Welcome to Silay
Just 14km north of Bacolod, Silay was once the jewel in the crown of the Negros sugar boom, when plantations connected the island to the world. During its Golden Age (1880–1935) 29 surviving 'ancestral homes' were built here, of which three are now museums. These sugar mansions were bastions of refinement and privilege, forming a culture reminiscent of Gone with the Wind (as in Iloilo). But it wasn't to last. WWII and the collapse of the sugar industry left the town in mothballs, making this a fascinating stop for any history or architecture buff.