Aliwan Fiesta 2017 Schedule of Events

Aliwan Fiesta 2017 Schedule of Events

Aliwan fiesta 2017 is one of the most awaited event this coming April. Aliwan is dubbed as the Mother of all Philippine Festivals. The Philippines biggest gathering of festivals from different provinces will once again set foot on April 20-22, 2017. Showcasing different cultural presentations and unique costumes will surely amazed and surprised you. Contingents from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will once again compete for the grand price.

This three day celebration is full of fun and excitement. Participants will compete in a grand street dancing competition, float parade, Festival Music Showdown and also Reyna ng Aliwan.

This annual celebration is organized by Manila Bradcasting Company (MBC), in collaboration with Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and the cities of Manila and Pasay.

Aliwan Fiesta 2017 is celebrating its 15th year in the making this year. Aliwan Fiesta recognizes and aims to promote the different and unique festivals of the Philippines. The event will also showcase nightly shows and trade fairs which will be held in CCP Complex.

The Grand Street Dancing and Float Parade Competition will start at 4:00 pm from Quirino Grandstand and will pass through Roxas Boulevard, going to the designated final showdown are which is in front of CCP Complex, Manila. Be sure to come early to have a good spot. Don’t forget to bring food and water!

                                                                Aliwan Festival


Shoppers Bazaar

– April 20-22 wholeday at Sotto Street, CCP Complex, Pasay

Tugtug ng Aliwan

– Festival Music Showdown – April _, 2017 , 6:00 PM CCP Complex , Pasay

Reyna ng Aliwan Pageant

Float Parade and Streetdance Competition

– April 22, 2017

4:00 PM –  April 22, 2017, 6:00 PM, Sotto Street, CCP Complex, Pasay
Kick off at Quirino Grandstand

6:00 PM – Culminating Showdown at Sotto Street, CCP Complex, Pasay

9:00 PM – Awarding


Cebu's Sinulog Festival 2017 Schedule of Events

Cebu's Sinulog Festival is absolutely one of the most anticipated event every January. Sinulog Festival of Cebu is a week-long celebration of religious and cultural significance. The festival commemorates the first Christian baptism in the Philippines in 1521 during the expedition of Ferdinand Magellan. As a baptismal gift to Hara Amihan, the wife of the Cebu chieftain, He gave an image of Sto. Nino or the Child Jesus. Several days later Magellan died in a battle in neighboring Mactan Island.

44 years later the same image was found by another Spanish explorer. The image were house at the Minor Basilica of the Child Jesus in Cebu as it is considered miraculous. It became the center of Sinulog Festival which was held annually every third Sunday of January. This 2017 the date falls on January 15. So plan ahead and book you flight and hotels now!

Sinulog Festival 2017
Photo by: LEA

Sinulog Festival 2017 Schedule of Events

The Sinulog Festival 2017 officially starts at dawn of January 5, 2017, with a walk with Jesus from Fuente Osmena to the Basilica del Sto. Nino. It will be followed by Hermano y Hermana Mayores of 2017. 

Cebu's Sinulog Festival
Photo by: rjdexplorer

January 5, 2017 Opening Salvo walk with Jesus
               4:00 AM       Assembly Time   (Area) Fuente Osmena
               4:30 AM       Start of Walk Fuente Osmena Blvd. - Basilica del Sto. Nino
               5:30 AM       Installation of Hermano y Hermana Mayores 2017

January 6, 2017  Sinulog Festival Kick Off
              10:00 AM      Sinulog Trade Fair @ SM City Cebu by DTI
              2:00 PM        Solemn Mass ( Basilica del Sto Nino)
              3:00 PM        Launching Parade ( BAsilica del Sto. Nino to CCSC)
              7:00 PM        Opening and Launching Program ( Fuente Osmena)

January 8, 2017  Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan / Sinulog sa Barangay
              3:00 AM       Cebu City 2017 Marathon  (
              1:00 PM        Parade of Participants , Plaza Independencia to Cebu City Spots Center
              2:00 PM        Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Barangay & Lalawigan
              10:00 PM      Concert @ Fuente Osmena, Party Bands

January 9, 2017
              10:00 PM      Concert @ Fuente Osmena, Party Bands

January 10, 2017
              10:00 PM      Concert @ Fuente Osmena, Party Bands

