Top things to do in Silay

Top Choice Historic Building in Silay

Hofileña Heritage House

This stately house contains an astonishing private art collection, as well as antiques belonging to one of Silay's principal families. The house is owned by the charismatic and loquacious Ramon Hofileña, a tireless …
Top Choice Cafe in Silay


A terrific place to imagine colonial Silay is this partly renovated regal home, an architectural landmark with colonnades marking the entryway. Enjoy coffee drinks, pastries, sandwiches and a few Filipino dishes sur…
Cultural in Silay

Hugyaw Silay Kansilay Festival

The city's founding is celebrated for nearly a week in early to mid-June, culminating in a raucous parade of elaborately costumed dancers who head down Rizal St before a final performance in the covered central plaz…
Bakery in Silay

El Ideal Bakery

This well-known bakery was set up in 1920, during Silay's heyday, to provide snacks for gamblers who couldn't drag themselves away from the table. Some of its famous creations include lumpia ubod (spring rolls fille…
Church in Silay

Church of San Diego

On the main road through town, the silver-domed, Romanesque Church of San Diego (1927) is topped by a crucifix that, when lit at night, is visible far out to sea. Don't miss the garden set in the adjacent ruins of …
Museum in Silay

Balay Negrense Museum

Also known as the Victor Gaston Ancestral Home (1898), this hardwood home has the most photogenic exterior of any house in Silay. The house has been painstakingly restored and furnished with period pieces donated by…
Seafood in Silay


This nearly all-bamboo restaurant is out in barangay Balaring among a handful of other seafood restaurants perched over the water. Kinilaw (raw seafood cured in vinegar) and the speciality crab (P750 per kg) are rec…
Museum in Silay

Silay Museum

Start your tour with this well-done, succinct overview of the town's history, using models, gowns from the sugar era and vintage photos of historic homes.
Museum in Silay

Bernardino Jalandoni Ancestral House

Known as the 'Pink House' (1908), this museum looks like the owner left yesterday. In the back room are old photos of beauty-pageant winners from the 1940s and '50s, and a glass case filled with dozens of Ken and Ba…