9 Instagrammable & Breathtaking Spots In Silay City
Tess Nicor Buison | Aug 16, 2017
Silay City, my hometown, is a third class city in the province of Negros Occidental, Philippines. It is often referred to as the “Paris of the Negros Region" because of its rich heritage and history, well-preserved arts and culture, as well as its numerous Spanish-influenced colonial houses.
Aside from its heritage houses, however, Silay has so much to offer both for tourists and locals alike. There are so many breathtaking sights to see and behold, and definitely have a place on your Instagram accounts! Here are some of Silay City's most Instagram-worthy spots:
SPANISH COLONIAL HOUSES
Silay Spanish colonial houses located along Cinco de Noviembre Street that have been long a sightseeing attraction for tourists. In fact, 29 of these ancestral houses are considered heritage treasures by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP).
SILAY CITY'S MINI PARK IN FRONT OF CITY HALL
This is one of the underrated spots in Silay. This spot is located right in front of the Silay City Hall beside the San Diego Parish church.
SAN DIEGO PARISH CHURCH
You don’t have to go to Rome to post for a picture with their famous churches. The San Diego Parish Church has similar structures comparable to Rome's churches. This church is unique in Negros Occidental for being the only church in the province featuring a cupola or dome.
MANGROVE ECO PARK
The park consists of a long bamboo walkway that winds through a forest of mangrove trees which the local government and residents have constructed for easier access. This is one of Silay tourist attractions.
The Mangrove Eco Park is cool and calm, and the shades will sparing you from the sun’s glare. The view is relaxing and admiring. It is a little sanctuary where you can feel serenity, tranquility, and a gateway, out into the open seas.
Mangroves play a vital role ecology, and not only help in preventing soil erosion but also act as catalyst in reclaiming land from seas.
BALARING THE SEAFOOD CAPITAL OF SILAY
Balaring is a small barangay or village located kilometres away from the city proper, with a panoramic sea view, stunning sunset and an array of seafood restaurants.
Each one of us loves a good sunset. Balaring is an amazing place to sit back, relax and enjoy as the sun slowly bids goodbye to the day that is just flown by.
LANTAWAN VIEW SILAY
The place is surrounded by greenery and fresh air. The scenery is so beautiful. You will feel as if you are being transported into a paradise realm where the Earth is still pure and fresh and nourishing.
LANTAWAN ZIGZAG ROAD
The zigzag drive going to Lantawan view and Patag is very scenic. The landscape is very picturesque and the drive is definitely worth it. People stop here to take photos. I would say this is a dream destination for every photographers. So don’t forget to bring your camera.
PATAG THE SUMMER GATEWAY
Patag is a small village that is popularly known as the last stronghold of the Japanese Imperial Forces during the second world war. It is also known as the pre-war site of a hospital for recuperating patients suffering from tuberculosis.
Patag is know the favorite destinations of locals and tourists. Due to its altitude the cool weather has remained a perfectly good reason for people to hike to the cool mountains of Patag.
PUNONG GARY’S PLACE
The place is not far from the centre of Silay City but secluded enough for relaxing surrounded by nature. The place is a blissful sanctuary which reminds me of Indonesia's Bali. The place is absolutely lovely—surrounded with towering old trees!
So the next time you visit Silay City, check out theses places and don’t forget to bring your camera to take nice photos! Make sure to follow Travelista's Journal here!