Negros Forests & Ecological Foundation

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A zoo with a difference, this foundation seeks to preserve endangered animals endemic to Negros. It houses mostly birds, including an extraordinary collection of rare and colourful hornbills that alone justifies a visit. There are also flying foxes, Visayan leopards and endangered local deer.

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1. Negros Museum

0.04 MILES

Houses an eclectic collection, from a room dedicated to the sugar industry to one containing toys from around the world. Don't miss the fake cannons used…

2. Capitol Park & Lagoon

0.12 MILES

The city's central gathering place is worth a stroll, particularly on weekends when it's a popular picnic spot. Bring some food for the resident tilapia.

3. San Sebastian Cathedral

0.42 MILES

Worth a look is this impressive 19th-century cathedral built from coral stone (quarried from Guimaras) across from the city's central plaza. It's…


3.17 MILES

Set on lovely manicured grounds surrounded by sugar plantations, the RUINS is an early-20th-century Italianate mansion originally built by a local sugar…

5. Balay Negrense Museum

8.71 MILES

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…

6. Silay Museum

8.72 MILES

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.

7. Church of San Diego

8.76 MILES

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…

8. Hofileña Heritage House

8.86 MILES

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…