January 11, 2017
              8:00 PM        Sinulog Idol @ Fuente Osmena
              9:00 PM        Concert @ Fuente Osmena, Party Bands

January 12, 2017
              6:30 PM        Sinulog Festival Queen Runway Competition and Photo Shoot

January 13, 2017   Visual Merchandising Contest (Dept. Stores and Malls)
              4:00 AM       Walk with Mary (Area) Fuente Osmena - Sto. Nino
              9:00 AM       Solidarity Meeting (All Competing Contingents, Floats, Higante, Puppeteers) @                                            Cebu City Sport Center Gym
              6:00 PM        Sinulog Dance Crew Finals @ Cebu City Sports Center Gym
              7:30 PM        Sinulog Festival Queen 2017 Coronation Night @ Cebu City Sports Center Gym

January 14, 2017
              6:00 AM        Fluvial Procession, of the Miraculous Image of the Sto. Nino
              9:00 AM        Re enactment of the Baptism of Queen Juana and Raja Humabon                                                                 @ Basilica del Sto Nino
             12:00 NN       12th "The Street Vibration and Big Bike Rally 2017" by V-Max Owners Group, Inc                                     Cebu Chapter
             2:00 PM          Solemn Procession of the Miraculous Image of Sto Nino
             7:00 PM          Sinulog Fireworks Competition @ Sm City Cebu

January 15, 2017   Sinulog Grand Parade
              4:00 AM        Mananitas Mass @ Basilica del Sto. Nino
              6:00 AM        Pontifical Mass @ Basilica del Sto. Nino
                                    Holy Mass @ Cebu City Sports Center
                                    Sinulog Grand Parade Carousel Kick Off
              5:00 PM        Grand Finale and Grand Fireworks @ Cebu City Sports Complex
              9:00 PM        Pyrospectacular Show (Pyro Musical Show @ SM City Cebu)
             12:00 MN      Sinulog Fireworks @ SRP

January 16, 2017   Awarding Ceremonies @ Cebu City Sports Complex

January 20, 2017   "HUBO"

January 31, 2017   Judging Sinulog 2017 Photo Contest

February 1, 2017   Judging of Finalist in Short Film/ Video Documentary and Music Video Contest

February 4, 2017   
                1:00 PM     Screening of Finalist Sinulog Short Film Festival @ SM City Cebu
                6:00 PM     Awarding Ceremonies Photo Contest, Short Film and Video Documentary                                                    Contest @ SM City Cebu

February 4, 2017 - February 13, 2017  Photo Exhibit Winning Photos Sinulog 2017 @ SM City Cebu

For more information you can visit Sinulog Festival official Facebook Page
Or you can call Sinulog Office @ 032-253-3700 or 032-254-5010

A Unique Dinning Experience: Punong Gary's Place

If you are looking for a unique dinning experience Punong Gary's Place in Silay City, Negros Occidental is a perfect place to go. The place offers not only great food but also serene ambiance. Punong Gary's Place is an Asian Fusion restaurant that serves five course-plated meal from appetizer, salad, soup, main course and dessert. 

Punong Gary's Place

The Punong is not a usual “fishpond” we normally see. The place is inspired in a Balinese Oasis surrounded by old big trees like narra, coconut, mahogany, lunok, rubber and bamboo.

The Punong

Punong Gary's Place is designed by the owner itself – Nonoy Ledesma, an architect by profession. Managed by his daughter Bing and her husband Chef Joey Benin. Joey Benin is a former Side A member, singer and songwriter. He was famous in his composition of “forevermore” that was used as a theme song in the hit series of the hottest love team – Liza Soberano and Enrique Gill. Sounds very interesting right?

The Punong Silay

Now back to the topic, Nonoy Ledesma injected objects of art in ever nook and corner of the place like the Buddha in yoga position, a small piano which double as a desk, stone figured beneath rubber tree and etc;

Punong Gary's Place

Punong Gary's Place Mission

This was an excerpt from the about page of the Punong.

Punong Gary's Place aim to transform community and bringing people together to enjoy good place, good food for a good cause.

They have employees from the Takas Youth Community, a local community which they support. In every time you dine to the Punong the proceeds help the Takas youth for their clean and green project. This project is about converting biodegradable materials into potent fertilizers through vermicompost. The produced fertilizers will go to homegrown farmers who will produce and supply vegetables and other root crops for Punong restaurant.

