Top 10 Tourist Spots and Best Things to do in Silay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Ohh Silay City, what’s not to love? If you have a penchant for vintage gems and rich culture, then this is the place to be. The city is, in fact, brimming with Spanish-influenced colonial houses in good condition, savory local food, and beautiful scenery. It is also a perfect city to get a taste of the sweet bukayo, pastillas, and its signature lumpia.
With no further ado, here are some of the best things to do in Silay!
Visit the Ruins
Although located in Talisay City, you can also plan on visiting this area especially during daytime to get that perfect lighting. Built in 1900, the Ruins which boasts a 900-m area and has a total of ten bedrooms.
Believe it or not, this famous Ruins in Talisay City is one of the most Instagram worthy places in Negros Occidental and is billed as the “Taj Mahal of Negros” because it was built in memory of a Portuguese woman named Maria Braga. One can definitely feel the romantic ambiance once they stepped inside this place, as it resembles a well-designed garden in Italy.
Take a Detour at Asia’s Famous Lakawon Island
Plan that posed and spontaneous shot here at the beautiful Lakawon Island! It takes about 1-2 hour travel to get here, if you’re traveling from Bacolod city, but the sight is definitely worth the long commute! The banana-shaped island is the top tourist destination here at Negros Occidental and in the country in general. Boasting over a 16-hectare island located at the island off the coast of Cadiz, the Lakawon Island is considered to be a world-class beach resort, thanks to its white sand and clear blue waters.
Balay Negrense Museum
Did you know that Silay City is home to wealthy hacienderos and amazing ancestral houses? Among these historical gems include Balay Negrense Museum or known as Victor Gaston Ancestral House. This place was completed in 1901 and was one of the largest homes on the island. It has been restored in 1994 as a lifestyle museum, and is declared a Heritage House by the National Historical Institute. What’s more interesting though, is the extensive garden facing the street, with very lush surroundings, and large old trees dating back to the Spanish Era. Inside the museum, you’ll see memorabilia and antique items dating back in the 1900s. Certainly, a sight to behold.
Wander at Pulang Tubig Waterfalls
If you’re more of an adventurer type, then heading over at Pulang Tubig Waterfalls is a perfect idea. It’s situated at the Northern Negros Natural Park and is an hour’s trek from the small community Patag. Once you’ve reached your destination, you’ll be amazed by the breathtaking scenery we don’t usually see every day. It’s unpopulated compared to mainstream falls in the Philippines. The place is surrounded with vines, towering vines, tall trees, and of course the majestic falls!
Take a Visit at the Pink Museum
Pink Museum or famously known as the Bernardino Ysabel Jalandoni Museum is one of the best places to visit in Silay City. Built in 1908, it is said that the owners exported its wood from Mindoro, to make sure the museum withstand the test of time. It’s not only physically attractive on the outside, but it houses a unique collection of dolls, books, and glass wares we can’t find elsewhere in the Philippines.
Sunset Viewing at Barangay Balaring
Witness as the sun sets at Barangay Balaring and choose among its surrounding seafood restaurants where you can taste only the freshest seafood in the city. It is, in fact, the seafood capital of Silay, so make sure to include this on your itinerary and enjoy some great kinds of seafood with your family and friends. Try eating at Melkens and order their Sizzling Stuffed Squid! Yumm!
Try Homemade Bread at El Ideal
Visit the oldest bakery in Silay City and don’t forget to try their homemade pastries and cookies, which recipes are handed down from one generation to another. It is nestled inside the Cesar Lacson Locsin Ancestral House; which is a few blocks away from the Silay City Public Plaza.
It started operating as a bakery since 1920 and has been a go-to bakery of locals and newcomers too! Other delicacies to try include Ilonggo cookies, Piaya, and Guapple Pie. If you’re not into sweets, you can also order silog breakfast here too! Give it a try!
Check out the breathtaking landscape at Lantawan View
From the word ‘lantaw’ which means to look or watch, this place definitely attracts a huge number of tourists because it serves as an amazing viewing deck. Since this place is very solemn and quiet, this is usually the go-to place of people who want to unwind, write something, do a photo shoot, or just someone looking for a peace of mind. The Lantawan view is surrounded by Eucalyptus trees and houses a heart-shaped pool for additional attraction. It is located 30 minutes away from Bacolod-Silay Airport via private transport.
Experience Local Cuisine at Punong Gary’s Place
Who would’ve have thought that there is such a place like this in Silay City?! This hidden gem in Hacienda Tinihaban in Silay City shows off a Bali vibe, thanks to its old vintage door in the entrance, serene environment including housing lush vegetation, fishponds, crisscrossing trees, and casitas. Usually visited by those who wanted an intimate lunch with friend and families, take note that you may find the price a bit expensive so make sure to bring extra cash when you visit. You’ll also see amazing wood sculptures and other art pieces which makes this place a tourist destination like no other! Read more: Punong Gary’s Place in Silay City.