Looking for a perfect getaway that won’t required to filed leaves or missed classes? Silay City is perfect!
This 3rd-class city in the Province of Negros Occidental is just right for a two-day, one night vacation. After our adventure climb at the 3rd highest peak in Negros mountains, I decided to visit my cousin who lives in Silay City. Out of 12 individuals who joined the climb, I only had 3 of the groups who joined me this quick jaunt. Supposedly, we are six but Lovely and Tboy decided to return back to the Cebu City for work.
From Bacolod North Bus Terminal, we took a bus and arrived at Silay City in just 15 minutes. Those who want to save even more time can take the one hour and six minutes plane ride from Mactan Cebu International Airport.
You can fit many of the must-sees in two days but in our case, we only have it for an hour. Because Silay is a small city, the sights are only a few minutes away from each other by tricycle or on foot.
Here are my personal suggestions to make your weekend in Silay just as memorable with your longer trips:
Exploring Balay Negrense
The Balay Negrense is a museum in the City of Silay, where it showcases the way of living during the 19th century. It is also the first museum to be established in the province of Negros Occidental.
This ancestral house was originally owned by Victor Gaston, son of Yves Leopold Germain Gaston and Prudencia Fernandez. When Victor Gaston wife’s died, the house was constructed in 1987. On October 6, 1990, it has been opened as a museum. Then, the house was listed as a heritage house by the National Historical Institute of the Philippines on March 8, 1994.
A Quick Sneak at Holifiña Ancestral House
That one fine morning, I thought I was walking along to the City of Carcar, but it wasn’t! Surprisingly, I saw lots of ancestral house along the street of Cinco De Noviembre.
According to Wikipedia, this house was used to be the house of Japanese commanders during the World War 2. On April 6, 1993, the house got a historical marker installed by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. This was the 1st ancestral house top be opened in the city.
Visiting San Diego Pro-Cathedral
The San Diego Pro-cathedral, formerly known as the San Diego Parish Church or the St. Didacus Parish Church before its declaration as a pro-cathedral in 1994, is an early 20th-century church in Silay City, Negros Occidental in the Philippines. It is the only pro-cathedral outside of the national capital of Manila and is unique in Negros Occidental for being the only church in the province featuring a cupola or dome.
Cinco De Noviembre Street/Monument
November 5 is Negros Day! What happened on November 5, 1898 is believed to be the first bloodless revolution in the Philippines.
November 5, 1898 (Cinco de Noviembre) is the date when Negrenses are proud to exclaim that they are inhabitants of a small sock-shaped island full of natural resources. This is the day when thousands of Negrenses manifested their bravery and courage, in the most coordinated way headed by various local leaders, to protect the land they well-loved in a bloodless revolt against the Spanish conquistadors.
There’s more to see in the beautiful City of Silay and here are my Snapshots:
HOW TO GET THERE:
Ceres bus trips from Cebu City to Bacolod, Negros Occidental, and vice versa pass through different routes among many cities and municipalities so they could pick up passengers along the way.
Cutting Trip is cheaper but tiring. If you want to travel from Cebu to Bacolod, you can ride on a bus from South Bus Terminal going to Toledo. The fare is around 60-80 pesos. Then ride a pedicab from Terminal going to Toledo Seaport (5-10 pesos). In the port, fall in line to get your ticket in either Fastcraft or Lite Ferry of your choice then ready for boarding.
From Bacolod City, take a Bata – Libertad route jeepney to reach Bacolod City North Bus Terminal where jeepneys and Ceres buses are there to take you to Silay City. The jeepney fare from the terminal to Silay is 13 pesos while bus fare is at 16 pesos.
Staytude n for my Negros Occidental Quick Jaunt, more stories photos will be uploaded soon!😊