Punong Silay


Punong Gary's Place is open every Saturday and Sunday. For five plated meal they change 600/head for lunch and 750/head during dinner. Drinks is not included.

Tapas Night Punong

They also have Tapas Night every Thursday and Friday from 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM for 350/head consumable. For the group of more than ten, no more reservation.

For those who would love to stay overnight they also have rooms. All prices comes with breakfast.

Tapas Night Punong Gary's Place

Helpful information

Punong Gary's Place is upon reservation basis. Walk in customers will not be entertained.

Contact number: 09173271729

Facebook Page: Punong Silay

How to get there

Punong Gary's Place is just a few kilometers away from the city proper of Silay. Just head up north going to E.B. Magalona. After passing the Hawaiian Philippine Company signage look for the Prycegas compound on the left. Just right after the Prycegas you can find the signage that says to " The Punong." 

Address: Hda. Tinihaban, Barrio San Jose, Silay City, Negros Occidental

How to get to punong

Now, are you ready for your next ultimate dining experience? Stay updated by visiting their Facebook page.

Punong Gary's Place

Punong Gary's Place is an ideal weekend getaway for family and friends who want to get rid of the hustle and bustle of the metro. The place is also ideal for events like wedding, birthdays, anniversary and more.

Have you been to the Punong Gary's Place? Share your experience in the comment section below.

Photo credits: Lg Bacong, Punong Silay Facebook Page, Bride and BreakfastBreakfast, Juste Negro

Negros Occidental List of Colorful Festivals

Located in the western part of Negros Island, Negros Occidental is known for its colorful and diverse festivals in which the world famous Masskara Festival is one of the most awaited festival every 3rd week of October. The province is approximately 375 kilometers long from south to north and known as the sugar bowl of the Philippines.

Colorful festivals was part of Negros Occidental's cities and municipalities.  This is how the province gave thanks for the good harvest, city or municipalities charter days and veneration of Saints. Let me now introduce to you the best, culturally unique and colorful festivals of Negros Occidental.

Bacolod City

MassKara Festival 2016

     * Masskara Festival -  Bacolod City is known as the city o smile. The home of Masskara festival. The festival is simply world class and unique. It is a combination of two words "Mass" which means many and a Spanish word "Kara" for face. It was conceptualized during the downfall of sugar industry and the sinking of MV Don Juan where many Negrense perished. Thereafter, a group of  people from local government, civic groups and city's artist organize an event that will showcase a merry making activities, street dance and street parties. The festival of Smile takes it center stage. People wearing mask to hide their grief from the province downfall. Latin music were played and dancers dance to the beat. Celebrated every 3rd week of October at Bacolod City Public Plaza.

Bacolaodiat Festival

     * BacoLaodiat Festival - Bacolod's very own Chinese New Year. Bacoloadiat came from the words "Bacolod" and "Lao Diat" a Fookien word which means celebration. The festival showcases the harmony between the Bacolod and Chinese culture and its co-existence.  It also features cultural activities, lantern dance parade, dragon and lion dances, live bands, fireworks display and a taste of Chinese cuisine.

     * Panaad Sa Negros - Also known as " Mother of All festival" in Negros Occidental. Panaad is a Hiligaynon word for " Vow ".  Held every 1st week of April where festival of different cities and municipalities gathered to showcase there own unique festivities.  It also comprises of food expo, agriculture expo, products expo and a whole lot more. It is celebrated and held at Panaad Park and Stadium.

Bago City

     * Babaylan festival - Held every 19th of February during the charter anniversary of Bago City. Babaylan festival showcases the story of a healer, priest, herbalist, alchemist and more to heal the afflicted and sick. During old times, the babaylan is the village historian, keeper of oracles, folklore and trivia.  This festival aims to rediscover the lost identity of the Negros Province, its literature, dances, indigenous music and rituals.

Cadiz City

     * Dinagsa Festival - Last January i visit Cadiz and experience a fun way of celebrating their festival. Colorful paints were being painted all over your body wherever you go. Street were occupied with party goers. Street party is one best highlight every Dinagsa. The festival gave honor to Senior Sto. Nino.

