideal for events like wedding, birthdays, anniversary and more.
WHERE TO STAY
German Unson Bed and Breakfast (Recommended) – The first ever bed-and-breakfast of its kind in Silay. A heritage house turned into a bed-and-breakfast. If you are curious about how the prominent families lived during Spanish era German Locsin Unson and Fe dela Rama Ledesma Unson heritage house is best place to stay. It was opened last June. The house have four spacious rooms and displays artifacts from the past like fine china, old typewriters, original wardrobes and more.
Baldevia Pension House
Rizal St., Silay City
Tel. No.: (034) 714 – 8166
Tel. No.: (034) 495 – 5907
McKinley – Gomez St., Silay City
Tel. No.: (034) 495 – 5907
McKinley along Airport Road, Silay City
Tel. No.: (034) 495 – 3832
Sunburst Bay Resort
Brgy. Mambulac, Silay City
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