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The name of Silay comes from a regional tree, the Kansilay. There are about 108,000 people living in the city. It is located on the north west tip of Negros island which means it is easy to visit it in a day trip from Bacolod. I think it is worthwhile for its ancestral mansions which the locals are trying to maintain and promote as their heritage. They are quite interesting.
Some of the ancestral houses are concentrated in the same region so it's easy to visit them on foot. Local ladies I met in one of them had organized some festivities including singing, traditional dancing and speeches that were intended to draw the attention of the local and national authorities. They need their support to help them restore and maintain these beautiful mansions. Some of them are turned into museums and they still contain furniture and belongings of the people living in them. Some of the antique items exhibited are donations from local people.
A good sample of a restored house is Balay Negrense on 5 de Novembre str.
Silay has been known as the "Paris of Negros" and its "cultural and intellectual hub", when the sugar industry was flourishing in this region, because Silayans have always loved arts and letters.
If you decide to visit this charming little city don't forget to taste the local delicacies at El Ideal Bakery on Rizal street near the Public Plaza. It is an ancestral house itself but the most interesting item is the bako pie in the bakery, and there are more kinds of pies which I am sure you won't stop eating before you are completely full...!.
Directions: A bus or a jeepney from Bacolod will bring you here in half an hour.
Look at Travelogue Silay for more houses.
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