Escalante City

     * Manlambus Festival - A traditional way of catching fish practiced by the fisherfolks of the city is where the Manlambus festival originated. It is a Cebuano term for  'to strike with a club". The festival dance showcases the unique way of catching fish using the "lambus". The dance characterized by jums, leap and hops as if you were fishing and playing. This festival is held every last week of May.

Himamaylan City

     * Himayaan festival - An annual celebration every April 14 - 25 to gave honor and praise God for good crops and good life.Street dancing and merry making is main highlight of the city done in the major streets.

Kabankalan City

     * Sinulog de Kabankalan - A localize Sinulog of Negros occidental. It is indeed a cultural and religious way of honoring Senior Sto. Nino. It is their way of giving thanks when Sto. Nino help them to cast the Moro pirates according to folklore. The festival is celebrated every third Sunday of  January.

La Carlota City

     * Pasalamat Festival - Famous for its Sambita, a samba beat composed by late Mayor Luis "Nonoy" Jalandoni which was started in 1980 as a thanksgiving for the harvest and recognition for the sugar industry workers. The festival falls on to the nearest Sunday to May 1.

Sagay City

     * Sinigayan Festival - The rich coastal and marine resources of Sagay is reflected in the Sinigayan Festval, the annual celebration in honor of Saint Joseph and showcase Sagay at its best. This annual celebration is held every third week of March. It also showcases food festival, agri-aqua festival, and art cultural festival. The highlight of the festivals is a merry making and street dancing in which the dancers and performers were clad in a colorful costumes decorated with shells locally known as "Sigay", from where the city and festival got its name.

San Carlos City

Pintaflores Festival San Carlos

     * Pintaflores Festival - A very colorful, fun and prestigious festival. It was my first time last November to witness this festivity. The festival depicts the story about  tragedy and triumph  of Princess Nabingka. Pintaflores derived in Spanish words "Pinta" which means tattoo and "Flores" meaning flowers. Celebrated every November 5 in honor of the city's patron saint St. John Borromeo.

Silay City

Hugyaw Kansilay Festival

     * Hugyaw Kansilay Festival - It is the story of a brave Princess Kansilay who fought to protect her people. The kansilay tree who was believed to grow where the body of the princess were buried is the symbol of Silay City where the city derived its name because of abundance of the Kansilay tree. It is held every 12th day of June to commemorate the city's charter anniversary.

Sipalay City

     * Pasaway sa Sipalay Festival -Pasaway sa Sipalay is an annual celebration held every last week of March. It showcases street dancing and merry making as participants from seventeen barangays were clad in mardigras and exotic costumes in the semblance of copper minerals.

Talisay City

     * Minuluan Festival - Minuluan Festival is a celebration of courage, bravery, heroism and passion of Kapitan Sabino "Sabi". It is also n old name of Talisay City. Likewise, the festival celebrates the feast of  its patron saint, San Nicolas de Tolentino which falls every September 10.

Victorias City

     * Kadalag-an Festival - Victorias City is dubbed as the City of victory. It commemorates the glorious and victorious past of the people of Victorias. t is a weeklong celebration that highlight every 21st of March. Activities like the Search for Kadalag-an Queen, street and arena dance where only few of the lined up activities.

     * Malihaw Festival - It is an annual celebration in honor of their patron saint Nuestra Senora de las Victorias. It falls on April 26 with a fluvial parade in the shoreline of the city as the highlight of the event.

Municipalities in Negros Occidental and its Festivals


     * Balbagan festival - Possessed in a rich historical, cultural and folkloric events regarding its origin. Binalbagan is rich in shrimp production and locals found remedy to preserved the shrimp while in transit which is called " balabag " in which locals believed the place were derived. Another great story of its origin is about a giant snake which blocked the mouth of Binalbagan river. Binalabagan in english is blocked where other folks believe the place got its name. The celebration of the festival is to commemorate the place origin and giant snake icon and street dancing where the highlight of the event. Binalbagan is held every 15th day of June.


     * Lilas Pandan Festival - The festival  features Pandan weaving where this town was known. Mat weaving industry put the town in the map. The abundance of Pandan plant gives a lucrative means of livelihood in every barangays. The festival is also a way of thanksgiving for a natural beauty and bounty every Calatravanons enjoyed.


     * Pabalhas sa Tablas -  Celebrated every February 11 in honor of the town's patron saint, Our Lady of Lourdes. Pabalhas sa Tablas originated from the actual history of Candoni. When a group of settlers lead by Santiago " Tagoy " Diego settle in Tabla Valley which is now Candoni.


