“Green House”-Angel Araneta Ledesma Ancestral House


Photo courtesy of the Camera Club of Negros. Photo by Billy Lopue. Caption courtesy of the Heritage Conservation Society. (May 2012)

More commonly known as Balay Verde   or the Green Hous­­­­e, this heritage house is a combination of the American clapboard style and Colonial Plantation popular during the Revivalist Period of the American Period. The stripped down columns in both floors point the development of the today. This heritage house is home in the Silay Cultural Office.


“Balay Negrense”- Victor Gaston Ancestral House

Victor Gaston-Balay Negrense

Photo courtesy of the Camera Club of Negros. Photo by Nonoy Catugas. Caption courtesy of the Heritage Conservation Society.

One of the Heritage attractions can be find in Silay City was the Balay Negrense.

Sugar Baron Don Victor built this two-story ,twelve bedroom home in historic Cinco De Noviembre Street in the early 1900’s .The house of (stone) reinforced concrete ,the new building material and wood fuses Spanish and American Colonist architecture and features a double staircase . French glass-paned windows and large living areas, new innovations of the period,. The house, now a museum, is a showcase of the province’s history based on the eyes of the hacienderos like Don Victor.

Located at Cinco de Noviembre Street, Silay City Negros Occidental.

Historical features of Silay

CHURCH1760.  Silay was founded as a town in a letter of Governor Juan Jose de Mijares (1772-1775) mentioning Silay as a leading town in the North.  In 1776, the bishop of Cebu considered Silay as the center of the Parish.  The town was named Silay because of the abundance of the Kansilay trees growing in the area.In 1873, Buen Retiro (Guinhalaran) was founded.  The new town was 2 kilometers away from Silay.  It was placed in definitive union with Silay in 1860.  In 140, Fr. Eusebio Locsin encouraged his families in Iloilo to settle in Silay because of the promising sugar industry. Continue reading “Historical features of Silay”

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Brgy.Balaring Mangrove Eco-Tourism coastal area


Brgy.Balaring as the seafood capital of Silay City shows how their coastal area was abundant with fishes, sea shells, sea weeds and other delicate seafood. One of the reason was the 50-hectare Eco-tourism mangrove forest that serves as the natural habitat for the said seafood. The site is funded by the Ikaw-Ako (Japan Negros Partnership for Environmental Protection) assisted by the Balaring Mangrove Planters Association (BAMPA) and by the Brgy. Council which actively supports the environmental protection program. Continue reading “Brgy.Balaring Mangrove Eco-Tourism coastal area”

Silay City Tourism Office


The Silay City Tourism Office is a tourism department committed to promote tourism, heritage, culture and arts for local, national and foreign tourists.


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