Living in Silay City, Philippines:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Silay City, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked 12 people living in Silay City what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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Our city is one of the providers of sugar in the Philippines. If the mover does not like to be surrounded by sugarcanes he/she should look places from the town or from the capital of this Island. However, this City has a lot of heritage sites which tourists seek the most.

Florence, says: 2020

Silay City is open to modern investors while preserving its culture through an ordinance that named it a Cultural Heritage Zone, protecting the 30 olden structures from demolition and revision. If someone moves here they would never feel homesick, rather nostalgic—like walking home from school passing by the old landmarks.

Portia, says: 2020

Be ready to be a little more laid back. Silay City is considered the Little Paris of Negros Occidental, it has old architecture and culture. They should be ready to be surprised by a City that’s full of history.

Michelle, says: 2020

Silay City is one of the many across the globe that still carries most of not only its historic buildings but also its old traditions and ways of life. The one thing I deem most important for someone moving here is that here, we value the past. In fact, I think they would do well to know my city’s greatest pride is the abundance of ancestral houses we have managed to preserve. As for the people, although I haven’t had that much experience with other places yet to tell, Silaynons are one of the most outgoing and helpful people in the world. it is not difficult to find a friend wherever you go. For a person looking for a quiet city with a great and ancient history waiting to be unfolded, Silay City would be perfect. As our city’s tagline says, “Silay, where life is sweet and the past is forever. “

Gabriel, says: 2020

Silay City is one of the most laid-back city in the Philippines. Also, the charm of the city comes with European style ancestral houses spread through the town. With the mystique of the past, home-cooked food, and approachable people, Silay City is one of the best cities to visit or even live to.

Julliana, says: 2020

We respect and value historical and cultural domains of our city. Our city is known for is 29 ancestral houses which built even before the declaration of Philippine Independence on June 12, 1898. We put so much value in preserving our historical resources for it is the commemoration of or culture and tradition and serves us a reminder of our heroes.

Carolina, says: 2020

Silay City is the “Paris” of Negros Province because of the different ancestral houses that were preserved, Silay City is also know for the mountain called Patag, it has cold weather and different camping sites and resorts that people loves. Silay City is he home of Kansilay Tree which I derived from a folklore that is celebrated at July.

Silay City is known for the title “The Paris of Negros” because of the European architecture of some buildings in the city which is dated back during the Spanish colonial period. It is also famously known as “Banwa sang dulce” which is translated as “City of Sweets”.

They must know the story behind how was our city named. Our city was one of the places that has a lot of ancestral houses and artifacts. It has a lot of historical experiences especially in the time of World War 2. It is also known where creative arts or crafts can be found.

Be polite to everyone, especially elders. You must use the words; “po” and “opo”. The city is known for its historical ambiance, so people must consider how to respect the place an the people. The nature is the main source of income and living of many people here.

Jayson, says: 2020

Our city is the “Paris of Negros”. We are proud to present our beautiful culture full of art and people who always wear smiles on their faces regardless of the problems we are facing. We are proud of our amazing mountain views and forests and we supply the majority percentage of sugar in our province, proving that we are literally sweet individuals.

They need to know that our City has a very good beaches and some delicious foods like talaba, shrimp, crabs or all types of seafoods. We have a very rich City and a lot of Historical Houses from our ancient ancestors. One of the best Historical House that we have is Balay Negrense.

Lovella, says: 2020

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