     * Lubay-lubay Festival - An annual celebration as a thanksgiving for bountiful harvest. Dancers moved to the beat of bamboo poles and sticks. It portrays camaraderie and unity upon Cauyanons.

Don Salvador Benedicto

     * Kali-kalihan Harvest Festival - The festival is all about the traditional martial art " arnis " or " escrima ". Held every February 9. the Kali is designed for physical training, mental development and spiritual upliftment of the individual practitioner to strengthen moral values.

EB Magalona

     * Ugyunan Festival - The word ugyunan is a Hiligaynon word which means to join, cooperate or unite. The festival falls every May 1 which is also the feast of towns patron saint, Saint Joseph the Worker. it also showcases the abundance of marine life like shrimp, prawns, bangus and blue crab which is the main products of the town.


     * Hinugyaw festival - A week-long celebration of merry making and street dancing where performers dressed in vibrant costumes. "hinugyaw" is a local word which means jubilation or rejoicing. according to legend a long haired woman protected the town from Moro invasion. That woman believed to be Saint Mary Magdalene. There was rejoicing and celebration, thus, the term hinugyaw came. The festival held every April 30.


     * Pagbana-ag Festival - The festival expresses people's faith, unity and cooperation. The word "Pagbana-ag" depicts an optimistic Hinuba-on struggling to surpass challenges of time, i.e. a midst economic and global unrest. The hinuba-on common vision is to make a livable community. Artistically designed visually painted with a rising sun and 13 rays rays representing 13 barangays that comprise the municipality whose life engulf the entire municipality in abundance of marine resources, agriculture, mineral resources, industry, preserved arts and culture, eco-tourism and coping technological advancements. It manifested a livable municipality in a common and and advance era.


     * Kisi-kisi Festival - Kisi-kisi Festival was conceptualized because Ilog was rich in marine resources like crabs, oyster, fish and shrimps. The word "kisi-kisi" refers to the fast movement of the fishes when they were hauled during bountiful harvest. Celebrated every 3rd week of March. Participants are all clad in colorful underwater inspired costumes and mimicking sea creatures gestures.


Isabela Tigkalalag Festival

     * Tigkalalag festival - Paying respect to departed loved ones is what the Tigkalalag festival of Isabela known for. This unique way of merry making and a way of giving reminisce for the mythical beings in which our forefathers believed in. It falls every 2nd day of November.

La Castellana

     * Bailes de Luces - An annual celebration of town charter anniversary and thanksgiving. Bailes de Luces is a Spanish word which means the "dance of light". Its highlight is dance competition in which participants were clad in colorful costumes using light emitting materials and dance to the beat of Latin music. The celebration starts from December 30 unti January 5.


     * Manang Pula Festival - It was conceptualized based on a story of a woman who is Crispula Gala, the wife of the town's Kapitan. She was so kind, passionate and loving to the villagers that everbody loves her. The locals called her Manang Pula where the town was named and later made it shorter into Manapla. The festival was once called Pinta Puto in which the town was known, puto is the town's specialty. The festival not only showcases puto products but also fishing, sugar planting and thanksgiving was part of the choreography. This celebration is held every 16th day of August which is also the feast of the town's patron saint, Saint Roque.

Moises Padilla

     * Magayon Festival - As the livestock capital of Negros Occidental, the festival features different animals in which dancers are dressed resembling any livestock animals found in the town. This annual celebration is highlight with street and arena dance competition held every last Tuesday of March.


     * Tinabu-ay Festival - An annual celebration held every December 8 in honor of the town's patron birthday, Immaculate Conception. The festival is a reenactment of the town's market day or weekly tabu, which is the biggest in the province. It is also a way to thank the Almighty for good harvest.

     * Mudpack festival- Considered as the festival of arts and culture, where artist gathered together to showcase their talent in clay body painting, ethnic music, drum beating, dances and crafts and solo dance improvisation. The festival instill awareness in caring for the environment. It is a symbolic celebration of oneness of man with nature. The colorful mud painted all over the body of participants is abundant on the area, which also believed to have healing power. Mudpack festival is held every third week of June at Mambukal Resort.


