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The Girl from Silay

This travel blog is very close to my heart because only a few knew that one third of my roots is from this historical city. My grandfather Benjamin Cuyugan from Pampanga married a beautiful woman from Silay, Desole Joven. They settled in Silay City and lived at the historical street, Cinco de Noviembre. Since i was born, i spent my summer and Christmas vacations in Silay and that is how i learned how to speak Ilonggo fluently. I could never forget my excitement each time i travel to Silay via Ceres Liner from Cebu. It is usually the highlight of my year because i get to spend time with my grandparents and cousins. Back in the old days, plane fare to Bacolod (where the old airport is located) was very expensive and riding a bus was not just an affordable way but also convenient since the bus usually stop near our house.

How to go to Silay City From Cebu City:

1.) Ceres Bus – Fare range from 500-600 pesos. It is an 8-9 hour journey, the good part of this is that you will be able to see the beautiful sights of the towns and cities you pass by. There are bus stops for food and pee breaks.

2.) Plane via Cebu Pacific Air or Philippine Airlines.

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The airport of Bacolod is located at Silay City. It is a very convenient side trip for anyone who is going to Bacolod. Silay City can be toured in a day and you can then head to Bacolod or wherever your onward destination maybe.
From the airport, the view that will welcome is a long stretch of sugarcane plantation. Most of the tourists will pose along the highway and some will even go in the middle of the plantation. Owners doesn’t mind at all.

This will welcome you as you enter Silay City from Talisay. The famous Silay City “simboryo”.

I saw how the city slowly progressed but maintained the beautiful heritage houses around the city. One can roam around thru a tricycle or to trisikad around the city. It costs around Php8.00 per person per way. Life in Silay City is very laid back, simple, peaceful and very safe. Afternoons are spent at the Silay Public Plaza where Civic Center (Sen. Jose C. Lacson Cultural and Civic Center) is located nearby. Civic Center is a popular place that Silaynons rent for special occasions as well as numerous events that are government initiated.

Sen. Jose C. Locsin Cultural and Civic Center. Photo Credit: Google

San Diego Pro-Cathedral is just across Silay Public Plaza too.

Silay Public Plaza. On the yuletide season, the plaza is very festive with lights. Back in 1951, the old Silay Plaza was adjudged the “Most Beautiful Plaza in the Philippines.”

San Diego Pro-Cathedral. It is the only pro-cathedral outside of Metro Manila. The church has a dome that resembles St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. It was built in 1920 & designed by Italian architect, Antonio Bernasconi.

Silay City has 31 Heritage houses identified by the National Historical Institute as cultural landmarks. Balay Negrense is one of the most famous heritage house.

Balay Negrense

2nd floor, Balay Negrense

Balay Negrense

 

Balay Negrense

Photos of the Gaston Family are found in Balay Negrense

Balay Negrense Fees

A few steps from Balay Negrense is the Cinco De Noviembre Marker. It is located on the site formerly occupied by the drug store of Leandro Locsin. The place served as the secret meeting place of the leaders of the 1898 revolution. A bloodless revolution against Spanish authority in Silay took place on November 5, 1898.

This street is very special to me because this is the street where our old house is located. Spent my childhood walking and playing at this street.

Cinco De Noviembre

My favorite afternoon snack in Silay is Barbecued Pan De Ciosa (pandeciosa, pandesyosa, pandeshosa, pan de siosa, pan de shosa) paired with pork barbecue, hotdog, pork and chicken liver.

Genevieve Alba(the store owner) with Mama and Tito Edwin. Walking further from this point, you will reach Silay Public Plaza.

happy tummy look!

all-time favorite

Another famous landmark and restaurant in Silay City is El Ideal.

This is located along the main road, Rizal Street. It is a famous pasalubong store and it has also a restaurant inside.

one of the favorite snack shop in Silay City

El Ideal pasalubong items.

Menu of El Ideal

If there is one pastry that i will recommend and i say it is a must-try/must-buy item here is their Special Torta. The most yummy torta that i grew up eating. I remember that my favorite Tita (Tita Bebing)in Silay used to buy a big round of this for me whenever i came to visit their beautiful home at Employees Subdivision.

Small Torta for Php 20.00. They also sell a big round torta for Php 220.00

Their famous line located below their board menu is unforgettable. Ma-order ka sang yuhum?–Free. In english, Do you want to order smile? It is for free.

 

A few steps from El Ideal is another famous landmark. A heritage house and a home of the famous pili nut located at the corner of Rizal- McKinley streets. The Lacson house offers  lumpia ubod, pili square, empanada and other family delights.

This heritage house is across BPI Rizal (along the main highway). There is a doorbell at the right side of the green gate.

Emma Lacson’s famous Fresh Lumpia

Chicken Inasal is not only famous in Bacolod but also in Silay City. Silay Golden Park has the tastiest chicken barbecue in the city. Located along Rizal street, it is the restaurant that most Silaynons eat lunch and dinner. They also has a function room which caters to birthdays or any special occassion.

 

They also have a bakery inside the resto.

The best chicken inasal in Silay City.

A barangay in Silay, Balaring has a Coastal Eco-Tourism area where you can help plant seedlings or just take a walk and inhale fresh air. This place is perfect for an afternoon leisure walk.

There is also a seafood restaurant here that you can enjoy.

Here are also a list of some of the notable places that you may also visit:
Bernardino-Jalandoni House (Museum) was built in 1908. It is a perfect example of the affluent Filipino house of the late 19th-early 20th century still influenced by the nipa hut, and built smack by the side of the street since motor vehicles were still non-existence to smog the place. All items on display are authentic period pieces. It is located at Rizal Street with Tel. No. 4955093. It is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Hofileña Ancestral House, the first house in the city to be opened to visitors. It is the repository of the private art collection of Ramon H. Hofileña. The exhibit includes the work of top artists in the country.

Friendship Shrine is a memorial to the heroism of World War II veterans.

Patag Valley is 32 kilometers east of the city. It was the stronghold of Japanese Imperial Army in Negros during the Second World War. It features underground tunnels and war artifacts.

Patag Tourist Zone features the Patag Lantawan Bivoacs, sulfur springs, enchanted lakes, numerous waterfalls, skyline for cliff hangers, flora and fauna.

Silay Shooting Range at Hda. Luguay. This is designed to enhance Silay PNP capability and to promote responsible gun ownership. Related program covers police tourism.

Mangrove Canopy. It is a romantic promenade featuring mangrove conservation and a perfect view for sunset at the horizon.

Bagonita Ride offers tourists a galloping adventure at the railroad passing bangus ponds and mangrove areas.

Hometown Delicacy Barter Trade is situated at the west entrance of Silay Public Market #1. Delicacy makers spread these delights for snack sellers to be distributed in other town and cities.

Hda. Adela Forklore Village showcases traditional bilasyon, lowa, harana, luy-a, composo and other folk beliefs.

This historical city i can proudly call my second hometown. Everything in Silay is affordable and the people are very warm and friendly. I can say that this is a must city when in Negros Occidental.

A 600 million theme park will soon rise in Silay City.

It is located on a 3.75-hectare lot in Barangay Guinhalaran and it is something exciting to look forward to not only for the Silaynons but to all who wish to visit this beautiful city.

 

This year marks the 60th anniversary as a city and last June 12 they celebrated it together with the 119th Independence Day. Wishing this beloved city prosperous and peaceful years ahead. Lead by City Mayor Mark Golez with a banner of “Onward to a Progressive Silay City”.

 

 

 

 

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