Step back in time and experience the very best of Silay City’s heritage in just one day. Giving you a glimpse of the rich culture of Negros Occidental, this private tour is perfect for those who have a penchant for history, age-old heritage, and good food.
A tour van will pick you up from your accommodation in Bacolod City and drive you to the Provincial Capitol Building and Lagoon. This building once served as the headquarters for the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. The iconic lagoon in front of the capitol is also widely visited because of the statues located at its ends.
You will head next to Balay Negrense. A heritage house turned antique museum, this mansion was home to the 19th-century Negrense sugar baron, Victor Gaston. Within walking distance from the heritage house is another ancestral building, Ramon Hofileña Ancestral Home. This is where Ramon Hofileña, alias Father of Heritage Conversation, once lived.
From there, you will stop by the Silay Pro-Cathedral and Mini Ruins. Known by the locals as San Diego Pro-Cathedral, this is the only church in Negros Occidental with a dome. The parish church temporarily serves as the cathedral or co-cathedral of a diocese. Before moving on to the next attractions, you will first enjoy a sumptuous seafood lunch at Balaring.
After finishing your meal, you will continue to Cinco De Noviembre Mark Point. This site is where the Negros locals celebrate Negros Day to pay tribute to the Negrenses’ revolution in opposition to the Spanish colonial rule in 1898. Right after that, you will be going to the Bernardino Jalandoni Museum. What once the residence of Don Bernardino and Doña Ysabel Jalandoni, the two-story house now features various artifacts, including an old telephone, a sewing machine, and some paintings.
About eight kilometers from the museum is the Balay ni Tana Dicang, an inhabited house made of stones. You will enjoy a quick photo-op here before proceeding to the El Ideal Bakery. The bakery is not only famous as being one of the old mansions, but it is also regularly visited because of its heritage recipes, some of which are still served today. Feel free to purchase some of their homemade bread and cookies. Afterward, you will end your day with a visit to The Ruins, another ancestral home mansion that holds a dark history during the Japanese invasion.
Immerse yourself in the rich history of Silay City in Negros Occidental with this full-day tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
- All our guides speak English.
- Not all establishments accept credit or debit cards, and ATMs can be limited.