     * Salapan Festival - The festival depicts the town's rich marine resources, livelihood and origin. Salapan was derived from "salap" and "pan". The term salap was a native word for "fishnet" which is also link to guinamos industry. Meanwhile, the term pan came from "pandan" in which the town was derived "Pulo sang Pandan" or the isles of pandan. Another thing about the term pan was believed to came from the word "pantalan" or port that basically the factor of the town's growth. The festival is held every February 15.

San Enrique

     * Bulang-bulang festival - Celebrated every 9th day of February, Bulang-bulang or cock fighting is a character dance presentation which depicts the life and character of cock fighting. Cock fighting is one of the major sources of livelihood of the town. The festival gives honor and recognition to the game fowl industry.


     * Sag-ahan Festival - Sag-ahan is definitely the reenactment of the lives of the fishermen of Toboso. The term "sag-ahan" is a local dialect which means to take or to catch fish with the hands. This culturally rich festival is manifested with joy, thanksgiving and gratefulness for all the blessing and abundance the town has received through the years. It is celebrated every July 1.


     * Pasundayag Festival - A farmer's festival in honor of the town's patroness, Nuestra Seniora de Guadalope. It features a merry makng and street dancing competition. This is also a thanksgiving for the good and abundant harvest. This merry making is held every February 28.

Guihulngan Jewel: Kansalakan Enchanted River

The city of Guihulngan houses several natural wonders waiting to be discovered. Maybe you’ll be one of the first person to visit and experience this hidden jewels of Guihulngan.

Guihulngan is a component city in the northern part of Negros Oriental. Composed of 33 barangays and a total population of 95,000, according to the 2010 census.

Guihulngan City has so much to offer. Aside from the Hinakpan Hills which resembles to that of Chocolate Hills of Bohol, Kansalakan Enchanted River is gaining popularity in social media. Its crystal clear water is very inviting and very charming.

Kansalakan Enchanted River

Kansalakan Enchanted River is also similar to that of Hinatuan Enchanted River of Surigao del Sur. They both possess weird stories though. According to the story from the locals many lives had been taken and their souls became the guardian of the river.

Kansalakan River

Having a natural shape and design make Kansalakan unique. One can enjoy the natural pool with underwater swim. The river have its deepest part of 30 feet.

Kansalakan Enchanted River

Kansalakan River is open to the public and there is no entrance fee. The local and the city government of Guihulngan pays to keep the river clean. So please be responsible whenever you visit the place. Don’t leave your garbage anywhere. Let’s protect this jewel so that next generation can enjoy this beautiful place.

Kansalakan River Guihulngan


Kansalakan Enchanted River is located at the boundaries of Barangay Balago and Barangay Banuage. It is a 23 km west of Guihulngan City. The place is accessible via private car or even single motor bike because of its paved roads. Travel time is about 40 minutes and you’ll be passing by Hinakpan Hills.

Kansalakan Enchanted River

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Photo by: Symon Dequina Mercado
Reference: Travel Negros

A Concise History Of Silay City

The affluence of sugar industry made Silay and Silaynon rich. Palatial mansions built by affluent families has been a living testament of how Silaynon lived during their heyday. Cultural heritage has been well preserved up to this day, the proof of which are the 29 plus surviving ancestral houses. Silay is acclaimed as the "Paris de Negros." Also considered as the Seat of Arts, Culture and Ecotourism in Western Visayas and declared as a Museum City.

Silady Old Photo



The first settlement in Negros is “Carobcob,” founded in 1565. It serves as the landmark and civilization in Silay. It is a village by the sea formerly situated between the present barangay Balaring properand Sitio Bungol. Villagers make a living through scratching for “Tuway” shells which were abundant in the shores. Thus, Spaniards named the place Carobcob because of the occupation of the people. To date nothing is left as it was devastated by the typhoons. On January 25, 1571, Carobcob was grantedas an encomienda to Cristobal Nunez Paroja, one of the 17 soldiers of Miguel Lopez de Legaspi. In the second half of the century pirates raids escalated forcing the corregidor of Negros to leave their places. People left their homes and settled in a new place between wo small rivers – Matagoy and Panaogao in 1760. By that time Silay is already an established pueblo. To protect themselves from Moro Pirates they constructed Paloisades (Estacada). The place is known as Sitio Estaca now.

The town of Silay was founded through the letter of Governor Juan Jose de Mijares (1572-1575) mentioning Silay as the leading town in the North. In 1776, bishop of Cebu considered Silay as the center of the Parish. The named Silay were derived from Kansilay, a tree abundantly growing in the area.

Don Alejo Severino of Jaro, Iloilo was named the first Gobernadorcillo of the new settlement in 1780-1781. By that time the seat of Spanish Government of this province was in Himamaylan. By the order of the Military Government of the province, Don Alejo Severino was directed to make frequent trips to the northern town to investigate and look after its condition. After his mission accomplished, he would stay in Silay. His character and goodwill gained sympathy from the inhabitants making him the Gobernadorcillo of Silay. During his time, he was able to construct several structures like the Catholic Church made of wood, bamboo and nipa. The Parish Priest during that time was Spanish Priest Padre Alejo Ignacio de Molinas. Also he constructed the Catholic Cemetery which is about a kilometers away from the town.

In 1873, a new town was founded. It was called Buen Retiro (Guinhalaran) it was 2 kilometers away from Silay. In 1860, it was placed in a definitive union with Silay.


The fertile land of Silay is very promising. In 1840, Fr. Eusebio Locsin encouraged his families in Iloilo to settle in Silay. Thus, they gave vigor to the town and made rapid progress in commerce and in agriculture.

In 1846, a Frenchman from Normandy, France, Yves Leopold Germaine Gaston who married a Filipina from Batangas installed the first Maquina de Vapor Horno Economico (sugar mill) in Buen Retiro. Yves Leopold Germaine Gaston brought some variety of sugar cane – Habana and Puerto Rico from French Isles of Mauritius and Bourbonne.  He then introduced the cultivation of sugar cane.

Among the owners of the first sugarcane farms were Don Vicente Olaybar, Dona Agustina Olaybar, Don Macario Santillan, Don Vicente Villa and others. During his time only primitive sugar mills known as “de sangre” and powered by carabao were used. Later on, these mills were improved and steam engine were installed. Thus, Sugar Central Hawaiian Philippine Company was constructed in 1920.

Juan Hilado and Simeon Ledesma arrived in Silay and established haciendas at Bagacay in 1860. Later on, other families from Iloilo followed – Locsins, dela Rama and Jalandonis. From 1885-1892 crown lands were purchased by Filipinos Vicente Conlu, Crescenciano Araneta, Severo de la Rama, Santiago Suanico,  Evaristo Yemo, Isidro Hilado, Bernabe Morlidad and Meliton Canas.

Guimbalaon, a 14 kilometers east of Silay where Cornelio Hilado and Melicio Severino, Vito Marifosque and the Gamboas developed agricultural farms. In 1890, Guimbalaon became an independent parish.

A municipal building was constructed in Guimbalon in 1892 and in 1893 a courthouse was erected. On June 5, 1894, the first private college for girls were opened in Guimbalaon by Dolores Aguilar and Manuela Escanillo.

In 1894, the de la Ramas opened the first boat service between Silay and other towns in Negros. On the same year the first telegraph station was inaugurated.
By 1896, the sugar industry made the town prosper. Making Silay the leading sugar producing area because of the Horno Economico.


When the outbreak of revolution of 1896 the town of Silay stay quite. No hot news and still sugar is the talk of the town but there were already a division between the sugarcane planters of Silay and the clergy. Some planters and clergy supported the rebels while others were against the revolution.

Alejandro Montelibano, a Silaynon from an affluent family was arrested and sentenced guilty of plotting against the crown. He was exiled in Guam later on.

Iloilo Revolutionary Council requested to start hostilities in the sugarland through the help of Gen. Aniceto Lacson of Talisay. Lacson is the Military commander of Northern Negros. He went to Silay in November 3 to meet Nicolas Golez, deputy military commander, Leandro Locsin and Melecio Severino. They set the date of the uprising – November 5, 1898. Messengers were sent out to inform the hacienderos to bring the troops armed with bolos and machete.

Before the uprising began, rebels cut off the telegraphic wires on November 4. Repairman were sent to put back the connection but the residents did not allow it.

In the history of Silay, Cinco de Noviembre play a very significant role. It was 2:00 in the afternoon – November 5, 1898, Silaynon gathered in the street corner now known as Cincode Noviembre street. From there they proceeded to the Spanish garrison near the Catholic Church. It was a bloodless revolution. The garrison were surrounded by the rebels. At first, Spanish civil guards Lt. Maximiano Correa refused o surrender. But later on after the negotiations with the revolutionaries through the help of Juan Viaplana, a local Spanish Businessman, they surrendered. Providing, the agreement letter must mention that the civil guards gave up only after a heroic resistance against overwhelming odds. That was written to save Spanish honor. Later that afternoon the Philippine flag made by Olympia Severino, Eutropia Yorac and Perpetua Sverino was raised for the first time at the plaza. It was indeed a memorable day for every Silaynon. Temporarily, Leandro Locsin was acclaimed president after the signing of terms of surrender. Timoteo Unson together with the group of Silaynons marched to Talisay for the attack to Bacolod.


Revolution has ended and people gained liberty. December 26, 1898, the province inaugurated its own independent congress under the so called Federal Republic of Negros. Later on, an American sponsored government replaced the short-lived Republic of Negros.

When the Americans invaded Negros, Silaynons fought against them to preserve their newly gained independence. Melecio Severino was arrested for his alleged involvement with anti-American forces but was later released. Jose Luzuriaga was appointed by the Americans to replace Severino and Leandro Locsin was appointed Governor when Luzuriaga appointed to the Phil. Commission.


In May 3, 1942, the elements of the Nagano Detachment assigned the task occupying Negros by the Japanese Imperial Army. Silaynon were already prepared for another war. In the hills of Guimbalaon , strongly organized guerillas were led by under Major Ernesto Mata. When the American 40th Division set foot in Pulupandan on March 29, 1945 all Japanese soldiers in the island made their last stand at Patag in Silay City. Today, the site is marked by a monument to commemorate the efforts which led to the liberation of Negros Island.

Bacolod City: City of Smiles

Bacolod City is the capital of Negros Occidental, it is the largest highly urbanized mid-size Philippine city in the province. Bacolod City is also one of the best destinations in the Philippines. The city offers great food, great places, renowned festivals, serene community and off course very hospitable people. It is also dubbed as the "City of Smiles."
Bacolod is home to MassKara Festival, an annual celebration held every third week of October. This renowned festival is one of the most awaited festivals not only in the province of Negros but also the whole Philippines!


Land Area: 15,610.00 hectares
Classification: Highly Urbanized City
No. of Barangays: 61 Barangays – (41 Urban, 20 Rural)
Population: 429,076 (May 1, 2000) – 453,873 (2005 Projection)
Language: Hiligaynon/Ilonggo/English is spoken and understood

How To Get There

Bacolod City is 55 minutes from Manila by air, with Philippine Airlines, Air Philippines and Cebu Pacific Air providing daily flights. From Mactan-Cebu International Airport, it is a 30 minutes flight by air.
By sea, it is an 18 hour travel from the port of Manila going to Bacolod port. Word class vessels of 2Go travel have scheduled cruise from Monday, Tuesday and Friday. From Iloilo, it is approximately 1 hour travel aboard fast sea crafts with daily schedule. By land-and-sea travel, it is 7-hour from Cebu City. Terminals for buses plying northern and southern of  Negros Province are located within the city.


It is located on the northwestern coast of the Province of Negros Occidental. Bacolod is bounded on the northwest by the City of Talisay, on the east and southwest by the City of Bago and on the West by Guimaras Strait.
Negros Occidental Capitol Building Bacolod City

Points Of Interests In Bacolod City

  • San Sebastian Cathedral - Located in the heart of Bacolod City. San Sebastian Cathedral is made of coral stones from Guimaras Island. It was completed in 1882 and became a cathedral in 1933. Beside the cathedral is the Palacio Episcopal or "Bishop’s Palace" constructed in 1830.

  • The Provincial Capitol Building - Designed by an American Architect Daniel Burnham and executed by Filipino Architect Juan Arellano. It was built in 1972 with Neo-Roman architectural design.


  • MassKara Festival - Celebrated every third week of October. It is a festive and colorful celebration wherein dancers lined the street and dances in the tune of Latin music.

  • Bacoloadiat Festival - This is Bacolod's very own Chinese New year Festival--Bacolaodiat! It comes from the words "Bacolod" & "Lao Diat" (Fookien word for celebration).
Reference: Wikipedia, Bacolod City